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Moldie Oldie Jingles from acetate
These are worn acetate disc to tape dubs. With an assist from Chuck Bolland, one Sunday night, we transferred these to tape in the then antique production room, 1963 or 1964… It’s some nice radio history. Running time is close to 5.5 minutes.
Duane Smart

THE BIG K – KJR from acetates “BIG RADIO”
{*is that the KJR tones – or the NBC chimes in one of the first of these jingles???}
Duane says: I can only take a wild guess. Late 50’s or early 60’s. Another guess is they probably were not from Pams. Also, since they were on acetates it might suggest KJR didn’t have cart machines.The disc to tape transfers probably used the wrong stylus size. Many acetates used a 3 mil sylus and I would guess now these were played back with a 1 mil stylus, and I know in the early 60’s KJR had RCA cart machines. KAYO used ATC cart machines (with vacuum tubes!) KOMO and KIRO used RCA and the FM station I worked at in 1964 had tube type ATC’s. Strangely, I think all the RCA machines used transistors.
KOMO and KJR once upon a time were NBC Red and NBC blue, but that goes way, way back.

I agree with Bill Taylor that the “KJR Concerto” was one of their best. From PAMS Series 18.
I am attaching the KJR
and CFUN Concerto.

I believe CFUN changed formats and call letters in 1967. The sound quality is quite good.
Duane Smart

Don Courtenay (Grimmer)
Don Courtenay Grimmer was in the sales department at KJR, at least in the 60’s. He had a great voice and did radio commercials and some TV commercials. I recall him doing Safeway commercials on television. The tag line was “Shop Safeway, You’ll see.” The audio I am sending is Don doing some KJR IDs and News intros. They were recorded directly from tape cartridges at KJR. Running time is about 1:10.

Duane Smart

KJR/Courtenay & Roberts – January 1964
Duane Smart’s post of those Don Courtenay voice intros jogged my memory about this aircheck…
Here’s an on-air sample of KJR’s big voice guy Don Courtenay doing a news intro for a KJR newscast by Lan Roberts in January, 1964.

This provides a full taste of that somewhat eerie news background sounder KJR was using in late ’63 and ’64. This aircheck was from early afternoon with jock Mike Phillips, who you’ll hear at the end. KJR was a real powerhouse at this time, ruling the market and without competitive challenge until KOL cranked it up 16 months later. The KJR on-air lineup at the time: Lan Roberts 6-9, Lee Perkins 9-noon, Mike Phillips noon-3, Pat O’Day 3-6, Dick Curtis 6-9, Jerry Kay 9-midnight, J J Valley overnight. That also was the year Larry Lujack and Chuck Bolland arrived. Running time about 1:06.
— Ron DeHart
(Did anyone else pick up the irony of the first item in Lan Robert’s newscast?)

KJR’s Frank Thompson & Tim Burgess – Traffic Report Debacle
In reference to earlier posting of “What Made KJR Great” — here’s a classic faux pas rarely heard on the always-tight Channel 95. It’s the Tom Murphy program in October, 1969. Newsman Frank Thompson is trying his best to report a major traffic mess on the Mercer Island Floating Bridge. But in the audible background Tim Burgess is unaware Thompson’s on the air. Murphy’s clever wit brings a nearly speechless response from Thompson, something rarely heard in Frank’s five years with KJR. Burgess, of course, later became a Seattle City Council member. Thanks to Norm Gregory for this clip, which runs about one minute.

— Ron DeHart

KJR hits #1 – Jockshot Audio
Most sources confirm it was 1961 when KJR reached the top of Seattle’s pop music ratings, a spot channel 95 held for many years. Here’s a 1-minute jock promo of the on-air lineup in late October, ’61.

With the addition of Lan Roberts (who, like Jerry Kay, moved over from KOL), KJR solidified the on-air crew that carried it through (and beyond) the critical World’s Fair run in ’62. Here’s rare promo of one of Roberts’ early morning voice friends Clyde, Clyde the Cow’s Outside — which aired in June, ’62.

When Roberts took over KJR morning drive (before the World’s Fair opened), Lee Perkins moved to the 9-to-noon slot and Wally Beethoven had shifted primarily to news. During the same months rival KOL saw a number of lineup changes which fueled a secondary battle to stay ahead of KAYO. The three-way struggle for top 40 music listeners continued until KAYO gave up the fight by changing to a country format in the spring of ’63, the same year KOL was sold.
KJR’s run to the top can be traced to Pat O’Day’s move from KAYO to KJR in early 1960. A year later O’Day’s KJR predecessor John Stone left for KOL where the swinging door issue continued for some time after the KOL sale/transfer to new owners, Goodson and Todman. There are various claims that at times KJR commanded over a third of the Seattle radio listenership. However, it should be noted there were just 14 or 15 AM and 5 FM stations operating in the Seattle market in the early years of the ’60s.
— Ron DeHart

1964, the Beatles and KJR

New Year babyThe dawning of 19 64. It was really no different than any new year. But if you were involved in the pop music business – or a pop music radio listener – the year produced big changes. That’s when the Beatles stormed America. It was the beginning of a worldwide cultural phenomenon.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
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Beatlemania, and the British invasion that followed it, turned American pop music on its ear. And top 40 radio, still profiting from the lingering but lanquishing post-Presley surge, couldn’t get Beatles records on the air fast enough. It all started months – actually years – before John, Paul, George and Ringo became household names in the U.S. A ’62 and ‘63 sensation in Great Britain, the Beatles were delayed from earlier American stardom partly because of endless recording company squabbling over release, distribution and royalty issues. Additionally, some big-name American pop music leaders – including American Bandstand’s Dick Clark – were unsure America was ready for the Beatles (those mop-top hair-dos). When the Fab Four avalanche was unleashed, a lot of rock radio was caught by surprise. Many station music and program directors were riding playlists heavy with long-standing MOR and chicken rock material. But before long, both bootleg and bona fide copies of early Beatles songs were echoing all over the map.
2 Dick Clark and VeeJay Record
In February of ’63, Seattle’s KJR did give air play to the famous VeeJay release “Please Please Me.” But it never took off and would be 11 more months before Beatles explosion. (Pat O’Day claims KJR was first in the country to play the VeeJay recording.) VeeJay re-released the song to much greater success a year later.
Here’s an early ’64 KJR radio aircheck, before the Beatles lit up the airwaves. This is a previously unheard portion of a Mike Phillips’ aircheck from Jan. 11, ’64. It was just a few days before the Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” began its rapid chart climb.
Aircheck – M. Phillips 4:38
Below is the KJR music survey at the time of Phillips’ aircheck. You’ll see “I want to Hold Your Hand” debuted at number 40. KJR charted the song at number 1 on Jan. 20, the same week the Beatles’ “She Loves You” debuted at number 12 — and a week before it jumped to number 2. The two songs were #1 and #2 on Billboard’s national Hot 100 in February and March, and again on Billboard’s year-end top 100. The Only other artist to claim the top 2 spots on Billboard’s best-of-the-year chart was Elvis Presley (“Don’t Be Cruel” and “Heartbreak Hotel”) in 1956.
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The KJR jock lineup in January of ‘64. All except Valley logged at least 5 years at KJR. Phillips, Roberts and O’Day did two stints at KJR each. Kay did three.
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January of ’64 saw a slow take-off for the Beatles revolution because financial difficulties and legal haggling continued among a handful of record companies. Those which released early Beatles hits in Great Britain – VeeJay, Swan, Tollie and others – were losing the rights, sales and distribution battle with recording giant Capitol Records. In a show of stubbornness, Capitol refused four times to release Beatles songs in 1963. 5 DJ characature
On the home front – like Seattle – other radio program and music directors joined O’Day (Les Williams and Ron Bailie, both at KOL), in clamoring for more Beatles. They’d nearly played the threads off the first two 45s. Except for tracks on albums released by VeeJay and Capitol (see below), it would be weeks before new single releases showed up on the radio or at local record outlets.
The chronology of events:
Sept. 16, ’63 – Swan Records releases “She Loves You,” mostly ignored at first but a huge hit 4 months later
Dec. 26, ’63 – Capitol Records starts release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (sells a million copies in 2 weeks)
Jan. 3, ’64 – A Beatles film clip shown on TV’s Jack Paar show (America’s first look at Beatles performing)
Jack Paar and the Beatles
Jan 10 – After several delays VeeJay releases first Beatles album in U.S. “Introducing the Beatles.” Its huge sales potential was cut short by litigation from Capitol whose deeper legal pockets forced the financially-strapped company to agree to surrender rights to all its Beatles recordings. Before that happened the following October, VeeJay released more singles and “Introducing” became one of the most counterfeited records in history. The Fab Four’s magic had been uncorked. Network TV and other national news coverage grabbed the attention of more than just the kids playing the records. Plans were announced for the Beatles to visit the U.S. Folks in the states, including most hit radio broadcasters, were overwhelmed by the Beatles impact.
Sullivan and BeatlesJan. 20 – Capitol, now realizing the Beatles gold mine, chose not to wait until all the legal dust settled by releasing its first Beatles album “Meet the Beatles.” It was promoted as the group’s first and included the two smash hits “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.” By mid-February it was the #1 album in America, a position it held for 11 weeks until replaced by “The Beatles Second Album.”
Jan. 30 – VeeJay re-releases single “Please Please Me” (B-side “From Me to You”) The record sells over 1 million copies.
Feb. 1 – Nationally, Capitol’s “I Want to Hold Your Hand” begins 7-week #1 run on Billboard Hot 100, holding Swan’s “She Loves You” at # 2 until Mar. 21 when it takes over #1 for two weeks. Again, broadcasting and music industry observers are amazed.
Feb. 7 – Beatles first trip to America, with more than 4,000 screaming fans greeting them at JFK Airport
Hot 10 0Feb. 9 – 73 million viewers see Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show. The group appears again on Sullivan (live) a week later (another 70-million watch) and again on tape on Feb. 23.
As more Beatles records were released in the U.S., four more songs broke the airwaves in February — another six in March and four more in April.
By spring, there was Beatles music all over the radio. What was believed to be a fad in January became a music phenomenon in April.
The group charted the top five songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 on April 4 (plus seven other songs) – an achievement never duplicated. A week later the Beatles owned 14 slots on Billboard’s Hot 100 (numbers 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 38, 48, 50, 52, 61, 74, 78 and 81), unparalleled command of America’s most heralded pop music barometer.
Beatles Hot 14 2:34
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The Beatles Seattle performance hit the city like a bolt of lightning. Mr. KJR Pat O’Day recalls what it was like.
Pat O’Day 1:44 (Courtesy of KPLU)
9 screaming girlsIn 1964, the Beatles literally conquered the U.S. They nearly reached the top of the mountain in the same 15-week period their first smash hit was on the Billboard Hot 100. Their Aug.-Sept. North American Tour gave America notice of what was to come. They etched their place in history before completing two more American tours in 1965 and ’66. And their legacy was a lock by producing scores of other unforgettable songs (now American standards) before their 1970 breakup.
The ‘64 American debut year wasn’t the group’s most creative, but it was the most prolific after Capitol records finally released a large backlog of pre-’64 recordings which were entirely new to American audiences. In the following montage the Beatles held five positions in the top 25 songs of ’64. The countdown starts with #25. AUDIO> Top 25 of ’64 2:06
10 Rolling Stone and British Invasion
Top 25 of ’64 2:06
By the time 1964 was over, the Beatles introduced to millions of American music fans countless British Isles performers who at one time occupied about a third of this country’s pop music charts – from the national Billboard Hot 100 to the local top 40 in Dubuque. It all erupted from an incredible ‘64 jump-start that arguably led to the nation’s most exciting music revolution. It’s been said the Beatles not only changed music, they changed the world. – Ron DeHart
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Ron DeHart Audio: Mike Phillips and Bill Munson
Two well known Seattle radio guys who never worked together in their early Pacific Northwest days. But they both went to San Francisco, and guess what happened? Yup, they each landed at the biggest rocker in the Bay Area. Phillips left KJR in late 1965, after a Seattle run that started at KAYO in late 1961. Munson — perhaps more accurately known by his birth name B.R. Bradbury — moved up to KFRC from KOL in 1970.

Phillips & Bradbury KFRC August 1970
Here’s a two-for-your money aircheck of Phillips and Bradbury doing a Saturday morning shift on KFRC in August, 1970. Bradbury was later Robert W. Morgan’s on-air partner (and Billboard Magazine’s “Radio Newsman of the Year”) at LA’s KHJ/KIQQ-FM. He later returned to Seattle for stints at KAYO and KJR, and lastly in Vancouver, B.C. Phillips’ later career included gigs in New York, Portland, Chicago and finally Los Angeles where he hired both Morgan and fellow great, the real Don Steele, while PD at KRTH. We lost both of these Pacific NW talents way too early, Bradbury in 2001, Phillips in 2006. I can’t think of two Seattle radio talents who better epitomized some of Puget Sound’s best. Enjoy the memories — this one is about 5:38.
— Ron DeHart

Bill Munson – BR Bradbury Showcase
Lockwood-BradburyWilliam R. Bradbury’s radio news career was a great example of a small-town guy making it big. B.R. grew up in Hoquiam where he got his first taste of radio in the early ’60s while a community college student. His first break in 1965 was when his booming voice and high energy as Bill Munson became well known at Seattle’s KOL. Then the big breaks just kept on comin’. On to bay area rocker KFRC in 1970, then in 1972 to the Los Angeles scene where he became primary on-air partner with Robert W. Morgan at KHJ/KIQQ. While there, Billboard Magazine named B.R. “Radio Newsman of the Year.” In 1978 he returned to Seattle — first to KJR, then KAYO, then back to KJR — before moving north to Vancouver, B.C. in 1983 where he finished his broadcasting career at CFUN in 1996. He was in the insurance business for about five years when stricken with a fatal heart attack in 2002 while driving in the Blaine-Birch Bay area. Here’s a five-part composite aircheck reflecting B.R.’s on-air skills. Running time about 3:42:

1 – KOL Seattle – news snippets from early ’66 and mid-’67
2 – KFRC San Francisco – “20-20 News” segment, Aug ’70, and a bay area phone voicer to KOL, July ’71
3 – KHJ/KIQQ Los Angeles – interplay with Robert W. Morgan/news update, late ’73
4 – KJR Seattle – Les Parsons-introduced sports commentary, fall ’79
5 – KJR Seattle – teaming up with jock Gary Lockwood/Police Blotter episode, Feb. ’81
To many in the Puget Sound area, Bradbury was one of the radio news kings when Top-40 was so huge in the mid and late ’60s. I recall missing his voice at KOL when he left town in 1970. A real professional.
— Ron DeHart

(Bradbury’s on-air name at KOL in ’65 was the brainstorm of PD Buzz Barr, who simply combined the last names of two of Seattle’s better known hydroplane racers at the time (Bill Muncey and Ron Musson). In 1970 Bradbury went back using his own first and middle initials when programmers at KFRC wanted to avoid having a second “Bill” in their on-air news staff.)

SAM LAWSON sent us this memoryblaster from 1970 – KJR Hydro Coverage featuring Pat O’Day, plus World Famous Sweet Tom Murphy (with color commentary), John Maynard, Gary Shannon, Tim Burgess, and at the controls back at the radio station, Robert Theodore Simon.

It runs 6:15 but Sam says “worth it for diehard Channel 95 fans.” YES! Happy 4th of July, Puget Sound!

Pat O’Day and the Famous Jingle
KJR Logo It was Puget Sound’s most recognized on-air radio jingle. Debuting in 1962 and lasting about 20 years, it’s familiarity spanned generations. It was KJR’s signature. And, of course, Pat O’Day had a major hand in bringing it to the airwaves. Here’s his brief story, as it was included in a Twisted Scholar video on Vimeo several years ago….. and a rather historical O’Day clip from 1968. Running time just under 1 minute.

Pat O'Day PhotoKJR SurveyFew broadcasters had greater impact on Pacific Northwest radio than O’Day. His 15 years at KJR — from jock to program director to general manager, 1959-1974 — and the talent he put on the air, built KJR into an empire which at times captured more than 35 percent of the greater Seattle listening market. He was nationally recognized in 1964, ’65 and ’66. Often forgotten by many was his even greater financial success as an organizer/promoter (O’Day and Associates and later Concerts West) of teen dances and big name music concerts. Those ventures propelled him to even higher levels which attracted legal challenges that his enterprises were unfairly monopolistic — allegations about which he was cleared, but which diminished his power-base. Nonetheless, after leaving KJR, O’Day’s financial stamina (through the sale of Concerts West) led to ownership of several radio stations, including KXA, KYYX and KORL in Honolulu. In the early 1980s O’Day’s fortunes fell on hard times and near bankruptcy. He later carved out success in the real estate business, which he still maintains today.
With the help of that jingle, was it possible for anyone to have had greater command of Puget Sound radio airwaves than what many of us remember as the Pat O’Day/KJR heyday of the 1960s and early ’70s? Absolutely not. Thanks for turning us on, Pat.

— Ron DeHart

Remembering KJR – Gas & Groz interview Pat O’Day
Gas & Groz interview Pat O’Day, the Godfather of Seattle Top 40 radio…

1968 aircheck / 2010 interview

And Now, It’s…Contest Time!!
A KJR Cash Call “Major Announcement” during the Kevin O’Brien program.
Pat O’Day steps in, following the Frank Thompson newscast, to announce….

[Sam Lawson audio]

Go_Go jingles used at Contest Time
Digging deep into the archieves is this “Let’s Play Go Go” contest open and close. The closing jingle does not sound like a PAMS creation. To me, it sounds like it’s from the company that produced the KAYO jingle packages.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

And Now, It’s…News Time!!
From the mid 60’s here is a news open that KJR used, voiced by Pat O’Day.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

Pat O’Day – How he Got His On-air Name
There are oodles of stories around about Pat O’Day, the vaunted godfather of Northwest Top 40 radio.
The most accurate accounts, of course, should be those he tells himself. So here it is — Pat (Paul Berg) recalling how his famous name came to be, shortly after his career move from Yakima to Seattle.

(This recording from Northwest Radio Voices/SoundCloud) About 1:45 – Ronald DeHart

Tom Murphy & Bob Dearborn at WCFL
bob dearbornTom Murphy After KOL, Bob Dearborn Before KIXI
On Chicago’s Super WCFL Together – 1973
If you ever wondered what happened to Tom Murphy after his quick blitz as KOL program director in 1972, here’s the answer. Murphy went to Chicago’s WCFL and was teamed with Bob Dearborn on morning drive. And here they are in January ’73 at a time when early ’70s pop music was softer, but CFL was still in a hard battle with longtime foe WLS. (You’ll hear several references to Larry Lujack, who was doing WCFL afternoon drive at the time.) Just over 20 years later Dearborn made an impressive five-year mark in Seattle as program director and on-air guy at KIXI. At 3:13 on the aircheck we hear a brief mid-’90s KIXI clip, with Dearborn’s dry humor coming through loud and clear.

Total audio running time about 4:22. wcfl survey

Murphy (40+ years) and Dearborn (nearly 48 years) had illustrious big-market careers marked by very young beginnings. Sweet Tom converted six solid years at KJR into nearly 20 years in Los Angeles plus five years in Chicago. It’s been said he may be the only one to jock with both Don Steele (Portland) and Larry Lujack (Seattle and Chicago). Murphy’s 18-year-old start at KISN (1959) is outshined by Dearborn’s first on-air job (1960) at age 15 in Hamilton, Ontario — reported to be a long-standing Canadian record. Dearborn logged 16 years in Chicagoland radio over four decades and was for eight years the producer/host of RKO’s Night Time America. He also did radio stints in St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Tampa, Pittsburgh and Toronto. He claims to have moved 38 times in his radio career. The airwaves have lost a lot with the deserved retirement of these two broadcast gentlemen.
— Ron DeHart

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Pat O’Day as Paul Berg at KLOQ Yakima

But what happened in late 1956 was a last minute surprise which saw McCaw Broadcasting put the KLOQ call letters in Yakima, vice old KYAK. So 1590 AM Seattle became KTIX until it changed to KETO in the early ‘60s. As it turned out, KLOQ (“Clock” ) was Pat O ’Day’s Yakima launch pad for much bigger things to come in Seattle. Using his Paul Berg birth name, he worked for Bill Shela (Shela at KXRN Renton ’48, KOL and KJR early 50s, KAYO ’56 and ’62) at KLOQ in late ‘58 and early ‘59.
The following composite audio captures Yakima-to-Seattle events in the Berg-to-O’Day transition. First you’ll hear Berg on KLOQ (with Shela voice-overs) in January ’59, just a few days before Berg left for KAYO Seattle. Second (recorded some years later by Northwest Radio Voices/Sound Cloud) is O’Day’s own words describing his name change. And third is an O’Day aircheck at KAYO in the summer of ’59, a segment that includes newsman Jim Harrison right before a news getaway intro to the Fabulous Wailers’ “Road Runner.”

Audio runs 5:48
O’Day left KAYO before the end of ’59, firing up the KJR engines during his 15 years as Channel 95’s program director and then general manager. He was one of several who made the move from KLOQ to various Puget Sound stations. Others were Frosty Fowler (KING-AM), the Autographed KAYO promotion photo previously mentioned Bill Shela , Jerry Kay (KOL, KJR, KYYZ, others), Bob Piatt (KIRO, KTNT), Bob [ Tria ] O’Neil (KBRC, KPUG, KGMI) and Lee Hurley (KQDE/KUDY) to name a few. As for KLOQ, it had a pretty good pop music run in Yakima until 1963 brought new ownership.
Aside from KLOQ, there were a number of other one-time Yakima broadcasters who carved out notable careers elsewhere: “the real” Don Steele (KIMA, later KHJ and others), Bill Wippel (KOL, KIXI, KIRO), Tim Hunter (KING-AM, KOMO-AM, KLSY), Ed Howell (KAYO), Darrel Sauve [Dave Allen] (KTAC, KING, KMO, KVI, KOL others), Bill Doane (KASY, KVI), Dave Yates (KJRB, KJR, KLSY), Ron Magers (KAYO, later WLS-TV), Steve Knight ( WCBS, CBS and FOX), Don Riggs (33 years at KMPS), Steve Montgomery (KIMA, KREM, KFKF, KIRO-AM, KISW), Gene Wike (KIMA-TV, KING-TV) and Gary Justice (KIMA-TV, KING-TV and KIRO-TV). — Ron DeHart

Jazzy KJR jingle
Here is a KJR jingle, from 1965, done in the style of Ramsey Lewis. It’s a dub from a tape cart at KJR. I don’t know if this was a PAMS creation or if Ramsey Lewis was commissioned to record this jingle.

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Duane Smart

How about a flashback in radio history, probably 1966, when KJR’s Pat O’Day and Lan Roberts recorded a series of episodes of “Wonder Mother”? It was only a few years ago that I realized the Wonder Mother Theme came from a Reprise LP called “Sunday Morning With The Comics”, by Jimmy Bowen and his Orchestra and Chorus. After the Wonder Mother open is the actual Reprise LP track, in stereo. Sadly, I don’t have any Wonder Mother episodes that ran on KJR.

From the Reprise LP, did you recognize Gary Owens as the announcer at the beginning of the track? I didn’t have the time to dig out the LP, but here is a pic from Ebay:

Jimmy Bowen Orchestra & Chorus [Reprise] Wonder Mother
Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

Larry Lujack June 6, 1940 – Dec. 18, 2013

Larry Lujack was 73 in when he died at home in New Mexico (to esophageal cancer). He’d been retired from radio for some time. His on-air style was sarcastic, grumpy and humor infectious (which led to a long run in the country’s third largest radio market), setting an undeniable mark for others. It’s been reported other well knowns, like David Lettermen and Rush Limbaugh, were among those who adopted Lujack’s style.
Most folks who listened to Seattle radio in the 60’s know Uncle Lar jump-started his career at KJR. Although only at Channel 95 two and-a-half years, Lujack helped propel KJR to the pop music institution nobody could ignore. He was part of a talented lineup that included Lan Roberts, Pat O’Day, Lee Perkins, Dick Curtis, Tom Murphy and Jerry Kaye, to name the more notables. That was from the spring of ’64 through the fall of ’66. Lujack was a classic example of what KJR wanted: a personality that touched the human mystique. Lujack poked fun at things listeners identified with but didn’t expect to hear on the radio.
This July ’66 aircheck is a great example — Lujack being himself. It runs about 8:35, and includes snippets of Dick Curtis, Lan Roberts and finally Jim Martin, doing sports and news of the day.
Audio > Here 8:35

KJR Fabulous Fifty in Seattle P-I, July 22, 1966
(as mentioned in Lujack audio aircheck above)

Oft-times Lujack’s on-air performance seemed loose and disorganized — exactly what Bill Drake and other radio programming gurus said could not produce number 1 ratings. But KJR, with its delivery of personalities, proved ’em wrong in Seattle.

It can be argued Lujack became one of the more famous to make the big time after a Seattle experience. His career track started in small-town Idaho, then Spokane, then KJR. After a brief move to Boston, he landed in Chicago (early ’67) where he worked for nearly 25 years. While in the Windy City, Lujack jockeyed for nearly 20 years between big-time rockers WLS and WCFL. It’s reported he signed a 12-year $6 million contract with WLS — said to be the most lucrative in radio at that time. WLS and WCFL went to great financial lengths to prevent “Lujack raiding,” including (1976) each buying out part of the competition’s unexpired Lujack contract and (1987) WLS agreeing to five-year post-employment contract payouts.
On those occasions when I heard Uncle Lar in both Chicago and Seattle, his voice always seemed synonymous with KJR.
— Ron DeHart

Ballad of the Mad Streaker

In 1974, former KJR DJ, Larry Lujack, stepped into a recording studio to make this recording. Larry, of course became a major player in Chicago radio. I suppose one could guess it must have gotten airplay in the Chicago area, but it did not chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. I don’t even recall hearing it on the air in Seattle.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

KJR Series 29 PAMS Jingles

KJR Jingles “Thanks For The Memories”

KJR Reunion featuring Kevin O’Brien, Burl Barer, Gary Shannon

John Stone – KJR November 1960

Pat O’Day – KKMI

KJR Cash Call with Lan Roberts

Gary Shannon – KJR

Mike Phillips – KJR

95 KJR Jingle Montage

Norm Gregory – KPUG 1967

Norm Gregory montage KJR 1969-1971

Norm Gregory – KJR 1971

Norm Gregory – KZOK 1980
Charlie Brown – KJR early-1980s
Ichabod Caine – KJR (1976)
Excerpt of final Pat Cashman show on KJR 3-18-2005

Roy Otis aircheck [John Maynard]

Tom Murphy GoodGuyRadio first day/KISN/Portland tribute station

Who knew???

Radio London, on the air from December ’64 to August ’67 was a pirate radio station was the brain child of a Texan. He originally thought of using KLIF radio, in Dallas as his model and was going to play tapes of KLIF on Radio London. But, realized programming need to be done live to suit the British audiences. RCA outfitted the the studio and probably the transmitter in the United States. They even used some PAMS jingles. So, what we called The KJR Concerto, was know there as the Sono Waltz, obviously named after the Sonovox and the unique sound it made. The Sonovox goes back to the 40’s. Most of us will remember many KJR PAMS jingles used the Sonovox.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

O’Day stations

Here are about 11 minutes of Old Gold 77 KXA Jingles, including the KXA “Concerto”. I don’t ever recall KXA playing it. Enjoy this nice blast from the past.

Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart

96 KYYX Jingles

Tommy Morgan 770 KXA


kjr A vignette that aired daily on KJR and Top 40 stations across the nation – STORY LADY. The stories were a twist on how we may have originally been told the tale.

Story Lady presents “Princess Edna And The Knight”
Now you can do your own story lady or man stories with the theme. It’s from an Audio Fidelity Sound effects LP.
Mr. Music Man
Duane Smart