Good Luck, Alexis!

As reported here last month, KIRO 7 traffic reporter and weekend rocker at KISW FM, ALEXIS SMITH, will be moving up in the world of broadcasting as she moves down to KGO TV San Francisco this month. Her experience as a Boss Jock goes way back, including time at “The Bone” in Dallas.

Symbolic of the changes in broadcasting

Work is underway to demolish the old KING Broadcasting complex. Broadcast history was made there. Great radio and television programming was born there. The station served the public interest under the ownership of the Bullitt family. Now, owned by a national corporation called TEGNA, there is no sense of pride, service or creativity. TEGNA even wants to use the video and snapshots from the phones of the public [volunteers] rather than continue to pay Union video techs. The citizen videographer would receive $50 from TEGNA if the company purchased one of their pictures. CHEAP! That is the corporate way these days.

Photo from FELIKS BANEL, Northwest broadcast historian. [Northwest Hall of Radio History]

Freedom Fair observations

A few Puget Sound radio stations brought their remote gear to the Tacoma Freedom Fair this year. Movin’ 92.5 had a DJ in a tower above the station van. It drew a crowd, mostly kids fitting the demographic of the pop, hip hop, alternative, and dance station. While many of the stations offered prizes to be awarded in drawings, 570 KVI and Spirit 105.3 gave out BUMPER STICKERS!!! Plenty of radio station swag was collected by excited listeners, and others who just like free things. See sample – CLICK HERE KVI and KOMO also gave out ink pens with station logos. The point here is that several radio stations were in attendance, doing what radio does best when such local events occur. Showing up and giving free stuff to keep the station name in front of the listener, or broadcasting LIVE from the fair, like KLAY and Movin’ 92.5 FM. Other stations that would not bring the on-air talent to the Freedom Fair due to cost, delivered cardboard cut-outs.

KLAY covers Freedom Fair for South Sound listeners

Bill Ogden and Mike Franco hosted 3 hours of interviews and an overview of the events happening during the 4th of July Freedom Fair. The weather was overcast, rain threatened to fall, but the blue sky broke through early in the Airshow portion of the day. Pictured, Bob McCluskey-General Manager/KLAY, your humble blogmaster Jason Remington, guest host-Bill Ogden, and Mike Franco-Owner & Managing Partner of KLAY.

[Bill Ogden has a better radio voice than his face belies. Nice strand of beads given to Bill from unnamed fair-goer. Rumors that Ogden later lifted his shirt several times during the afternoon in an attempt to get more beads remain unconfirmed.] The three-hour run-up to the airshow portion of the day’s festivities was a most entertaining treat for the ears. The best one-liners were from Mike Franco and one of the guest interviewees, a vendor at the event. Bill Ogden lended his talent for interviewing, putting guests at ease and giving listeners one of the best live remote broadcasts a local station could present. No dead air, awkward pauses, or dull moments. Bob MCluskey deserves huge credit for lining up and scheduling interviews. Kudos to Technical Wiz [that is what it says on his business card I am told] John Burton. The broadcast quality of the event was top shelf, at both the KLAY booth and on the Les Davis Pier for the airshow. KLAY remained at the Freedom Fair late into the evening for the presentation of music synced to the “HISSSSSSSS”, “POP!!” and “KA-BOOOOOM!” of all the evening’s fireworks show. This was the radio version of a great Tacoma tradition. Let’s hope the live, local remote broadcast remains a tradition for KLAY.

KEEN becomes KEVR

June 2, 1940 Beginning today, radio station KEEN of Seattle becomes KEVR, but will continue to broadcast on 1370 kilocycles.
Officials of the station said yesterday no definite programs have been arranged for today and tomorrow, but advance notices of programs will be ready sometime this week.
Operated by a new company, the Evergreen Broadcasting Corporation, the station will continue to broadcast transcribed programs, or records, although some of the educational and entertainment features will be produced by Seattle persons in the KEVR studios.***
Seattle radio station which are members of the National Association of Broadcasters this week will broadcast a special “Radio Festival” program to helpacquaint listeners with technical radio facts.
An “Information Please” type of program **[quiz show]** , with Mayor Arthur B. Langlie as interrogator, will be broadcast six times, with the “board of experts” consisting of TED BELL of KRSC, DICK KEPLINGER of KOMO-KJR, NORMAN RUNYAN of KVI, MAURY RIDER of KIRO and JACK LATHAM of KXA.
The broadcast will be heard the next six consecutive evenings on successive stations: KVI, KJR, KRSC, KXA, KOMO, and KIRO.

What new call letters will adorn 88.5 ?

KUOW GM Caryn Mathes: The generosity of KPLU’s listeners is a testament both to the excellence of the station’s programming and to the deep affection that Puget Sound listeners hold for public radio. Through the Northwest News Network, KUOW has long partnered with KPLU to provide listeners of both stations with coverage of state government and other regional news. We look forward to continuing that partnership as the Friends of 88.5 assume the operation of the station.
Friends of 88.5 has finalized its agreement to acquire Public News/Jazz 88.5 KPLU Tacoma WA from Pacific Lutheran University for $7 million in cash plus $1 million worth of underwriting over 10 years. The community group Friends of 88.5 was created to keep the station from being sold to University of Washington’s KUOW who would’ve dropped all local news programming in favor of only Jazz. The KPJZ call letters had been reserved for the station under the KUOW-proposed, all-jazz format.. [RADIO INSIGHT] …. Where is TY FLINT these days? He is morning co-host with Ann DeAngelo at 96.1 KXXO – Olympia. [Brian Lord]

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