Courting Country

Twisting-the-dial August 10, 1986 Ray Court probably still is most familiar as a genial KVI personality of the ’60s and early ’70s. But he’s very much in the radio listener’s ear, a booming bass voice on many radio commercials. He was also the owner of KRPM-FM, Tacoma country-music station, during its most dynamic growth
Court, under his full name, Ray Courtmanche, has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to purchase KJUN from Wes Monroe.
KJUN, a modest country-music station licensed to Puyallup, once was named KRPM-AM (way before the new owners of KRPM-FM got a different AM frequency and activated the name again).
Little more than two years ago, Ray and Cheri Courtmanche sold the AM station to Monroe and then focused on their two-year-old acquisition: KRPM-FM. A year ago, the Courts sold KRPM to Olympic Broadcasters, and it looked like they would retire.
In a month or two, he’s likely to be back in the business. “It’s a nice little radio station,” Court said. “I think I could make it better if I pumped a little money into it.”
Speaking of radio sales: Last week, Shamrock Broadcasting Co. Inc. said it had agreed to buy KQKT, Seattle, from Seattle Radio Ltd. Partnership for $7.5 million. Principal owner of KQKT had been Dennis Behan, owner of a Tucson, Ariz., radio station. He is retaining the Tucson station.
Behan had owned KQKT less than two years.
Steve Jacobs, a shareholder and general manager at KQKT, said there’s a good time to sell anything: “When someone offers a reasonable price, you sell.”
Behan acquired the frequency for $4.5 million, sold it for $7.5 million, but had limited income from commercials in the two years.
Shamrock Broadcasting is a subsidiary of Shamrock Holdings Inc., an investment concern owned by the family of Roy Disney, a relative of the late Walt Disney.
Also on the sales front: As KHIT management firms up an agreement for rented tower space on Capitol Hill, it is expected that the new owners, Gannett Broadcasting, may take over operation of the Bremerton-Seattle station Aug. 20.
Programming news
A new call-in talk show is scheduled to begin this weekend on KING-AM, 1090 kHz. Bob Brinker’s “Moneytalk,” airing from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, is live from New York City.
“Music from the Hearts of Space” is in reruns now, so if you check listings on Fridays and Saturdays, you can anticipate the mood that might be set with the new-age music. Themes range from feelings, such as one would encounter in the icy-cold North Country, to adventurous “Arabesque” themes. The program series is produced in San Francisco.
“Hearts” airs at 11 p.m. Fridays on KUOW, 94.9 mHz., and at 6 p.m. Saturdays on KPLU, 88.5 mHz.
Across the dial…
When Andy Barber packs it in, the dust doesn’t settle. Barber left KHIT last week for a new job in Jacksonville, Fla. Barber’s career has bounced him through dozens of cities, but after a seven-year absence, Barber returned to morning-show work in Seattle with a full-year commitment. The year was up July 4. Barber was gone July 27. . . .
George Harris, KING-AM assignment editor, has been named news director, working with Greg Tantum, now program operations manager. Harris will continue some reporting. . . . Joey Randall, formerly with KIXI-FM, has taken weekend work at KLSY-AM-FM. . . . Robert O’Brien, former personality on such stations as KKMI and KRKO, has taken weekend work on KVI. . . . Becky Brenner has returned to KMPS midmornings, from maternity leave. . . . Colleen Robbins, KMPS’s nighttime disc jockey, is due to take her maternity leave in midmonth. . . . Beth Albert has joined KMPS as a production assistant.

Brakeman Bill spotlights learning

OCTOBER 1962 Junior League football teams of the area and their coaches are featured Wednesdays on the “Brakeman Bill Show” on KTNT-TV, in cooperation with the Tacoma Park Dep’t. The assistant superintendent of recreation for the agency introduces the players and coaches, and comments on various aspects of the Junior League football program.

Educational materials have been sent by Brakeman Bill McLain of KTNT-TV here to an impoverished school in Huajintian, a small mountain village about 190 miles below Mexico City, in the state of Guerrero. The shipment included pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, various
kinds of colored paper, tablets and other usual school supplies, all donated by KTNT-TV sponsors. Huajintian has a school, a teacher and a blackboard, he said. “The children are very industrious. They’re hungry to learn, and they willingly practice their lessons in the dirt if paper and pencil aren’t available.” McLain became aware of the situation when he passed through the Mexican village in the course of a trip late this Summer.

Radio Tower Permit Sought

April 14, 1962 An application for a conditional-use zoning permit to establish a radio station with a 60-foot tower was filed yesterday by KRAB, a recently formed, noncommercial broadcasting organization. Lorenzo W. Milam, president, asked the permit for the property at 9028 Roosevelt Way N.E. Milam said there are other radio towers in the district.

December 17, 1962 — One of the more novel broadcasting experiments began operation here Thursday when KRAB FM took the air on 107.7 megacycles. The new frequency modulation outlet is unusual on several counts. The station was built and is manned by volunteer help; it will specialize in offbeat programming not otherwise available and the entire operation will be strictly non-commercial, period. Listeners in short will be spared the blessing of a few thousand well-chosen words from the sponsor after every selection. Whether the 20-kilowatt station makes it without advertising revenue will be up to listeners. Those who appreciate its programming will be asked for contributions to sustain the operation. The station is on the air from 5 o’clock in the afternoon until 11 at night and expects to offer daytime programming beginning next month. The transmitter and studios are in the old donut shop at 9029 Roosevelt Way. Lorenzo W Milam, a former announcer with KPFA, a non-commercial outlet operated by the Pacifica Foundation in Berkeley California is the spark plug behind the venture. His volunteer staff includes Robert Garfias as music director, Gary Margason as program director and Jeremy Landsman in charge of poetry and drama. Milam reports the station’s purpose is to present as many viewpoints as possible on the air.”We have 8 volunteer commentators now,” he said, “and we will bank heavily on forums and interviews, with opinion ranging from the far left to the far right. We intend to KRAB about a lot of things.” Most of these programs will pursue an “open end” pattern, running an hour, two hours or more. “Time is unimportant to us,” Milam said. “Our roundtable discussions will continue to their natural conclusion as the issue warrants.” Other programming features will be classical music not ordinarily heard on other stations, readings from the classics, drama, and general commentary. This will include such way out fare as Chinese operas and readings from Cicero in Latin with a jazz background. Some pessimists may argue there is no compelling demand for Cicero in Latin with or without Jazz accompaniment but Milam and his volunteers rate a 21-gun salute for having the courage to try something different. (C.J. Skreen – Seattle Times)

KISS my call letters

New PD at KISS 106.1 KBKS & POWER 93.3 KPWK is from Portland’s Jam’N 107.5 & Z100 FM. His name is Justin Riley…Brooke & Jubal, pictured with your humble blogmeister, have expanded their syndication net to Hot AC Star 107.9 KVGS Meadview AZ/Las Vegas…FOX Sports Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd has added several new stations including 850 KHHO-Tacoma….Speaking of call letters that suck, we have a series of deplorable call signs here in the Pacific Northwest. KKMO, KKXA, KTTH, KHHO, KBUP, KKDZ, KKOL – sorry, it sucks –KNTS – think about it — KYFQ, KYYO, KDDS, KKWF, KHTP, KMTT, and the worst, KFOO. Just think of the great call letters given up over the years.
Hopefully, someone will come up with really nifty new call letters for 88.5 KPLU. There are only a few more days to enter that contest.

Choose the new 88.5 call letters & WIN!!


KING, KJAZ, KJAM and KNEW are already taken.

The folks who will build the next iteration of radio station KPLU are looking a new name.

KPOT, KPUG, KBOP and KOOL also are spoken for.

Brenda Goldstein Young, with the Friends of 88.5, writes to say, “Part of the Friends of 88.5 FM’s agreement with Pacific Lutheran University is that we will no longer use the KPLU call letters. So, on the advice of KPLU’s morning Midday Jazz host Dick Stein, we are asking the public for suggestions on what our new call letters should be.”

The winner will be the first person to give voice to those new letters live, on the air.

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