1983 Radio Highlights

JANUARY – KAYO switches from Country to A/C and becomes KSPL…
FEBRUARY – Rich Robertson resigns as VP/GM of KJR for the GM post at crosstown KOMO… KMPS AM & FM announces plans to broadcast computer data…
MARCH – Ed Wodka named VP/GM of Metromedia’s KJR… KXA & KYYX file for financial reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws…
MAY – KING-AM ND John Erickson is upped to Director/News & Operations…KYYX names Van Johnson PD, filling a longtime opening…
JUNE – KMJK/Portland VP/GM Victor Ives heads group that buys station from Harte-Hanks for reported $2.5 million…KZAM FM announces plans to drop 25+ AOR in favor of A/C and change calls to KLSY…Lee Rogers, with KMPS for the past eight years, is the new OM for KGHL & KIDX/Billings…
JULY 1983 – Sunbelt acquires KRAB for $4 million from Jack Straw Memorial Foundation…
AUGUST 1983 – KVI VP/GM J. Shannon Sweatte takes on added managerial duties for sister FM KPLZ…Transtar Radio Network forms new longform syndication division with Mike
Harvey as VP/Special Programming and former Satellite Music Network President Ivan Braiker handling marketing, sales, advertising, and production…Beau Phillips named Programming
Consultant for Kaye-Smith Broadcasting…KNBQ PD Gary Bryan becomes PD at KISW…Langan & West move to KMET/Los Angeles for mornings from KISW…
OCTOBER – Don Hofmann named OD and Sean Lynch PD at KNBQ…Jane Wallace tapped as KLSY & KJZZ GSM…KUBE after-noon man Bob Case upped to PD as Charlie Brown retains morning show…
NOVEMBER – Former KJR/Seattle PD Tracy Mitchell returns as PD…
DECEMBER – Duffy Broadcasting has agreed in principle to purchase KIXI-FM from Walter Nelskog. No purchase price will be disclosed until contracts are signed. KIXI-FM operates at 95.7 mHz with a power of 100kw at an antenna height of 1100 feet above average terrain. Duffy Broadcasting also owns KLIR/Denver and KCNR-AM & FM/Portland…

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Christmas Music Before Thanksgiving. HERESY!

WARM 106.9 is now playing Christmas tunes. STAR 101.5 starts SANTA FM on Friday at 9 a.m…John Kessler, in the style of a laid-back, Progressive Rock DJ delivers all-Blues every Saturday and Sunday night at 6 p.m. The show runs both nights until midnight on KNKX 88.5 FM. Good stuff!…All the sexual misconduct in Hollywood makes me wonder why the lid hasn’t blown off radio lately. Has the industry cleaned up its act? Unlikely. Sex, drugs/alcohol and rock ‘n’ roll. (Country, Smooth Jazz, News-Talk, Sports) Radio has it all…KFNY are the new call letters for 102.9 which was KFOO. Also changing call letters is KUBE 104.9 which will become KTDD. iHeart Radio swapped calls from its Riverside and San Bernadino sister stations. Both KFNY and KTDD are on the block as iHeart gets three stations from CBS Radio, KFNQ 1090, KJAQ 96.5 and KZOK 102.5 which fall out of the CBS Radio/Entercom merger. So, who will buy KFNY, KTDD? Lennie the Cabbie says “Watch for a blowtorch Hindi FM in Seattle soon.”

KTVW expands late night schedule

December 5, 1962 – Swing shift workers who get home too late for even The Late Late Show will get an unexpected Christmas present. Those within range of Channel 13’s signal will be able to tune in television until 2:30 o’clock in the morning beginning December 17th. The KTVW-TV management announced yesterday that the Tacoma Independent station is one of the first two stations in the nation to sign for a program participation plan offered by the Independent Television Corporation. Under the plan the New York-based distributing company will make programs available to the station for late-night telecasting after Channel 13 normally is off the air. KTVW-TV which has been signing off at 11:30 will add 15 hours of telecast time weekly to it’s schedule, offering shows until 2:30 or later in the morning Monday through Friday. Under terms of the pact, the Tacoma station will pay the programming company for its product if the shows acquire sufficient sponsor revenue. If not, the service is offered free to stations with payment of minor service and shipping charges. KTVW’s revamped schedule will include such series as the Best of the Post, Cannonball, Charlie Chan Mysteries, Interpol Calling, New York Confidential and Four Just Men, From 11:30 to 1 o’clock. The station will conclude its broadcast schedule weeknights with Swing Shift Theater, featuring 90 minute RKO Motion Pictures produced between 1942 and 1955. At one time KTVW-TV attempted to keep the tubes lit up on a similar schedule but the service was suspended two years ago due to lack of sponsor interest. Channel 13 additional programming may not be regarded as any particular blessing in some quarters, but the night owl fraternity undoubtedly will welcome the service. Seattle’s newest radio station, KETO-AM, officially took the air at 6 o’clock this morning on 1590 kilocycles. Owned by William A. Boeing Junior., the station will take the kilocycle assignment of KTIX which went off the air six months ago. The 5000 watt AM station will complement Boeing’s KETO-FM and FM stereo operation and the combined facilities are being billed as the state’s first three-dimensional station. Simultaneous AMand FM programs will be offered from 6 o’clock in the morning until 6 in the evening and from 10 o’clock at night to 1 in the morning Monday through Saturday. In the period between 6 and 10 o’clock KETO-FM will present separate stereo programming. Sunday broadcasts on both AM and FM outlets will conclude at 10 at night. KETO programming will feature “the album sound” – vocal and instrumental music in the popular field. Jack Link is general manager and George Edgar serves as station manager.

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