These Six Men Are Responsible For My 35 Years In Radio

by Norm Gregory on June 7, 2015

in KJR, Radio Scrapbook


1 Jason Remington June 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Lujack with a coffee cup sitting on the console. Good thing the engineer wasn’t around. Jerry Kay, great voice and one of the all-time greats; Lan Roberts, Seattle’s best top 40 morning personality, cigarette in hand and it ended up being the death of him; Dick Curtis, great on-air but also gave KJR a run for their money as PD at KOL; Lee Perkins, sought after by both KJR and KOL, he would have been huge at KVI or KOMO also. He was my instructor at LH Bates Voc-Tech, along with Chuck Ellsworth, another KJR alum; and Pat O’Day, a Tacoma kid, a student at LH Bates and the creative behind KJR for so many years.

2 Norm Gregory June 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Nicely done Jason.

I was curious if anyone among the older folks would remember these guys.

The only one I never met was Lee Perkins . . and in my humble opinion the weakest personality of the bunch.

I worked with Jerry, Lan, and Pat . . of course.

For me Kay and Lujack towered above all. I miss them both.

Thanks again Jason.

3 dan packard June 20, 2015 at 7:09 am

Epic radio wisdom in that room. Jerry Kay’s wit was sharp. They all had incredible qualities that propelled radio onto higher ground.

The clock shows almost 7:30. I wonder what they’re listening to? Lujack has a 45 in his hand.

4 Norm Gregory June 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

Good catch Dan.

I’d bet they are listening to 45s.

The only time I hung with Larry was at KJR after his shift. He was doing the station’s music at the time. We were in the music room and he was shuffling through a stack of new records. Making funny comments about the artists, labels, and record promotional people.

5 SteveD July 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Did the guys have a dress code or what? Suppose that “look” was mid-sixties hip. Just a bit before my time. regards, Steve

6 Norm Gregory July 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm

There wasn’t an official dress code. It was cool back in the mid-60s (ala Mad Men) to look professional . . . Even if you were a rock ‘n roll disc jockey. Thank goodness when I showed up at the station in early ’69 things had loosened up.

7 Dandy Lyon October 13, 2015 at 12:13 am

I knew Lee around the change of decades when the 60s became the 70s. He, for whatever reason, worked for PNB for a short while. If he was the weakest personality in that bunch, it had to be a really vibrant group, ‘cuz I knew Lee to have a huge personality.

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