The Way We Were

Red Robinson asked Pat O’Day to join him at CISL 650 for Red’s final radio show on August 27th. Robinson was to Vancouver radio what O’Day was to Seattle radio. The two will talk over old times and it should be fun! The station, CISL, is changing format in September, from Oldies to Sports…Larry Zarelli called today to give me the 411 on many local/Tacoma business happenings. We lamented the closure of the Jade Palace in University Place. It was always my favorite Chinese restaurant…NBC Sports is part of the 950 KJR line-up, while NBC Radio News is an added feature on KOMO 1000/97.7 FM. KOMO remains the ABC Radio affiliate in Seattle…Like it or not, it does little good to whine about the Sinclair-Tribune deal to try to dissuade the FCC from approving the deal. This isn’t 1968. Remember 1968, when TV stations adhered to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Broadcasters? These days, when a deal like Sinclair-Tribune is announced, the only thing left to do is shuffle the paperwork. You can’t stop a train when it’s moving down the track…Channel 5, KING TV, is changing transmit channel from 48 to 25. This is just part of the post-auction transition, a 39-month period during which time some TV stations will need to transition to new channel assignments…RON & DON over at KIRO 97.3, along with the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Police Foundation and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, have kicked off the 2017 “Beds for Kids” campaign. The goal is to provide 600 children in need with their own beds.

The Crystal Ball Reveals…

Lay-offs are coming to Entercom & CBS Radio…

News readers at KING, KIRO, KOMO and KCPQ will leave for other markets or jobs outside the broadcast business…Many people will realize they want to spend more time with their family…Corporate bean counters will convince radio execs that talent is not needed and that listeners just want to hear the same 40 tunes played ad nauseum, without the interruptions of a disc jockey…No new formats will be developed this year, the old ones will be rehashed and swapped from one frequency to another…Veteran TV folk will be told it is time to retire and be given the opportunity to say a tearful goodbye to viewers…There will be cake…TV reporters and anchors will dance in front of the camera and clown for viewers on Facebook and other social media because they will be required by their employers to put in more time on those apps …The public will eat it up…The best that radio has to offer has already been heard…Hopefully, someone recorded it…

WANTED: Lee Rogers Audio


In the early 70s Lee Rogers, who was well known as a country jock in the PNW at early KMPS and later KUPL, hired me at KBFW. At the time, he was Lan Rogers and he was the PD. Those were his early days, his only other radio job had been at KBAM. I want to do a piece on him, but the only sound I can find is a youtube video in which he is out of the biz, visiting the old studio and he is clearly very ill. It was shortly before he passed. I am wondering if you would consider posting on your site a notice to see if any of your followers might have access to audio of Lee. He was so popular in country radio that he received several national awards. It is surprising to me that there are not some obvious sound snippets around. Thanks.

-Steven L. Smith

*** If you have audio of LEE ROGERS, upload it to us using the FILE UPLOADER listed in the menu at the top of this page.

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