Limited Broadcast Choices In The 1950s

As TV was just being introduced to the Seattle area, a typical broadcast day for KING TV 5, in 1949, started at 5pm and ended after the News Reel which usually closed the schedule out at 10:30pm most evenings.

[1952] Seattle FM stations would broadcast for only a few hours each day. There were a limited number of FM radios being purchased [sort of like HD radio theses days]:
KIRO FM 2pm – 10:15pm
KOMO FM 6am to Noon
KING FM 2:45pm – 10pm
KISW FM 3pm – 10pm

[1953] The Seattle Radio Dial included stations:

1050 KRKL [religious] 1150 KRSC [Music, religion, International programming] 1200 KLAN [Music, news and a daily Swap & Shop program] [1956] Chuck Bras and Bob Salter deejayed Saturdays on 950 KJR, followed by a program called “Candlelight Serenade” at 6pm, Dance Party at 9pm and Party Line at 11pm.
Sundays were wall to wall religious programming on 950.
Platters and chatter each weekday, with Dick Stokke, Chuck Bras, and Bob Salter. Candlelight Serenade every evening at 6pm, and Dance Party at 9pm

KISW FM [at the time owned by E.W. Lippincott] played a mix of “Fine music”, Chamber music, Concert Hall and studio concerts. Music choice included some jazz programming on Saturday night. KISW closed each broadcast day with The Lord’s Prayer.

KUOW, broadcasting at 90.5 FM, carried University of Washington sports broadcasts on weekdays and Saturdays, in addition to Classical music, International music programming, educational/community focused features and some dramatic presentations.

A daily feature on 1300 KOL was DOG FINDER at 4:55 each afternoon.

Jazz programs abound

January 1985 – Did KJZZ get done in by KPLU? Logic says anyone serious about music would prefer to listen to a Jazz station with a decent signal, no static, and in Stereo. Those are the reasons radio pundits say AM radio is losing out to FM stations. Anyhow KPLU 88.5 has recently increased its weekend broadcast schedule so it is on 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. Mostly Classical KUOW 94.9 retains Jazz at 11 at 11 p.m. Saturdays while KBCS 91.3, Bellevue Community College’s student-run station, already mostly Jazz, trims back Saturday Folk music to introduce a six-hour segment at 2 p.m. called Pop Jazz. And KEZX 98.9 finally came out of the closet. It has been playing Jazz all along. This month KEZX introduced a nightly 2 hour program The KEZX Jazz show that serves up proof. The new disc jockey show draws from the wide assortment of Jazz, old and new, already played on the station, but not previously acknowledged as such…Perhaps it’s the beginning of a cycle. 4 years ago there were nearly a dozen places to tune for occasional Golden Age radio series. Then there were none. Sunday KPLU 88.5 reintroduces 2 comedy series’ Fibber McGee and Molly at 7 p.m. and You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx at 7:30. The character of Fibber McGee and Molly were created in 1935 by Jim Jordan and Marian Jordan. The program was an NBC Tuesday night mainstay until 1952 and introduced at least one everlasting image into audio lexicon. Fibber McGee’s closet – with a sequence of sound effects that ends in a tinkling little bell.

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