Noting The Passing Of KJR’s Jerry Kaye

by Norm Gregory on September 30, 2013

in 1965, KJR, Radio Scrapbook

We just pasted the 8th anniversary of our losing Jerry Kay . . known as The Legend in the 1960s.

Friend and fellow KJR alum Tom Murphy mentions how The Leg got the nickname.

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One of my favorite memories of Jerry on KJR in the mid 1960s was when he was doing news for Larry Lujack in the 6 to 9 p.m. slot.

KJR did news at :55 and headlines at :30.

One night at the bottom of the hour Jerry came on with: The Vietnam War continues . . . I am The Legend. Dead air . . . Larry came on saying . .. Ah Jer . . is that it? . . . more dead air . . then the song came on.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dan Packard October 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Incredible wit he had that pierced the air when he spoke (or didn’t, in above example).

I remember listening to him on KJR March 1990, when he talked about driving the snakes out of West Seattle for St. Patricks day.

2 Tom Sullivan January 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I met Jerry Kaye outside the Seattle Coliseum while waiting for the Beatles to exit. It was their second Seattle appearance. I struck up a conversation about how I was interested in radio (weren’t all KJR listeners). He invited me to visit the station which I did. Met Larry Lujack (rip) as he was going off the air prior to Jerry Kaye’s show.
That was the moment I was hooked. I’ve been in radio since 1980. 27 years as the number one rated talk show in Sacramento (KFBK) and 7 years on Fox Radio in New York.
He had no idea the impression that visit made on me. Rest in peace Jerry Kaye.

3 Norm Gregory January 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Great story Tom.

I have a similar one (minus the Beatles!!) . . . hanging with Mr Lujack one evening in the mid-60s. He and Jerry brought a ton of attitude to radio. Which was much more attractive me than the wacky voices and sound-effects.

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