1983 Radio Highlights

JANUARY – KAYO switches from Country to A/C and becomes KSPL…
FEBRUARY – Rich Robertson resigns as VP/GM of KJR for the GM post at crosstown KOMO… KMPS AM & FM announces plans to broadcast computer data…
MARCH – Ed Wodka named VP/GM of Metromedia’s KJR… KXA & KYYX file for financial reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws…
MAY – KING-AM ND John Erickson is upped to Director/News & Operations…KYYX names Van Johnson PD, filling a longtime opening…
JUNE – KMJK/Portland VP/GM Victor Ives heads group that buys station from Harte-Hanks for reported $2.5 million…KZAM FM announces plans to drop 25+ AOR in favor of A/C and change calls to KLSY…Lee Rogers, with KMPS for the past eight years, is the new OM for KGHL & KIDX/Billings…
JULY 1983 – Sunbelt acquires KRAB for $4 million from Jack Straw Memorial Foundation…
AUGUST 1983 – KVI VP/GM J. Shannon Sweatte takes on added managerial duties for sister FM KPLZ…Transtar Radio Network forms new longform syndication division with Mike
Harvey as VP/Special Programming and former Satellite Music Network President Ivan Braiker handling marketing, sales, advertising, and production…Beau Phillips named Programming
Consultant for Kaye-Smith Broadcasting…KNBQ PD Gary Bryan becomes PD at KISW…Langan & West move to KMET/Los Angeles for mornings from KISW…
OCTOBER – Don Hofmann named OD and Sean Lynch PD at KNBQ…Jane Wallace tapped as KLSY & KJZZ GSM…KUBE after-noon man Bob Case upped to PD as Charlie Brown retains morning show…
NOVEMBER – Former KJR/Seattle PD Tracy Mitchell returns as PD…
DECEMBER – Duffy Broadcasting has agreed in principle to purchase KIXI-FM from Walter Nelskog. No purchase price will be disclosed until contracts are signed. KIXI-FM operates at 95.7 mHz with a power of 100kw at an antenna height of 1100 feet above average terrain. Duffy Broadcasting also owns KLIR/Denver and KCNR-AM & FM/Portland…

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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.

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