06/01/06 – KIXI AM 880 Seattle has abandoned its local live and voice tracked programming in favor of the Music of Your Life satellite feed featuring voice tracking by celebrity DJs such as Gary Owens, Wink Martindale and Peter Marshall. The change was effective at midnight…A Sandusky official said the change, effective early Thursday, was made in an effort to boost KIXI’s stagnant ratings in the Seattle-Tacoma market. (Bill Virgin / Seattle P-I)
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
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.
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.