August 1986 – Outside of a Cougar Mountain antenna farm, the most concentrated collection of radio stations has to be the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Participation at the Puyallup fair is heavy on Pierce County and South King County stations. A few present a representative idea of what a radio station looks like. Some roll in mobile broadcast booths. One broadcasts from a log cabin. And some occupy booths that have little more room to plug in a microphone for an early morning crowd estimate. Stations with booth reservations this year are: KTAC, KMPS AM & FM, KOMO, KNBQ, KAMT, KRPM AM & FM, KPLU, KJUN, KTPS, KLAY and KFRS. The basic group of returning stations get free space, the assumption being some sort of broadcast of fair activities will result. Stations that do more tend to get the most desirable locations.
November 1984 – From now on you get a dose of “Louie Louie,” a seminal rock ‘n roll song, every Sunday morning whether you like it or not. Danny Holiday this week introduces a weekly three-hour block of nostalgia, “The Rock & Roll Time Machine” on KZOK from 9 a.m. – noon.
Holiday boasts that he has one of the area’s largest collections of early rock. There are perhaps 40 versions of “Louie Louie,” Holiday exclaimed, but only seven definitive versions. “I have six of them in my collection.” … Holiday is best remembered as a high-energy jock at KOL, from 1965-68. In 1968, he surfaced at one of the first nostalgia-formatted stations, KSND, Seattle, but soon was back flogging the hits at KJRB, Spokane. Since then, he has been in the record-promotion and personal-appearance business, eventually going into the staid graphic-arts business, where he is now a manager. “I am not exactly sure why I am back in broadcasting,” Holiday muttered. “Maybe it’s so I can make payments on my Porsche.”
Emperor Bob Hudson is a man without a country. He and KKMI parted company last week, even though he was touted as an integral part of the KKMI music/personality package. Pat O’Day, general manager said the action came after much soul searching, audience surveys and conversations with Hudson. “We just couldn’t find the right blend of personality for our music station,” O’Day said.
“I like it here,” Hudson said. “I like the attitude, I like the climate, I used to sweat a lot in Hawaii.”
“It’s like in boxing,” began the Emperor, known for image-filled, rambling stories. “You get knocked out in the first round. You take a shower and shake your head. But you can’t deny it. The knockout goes in the record books.”
Hudson said his Hudson & Landry comedy albums sold more in Seattle than anywhere else.
John Lodge is new morning personality on KRPM 106.1 FM. Lodge is on the air from 6-9 a.m. daily. He also serves as vice president of programming for Highsmith Broadcasting, the company which recently purchased the Tacoma station and stations in Spokane. Lodge has held either on-air or programming positions in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Recently, he was with Transtar Radio Networks, a program supplier.
“The Phil Harper Show,” previously the morning feature on KRPM, has moved to 7 p.m. to midnight. Johnny Clark runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mike Silver has moved into the 2-7 p.m. slot, encompassing afternoon-commute time, and Ray Brown continues as all-night host. Tracy Steele, formerly a midday announcer, has been dropped.
Jim Wilke’s nightly “Jazz After Hours,” distributed by American Public Radio, will be beamed nationwide by satellite from KUOW studios this month. The Friday-Saturday overnight programs are part of a new service for public-radio stations. (APR offers all-night classical programming from another source on week nights.)
Wilke previously hosted a similar program for National Public Radio’s “NPR Plus,” portions of which have been heard the past two years on KUOW and KPLU and stations in Pullman and Richland.
“Having a national audience to do the kind of radio show you enjoy doing is any host-producer’s dream,” Wilke said. He hopes to integrate guest appearances by jazz musicians.