…….. listening to KIRO FM. Based on my memories of Seattle radio past, and air checks available from the Golden Ages of Seattle radio, it is my opinion that John Curley may be Seattle’s finest radio personality. Without the aid of Top 40 tunes and show prep aids like the Electric Weenie, Curley talks for 3 hours each day and always has something interesting to say. He is clever with use of stories and opinion, witty without being silly, and topical without kissing up to anyone or being politically correct. He is also NOT a shock jock. With a sidekick like Tom Tangney, who has opposing views on most every topic, Curley carries the show, keeping it tight, with humor and opinion that I find unmatched by any predecessor in the field of radio entertainment locally. Curley is the new and much improved Bob Hardwick. As clever as Jack Morton, possibly moreso. Curley is the Bob Crane of Seattle radio, without the MOR tunes. Your thoughts….?
Locally, at the time FM radio began to blossom in the 1970s, KTAC Tacoma was in a heated ratings war against Top 40 kingpin KJR Seattle. Steve West’s talent seemed to be wasted at KJR, working the overnighter. KJR GM Pat O’Day may have considered West a weak air talent. At the same time, West had his eye on KTAC, believing that he could do much more with the Tacoma rocker than current PD Tom Connors. West used all the tricks he had learned coming up in the business and while at KJR, once he took the helm at KTAC. He brought Bruce Cannon over from Tri-Cities. This move may stand as the single most important talent acquisition for KTAC. Cannon eventually became ‘the heart & soul’ of KTAC, on-air as the long-time afternoon drive host, and for periods as Program Director, as well as KTAC’s ambassador of goodwill toward the community. Bruce Cannon remained at KTAC long after West and other talent came and went. There was nothing to KTAC without Bruce Cannon on the radio. Ask anyone who grew up in Tacoma at the time. Soon, KTAC was battling KJR in the South Sound and posting great ratings. The threat was so great that Pat O’Day offered Steve West the Program Director position at KJRB, Spokane to cut KJR’s rival down to size. West took the offer. KTAC’s next PD Derek Shannon, eventually purchased a station in Chehalis and things were changing at KTAC, but the station continued making good money with talents such as Bob Hardwick, Gary Crow, Don Wade, Bobby Simon, and Robert O Smith. As Top 40 began to fade in popularity, so did the fortunes of KTAC and KJR. READ MORE background on STEVE WEST.
Hardwick, early- morning d.j. at KVI Seattle, is being flooded with membership applications for his new Grouch ad from 1965
Club (NAGG- National Assn. of Grouchy Grumblers). The club was started to give KVI listeners a chance to air their pet gripes. A local grumbler whose gripe is read on the air is chosen as the grouch of the week. Each month, Hardwick chooses a grand grouch – someone of national significance with an obvious reason to be grouchy. Grand grouch for November is the chairman of the board of the Ocean
Spray Cranberry Assn. [Broadcasting Magazine – November 1959]
ad from 1965