Ronald DeHart Audio: Lan Roberts Showcase

Lan Roberts show caseLan Roberts was a phenomenal trailblazer in Seattle’s AM radio heyday of the ’60s and ’70’s. He had the voices, humor and promotional antics that every PD was after. For many, his voice was synonymous with KJR, where he worked two gigs totaling about 10 years. But he also logged two stints at KOL (the station which actually brought him to Seattle in 1961). His on-again, off-again relationship with Pat O’Day also found him on the air at Hawaii’s KORL before his later on-air years in Taiwan and California. He returned and retired to his home state of Texas, where died at age 69 in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. But his broadcast legacy is profound, as measured by the volume of info and recycled aircheck fragments found all over the internet.
With this and other audio presented here, it’s the hope and intention of this writer/editor to provide context rather than the single, ultimate, all-encompassing sound bite — whatever that is. So, the attached clips are a composite of the body of work Roberts contributed to the airwaves.

The audio segments, in order, run about 6:50:

— The KJR years (early ’62 to mid ’69), with Phil Dirt, the Hollywood Reporter, a ’62 Name-it-and-Claim-it intro and Lan’s Old Maid Game (with a loaded question from Dick Curtis)
— Over to KOL (late ’69 through May ’71) where (following a legal battle with KJR) Lan takes an on-air poke at Pat O’Day, a Robin Mitchell Snow Bust promo of Lan’s parachuting skills, Mr. Science and Jimmy, and Lan’s famous Jimmy Stalwart grape stomp with another great voice man, Terry McManus
— Back to KJR/KISW (May ’71 to May ’74) and a ’71 50th anniversary snippet, followed by a ’77 cameo stint on O’Day’s KYYX (at the time Roberts was working at O’Day’s KORL), and finally another brief ’88 KJR encore to help the station’s 1968 class reunion promotion (when Roberts was morning man on ICRT in Taiwan)

Lan Roberts @ KJR as Clyde

Author: Ronald DeHart

Ron DeHart is a former newspaper and broadcast journalist and a retired Public Affairs Officer from both the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve. His historical accounts of Pacific Northwest broadcasting are published by Puget Sound Media. View more articles by Ron DeHart  

3 thoughts on “Ronald DeHart Audio: Lan Roberts Showcase

  1. You can still a website Lan Roberts created long ago. Yes its old school but its all Lan.

  2. Today is Saturday. The year is 2023 but I am decades ago, riding the tail of Seattle personality rock radio comet and reliving those golden days of yester year when I played the hits on 1300 KOL. May the gods of amplitude modulation bless QZVX.Com for allowing me to wallow in the memory pool of Seattle radio — I actually (briefly) worked 8-12 midnight at KIRO AM, midnight -6am at KJR AM. And 6am-10am at KYAC AM yes I used the same name at all 3 stations… it was exhausting and I had to leave each station 20 minutes early to make it to the next station— and after leaving KYAC at 10am, I had to make my 10:30 am class at the University of Washington! I was 19 years old at the time. I’m 75 now. Sometimes memories are more fun than real life, although I DONT want to get the clap again — one of the perks of being a rock radio star. Carlos Santana and I got it from the same lovely woman the same weekend!

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