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Maple Valley Mike
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I remember when Burl Barer appeared on the local feed of the Jerry Lewis Telethon back in ’60 something. I watched with my Grandma.

mikec
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Bellingham’s “Olde Gold” KISM was an instant success & huge hit in Vancouver BC becoming that city’s first oldies station. They promoted heavily in the Vancouver area & actually made it into the city’s station ratings for a few years. There was a large music/arts/counterculture festival culminating in a Stones/Stevie Wonder concert (that was excellent!) & it was there that I first met KISM’s Mike Pollack doing his duty to promote the new station. KISM could be heard all over Vancouver in stores/cafes etc & those KISM 92.9 car stickers with the red lips were everywhere

Steven Smith
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Mike, I remember that fully automated format. I liked the music they played but was really opposed to automation and it sounded as automated as sister station Kgmi……which was owned by the Jones family that was behind some of the earliest automation. The first announcers on automation did not realize that if they said some cutsie little bit, the audience would hear it over and over…..it stuck out like a sore thumb. The Kism tapes were quite bland. I was in college, had just started working in radio back then. I think you must mean Mike Bettelli. He was the… Read more »
mikec
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Steven-I quite agree about the canned sound of KISM & that was it’s detriment. However, rock oldies hadn’t yet become a lucrative format & at the time seemed somewhat innovative. My only exposure to an oldies station at that time was KSND/KUUU. I didn’t hear it again beyond that summer as i left Vancouver to launch my own broadcasting career in northeast BC & northwest Alberta. Thanks for jogging my memories & correcting me – yes, it must have been Mike Bettelli from KISM that I met that summer. I DID meet Mike Pollack in Vancouver & that must have… Read more »
Steven Smith
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Mike, they had acquired Keri not too long before I went to work at Kpug in summer of 1974. At that time it was still easy listening. It had this old Igm automation with the electronic push pins for programming it. Basically reels would spin and then the carousels would play spots depending on how the push pins were set. It was a throw away at that point, Fm not important. Even the person tending it….the Kpug jock….could care less. We always joked about it having one crazy listener, who would call and tell us the tape was playing backwards,… Read more »
mikec
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Steven – fascinating stories but no surprises! What an absolute waste of a blowtorch frequency: 104.3 could be heard from Campbell RIver BC to Tacoma. At the time I thought: “why oh why don’t these people launch a “KPUG-FM” & seriously kick some rock n roll butt” Such a station would have put KISM in it’s place & gained some serious traction in Vancouver too. That city’s once pioneering progressive rocker “LG-FM” 99.3 was well on it’s way to a downhill slide that would need some seriously rebuilding. 11-7 KPUG was sounding pretty good in ’74 to my ears the… Read more »
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