Sound bites: Buzz word slingers

Emotions-annoyance“Sea change” indicates a fundamental transformation with far-reaching, revolutionary ramifications. However, for most buzzword slingers, it has come to mean almost any change at all. It is a term used too often these days. I cringe every time I hear it.

Having said that — another phrase that grates on my nerves. That having been said, I digress.

Please! Stop digressing and stick to the subject. And stop filling time with needless phrases like, “having said that” and “I digress.”

This is a lot of annoyance to unpack. That is another annoying word “unpack.” Now, issues don’t need to be examined, they need to be unpacked. Pack your bags and get the Hell outta earshot (asunder, out of range, yonder).

Do you want to sound hip, cool (trendy, in vogue, all the rage), stop with the annoying buzz words and go back to using simple language, not a catch phrase or the days most popular shibboleth.


FCC approves two new stations

Stredicke-of-Seattle-Times1December 22, 1963 – The Federal Communications Commission has approved licenses for two new area radio stations. KAGT, an Anacortes outlet which began broadcasting last week, features popular and semi-classical music from 6 a.m. until midnight on 1340 kilocycles. It will also air Anacortes High School basketball games.
KBRO, when it goes on the air, will be a full-time FM stereo station, programming dinner music and show tunes 18 hours a day. The outlet, owned by the Bremerton Broadcast Co., will have an effective radiated power of 30 kilowatts and will broadcast on 106.9 megacycles.

KFOA 6th Anniversary – September 1927

KFOA studioMany and varied are the features which have been broadcast over KFOA, the station of Rhodes Department Store, during its six years existence as a pioneer station of the Pacific Northwest.
Beginning as a small 10-watt station occupying a corner of the combined studio and transmitting room, KFOA has kept pace with radio developments. It’s antenna is a familiar landmark in the Seattle skyline and the station is one of the best-known in this district.
It is interesting to note the many special events which have been presented over KFOA from time to time for the pleasure of the Northwest listeners.
On November 26, 1924, the first broadcast of a brass band was presented from the studio of KFOA, and the 29th of the same month the Army-Navy football game was broadcast by telegraphic reports from the East.
The first large musical event to be presented over the air by remote control was the Amphion concert at Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus on Wednesday, December 3.

This was followed by the broadcast of the opening of the Olympic Hotel, an event of great civic interest.
Previous to this KFOA had been selected to be the outlet in the Northwest for the broadcast of the President’s speech from Washington DC. This was the first national chain broadcast over a network of stations covering the entire United States. On July 4, 1925, KFOA was a member of they National chain which presented a National Defense Day program during which the voices of Vice President Dawes, Gen. Pershing and others were heard by radio for the first time in Seattle and vicinity.
On the evening of May 29, 1925, the opening program at the Monte Christo Hotel at Everett was broadcast by special remote control connections.
The first regular programs broadcast from a theater in Seattle were started on March 30, 1925, when the huge organ and the 40-piece orchestra at the Coliseum Theater were presented twice a week for a half-hour.
Sports broadcasts always have been a major feature of KFOA programs. The first regular football games were presented in 1923 from the Stadium and even since that time football has been a yearly activity of the station.
World Series baseball games also have attracted as much attention as any other sport. KFOA can be counted upon to serve its listeners again this year with the World Series games as it has always done in the past.
The broadcast of the Washington-California crew race in 1925 remains as an outstanding achievement. Due to the combined efforts of a dozen or more radio experts and the use of short wave radio communication, listeners were able to hear the program of the race as it actually happened from start to finish.
Championship boxing contests, basketball, hockey and Pacific Coast League ballgames are among the many sport programs which come to listeners of KFOA.

On the evening of May 9, 1926, the first of the series of programs was presented from the studio of KGW at Portland over the newly organized Northwest Chain consisting of KFOA Seattle, KGW Portland and KHQ Spokane.
This chain has continued to present high-class programs since that date and is at the present time recognized as a source of wholesome entertainment. There is hardly a radio listener in the whole Northwest who has not listened with a great deal of pleasure to the famous “Hoot Owls.” Incidentally we might mention that this aggregation of comedians will resume operations on Friday evening at 10:30 and will have Chuck Whitehead and his orchestra as leading members once more.

April 11, 1927 marked the opening of the Pacific Coast Network of the National Broadcasting Company, of which KFOA is a member. This great broadcasting organization was induced to come to the Pacific Coast through the combined efforts of KFOA, KGW, KPO and KFI.
These four well-known stations had been trying for some time to either perfect a chain of their own on the Coast or have the National Broadcasting Company form one.
Consequently a meeting was held in New York which resulted in the present organization designed to present programs on a scale never before attempted.
That this company is fulfilling its promises of outstanding programs is evidenced by the recent broadcast of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras, the Lindbergh reception program, the Dempsey boxing contest and the regular daily programs from San Francisco.
Programs already booked on both the Northwest and Pacific Coast chains for the coming fall and winter season will ensure the listeners of KFOA of the best there is in radio.

Ratings Book Identifies Listener Favorites

ratings race Morton-Kevin August 10, 1975 / The Arbitron ratings, as mentioned a few weeks back, reported KOMO as the most popular radio station overall, but that Bob Hardwick, KVI morning personality, has the more listeners in his day-part than any other disc jockey in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area. Requests followed for information on other segments of the listening day. Prefacing with the reminder that ratings were designed to be used by advertisers to get an idea of the indefinable radio audience, here are some simplified answers.
Teen-agers, naturally, want to know who is the most popular in the “after school” timeslot. According to the April-May figures from the rating service, it was a neck-and-neck race.
KJRs Kevin O’Brien, since departed, had a full quarter (25.1 share) of the area teen-agers listening to him. KING AM’s Gary Lockwood had a close 24 share.
A 12 share of Seattle-Tacoma-Everett teens were listening to KTAC’s Robert O Smith, since defecting to KVI.
Decidedly lesser in teen listeners were KOL AM, KOL FM, and KZOK. Incidental teen listeners were reported on such stations as KISW, KLAY, KOMO, KUUU and KGDN.
The survey shows that teenagers, in this rating, at least, were not to be caught dead listening to such stations as KAYO, KBIQ, KETO, KMO, KWYZ, KXA and KYAC. The stations had no reported afterschool teens.
Adults in the afternoon drivetime (Same thing as afterschool–3-7PM) also like KJR but favored KOMO and KVI. KOMO had an 8.4 share of women and a 10.9 share of men listening to Don Cannon, ace afternoon announcer. KVI’s Jack Morton had an eight share of women and 11 share of men listeners–his best ratings ever.
Continuing a stereotyped demographic description: most men “driving home from work” were tuned to KVI or KOMO. But others were favoring KIRO FM (obviously the ones already home since FM car radios art that evident) and KJR (7.4 each) and KIRO AM (seven point). KIXI’s combined figures show that it’s News 90 news block drew a male audience of 7.9 compared to KIRO AM’s NewsRadio block with 7. — Both healthy figures for quantities of news-listeners. Women’s afternoon favorites were overwhelmingly KOMO, KVI, KIRO FM and KIXI AM and KIXI FM.
Back to total audience figures, nighttime radio saw KING AM get it’s only strong daypart. From 7 PM to midnight, KING AM’s 8.3 edged out KJR’s 8.1. The third most popular station at night was KVI with the 7.8 share. (KVI’s usual fare in that time included Theater of the Mind and soccer.) FM listeners massed faithfully around KIRO FM’s beautiful music to make it forth, beating out KOMO. KOMO Had a 6.9 Share, equal to combined 6.9 share of KIXI AM and KIXI FM at night.
With the exception of KING FM’s classical music toting up a respectable 4.6 share, the 32 other radio stations surveyed in the period ranged in the threes, twos and (gulp) less-than-ones at night.

KOL’s license-transfer to Hercules Broadcasting has been approved by the FCC and most folks expect that by September 1 you’ll be hearing the new format… Rich Erickson left KOL last week to take a midday disc jockey slot at WLCY Tampa…Bob Oxarat, KOL station manager, has moved to KPOK Portland… Roy H. Park has agreed to purchase KEZX, subject to approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Park Broadcasting properties include AM-FM-TV combinations in Tennessee and Virginia and two Portland stations, KWJJ and KJIB… Rick Evans from Salem, has joined the staff at KZOK. He’s on the air from 7 PM to midnight weekdays.

Unexpected interest in Wally Nelskog’s radio station call-letter tinkering finally got Nelskog himself into the act.
The president of KIXI, affirms that call-letter predecessors of his Renton station were both KQDE and KUDY.
Nelskog says his “cutie” radio stations were as follows-KUTI Yakima; KUDI Great Falls Montana; KQDY Minot, North Dakota; KQDI Bismarck North Dakota; KQTY Everett; KUDE Oceanside, California; KQDE and KUDY Renton.
KUDY became KIXI Seattle in the fall of 1961, after 2 1/2 years of litigation and 12 months zoning for towers in the Mercer Slough.
If KIXI AM gets permission to move to 880 on the dial there will be no call letter change.

Puget Sound Radio Stations 1926 & 1927

660 KFOA SEATTLE – May 23, 1922 this station originally KDZE. The station was owned by Rhodes Department Store
780 KJR SEATTLE – Northwest Radio Service Company “Radio Headquarters”
833 KTW SEATTLE – First Presbyterian Church “Hear Ye, Hear Ye, The Gospel.”
1100 KHQ SEATTLE – Louis Wasmer Excelsior Motorcycle & Bicycle Co.
1200 KGB TACOMA – Tacoma Daily Ledger “This is KGB in Tacoma, Washington. The lumber capitol of America and gateway to Mount Tacoma.”
1200 KFBG TACOMA – First Presbyterian Church became [1200 KMO TACOMA – Love Electric Company] 1250 KGY LACEY – St. Martin’s College “Out Where The Cedars Meet The Sea”
1290 KFOX SEATTLE – Alfred M. Hubbard
1340 KFBL EVERETT – Leese Brothers
1360 KFRW OLYMPIA – United Churches of Olympia
1390 KFQW NORTH BEND – C. F. Knierim Photo Radio Electric Shop

600 KRSC SEATTLE – Radio Sales Corp. moved to 1420 in 1927
660 KFOA SEATTLE – Rhodes Department Store
660 KTW SEATTLE – First Presbyterian Church
720 KGDI SEATTLE – Northwest Radio Service
780 KJR SEATTLE – Northwest Radio Service Company moved to 860 in 1927
980 KOMO SEATTLE – B.F. Fisher; became Fisher’s Blend station in 1927
1080 KGY OLYMPIA – St. Martin’s College
1130 KKP SEATTLE – City Harbor Department established in 1927
1200 KMO TACOMA – KMO Inc. moved to 1180 in 1927
1240 KXRO SEATTLE – Brott Labs moved to 1320/Aberdeen in 1927 owned by KXRO Inc.
1280 KVI TACOMA – Puget Sound Radio Broadcasting Company
1300 KGCL SEATTLE – Louis Wasmer [Louis Wasmer moved KHQ to Spokane in 1926]; picking up KGCL/SEATTLE; Company name Wasmer & Taft in 1927; Call letters changed to KPCB
1321 KGBS SEATTLE – A.C. Dailey moved to 1480 in 1927
1340 KFBL EVERETT – Leese Brothers
1370 KFRW OLYMPIA – West Broadcasting Corporation; off the air late 1927
1390 KFQW SEATTLE – C.F. Knierim moved to 1380 in 1927
1430 KVOS SEATTLE – L.L.Jackson & L. Kessler [Voice of Seattle] 1500 KUJ SEATTLE – Puget Sound Radio Broadcasting Company

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