KIXI News Somewhat Nostalgic

Super Bowl 51 had ended with a come from behind win by the Patriots and highlights of the game were being reviewed by tv and radio stations everywhere.

Over at 880 KIXI, Bye Bye Blues [Bert Kaempfert] faded as the Westwood One 8 p.m. newscast began.
Ann Cates reported that the Atlanta Falcons still led 28-3. The pre-recorded newscast brought back memories from a time before Lady Gaga sang at half-time.

Those were good old moments for Atlanta. Hours ago…

Following the newscast, KIXI aired an episode of the western series, Powder River. Old-time radio drama, old instrumental music and old newscasts, as cool now as it was then.

Steven Smith Archive: Voices and Music from KIXI


This is from 1972. Being KIXI, without much jock chatter, it is ads and brief newscasts by well-known voices

1. is Rudy Perez….this had to be about the most played ad every morning during the news. Rudy worked approx 10-2 airshift

2. Dean Smith, at the time in KIXI sales, but one of the best paid voice guys in the market
3. Steve Schilling, afternoon to evening guy, who had been at KBRO pre-KIXI
4. Ken Stuart, news director. Worked AM drive through about noonish M-F
[Audio courtesy of Steven Smith]

The voice before Ken Stuart may be Bob Liddle. Or it might be Rudy. I am not sure. Foggy memories. But every weekday Stuart did the news in the AM hours. And Liddle was the morning jock…if you could really call him that. Basically, they had Igm automation and they rolled tapes. Then the announcers would get the music legend and when in the mood they would read off the names of songs. It could be Liddle in the morning. Perez midday or Schilling late afternoon to evening.

KRKO Call Letters Bumped Off

February 1985 There’s a new name for KRKO 1380 Everett. The station is one of the oldest broadcast facilities in the state. The new name is KBAE, Kay Bae, which the owners hope will be pronounced K-BAY. Dean Smith might be remembered best for his daily exposure as news anchor in 1969 to 1970 when KIXI AM and FM had a News 90 format in morning drive time. Or regrettably he might be remembered for dressing as a Sasquatch for TV commercials promoting the KIXI Lite format. Wally Nelskog apparently concerned with low ratings for a KIXI FM sacked Bill Norton, program director and announcer, and introduced a syndicated music service which would return the station’s format closer to the Contemporary soft rock of KIXI Lite again. Jim Hawkins KIXI AM station manager and local sales manager, has been named manager of both KIXI AM and FM and general sales manager.

Goodbye Lan Roberts, Hello Wolfman Jack

June 23, 1974
The phone rang. It was Lan Roberts with a surprise message:
“I just wanted to say goodbye,” he said. Lan holds the honor for the most heavily promoted one day show in Seattle. Just as he transferred to mornings on KISW a wave of reevaluation and family crisis engulfing. KISW has granted him a with pay “compensatory vacation for 12 years of service” on KJR radio.
“I do need to get away,” Robert said. “I want to find out what it is that’s calling me and where I am going.
“I sold my airplane, but I couldn’t part with my parachute,” Lan said as he announced plans to visit relatives in New Orleans and Texas that he hasn’t seen for years.
“You know, I know a lot of people who say they’re going to build a boat in the basement and someday sail to a South Sea island.
“That’s one of the things I’m going to do.” He said it as if island life suited him, he might never return. “I just hope I don’t get seasick,” he said.

No competition . . .
KIRO AM has informed its sales representatives in New York and other cities that the station has “no competition” in Seattle as it changes from a music and personality station to a news station.
The obfuscation may be clear to New Yorkers than it is to KTW, KIXI and KOMO listeners, but as KIRO sees it, there are three distinct “news formats.”
“There is news music, news talk and all-news, Phil Syrdal, sales manager, explained.
“In 20 cities out of 21 markets, Newsradio is number 1…or number 2… or number, 1 and, 2, or-like Los Angeles-number 1, 2 and 3,” Syrdal said. “Every city, but Seattle.”
Jack Adamson, station manager, said the station had acquired the services of Norm Woodruff, California news consultant.

Wolfman calling…

Wolfman Jack was on the telephone last week to explain that his agreement with NBC radio precludes a station affiliate, or not, from carrying his voice against his own syndication efforts. Thus, KING AM is not at liberty to carry NBC radio rock concerts with the Wolfman voice as long as KJR is carrying the Saturday Wolfman Jack show.
Wolfman said he was taking a few days off (“to be with my wife, you know,”), but was eager to greet folks in Seattle. Earlier this month, he was confined to a mechanically troubled airliner and missed a scheduled appearance at KJR’s Marathon Dance contest.
“I’m going to get to Seattle, someday,” Wolfman rasped.

Word Up! KPLZ Reaches Back for Recurrents

KPLZ maintains the Star 101.5 moniker and steps only slightly into a format alteration – not a definite format switch [Monday 12/26]. KPLZ now promotes “Today’s Best Mix and Throwbacks!”

plural noun: throwbacks
a reversion to an earlier ancestral characteristic.
“the eyes could be an ancestral throwback”
a person or thing having the characteristics of a former time.
“a lot of his work is a throwback to the fifties”

The folks at Webster’s are still wearing those green visors and using machines that operate by means of keys that strike a ribbon to transmit ink or carbon impressions onto paper. They probably listen to 880 AM KIXI.

We will have to consult the Urban Dictionary for this one.

A sudden reminder of the past. This can be brought about by hearing a song from high school, seeing an ex, puffing on a j in your old puffin spot, etc. Similar to a flashback.
Going back to New York is always a throwback…

A sudden reminder of the past? In radio, we used terms like OLDIES or RECURRENTS when describing old tunes, long dropped from the Top 40 playlist. These terms were coined by the likes of disc jockeys or programmers. The people picked up on the terms.

The dumbing down of radio has been an ongoing process for years. I have an idea for a radio promo: [a “mix” of music plays], a girl squeals “Ooooh, I like that sound” [more of the music mix] And a guy says, in his best Mac Daddy drawl, “Yeah, I be hittin’ dat.” And the ballsy-voiced announcer pukes: “Star 101.5, pimpin’ the Seattle air waves.”

mac daddy
The pimp-meister, the king of the streetwalkers, possessor of the blingest of bling-bling. The mac daddy is the man who means everything (and the only man who really means anything) to his ladies of the night.
“Oh baby – you ma mac daddy!”
“Mac Daddy” or Mack Daddy, is a term used to describe a man with an unusual power over women.
Freddy got five chicks on the south side alone… he ‘da mac daddy!

Two Seattle stations bill themselves as TACOMA stations. 104.9 KUBE FM Tacoma’s Hip Hop and Alt 102.9 KYNW FM Tacoma’s Rock Alternative. They did this based on…demographics? This doesn’t say much for Tacoma. We already have the stench of the waterfront smelters to live down.

Star 101.5 might hope to take from pop, hip hop, alternative, dance 92.5 KQMV and 93.3 KPWK which bills itself as Seattle’s New #1 For Hit Music

PLAYLIST sampler:

THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR – Calvin Harris , Rihanna
LET ME LOVE YOU – DJ Snake , Justin Bieber
DON’T WANNA KNOW – Kendrick Lamar
STARBOY – The Weeknd , Daft Punk
HEATHENS – twenty one pilots
SIDE TO SIDE – Nicki Minaj , Ariana Grande
COLD WATER – Major Lazer , Nina Sky , Ricky Blaze
HANDS TO MYSELF – Selena Gomez
SOMEBODY – Natalie La Rose , Jeremih
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING – Justin Timberlake

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Me, Myself & I – G-Eazy feat. Bebe Rexha
Scars To Your Beautiful – Alessia Cara
Side To Side – Ariana Grande
Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
Closer – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake
The Greatest – Sia feat Kendrick Lamar

Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay
This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) – Calvin Harris
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
Unsteady – X Ambassadors
Cheap Thrills – Sia
Heathens – twenty one pilots
3 am – Matchbox Twenty
Hot n Cold – Katy Perry
Play That Song – Train

Me, I’m kickin’ it with my peeps at Webster’s, listnin’ to 880 KIXI. Word.

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