Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: Tom Murphy KJR 1965 – 1971

by Norm Gregory on January 21, 2012

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I was listening to a Tom Murphy air check today . . .


KJR, Tom Murphy, 1969

Tom arrived at KJR from Portland in September of 1965. My reaction: “Whoa . . . who is this guy?” Tiger Tom (a name he, thankfully, left in the Rose City) didn’t sound like anybody else on the station. But Sweet Thomas grew on every one . . . and soon he became World Famous Tom Murphy. Listen to hear what I mean.

In September of 1968 Pat O’Day left the afternoon slot and Tom moved from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and this precipitated my move to KJR from Spokane. In early 1971 Tom headed for Los Angeles . . . the lure of tinsel town was too much.

The last time Tom was heard in Seattle was during the KJR reunion at KJR-FM in the spring of 1995.

[haiku url=”http://normgregory.com/kjr_1995reunion_050395_murphy.mp3″ title=”KJR-FM, Tom Murphy, May 3, 1995″]

[haiku url=”http://normgregory.com/kjr_1995reunion_050495_murphy.mp3″ title=”KJR-FM, Tom Murphy, May 4, 1995″]

Tom is on the far right.

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


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