Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: Three Jamaican Broadcasts (Video)

by Norm Gregory on April 12, 2012

in 1989, 1990, 1991, KOMO, Radio Scrapbook

While at KOMO I made three trips to the beautiful country of Jamaica to do daily broadcasts, for a week each. Why? It started in February 1989 when the Jamaican Tourist Board wanted to convince Americans that Hurricane Gilbert had not the destroyed the island. A lot of the news coverage made it looked like whole country had been flattened. So radio hosts from stations across the U.S. were invited down to see for themselves and to broadcast back home that things were delightful in the Caribbean country. I saw no damage and as far as I could tell all that was missing were a few bananas.

The Jamaicans were so happy with results of these ’89 broadcasts they invited us, and other big city stations, back in 1990 and 1991. Below is a medley of video clips from all three trips. I left out all the touristy footage and just included video of the broadcasts, some on-air guests and KOMO broadcast team members Michael Bettelli (Program Director), Judy Day (Promotion Director) and Ashley Fosberg (Afternoon Producer).

What is going on here? I have been digging through My Collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio. The daily postings began on May 19, 2011. The Collection can be sorted:

By radio station: KPUG • KJRB • KJR • KZOK • KQFM • KOMO • KJR-FM

By year: 1961 • 1963 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972
1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1994

1 Timmy April 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hey, man, you interviewed the lovely Rita Marley! Great…..

2 Norm Gregory April 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

Yes I did.

I asked her to sign the book about Bob Marley which I was reading at the time. She did, reluctantly, since Timothy White, in Catch a Fire, was somewhat critical of her. I can’t really remember the issues.

Rita Marley Autography

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