85 KTAC Jingles
KTAC-Tacoma’s Big 85
Through much of the 1970s KTAC-AM gave Tacoma something it probably never had before: a station that strongly competed with Seattle’s big boys. The big 85’s Top 40 format went head-to-head in the late ’60s with KJR and KOL, and later KING as well. <>P
KTAC’s success continued on with a talented KTAC’s success continued on with a talented on-air crew which included a lot of big names with prior or later Seattle credentials. Guys like Bobby Simon (three KTAC stints), Steve West, Bob Hardwick, Danny Holiday, Lee Perkins, Robert O. Smith, Don Wade, Tom Connors, Ric Hansen (and Bill Taylor and Chuck Bolland). A complete list — if it exists –would be pretty impressive. (Some quick research below turns up the names of 80 on-air talents from the late 60s into the 80s. Apologies to any others I’ve missed.) KTAC rode its success into the 80’s when, like many of the AMs, it faltered to the rise of the FMs, specifically KNBQ. Here’s an audio compilation of KTAC-AM, starting with Bruce Cannon, the guy many felt was the station’s heart and soul in its hey-day. The Cannon composite includes clips from ’73, ’75 and ’77, with news/other jock voices and commercial blurbs that should echo some great memories. Then you’ll hear some of the finer samples of Robert O. Smith’s multiple voice antics from ’72 and ’74. And finally, Don Wade — another big KTAC fav — with a great syndication promotion clip that likely helped boost his career to a number of big-market gigs (including WLS). Unfortunately, none of these three superb talents are any longer with us. Unfortunately, none of these three superb talents are any longer with us. > Composite run time about 5:36
The most knowledgeable KTAC guy I know is this blog site’s master Jason Remington who logged lots of KTAC time as Lou Robbins from ’89 and into the ‘90s when the station was overtaken by changing times. But in the 70s it was fun to watch the big boys like KJR squirm as KTAC was eating into their listener numbers.
Here’s that On Air Talent Roll Call – (in no particular order) Gary Crow, Chuck Ellsworth, John Welsh, Danny Holiday, Steve Lloyd, Paul Thompson, Dick Haugan, Ken Cooper, Nick Diamond, Bob Cochran, Steve Blackburn, Peter McLaine, Dan Walker, Tom Reddick, Lee Perkins, Ed Isenhart, Derek Shannon, Lee Askervold, Bruce McMichael, Bill Taylor, Ric Hansen, Bruce Cannon, Steve Davidson, Tom Jeffries, Bobby Simon, Steve West, Bobby McAllister, Scott McKay, Bill Dudley, Robert O. Smith, J.J. Valley, Michael O’Brien, Marsh Terry, Dave Allen, Don Wade, Doug Klippert, Sean Carter, Paul Jakeman, Jaynie Dillon, Todd Mitchell, John Nelson, Rob Sherwood, Kacie Sommers, John Williams, Jeff Rynard, Dan Moore, Kirk Russell, Don Patrick, Rick Donovan, Paul Chambers, Steve Michaels, Vick Orlando, Greg Cook, Ron Erickson, Dick Jenkins, Scott Norman, Bob Case, Randy Rowland, Steve Walker, Don Oliver, Gary Franklin, Dave Christianson, Ron Norris, J.J. Reagan, Paul Miller, Ron Harris, Bob Hardwick, Tom Connors, Lou Robbins, Jack Allen, Lee Knudsen, Mike Garland, Dick Roth, Joe Fiala, Chuck Bolland, Ken Mattler, Bill Ogden, Ann D’Angelo
Robert O. Smith KTAC Thanksgiving 1972 [jingle: “with FM…]
Bill Ogden/Marc Taylor
KBRD FM September 2 1989 1989
KOMO 1000 News July 2001
KOMO News- KIRO 710 and KING TV 5 Traffic Reports
KOMO Traffic Reports
KXXO August 30 1997
Bill Ogden/Marc Taylor KBRD FM November 11 1989
KXXO October 11 1997
KXXO October 12 1997
Mix 92.5 and KVI Traffic Reports 2003 as Marc Taylor
Bruce Cannon memorial
Jason Remington/Lou Robbins
Lou Robbins-Bill Ogden KTAC September 1990
Lou Robbins – KTAC Tacoma 1990
Lou Robbins – KMTT Seattle 1991
Lou Robbins – KOOL Phoenix 1997
Lou Robbins – KOOL Phoenix 1997 – short
His name became a household word in 1960s Seattle radio. His “That’s the Way the Ball Bounces” feature was a real listener-grabber for KJR. And his authoritative on-air delivery elevated channel 95’s news product well above most run-of-the-mill rock ‘n roll radio stations of the day. Charles C. Bolland, whose title was news director, cut a pretty big swath from 1964 to 1970. But his career certainly went deeper, wider and farther than KJR. Like many of us in broadcasting, Bolland needed to move on to other pastures. An opportunity in Cincinnati took him to another well-established Top-40 giant. That WSAI assignment led to a taste of radio management and later on-air work at Cincinnati’s WKRC AM-TV. His Ohio experience, including a year at WIXY in Cleveland, lasted six years. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1976 and for 10 years was Tacoma’s KTAC news director. But, sure enough, high interest in his bouncing ball sports opinions (although not always about sports) again led to a daily sports commentary. Always fresh, bold and acerbic. Yes, even scarcastic — but incisive in telling it like it was, often amusing and certainly enlightening.
Here’s a composite aircheck of Bolland from his KJR and KTAC days. Running time about 4:02.
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Again, as most of us found out, there is life AFTER broadcasting. Bolland left KTAC in 1986 for a six-year public information officer job with the Washington State Legislature in Olympia. He then moved over to what became a 16-year position at the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife where he produced audio-visual products and a monthly cable TV program. And, to no one’s surprise, Bolland has for several years continued producing and distributing weekly sports commentaries for a sizeable group of Northwest broadcast outlets. And the ball just keeps bouncin’. . .
(Some audio clips from the Shanaman Sports Museum of Tacoma.)
— Ron DeHart