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  1. I was listening to KGY (KYYO HD2) Olympia 95.3 this afternoon. So tired, and it wasn’t the warm weather. The Oldies choices are not doing it for me. KGY has to step it up and run Oldies from the late 50s thru the 70s. It has got to change.

  2. Former President Jimmy Carter. The open mouth and look of dementia…similar to the look on Joe Biden’s face each day. Biden often appears to be asleep, during meetings and other events.
    Carter’s grandson says Carter is NOT awake some days in hospice care.

  3. Who will take the place of Eric Johnson now that he has left KOMO. Will Preston Phillips get the job with Molly Shen? I think they should go two females, Molly and Hannah Knowles. Knowles is smooth in the field and on the Live Desk. It would be a bold move for sure, but when you add in Shannon O’ Donnell on weather, you get a strong female trio for 5 and 6. Mary Nam could also move from her current anchor assignment, but I would opt for something new and different on the main shows. Would love to hear others weigh in on this. It is a big decision for KOMO and they will save money no matter what and Sinclair loves that. I wonder if they will rotate some folks in with Molly and then take the videos to a focus group for more reaction.

  4. From the ‘everybody has a podcast these days’ department, @komonews colleagues @ChrisDaniels_TV and @NikoTamurian have started one on Seattle sports. Niko has only been in town for about three years, making him an expert , right? I like his work but perhaps a bit ‘fanboyiish’ at times. Chris is a strong news guy but has turned to sports with the Kraken’s arrival and hopes for expansion Sonics. Sports media here loves to cheerlead, not criticize, or face losing team access or paid team partnerships with stations. Oh, remember to like and subscribe.

  5. Emmy report from 6-2: Why does The Seattle Times get to enter the Emmy contest and then WIN 1? Ridiculous. They don’t represent the TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES, last time I checked. I’m sure it was fine work, but don’t compete against the industry you ridiculed, as papers did for years. Explain NATAS!. Oh wait, I know! Entry fees and dinner tickets, plus a set of totally manufactured and relaxed rules to allow a wild west of entries.

    Some other NW Emmys handed out:
    Overall Excellence-@KING5Seattle (snaps KGW Portland’s 4-win streak)
    News Anchor, ElleThomas7-KIRO
    Weather, Leah Pezzetti-KING
    Sports, Orlando Sanchez-KGW;
    Best AM news show medium market, KGW;
    Best AM & PM News show major market, KOMO.
    KGW in Portland took home the most by unofficial count.

    One other note: A bit surprising, when after he and his team at KOMO picked up three EMMYs, Eric Johnson did NOT win for his writing – his bread and butter. Now, close to his retirement date, SInclair will salivate and save $250-350K, best guess, due to his longevity in Seattle TV.

  6. In Illinois, legislative alchemy is transforming snarling dogs into pettable puppies.

    05/21/2024: State house submits bill amending the Illinois Crime Reduction Act of 2009. Changes references from “offenders” to “justice-impacted individuals”.

    1. I’m betting most of those would be BIPOC marginalized citizens, or people without papers. To say that they have “offended” is just downright racist. Why not call them systemic-racism affected victims.

    2. Justice-impacted? Yet another word salad afflicted elected official.
      Yes lets forget and ignore the victims. You know POS, drug infested, ditbag impacted, law abiding citizen that has done nothing to deserve the coddling of the criminal justice system.

  7. Well, Adrian Diaz is out as Seattle Police Chief (and demoted). I wonder what this means to former KCPQ Fox 13 main female anchor Jamie Tompkins, who months after doing a TV ride-along with Diaz was named to a major communications job at SPD and then elevated to head of his command staff (how did that work out given the law suits and today’s decision)?
    As a result, Diaz was part of major (and perhaps false) rumors about the relationship after this happened, including multiple media stories about it (KUOW for one). Of course, she had NO law enforcement experience to boot. Sue Rohr may want to remove Tompkins from the command job even though just interim boss for now. Probably some people will leave on their own. Some she may ask to get out of her way. Interesting conundrum for her.

    1. That was my first thought. My understanding is, they were a couple. That seems like corruption, being given a position made especially for you, because you are the main squeeze of the police chief. Seattle, little Chicago.

    1. “McDonald’s new menu: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.”

      As if they have some inside scoop on that slop.

  8. More mellow internet radio:

    Last few:
    Judy Collins – Move On
    Matt Dusk – On the Street Where You Live
    Etta James – At Last
    Frank Sinatra – Drinking Again
    Frank Sinatra – I Like The Sunrise
    Rosemary Clooney with The Hi-Lo’s – Together
    Dean Martin – Arrivederci Roma
    Louis Prima – Basin Street Blues/When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
    Stan Kenton – How Deep Is The Ocean (How Blue Is The Sky)?
    Nancy Wilson – I Believe in You
    Mel Torme – Just One Of Those Things
    Marissa Mulder – Chelsea Morning
    Glenn Frey – For Sentimental Reasons
    Nat King Cole – My Lips Remember Your Kisses
    Dolores Gray – Penthouse Serenade (When We’re Alone)

  9. To all the fanboys and girls and the naational Emmy judges of Inside the NBA, you’ll get over it. Grown men giggling like little children, loudly talking over each other, running up and down steps, debris falling on Barkley, stupid fishing hats and bit. Enjoy the end. My guess is Barkley will end up on NBC’s new
    Basketball Night in America on NBC Sunday nights come ’25, but ’tis their misfortune.

  10. Thanks to Sam Lawson for prompting some final touch-ups to the new layout here at QZVX. The new look is complete and lookin’ pretty nifty. Sam has been added to the Admin staff here and has a corner office over-looking the parking lot and loading dock.
    Welcome Aboard, Sam!

  11. https://www.historylink.org/File/3289

    King County grand jury indicts public officials in police payoff scandal on July 27, 1971.

    From the sixth paragraph:

    “In January 1967, The Seattle Times published a series of articles exposing the system. Mayor Braman impaneled a blue-ribbon commission to investigate the Times allegations.”

    I wonder if The Seattle Times would be able to do that today.

    Right now it looks like it’s trying, investigating Martin Selig and his local real estate vacancies, cash shortages, late pays, defaults and bankruptcies, as well as his habit of stiffing his contractors.

    Does that sound like somebody we know? Somebody who’s spending four days a week lately in a ‘freezing’ room?

  12. Best line of the week:
    OJ Simpson died. Now he can rest in peace, knowing his wife’s murderer is dead.

  13. An online publication had this story on 3/26/2024:

    JCPenney will close all stores in under a week leaving fans of department store scrambling for alternative for 24 hours–
    By Elizabeta Ranxburgaj, The US Sun

    A MAJOR department store chain will shut its doors for 24 hours in a few days. JCPenney will shut its doors for staff and customers to observe a holiday. The chain will be closed for Easter Sunday on March 31. This means shoppers looking to visit the store on this day will have to re-evaluate their plans.

    —-This is not news. This is not breaking news. This is not a major story. The US Sun reporter obviously had to turn in something and attempted to make news out of thin air. Or–this was actually written by AI.

    Either way, this was an example of the media attempting to make news where there is really nothing to report.

    According to LinkedIn, that reporter is a “trainee” .
    Elizabeta (Lizzie) Ranxburgaj – Reporter at The US Sun & Londoners News sites, Fast-track NCTJ Trainee at News Associates

    1. The decision by Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain, severs a century-old partnership. It “enables us to invent our own stories.”

  14. Just now on Out Front: “Next up on CNN, Oprah Winfrey’s weight loss. After this break, first clip from latest interview!!”

  15. Sinclair is adding the Tennis Channel’s T2 channel to the KOMO NextGen lineup. A Tennis Channel press release describes T2– With original programming and events that do not appear on Tennis Channel, T2 debuted in 2022 and since has provided fans with more annual free, live tennis than ever in U.S. television history. From January through November, professional tennis features multiple tournaments every week most of the time, sometimes as many as six at once. These consist of men’s and women’s competition; singles, doubles and mixed matches; all day long from various time zones around the world. Tennis Channel has the U.S. media rights to almost all of it, meaning T2 can stand alone among FAST sports channels in its ability to bring live, top-tier coverage of one of the country’s historically popular sports – every day.

  16. The Tacoma News Tribune is cutting back again! The newspaper will now deliver a print edition ONLY on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The digital edition is available 24/7 in real time. and doesn’t cost near as much as the print edition. But, we will miss the ink stains on our fingers. The digital edition is lackluster, local coverage is scant, and I doubt things will get better. The newspaper is fast becoming a thing of the past.

    1. And no more newsrooms filled with ink-stained wretches and shouting editors wearing green plastic visors.

      But do not fret, tomorrow’s Grandpappy will be flaunting his Keyboard Kalluses to the whippersnappers gathered at his swollen feet.

  17. Seattle Times reports that longtime (25 years) KEXP afternoon drive DJ, Kevin Cole, will exit the station this summer.

  18. “Scottsboro’s Only Hometown Radio Station, WWIC-AM 1050, Scottsboro, Alabama, your home for traditional country and bluegrass music.”

    But right now I’m listening to high school baseball. Play-by-play man Greg Bell says, “Tomorrow’s game might be internet only because they’re a little short on employees down at the radio station.”


    Greg Bell is in his 37th year of calling Scottsboro High football, basketball, baseball and softball. Bell was inducted into the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame/Class of 2018 on January 12, 2019.

  19. While watching KIRO 7 news at 6pm today, I caught a report of a dog rescue on Vashon Island’s KVI Beach.

    1. I watched a few of his videos yesterday. SMOOTHER than Sinatra. I remember Steve Lawrence from the Mike Douglas show appearances.

  20. Dipping a little toe in the icy hiring pool, Seattle radio adds at least one new star to the roster…
    KZOK hires Ashley Ryan, producer of the Chuck & Buck show at SportsRadio KJR, as Saturday morning air personality.

  21. The post about Sherman crashing a construction zone and the break-in and tussle with cops is from a previous incident in 2021. It is old news but appears to be new. Confusing. Needs clarified.

    From AP SEATTLE (AP) — Former NFL star Richard Sherman was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Washington State Patrol.

    In a probable cause statement, Trooper Jordan Hazzard-Thomas, who helped respond to the traffic stop, reported talking to Sherman and noticing “the odor of intoxicants” and that Sherman’s eyes appeared to be “bloodshot and watery.”

    Emails seeking comment on Sherman’s arrest were sent Saturday to a representative listed on his social media sites and to an attorney who has represented him in the past. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Sherman was expected to have a court hearing Monday.

  22. KCPQ FOX 13 sports anchor, Aaron Levine posted on X:
    Confirmed by WSP: Richard Sherman was arrested for DUI and was booked in the King County Jail around 4am. (Saturday) Per WSP, this under investigation so no other details can be released until the prosecutor’s office files the case.

    I wonder if this will have any effect on his sports broadcast career. Sherman has definitely crossed the line this time. His earlier dust up with his ex at her parents’ home only sidelined his career for a minute.

    1. FROM FAMILY INCIDENT: “authorities said he crashed his SUV in a suburban Seattle construction zone, tried to break into his in-laws’ home, and fought with officers who used a police dog to apprehend him”

      A dui in Washington isn’t much these days. If his previous dust up didn’t affect him I doubt this will.

      1. In a construction zone? Oooh. They’ll double the fine from nothin’ to nearly nothin’.

        Burning question: why would a guy want to break IN to his in-laws’ home? OUT I can understand.

  23. 4,325 posts here on the blog as of 2/24/24 — plus special pages like AM RADIO, TV, CHART & LINKS etc., and thousands of links to audio, pictures, video, pdf’s etc. I try to spend an hour or so each week scouring the site to make sure everything is still in place and visible/accessible.
    If you see something wonky, missing links etc. Let me know. Thanks!!!

    Trivia – A quick search shows that 104 posts mention Pat O’Day. Only 104?

  24. From the Feb. 10, 2024 Los Angeles Times:
    L.A. County sheriff’s deputy injured after accidentally shooting himself, officials say

    A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was wounded Friday night after accidentally shooting himself while unholstering his weapon, Sheriff’s Department officials said Saturday.

    The deputy was wounded in the lower torso, officials said. The unintentional discharge occurred about 10 p.m. at the Temple City sheriff’s station, officials said.

    Officials said the deputy was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and was stable Saturday morning.

    No mention of how he became injured or how long after the shooting the injury occurred. Also omitted were details of the deputy’s unintentional discharge.

    1. I’m guessing the first two paragraphs explained how it happened and that the injuries occurred immediately when the gun discharged.
      The last paragraph seems to contradict my theory, but…

      Unintentional Discharge? Try Depends ®

  25. Breathtaking headline from apnews.com:

    Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner’s divorce is finalized, officially ending their marriage

    Yes, I think that’s how divorce works.

  26. “Clown Town?” No, more like Seattle has become QUEER TOWN USA!

    Such pathetic filth they’re trying to shove down our throat. NO THANKS.

    If Dorothy Stimson Bullitt were alive, this kinda SHIT would NOT be happening.

    Bye-Bye KING 5. You’ve LOST your way… and your viewers.

  27. It appears KING 5 welcomed a bunch of queers into the studio, one named Crystal Meth. These losers from Ru Pauls Drag Race were featured on a recent edition of New Day NW. Talk about a shit-show! KING 5 continues pushing DEI, diversity, equity and inclusion. It is all a mental illness. People need to stop attempting to normalize that insanity.

    A visit to Clown Town. Queers on view at KING 5. NEXT on KING 5: Pedophile Puppet Show

  28. Bob Edwards of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” died last Saturday, 2/10/2024.

    “I like sitting at the mic and being on the radio,” Edwards said shortly before leaving NPR. “That’s still a kick.”

    That quote could be from any of us in the biz. It explains why we did what we did.

  29. KIRO 7 and other COX stations beg customers to contact the Direct TV & UVerse companies and demand that the stations be added back to the service. Adding these stations back, at a higher rate, raising the cable tv bill of each customer and putting more money in KIRO 7’s coffers. Just a big money grab from the owners of the tv station versus the nbig money grab being pulled off by Direct TV/UVerse.
    Customer … Screwed!
    KIRO’s website tells you:
    DIRECTV has given some customers long-term contracts with heavy termination fees, while eliminating some of programming you love. Don’t let them get away with broken promises. Take action today!
    and urges customers to drop Direct TV and switch to other streamers that carry KIRO 7.
    Why not just switch to FOX 13. It is a better news product. Or KOMO. KOMO 4 is also popular.
    And when those two stations start the same money grab against Direct TV, there will also be KING 5 to switch to or KIRO 7, because KIRO 7 will be back on Direct TV, taking customers for a ride.

    1. Good one, Jason! Not the same old stuff. Nice to hear the old standards by different artists, new arrangements.

      Playing the same records over and over, no matter how good they are, is what killed music radio for anyone with an attention span longer than two seconds.

      “Playboy” by Kathy Kirby. Haven’t heard that for a while! I wonder how many different songs are called “Playboy”. Living proof that you can’t copyright a song title.

      And Frank Sinatra Jr. First ex and I saw his show at the Puyallup Fair fifty some years ago.

  30. Award-winning journalist Charles Osgood, who anchored “CBS Sunday Morning” for 22 years and was host of the long-running radio program “The Osgood File,” died Tuesday at home in New Jersey.

    1. When speaking to Rolling Stone in a 2007 interview after four decades out of the public eye, Weiss looked back on stories from her past, including the time James Brown booked her for a Texas show. “When I walked out onstage, I thought he was going to have a coronary,” she said. “He didn’t realize I was white.

    1. From the article, it appears she was wealthy, based on her husbands’ earnings while he was alive, not The Honeymooners.

  31. Bye-Bye! KVOS
    KUNS announced on December 27, 2023 that KVOS Bellingham will pick up the Univision affiliation. The station is owned by Weigel Broadcasting and is currently carrying Heroes & Icons (H&I) which will move to a subchannel of KVOS.
    As was mentioned here by a reader, KVOS is nothing like the CBS affiliate you grew up watching in Bellingham. KVOS has city-grade coverage of Vancouver, and Victoria BC, but is a mere rimshot into parts of Seattle. KVOS is owned by Weigel Broadcasting. (info KVOS, NWBroadcasters. KUNS video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdvAU0n-OXQ

    1. I remember dropping by KVOS one night, in the ‘60’s researching a paper I was doing for a class. Was able to waltz right in, and there sat the announcer, who would come on during program breaks and read live ads. Turns out the guy (Rick Chase?) lived right across Ellis Street from the station and could have been a student at Western. KVOS was totally aiming for the Vancouver, B.C. market, and I believe beer commercials were not allowed by the Canadian channels so Channel 12 did a real killing appealing to those sponsors. At least until the Canadian Government put the kibosh on that revenue stream. It’s amazing that frequency has survived all this time.

  32. Someone just mentioned on the Portland Radio Guide site (pdxradio.com) that the Spanish-language network Univision is moving to Weigel-owned KVOS-TV 12.1. Any confirmation here to this site? I’m a bit surprised, because KVOS, even though now based in Seattle, is still licensed to Bellingham and its over-the-air signal from Orcas Island only reaches portions of the Seattle market. KVOS certainly is FAR different now from its many years as a CBS affiliate in northwest Washington.

  33. The oldest person ever to top Billboard’s Hot 100 is at #1 this week.

    Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was recorded for Decca when she was thirteen and it hit the charts for the first time in 1960, one day after her sixteenth birthday.

    Little Miss Dynamite turns 79 on December 11th.

    Here she is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFsZy9t-qDc


  34. Brain-dead interviewer: “I just have to ask you . . . ” (blather blather)

    Brain-dead interviewer: “How do you respond to people who say that . . . ” (any baseless observation). Proper response would be, “Which people have you heard say that? What are their names?”, thus stumping the brain-dead interviewer.

    Brain-dead interviewer: “Talk about . . . ” (any issue the interviewer was too lazy to research before air time)

  35. Good Day Seattle has a completely new set. Everything has been redone from the anchor desk to the looks of the weather and the traffic. I don’t know if it will replace the afternoon and early evening sets but can only assume it will. Not sure what the objective is with the change but it could be an attempt to make things less overwhelming. Who knows. The same music is still in place. I am not wild about the changes. Perhaps they will grow on me.

  36. Attn: News anchors, reporters, sportscasters and meteorologists— PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop trotting out that tired line “I want to thank those of you that TRUSTED ME TO TELL YOUR STORIES… ”

    Such verbal vomit must stop. Think of a new line or just STFU and sign-off.

  37. I just found a pretty nice little radio station. KGVY 1080 AM, Green Valley AZ. AC/Oldies 50s. 60s, 70’s, 80’s

    Actually live too. I just heard the dj explaining at the top of the hour that ABC News didn’t come on and it must be some satellite problem.

    Live radio at https://kgvy1080.com/ and some of the radio apps “Not pirate radio, just radio for pirates”

    The music’s good. I look forward to listening while cruising.

      1. I thought you’d like it, Jason. Even though you’re younger than me, you remember what once existed and appreciate things well done.

        I was hearing things I played in the 60’s and 70’s and hadn’t heard since. I was playing a mental “Name that Tune” – no, no, no – that’s “We spin it, you win it!” and catching them all on chord 1, 2 or 3.

        Damn, it’s good to be old and sane!

  38. KING 5’s 75th anniversary special on Thanksgiving, available for viewing at the KING 5 website… they had to bring race into it. Way to go, KING 5. Stir the pot! Local tv stations becoming shit-shows. We see more of that each day.

  39. I really enjoy channel 13 morning show. A great team. Lots of fun. That said, I immediately change the channel when I see Taylor Winkle, the blonde Barbie clone doing the weather, or the women from the show directly after.

  40. I was surprised when going to FOX13 to this morning to find Erin Mayovsky sitting next to Bill Wixey at the anchor desk. No longer a “weather reporter,” she is pretty, smart, and pleasant.
    From the updated FOX13 News Personalities site https://www.fox13seattle.com/person/all
    “Erin Mayovsky is an anchor on Good Day Seattle.”

    1. Good story and this is a lesson for those of us feeling down in the dumps on a bad day. We really have very little to complain about, comparatively.

      1. I was diagnosed with Menieres in the mid 90’s. It’s effects are life altering. That said I had a cousin that passed a few years back in his early 70’s, who was a quadriplegic from an accident in his 20’s. His daily life was a struggle that taught me any issues I had were minor in comparison. I never once heard him complain. He was a role model to me.

  41. SEPTEMBER 11, 2023 — For generations of Southern Californians, he’s known as the brainchild behind the “Los Angeles Radio People” website, which kept an ongoing log of nearly every individual who worked at an AM or FM in the nation’s No. 2 market by size between 1957 and 1997. He launched KIQQ-FM 100.3 in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

    Today, the name Don Barrett is one thousands of individuals in the Golden State know, thanks to those efforts. And, many are now mourning the passing of Barrett, who was 81 years of age. RBR.COM

    (INSIDERADIO.COM) Don Barrett, who chronicled Los Angeles radio and the personalities that contributed to it in a pair of books and the LARadio.com website, has passed away after battling liver cancer. He was 81.

    Barrett, who launched L.A.’s KIQQ (now KKLQ) in the early 1970s, wrote “Los Angeles Radio People – 1957-1995” and launched the LARadio.com website to publicize the book and its follow-up “Los Angeles Radio People Volume 2 – 1957-1997,” according to Los Angeles media reporter Richard Wagoner.

    The website evolved into a news source for radio changes and developments in the Los Angeles market until October 2020, when he stopped publishing daily updates.

    Last month, Barrett posted news of his diagnosis on the website relating to the writings of Joan Didion, who coined the phrase “ordinary instant.”

    “For the past two months, I have been in constant pain. Doctors, hospitals, and ERs,” Barrett wrote, Wagoner reports. “Yesterday, I was in the San Luis Obispo ER for more tests. And there it was in an ordinary instant – advanced stages of liver cancer that had spread… The doctor was sorry to pass on the news and couldn’t hold back tears. Cherie and I looked at each other, burst into tears, and almost simultaneously said, ‘I think this is my ordinary instant.’”
    Upon his death, the website now consists of two photos of Barrett and his wife and the sentence “In an ordinary instant – cancer has taken LARadio.com.”

    Barrett’s career spanned several decades and multiple roles within the broadcasting and entertainment industry. Starting as a DJ at KNEZ-AM in Lompoc, California, he quickly climbed the ranks to become the Program Director of KABL in San Francisco and General Manager for WWWW and WDRQ in Detroit.

    1. I’m happy to say that the word ARTISAN is being not being used as often as it was a couple years ago. Also, SOLUTIONS. “Your home heating and cooling solutions company.” No, it’s service and repair, not solutions. I think “solutions” is dying out, as is “artisan”.
      Losing GAME CHANGER would be a SEA CHANGE.

      1. Whenever I hear about something that is “beloved” and “iconic,” I just want to puke. Especially when the “icon” hasn’t been around as long as some of the shirts in my closet.

        1. I would argue that the iconic movie actors have all passed away, and that many were actually beloved. Time will tell which of the current bunch will deserve those labels.

        2. Here’s the only legitimate use of “iconic”:

          J.M. Smucker acquires Hostess, maker of iconic Twinkies, for $5.6 billion

          “Beloved” would also apply.

    1. “K-Kiss in Pittsburg”. The first oldies station I ever heard, late 1961. I was in USCG boot camp in Alameda.

  42. More proof that linear television is on the way out. Online streams and on-demand are the future for tv —

    Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped a bombshell while talking to CNBC on Thursday. Iger said he is thinking about selling the company’s linear TV assets. This would include the ABC O&O’s. Iger doesn’t see a rosy future for TV as the business struggles during the media industry’s transition to streaming and digital offerings. (ftvlive)

    1. This will also be a blow to cable tv unless Comcast and other cable operations work some sweet deals with streaming services. Either way, this revenue will be lost. (carriage fees)

  43. KONG 16 or KZJO 22 possibly. KFFV 44 already has the popular MeTV. These are stations that don’t show up on many of the streaming services.

    1. With September only a month and a half away, I am surprised a new local affiliate hasn’t been announced yet.

  44. I am curious if any Seattle TV stations have yet announced that they will soon carry the CW network, following the recent announcement that KSTW 11 will drop the CW and go independent come September?

  45. Nexstar Media Group said stations it owns in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida, will become affiliates of The CW starting September 1.

    Nexstar bought control of The CW from Warner Bros. Discovery and CBS parent Paramount Global, and CBS announced it planned to drop the network at all eight The CW affiliates it owns.

    CBS also owns The CW affiliates in Atlanta, Seattle (KSTW 11), Detroit, Sacramento and Pittsburgh. Nexstar vowed The CW would continue to reach 100% of U.S. TV households. CEO Perry Sook said he expected a bidding war among stations seeking The CW affiliation in some markets.

    The CW’s new affiliates are WPHL Philadelphia; KRON San Francisco; and WTTA Tampa. All of those stations are currently affiliates of Fox’s MyNetworkTV and will continue to carry MyNetwork on digital broadcast channels.

  46. The latest ratings survey shows Conservative talk “The Patriot” in the basement with the HD2 channels. And, when will Lotus step up and change the format at 101.5 KPLZ?

  47. Here’s a question for the Morning Jocks, past and present… How did/do you make your show different from all the others on the dial?

    I’m not a Boss Jock. I’ve never tried to be someone like a Lan Roberts, Shotgun Tom Kelley, or any other of the jocks who blazed the trail before me. I came from a background in news and talk radio, and had to transition into being a disc jockey, thanks to small market job attrition. So my influences were those in news and talk.

    I approach my morning show like, “I’m your neighbor, who just wants to play some great music for you.” Yes, there is the news and sports stuff, but – where I can – I’ll interject some aspect of my life (where appropriate) into show prep. I try to start each hour of the show with something personal (but not too personal). And I always end the show with something uplifting, to give listeners something fun to leave with.

    In this time of syndicated shows, the encroachment of A.I., and the decline of small market radio, my question remains: how did/do you make your show different from all the others on the dial? I’d love to hear what others have done.

    1. There was a lot of competition in morning radio (1990) when I was the morning jock at 85 KTAC. I played the music and injected humor now and then. I competed as much as a Tacoma/Pierce County station could have at that time. Most of the heavyweight talent was on Seattle FM. My objective was to keep it upbeat and have fun.

  48. KMRE-LPfm public radio is moving to 88.3 fm this month, Sunday June 11. The station description from the website: As a community powered independent media organization, KMRE showcases programs created by local community members…discover a mix of social justice, educational, conversational, local music, variety show and specialty music programming.

    I tuned in on Saturday and the station was playing Southern Gospel music.

    “Whatcom Community College (WCC) and Kulshan Community Media/KMRE 102.3 FM (KMRE) announced their partnership that will create new opportunities for WCC students and a new home for the community radio station. KMRE will now be affiliated with and headquartered on the WCC campus.”

  49. Streaming is the future of RADIO, nothing new in that statement. How are stations going to stand out among the tens of thousands of competitors? Jackson Del Weaver & Keith Samuels discuss this on the Media Insultant podcast. https://t.ly/9tpE

  50. One more item of interest that Rich Brother Robbin had his hands on: Bill Drake’s BOSS Radio. The last paragraph of this sums up what you and I have been talking about, i.e., the demise of real radio to the corporate bean counters.

    THEY OUT DRAKED DRAKE: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2008/dec/10/blurt3/

    Now it’s time to take that walk… and listen to those Oldies again!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. That article from 2008– so much damage has been done since then. Can local radio stay afloat along with other streaming options? Radio has to adapt and improve content. I don’t see that happening.

  51. Send that RichBroRadio URL to your phone… and you can listen while you weed, walk, or just lay around listening!

    I figure there’s almost 9-hours of GREAT RichBroRadio Oldies listening time.

    Somehow, someway, this Oldies stream needs to be RESURRECTED as a full-time, 24/7 endeavor! I’m thinking about it.

  52. Thanks for the lead! Lotsa good stuff to listen to this weekend. RichBroRadio had the deep cuts rarely heard on terrestrial oldies stations–when there were such things.

  53. Ahh, Jason, we’re in luck! A fellow by the name of Steven Green has quite a collection of Rich Brother Robbin’s “RichBroRadio.com” internet streams from a few years ago, untelescoped, each about 45-minutes long that automatically segue to the next stream from a different day/time.

    You might like the flavor of these, as they’re what I call WHOLESOME OLDIES, definitely not of the “cookie cutter” blend.


    Also, Green has amassed a HUGE number of airchecks from all over the place and they’re archived here:


    That last link will keep your ears occupied for days on end!!!

  54. So, KVKVI must have some money behind it because donations won’t support royalty fees.
    KGY in Olympia has a good selection of syndicated Oldies programs at night and weekends that sometimes play “lost oldies” or oldies I don’t hear in the regular KGY playlist. KGY also has a quality, local air staff. But, the KGY playlist isn’t rich enough for my taste. It needs to be wider and deeper. It’s not bubble gum, but it is cookie cutter oldies.

  55. Murder, for sure!. Management doesn’t hire the people that can make the format work. It requires live bodies, tweaking the playlist.

  56. Jason, et al… Gotta question. Who was the KOMO TV-4 Meteorologist BEFORE Ray Ramsey? I wanna say is first name was Bruce – and he was a pilot. This would’ve been in the early 1960’s. He was killed while landing a Cessna 172 *(I think!) with a tailwind, instead of landing into the wind like we normally do. Anybody know, or perhaps has a copy of the article? Thanks so much!


    1. Dic Gardner was KOMO TV’s first weather man, joining as the station took to the air in 1953. Gardner also co-hosted the late afternoon ladies program as “the handy man”. Gardner started at KMO 13 in Tacoma before joining KOMO 4. He was a writer and had several novels published. He left Seattle in 1954 to pursue his writing career.
      Marge Anderson replaced Dic Gardner. KOMO gave her the title, “Miss Weather”. She was soon replaced by Anita Busek. KOMO began airing select programming in color about that time, the late night news was one of those programs. In 1957, Busek left KOMO TV and became the Program Director at KBLE 1050 AM. She was replaced by Bruce Caldwell. Caldwell died when his private plane crashed in 1960. Also killed were Caldwell’s wife and their adopted son who was only 6 months old.
      Howard Reiquam, a professional member of the American Meteorological Association was the KOMO weather expert during the 1960s. Reiquam was also the meteorologist at Boeing. Reiquam was replaced by Ray Ramsey in November 1965.

      1. Dic Gardner is the weather man whose name I could never remember while talking about them on this forum. In 1953, my buds and I were 14 but one had a sister who was 20 or 21. She and Dic Gardner were an “item” for a time. She was a Western Airlines stewardess back when the main qualification was to be a beautiful girl.

      2. Thanks Jason! I found the original article from Idaho, June 1, 1960, here:

        With warm June weather and with 5-souls on board, his Cessna 172 was probably over gross weight. That combined with a higher density altitude *(air is thinner on a hot day) and a tail-wind, most likely those factors sealed their fait. Really sad. Bruce was an excellent weatherman.

  57. I don’t think there is enough of an AAA audience to support a commercial station any longer, even in Seattle and that KPNW FM has a limited shelf life. I wager that KPNW FM will flip to Smooth Jazz by December 2024. Research will prove there is as much an audience for that as there is for AAA or 24/7 Traffic & Weather.
    KIXI ownership considered turning to listener-supported funding before flipping to brokered programming and has now flipped back to “more music”. As much as I would hate to lose the Oldies & Standards of KIXI, I don’t see that station surviving much longer without FM (the HD channel is not the answer) and a very slight tweaking of the playlist.

  58. We should start a dead pool for certain stations in the Seattle market. KPNW FM, KIXI, KJR AM, KPTR, etc.

  59. Another one of my pet peeves… Companies that talk about how they are branding their radio station. But that is not what a brand is.

    Brand is the cumulative perception of a company’s products over time. – Elon Musk

    Yes. Thank you, Elon.

  60. Beautiful Music stations are fading away. But here are a few that live online:

    AccuRadio: Beautiful Music

    Beautiful Instrumentals.com

    Beautiful Music 101

    Easy 94: Pensacola, FL

    Escape: Sirius-XM Radio (Subscription only)

    Hits on Guitar

    Hollywood Candlelight and Wine

    Humboldt 101

    Illinois Street Lounge – Soma FM

    Instrumentals Forever

    JIB On The Web: Tribute to WJIB-FM, Boston

    KABL Radio: San Francisco, CA

    KHOY: Laredo, TX

    KJBM: Los Angeles, CA

    KLUX: Robstown/Corpus Christi, TX

    KNCT: Killeen, TX

    Kozey Radio

    Lovely Instrumentals 101.5

    Radio Cherry Hill

    Radio Instrumental Gold

    Radio Soft Music No Stress

    Radio Scalla

    Seeburg 1000

    Sweet Melodies

    The Breeze

    The Lake Breeze

    The Oasis – Modern Easy Listening

    The Peach

    WEMP: Two Rivers, WI

    WFLM – World’s Finest Listening Music: Crown Point, IN

    WJST: Jet Set Radio

    WQEZ-DB / Beautiful QEZ: Birmingham, AL

  61. Who would have guessed that each station has a history dating back to its founding?

    KIRO was owned by Queen City Broadcasting Company. In 1869, Portland real estate speculators had begun touting Seattle as “Queen City of The Pacific Northwest”. The nickname caught on and stuck until the scarecrows running the Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to call it the Emerald City.

      1. I think the Visitors Bureau can take a cue from the JP Patches program, judging by the current state of the place, and just refer to it as The City Dump.

  62. Just curious about “gag reels”. I was fortunate enough to get in the industry before all-digital audio was a thing. At my first, second, and third stations – we kept an archive of recording session/on-air bloopers and fails, which we would air at our station Christmas parties. We’d all laugh hard, and relay stories about a client, news story, or just what was happening at the station at that time. Right now, I’m working on a small archive project, from my first station, KXLE.

    1. In the Outer Limits episode “Galaxy Being”, the radio station call letters are KXKVI.
      Yes, KVKVI Radio’s call letters are very close…..because we love the Outer Limits…and MGM Entertainment owns the rights to the call letters KXKVI.

    2. Dang! My ears have been glued to the Internet Stream of KVKVI with Music Mike since you first mentioned it here, Jason. Talk about a FANTASTIC oldies playlist in the +4,000 tune category! A little old, a little newer, but all in all a superbly selected song list that keeps ya movin’ like no other. And the KVKVI jingle package is spot on.

      While KVKVI seems to have a wider spectrum of tunes, reaching into the 90’s hits and those that were down the Billlboard 100 top list, Rich “Brother Robbin” Werges with his oldies internet stream RichBroRadio had narrowed in on more of the classic oldies from the late 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, doing his internet stream from Oceanside, CA and later from Tuscon, AZ.

      We’ve missed RichBroRadio Oldies for the past couple of years, so KVKVI is refreshing to say the least. Better than ANYTHING on Seattle radio today!

  63. KOL — Vincent Kraft did not operate KOL and the call letter history quoted by ChatGPT is false. The call letters were (MAY 23, 1922) KDZE, later KFOA, KOL, and in 1975-KMPS in that order.

    KJR call letters were never KFC.

    The J.P. Patches program was always on KIRO 7, not KSTW 11.

    KIRO 7 did not launch a 24 hour tv news channel in the 80s/90s.

  64. Chat GPT can be used with caution. See if you can spot all of the errors in these station histories, compiled by ChatGPT in less than 4 minutes total time.

    —-Tell me the history of KJR radio—

    KJR is a radio station in Seattle, Washington, and it has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1922. Originally, the station was known as KFC, and it was one of the first commercial radio stations in the Pacific Northwest.

    In 1932, the station’s call letters were changed to KJR, and it became one of the most popular radio stations in the region. KJR played a key role in promoting the emerging genres of rock and roll and rhythm and blues in the 1950s and 1960s, and it was known as “Seattle’s King of Rock and Roll.”

    During this time, KJR was home to a number of popular disc jockeys, including Pat O’Day, who later became a prominent concert promoter, and Lan Roberts, who was known for his distinctive on-air persona and catchphrases.

    In the 1970s, KJR shifted its format to adult contemporary music, and it remained a popular station throughout the decade. In the 1980s and 1990s, the station went through a number of ownership changes and format shifts, including a brief stint as a country music station.

    In the 2000s, KJR returned to its roots as a classic rock station, and it remains one of the most popular radio stations in the Seattle area today. The station has also been recognized for its community service and charitable work, including its annual “Toys for Tots” toy drive.

    —-Tell me the history of KOL radio Seattle—

    KOL was a radio station based in Seattle, Washington, with a rich history dating back to the 1920s. The station was founded in 1922 by Vincent Kraft and was originally known as KFKB, which stood for “Kraft Foods Kountry Broadcast.”

    In the early years, KFKB primarily aired farm reports and other agricultural programming. However, the station eventually expanded its programming to include news, sports, and music.

    In 1927, KFKB changed its call letters to KOL, which stood for “Kraft of Listening.” The station continued to grow and became one of the most popular radio stations in the Pacific Northwest.

    During the 1930s and 1940s, KOL was home to a number of popular radio programs, including “The Breakfast Club” and “The Lone Ranger.” The station also played a key role in providing news and information during World War II, with correspondents reporting from the front lines.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, KOL shifted its format to rock and roll, and it became known as “Seattle’s Home of the Hits.” The station was home to a number of popular disc jockeys, including Pat O’Day and Dick Curtis.

    In the 1970s, KOL shifted its format again, this time to adult contemporary music, and it remained a popular station throughout the decade. However, by the 1980s, the station’s ratings had declined, and it eventually changed ownership and format.

    Today, KOL no longer exists as a separate entity, as its frequency was merged with another station in the 1990s. However, its legacy lives on in the memories of those who grew up listening to the station and in the history of Seattle radio.

    —-Tell me the history of KIRO TV Seattle—

    KIRO TV is a television station based in Seattle, Washington, with a long history dating back to its founding in 1958. The station was originally owned by the Bonneville International Corporation, which also owned several radio stations in the Seattle area.

    When KIRO TV launched, it was the first television station in Seattle to broadcast in color, and it quickly became one of the most popular stations in the region. In the early years, KIRO TV aired a mix of local news, sports, and entertainment programming.

    In the 1960s and 1970s, KIRO TV expanded its news coverage, becoming known for its in-depth reporting and investigative journalism. The station was also home to several popular local programs, including “J.P. Patches,” a children’s show that aired for more than two decades.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, KIRO TV continued to grow and evolve, adding newscasts and expanding its coverage of local and national news. In 1995, the station became the first in the region to launch a 24-hour news channel, known as KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

    Today, KIRO TV remains a popular and trusted source for news and information in the Seattle area. The station has won numerous awards for its journalism, including several Peabody Awards, and it has a reputation for providing in-depth coverage of local issues and events. KIRO TV is also known for its community outreach efforts, including its annual “Warm Hearts, Warm Coats” coat drive.

    —-Tell me the history of KSTW TV Tacoma

    KSTW TV is a television station based in Tacoma, Washington, with a history that dates back to its founding in 1953. The station was originally owned by the Tacoma News Tribune, and it was the first television station to be based in the Tacoma area.

    In the early years, KSTW TV aired a mix of local news, sports, and entertainment programming, including a popular children’s show hosted by J.P. Patches. The station also aired syndicated programs and movies, as well as local public affairs programming.

    In the 1980s, KSTW TV became an affiliate of the CBS television network, and it began airing popular shows like “Murder, She Wrote” and “60 Minutes.” The station also expanded its news coverage, launching a newscast known as “Northwest Afternoon,” which focused on local news and events.

    In the 1990s, KSTW TV changed ownership several times, eventually becoming part of the Viacom family of television stations. During this time, the station continued to air popular network programming, including shows like “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Survivor.”

    In recent years, KSTW TV has continued to evolve, adding newscasts and expanding its coverage of local news and events. The station is also known for its community outreach efforts, including its annual “Home Team Harvest” food drive.

    Today, KSTW TV is a popular and trusted source for news, entertainment, and information in the Tacoma and Seattle areas. The station is affiliated with the CBS television network and continues to air popular shows and sporting events.

    —-Tell me the history of KCPQ TV Tacoma—

    KCPQ TV is a television station based in Tacoma, Washington, with a history that dates back to its founding in 1953. The station was originally owned by the Clover Park School District and broadcast on a limited basis, airing educational and instructional programming.

    In the 1970s, KCPQ TV expanded its coverage and became a full-time commercial station. The station aired a mix of syndicated programming and local news and events coverage, and it quickly became one of the most popular stations in the Tacoma area.

    In the 1980s, KCPQ TV was sold to Kelly Broadcasting, which continued to build on the station’s success. The station expanded its news coverage and added new programs and features, including “Nitebeat,” a late-night talk show that aired for several years.

    In the 1990s, KCPQ TV was sold again, this time to the Tribune Company, which owned several other television stations across the country. Under Tribune’s ownership, KCPQ TV became an affiliate of the FOX television network and began airing popular network shows like “The Simpsons” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

    In recent years, KCPQ TV has continued to grow and evolve, adding newscasts and expanding its coverage of local news and events. The station is also known for its community outreach efforts, including its annual “Joy of Sharing” toy drive.

    Today, KCPQ TV is a popular and trusted source for news, entertainment, and information in the Tacoma and Seattle areas. The station is affiliated with the FOX television network and continues to air popular network shows and sporting events.

  65. I’ve dabbled in ChatGPT, just to see what it could do. I asked it to create biographies for a few fictional bands, as well as poems for foodstuffs, like grilled cheese. Each time, the A.I. was frighteningly quick with a creative response. I’m experimenting using ChatGPT for writing 30 seconds spots. I’ve seen a couple of examples that – sadly – are more creative than some efforts I’ve seen over the past 30 years. If you are an A.E., writing lazy copy, get ready to be replaced by A.I. for your tail-end sale.

  66. Can ChatGTP replace the disc jockey on the radio? I gave ChatGTP this command and these are the results.

    give me intros to each song in the Top 40 tunes for this week in 1969, limit each intro to about 10 seconds
    Sure, here are intros to some of the top songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of March 1, 1969:

    “Everyday People” by Sly & The Family Stone – This funk classic starts with a groovy bassline and then bursts into an energetic chorus.

    “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and The Shondells – This psychedelic rock song opens with a dreamy guitar riff and features a catchy chorus that builds to a powerful crescendo.

    “Touch Me” by The Doors – The legendary Jim Morrison starts off this song with a sultry spoken word intro before launching into a classic rock anthem.

    “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations – This upbeat pop song begins with a memorable trumpet melody and features catchy vocals and a sing-along chorus.

    “This Magic Moment” by Jay and the Americans – This romantic ballad opens with a gentle piano melody and showcases the smooth vocal stylings of lead singer Jay Black.

    “Games People Play” by Joe South – This country-infused pop hit starts off with a catchy guitar riff and features insightful lyrics about human nature and society.

    “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye – This soul classic begins with a memorable drum intro and showcases the iconic voice of Marvin Gaye as he tells the story of a brokenhearted man.

    “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – This rock and roll classic starts with a swampy guitar riff and features the soulful vocals of lead singer John Fogerty.

    “Time of the Season” by The Zombies – This psychedelic pop song opens with a haunting keyboard riff and features the smooth vocals of lead singer Colin Blunstone.

    “Hooked on a Feeling” by B.J. Thomas – This upbeat pop hit begins with a memorable “Ooga-chaka” chant and features catchy vocals and a driving rhythm section.

    It depends on how you word your request to ChatGTP. The results are often disappointing. But, you can bet that if it could replace DJs, radio stations will pay for an artificial intelligence source rather than paying hourly wages.

  67. 95.7 KJEB is #1 in the latest PPM ratings. It still has THE JET moniker but has lost the KJR call letters. The JEB is Seattle’s Feel Good Variety of the 80’s and More, according to the liners. No duh! The second song was a tune-out for me, but amongst all that coal there may be a few diamonds, I thought. So I hung in for a longer listen. And hit a stack of spots. Bouncing over to the iHeart KJEB web page, I reviewed the playlist. In the past hour, listeners heard Van Morisson’s Brown-Eyed Girl, which to me is a sign. I’m guessing there are 400 or fewer tunes in the whole KJEB playlist and these have been played to death over the past decade or so. The list probably comes from Consultants-R-Us, was listener-tested, and given a stamp of approval for a cookie-cutter format you will hear in all major markets. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” because after one song they were back into a commercial-promo break. I then got Rick-rolled. Yep! They are never gonna give it up, never gonna change the playlist, too shy to say it, they know the game and they’re gonna play it. I’m out after 20 minutes. That’s all I can stand and I can’t stand no more! I had to JET.

  68. I make my living off the evening news
    Just give me something-something I can use
    People love it when you lose,
    They love dirty laundry

    Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
    I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear

    Come and whisper in my ear
    Give us dirty laundry

    We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond
    Who comes on at five
    She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
    It’s interesting when people die

    Can we film the operation?
    Is the head dead yet?
    You know, the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
    Get the widow on the set!

    Kick ’em when they’re up
    Kick ’em when they’re down
    Kick ’em when they’re up
    Kick ’em all around

    excerpts from DIRTY LAUNDRY by Don Henley

  69. How much was Ed “Kookie” Burns making each week from his tv program, 77 Sunset Strip? $500, according to an Earl Wilson newspaper column of 1960. Adjusted for inflation, $1.00 in 1960 is equal to $10.10 in 2023. Burns’s salary equals $5,050 in 2023 dollars.

  70. If you mark your birthday by saying you are thankful for “another trip around the sun” I will not acknowledge your birthday and might never speak to you.

  71. Seattle School District sues Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok over harm to kids; proceeds will finance flak jackets, G. I. Joe helmets in a rainbow of colors, and lethal, yet age-appropriate, weapons for all students, pre-k and up. Interschool rivalries will be “a heck of a lot more excitin’ than paint ball ever was”, promises spokesperson.

    1. The ar-15 rifles will help liven up those student-teacher battles in the classroom. Fights in the average Tacoma area high school about every two weeks, police are often called in, from what parents and students tell me. Big brawls. Trans, queer, cross-dressing teachers and students. Students don’t respect teachers, bathrooms are the place for sex between students, some bathrooms are locked part of the day because of these activities. Trans indoctrination or grooming by teachers, critical race theory and pronoun emphasis are a few of the problems. Home schooling might be a better alternative since so many parents are unemployed or refuse to work, or work from home.
      Remember the days when guys like Eddie Haskell were the biggest pain in the ass at school?

  72. Hello… I have a question related to the early days of KVOS-TV 12 in Bellingham.
    I was just reading online David Richardson’s excellent 1981 book on the radio-TV history of Western Washington, “Puget Sounds” It can be found at:

    In it, he goes into detail regarding the struggle Rogan Jones had getting Channel 12 on a firm footing financially. One step that was eventually deemed necessary was moving the station’s transmitter to Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, so as to reach the Greater Vancouver and Victoria markets rather than just Bellingham.

    I had always thought that the station’s signal was based at Mount Constitution from the start in 1953. Apparently I was mistaken. But that then makes me wonder, where was the Channel 12 transmitter located originally? Anyone know?

    I also found it fascinating to read that Jones didn’t have the $$$ needed to buy that initial transmitter, so he had his engineers put their own together — the visual portion manufactured in one location and the audio portion in another. Pretty creative! I admire Jones for what he was able to accomplish on a shoestring budget.

    I also have one more question relating to the Channel 12 signal. In 2008, then-owner Newport Television filed an application to the FCC to build a digital transmission facility for KVOS in Granite Falls in Snohomish County. The proposed location would have provided city-grade coverage of most of the Seattle area while remaining within 15 miles (24 km) of Bellingham, as required by FCC rules. It would effectively have made KVOS a Seattle station. However, it would have significantly diminished its reach into Canada. But this application was dismissed by the FCC on July 16, 2009.

    I know virtually nothing about the technical aspects of television, but I am pretty sure that in the old analog days, a strong Seattle-area signal for Channel 12 would have caused some problems for the signals of both Channels 11 and 13, correct? But in the digital era, would that no longer have been a concern?

        1. Thanks, Jason. The history cards you show here are for KPUG, though, and not KVOS/KGMI. I also didn’t know whether AM radio and TV are technically compatible off the same transmission site.

          1. That’s what happens when I try to multitask. I don’t think the answer to your question would come up in the old Broadcasting Yearbooks either. Perhaps someone reading these pages will be able to answer the question.

          2. I found an article in the Herald from shortly before the move to Orcas that mentions the existing transmitter on Yew Street. So yes, it broadcast off the same tower as KVOS radio.

            Most AM sites aren’t at a high enough elevation to be ideal for TV, but as a technical matter a TV transmitting antenna can be mounted on an AM tower. In Cleveland, Channel 3 and 1100 AM shared a tower during the period they were co-owned by NBC.

  73. A snippet from Ron Upshaw’s remembrance of Dori Monson…
    We were each well informed, and tried our best to communicate what we genuinely believed. We just happen to see things differently most of the time. I never took it personally when he enthusiastically disagreed with me, and I think he never took it personal when I thought he was out of his mind. Both of us respected the fact that at least we were willing to get in the arena and mix it up. Let the chips fall where they may, and be willing to change our minds when presented with compelling arguments that shed new light on our thinking. That is a rare thing indeed, and it made me respect Dori deeply.

    ** So true. People these days cannot have an honest difference of opinion without canceling/unfriending the other person. Friendship is fleeting, as is life. So few recognize this. Too bad, so sad. No big deal. You can probably count your TRUE friends on one hand. The ones you lunch with, visit when they are hospitalized, celebrate the birth of their grandchild, attend their spouse’s funeral.
    It’s nice when you have a Dori in your life.

    1. I respect and admire Ron and Dori’s perspective on their differences.

      Sadly the best man at my wedding who was one of my longest friends dating back to the 60’s has in effect cancelled that friendship because of different belief systems. I have no issues that we have different perspectives and have tried to reach out but to no avail. Truly sad.

      BTW I believe social media plays a large part (if not the dominating part) in the conflicts that divide us today.

      1. No doubt. Social media is a dumping ground for the anger and conspiracies brewing in some very sick minds.

  74. To: mailbox@qzvx.com
    Subject: ABC Superadio 1982

    Dear Jason,

    Happy 2023 to you!!.

    I write you because I be looking for the Demo that ABC DJ Rick Sklar have made fo the project that never is aired in 1982 and I hope that you can help me on this demo an maybe you have the jingle form that time that JAM Creative have made.

    I been an Fam fam for more that 30 years ask if you self looking for something please feel free to ask ,

    Albert From Holland

  75. I just tuned in to KLYC.
    2-4 seconds of dead air
    2-4 seconds of dead air
    SRN news
    1 commercial for a local client
    3 recorded PSAs
    2-4 seconds of dead air
    recorded voice “It’s 20 after 8”
    SRN sports

    No announcers, just dead air and segues
    Credit for interesting eclectic variety of oldies, mor, country, easy listening 60s and 70s.
    recorded weather and time “It’s 28 to 9”
    Call letters mentioned twice in 45 minutes

    Didn’t we all start out in small town live radio? Too bad it’s all gone. I remember picking up KMCM from north Seattle in the 50s and 60s.

  76. FOX 13 KCPQ’s meteorologist (ain’t ya glad I didn’t say “weather girl”?) Abby Acone, says “our high temp today will only reach 30 degrees. LET THAT SINK IN.”
    Ugh. I thought about it in the split second it took you to say it. It took so little time to process. I don’t need time to let it filter through the maze of my brain in order to understand that it is going to be very cold today.
    LET IT SINK IN is the new, hot catch phrase. It is over-used and abused on the tv news.

  77. I’m hearing this too often. People are finding an excuse to use it in conversation. Please, make it stop!!! Now, to describe something that a person really likes, they refer to it as, the chef’s kiss.
    Let me tell you what you can kiss…

  78. Opening sentence of an actual cable tv spot tonight: “Nicorette knows that quitting smoking is friggin’ hard.”

  79. “It’s every parent’s/mother’s/job applicant’s/bungee jumper’s/_________’s worst nightmare . . .”

  80. NEWS phrases we despise:
    “all eyes are on”
    “we are proud to tell your story”
    “this is what you need to know” Can you tell us the whole story and let us take what we want from the story?

  81. Tough times in the streaming video world – Hulu gives a Black Friday deal to new subscribers, dropping the monthly price of the basic, ad-supported service to $2 per month. What is it really worth? Are subscribers still being over-charged?

  82. I see this from news anchors and reporters posting on social media. To me, these are glaring errors. It would be nice if they would build in a grammar checker in social media apps. That would slow down quite a few posters.
    Thanks, Dick!

  83. From apnews.com/:
    “An Argentina soccer fan watches the team loose to Saudi Arabia at a World Cup Group C soccer match, played on a large screen in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos, Aires, Argentina, early Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.”

    Loose or lose? Even the once venerable Associated Press has given up the struggle.

  84. What’s with the incomplete sentences? Lens Crafters. Because SIGHT. Let’s just have a rapper do their commercials from now on. Stay classy, Lens Crafters.

  85. WARM 106.9 switched to Christmas music yesterday – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree/Brenda Lee just played. Previous to that, I don’t recall because there was about 10 minutes of commercials. At least, it seemed like 10 minutes.

  86. Troy says:
    November 7, 2022 2:39 pm atEdit
    Ads are getting rediculous man. Can’t donaything without a pop up ad or some garbage layering over the article. Ads at the top, ads over articles, ads pop up when you click on something, ads not closing, ads when trying to post about ads. What the F?

    Looks fine on PC and laptop. You may be speaking about phones or tablets. I will look into it. In the meantime, click the X in the upper right side of any ad you want to minimize. We are in the early period of the trial phase, so things will change as we go along in order to do our best to keep ads from interfering with navigation.
    On the phones, use our Menu and click on Blog to read Posts, etc.

  87. People need to stop doing business with tech companies that want to dictate, police and prosecute speech.

    Sat, October 8, 2022 at 3:00 PM

    PayPal has backtracked on a published policy that would have fined users $2,500 for spreading “misinformation,” claiming the update had gone out “in error.”

    “An AUP notice recently went out in error that included incorrect information. PayPal is not fining people for misinformation and this language was never intended to be inserted in our policy. Our teams are working to correct our policy pages. We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused,” a spokesperson told National Review in a written statement.

    The course reversal comes after the policy changes had started to attract media scrutiny as well as criticism on Twitter. Former PayPal president David Marcus even blasted the company over the implication that it could seize customers’ money for finding their views objectionable.

    “It’s hard for me to openly criticize a company I used to love and gave so much to. But @PayPal’s new AUP goes against everything I believe in,” the cryptocurrency entrepreneur said Saturday. “A private company now gets to decide to take your money if you say something they disagree with. Insanity.”

    Tech titan Elon Musk replied, “Agreed,” in a comment that got thousands of likes.

    The policy update had appeared to authorize the company to pull a significant sum of money from the accounts of users who spread “misinformation,” among other newly listed offenses.

    The new conditions were scheduled to be added to the restricted activity section of the PayPal User agreement effective November 3, the Daily Wire first reported. Changes included prohibitions on “the sending, posting, or publication of any messages, content, or materials” that “promote misinformation.” While the prior policy already forbade “hate,” “intolerance,” and discrimination, the new one would have explicitly applied to specific “protected groups” and “individuals or groups based on protected characteristics.” Identities under this umbrella included race, religion, gender or gender identity, and sexual orientation.

    The firm’s current rulebook doesn’t list these terms. It’s unclear whether PayPal will also pull back these specific prohibitions on “discriminatory” language, or if it is only scrubbing the “misinformation” clause.

    Breaking the rule against misinformation and hate speech “may subject you to damages, including liquidated damages of $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation, which may be debited directly from your PayPal account,” the company had originally warned. In a user agreement, account holders accept and attest that the penalty is “presently a reasonable minimum estimate of PayPal’s actual damages” due to the expense the firm incurs by accounting for the violations as well as damage to its reputation.

    PayPal was founded by Peter Thiel, who has invested in a number of GOP rising stars and “conservative” business ventures. Ebay acquired the company in 2002 and has managed it since. In recent years, PayPal has been known to censor or deplatform organizations or individuals for certain political commentary, particularly that which is considered right-wing.

    It recently banned Gays Against Groomers, a group composed of LGBT-identifying people that claims to call attention to the sexualization and medicalization of children via gender ideology and the transgender movement. Minutes later, PayPal’s subsidiary Venmo reportedly barred the organization from access. Evolutionary biologist Colin Wright and journalist Ian Miles Cheong, who regularly expose the dangers of transgenderism for minors, have also been removed.

  88. WGN Tv News- ((((Breaking)))) McDonald’s Brings Back Halloween Happy Meals Pails — WGN CALL TO ACTION: “Here’s how you get one.”
    To me, this is an advertisement, fluff, filler.

  89. Tv/radio people need to come up with something better than, “It’s been a wild ride.” to describe their time at a station or their career. That phrase is as worn out as “I want to spend more time with family” and other famous last words.

  90. A primer for winter in the PNW: TV broadcasts – either network or local – tend to exaggerate their storm reports. It’s a formula: send a reporter “on location”; do a location shot, emphasizing how bad conditions are (although conditions reported are far less severe than is reported), then; cut back to the studio for a weather report.

    In Seattle TV, this usually applies to snow in the forecast. Every station with a newscast will do the same thing. Junior-most reporter (usually, a new hire) gets sent up to the top of Snoqualmie Pass (or an unusually icy street in a King County suburb), and does the “poke and scoop” – a “poke” at the snow on the ground, followed by a “scoop” to show a palm-full of snow. All while there is little to no snow on the ground, or – actually – coming down. Then, a cut back to the studio, where the anchors tell you to stay tuned to their station for “continuing coverage” of the storm.

    If you want to know how bad a winter storm will hit your community, stick to weather updates from your local radio station, NOT Seattle-area TV. They paint with broad brushes, lead with the worst-case scenario, and do not – repeat, do not – give weather forecasts that are applicable to you.

    1. A weather report to remember on a Phoenix tv station: a young female reporter was sent out to the sidewalk without an umbrella to report that the rain had started. Camera shot of her feet. “As you can see, the tops of my shoes are getting wet.” Seriously. Water droplets. No visible storm of any kind. A big deal was made of it.

      1. I wish everyone affected by Hurricane Ian a safe time. But, to stay on-point, the MSM has done the same thing with the Hurricane that local TV does whenever Winter comes around. Right now, it’s Hurricane Season. Wind and rain. How many times do we see a report on a hurricane, where the reporter is by a sea-wall, swathed in rain-gear, clutching their hat like it’s going to fly away, telling us that the world is ending… While someone in an aloha shirt casually walks by in the back of the shot, like they are on their way to a Hurricane Party.

        Yes, severe weather happens. But the MSM tends to promote severe weather events to keep viewers in their seats, as opposed to giving accurate information, with precautions for local communities.

  91. So you’d like a little variety in your playlist?

    Try WTZQ FM95.3 & AM1600, Flat Rock/Hendersonville NC. https://www.wtzq.com/

    I listened to a complete high school football game last Friday night called by the school’s former head coach, with color by a team member from ten years ago.

    I punched the Request-A-Song Button on the home page, asked for Changing Partners by Kay Starr, and complimented them on their assortment of tunes. Less than fifteen minutes later, they played my request and sent me a personal email thanking me and saying they were proud of their eclectic playlist.

    Willie and the Hand Jive Johnny Otis
    Johnny Angel Shelly Fabares
    Too Young Nat “King” Cole
    Walk Through This World with Me Nancy Sinatra
    It’s the Talk of the Town Perry Como
    Let’s Live for Today The Grass Roots
    Words of Love Buddy Holly
    Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA
    It Only Hurts for a Little While Ames Brothers
    Dedicated To the One I Love The Mamas & The Papas
    Feelin’ Alright Joe Cocker
    Un-Answered Prayers Garth Brooks
    I Went to Your Wedding Patti Page
    Devil Woman Cliff Richard
    A Headache Tomorrow Mickey Gilley
    Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
    Doncha’ Think It’s Time Elvis Presley
    Tears In the Morning The Beach Boys
    Dim All the Lights Donna Summer
    Swing You Can 1932 Louis Armstrong
    Alley Oop The Hollywood Argyles
    Lady (You Bring Me Up) Commodores
    Steppin’ Out With My Baby Tony Bennett
    Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
    I’ll Be There (feat. Trey Lorenz) Mariah Carey
    Reelin’ In the Years Steely Dan
    Words of Love The Beatles
    If I Could Turn Back Time Cher
    Don’t Mess With Bill The Marvelettes
    Wonderful Time Up There Pat Boone
    Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
    He’ll Have to Go Jim Reeves
    Mister Sandman The Chordettes
    Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) Elton John
    Yesterday The Beatles
    Hard To Get Gisele MacKenzie
    Tumbling Tumbleweeds The Sons of the Pioneers
    Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight James Taylor
    There Goes My Everything
    Mountain of Love Johnny Rivers
    Calendar Girl Neil Sekaka
    She’s Not There The Zombies
    Believe What You Say Ricky Nelson

  92. What’s with calling local tv stations networks? I heard this on an E! TV report about KTLA/Los Angeles firing one of their anchors. “No comment from the network” — It’s ONE tv station. Not a network. I hope this doesn’t become a trend.

  93. My mother had one of his records, Talk Back Trembling Lips. My parents were country music fans. They loved the country music lineup on Channel 11 on Saturdays, one country music show after another from afternoon to late evening.

    1. Some more deejay ditties:

      From 1963, “D.J. for a Day” by Jimmy Newman, one of just four songs he recorded using his stage name, Jimmy “C” Newman.


      From 1965, “Tiny Blue Transistor Radio” the “B” side of Connie Smith’s second top ten hit on RCA, “Then and Only Then”.


      And these:


      1. I wish them luck at KRKO/KKXA. Hopefully things improve for advertising income. Radio, with great content, can compete on the Internet. Its a level playing field. The station has the ability of maintaining a local presence and can also be heard practically world-wide. Alongside podcasts and Internet radio, it all depends on the content being offered. Nice article. KRKO. like KGY/Olympia, is a great Oldies choice.

  94. In the corporate world, FUN is a race to the finish. Productivity. It’s like playing “The Quiet Game” with children. It’s not fun.
    When I was working at AT&T, we had incentives, like higher wages and bonuses, differential pay for special projects. There was always a free turkey to take home at Thanksgiving, a ham for Christmas. Employees with outstanding achievement were well-paid and would receive a plaque or award. I have one in a box in my garage.
    And then, sometime in the late 1980s, things started getting weird. Incentives became a bag of Skittles candy or a Snickers bar. Games, like children would play, were incorporated into the incentive scheme.
    Being the cynical pain in the ass I was, I refused to play their games. I opted for incentives having to do with money. They refused. I held my ground and did the bare minimum. The union got involved. I won.
    After retiring from AT&T with a nice pension and excellent benefits for life, I found that other corporate jobs were the same. Employees were expected to do more for less.
    I refused to play for Skittles. You can put balloons all over the office, it is still a dismal place to be. The only sales incentive I played for was a new Apple Mac, which I won. The rest of the time, I sat out the games.
    There is NO FUN at a corporate job, and I don’t hear good things about any other employer out there.
    RADIO was fun. And, yes, I also showed up on my day off. And stayed late. That was early in my radio career. As I entered corporate radio, I found that we were micro-managed, as at AT&T. No fun there.
    You can’t fake fun. It’s either a real part of the job or you end up treating the employee like a child.

  95. When I got into radio in 1966, there was only one reason. Fun. Not the big paycheck. I traded a Teamster trucking job paying $156 a week (back then, two bits got you a gallon of gas or a schooner of beer) for $92.31 a week to be on the radio in Kalispell, Montana.

    I couldn’t wait to go to work, it was so much fun. I even hung out at the station on my day off.

    Now, all these years later, Inc. This Morning newsletter reports that “people who have fun on the job are more creative and productive, make better decisions, and get along better with colleagues. They also are much less likely to call in sick or show up late to work than people who aren’t having fun.” No kidding.

    Fun breaks up boredom and fatigue.
    Fun fulfills human social needs.
    Fun increases creativity and willingness to help.
    Fun improves communication.
    Fun breaks up conflict and tension.

    I wonder if today’s corporate radio execs ever think about anything this basic.

      1. Checks that bounced. Happened to us at KDFL Sumner. Quite unsettling. I don’t recall that being an issue at the other stations I worked for.

        1. I was doing middays at KLFF and went to cash my check after my shift, only to find the pay account empty. I went back into the station waving my check and loudly proclaiming its rubberness to all as I went to the GM’s office to ask what was up. He promised the check would be good the next morning. I hit the bank on the way to work and got my money. That was the first time our checks bounced. Two weeks later I showed up early to get my check and cash it before my shift. It bounced again, so I pinned it to the wall in the control room and put a sign next to it with big red letters “Another KLFF Rubber Paycheck” and left it hanging there when I went home for the day. Next morning it was in my mailbox. No comment from management. But it was cashable that day.

  96. NFL+ an app or something being touted during the ESPN Seahawks pre-game. NFL+ ‘this is how we football.’ They are screwing with the language again.
    Tell me again how we pizza? Now, again, how do we football?
    It’s nonsense.
    This is how we boycott your product.

  97. After years of consideration, avoidance and procrastination, PSM will be testing advertising on-site for the next few weeks. After some initial bugs were worked out, it seems possible this could be a long-term effort. Of course, all funds go toward the continued maintenance and improvements to PSM, hosting, apps, and subscriptions. Thank you for your support of PSM and your patience while we craft a workable ad solution for the blog.

    1. April 11, 2023 — Google ad campaigns have been dropped by QZVX.COM. Funds earned will cover site costs for a good period of time into the future. No more annoying pop-up ads. Woot Woot!

  98. Jason:

    Just wanted to let you know – announced on air today on the Gee & Ursula show, with Spike O’Neill in for Gee Scott – Seattle radio veteran Spike O’Neill (formerly with the Bob Rivers Show) will be the new, full time host of KIRO Nights from 7 to 10 PM replacing the outgoing Jack Stine (background: Jack chose to leave, he wasn’t cancelled.)

    Spike’s first show is Monday, August 1st.

  99. This allegedly occurred…

    Reported by the Miami Herald July 22, 2022:
    Two men were sucked into a sinkhole that appeared during a company pool party, Israel authorities said. Rescue crews feared the sinkhole would collapse further as they aided the injured man and searched for the body of the other. The missing man’s body was eventually recovered, authorities said, and his cause of death has not been
    Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article263731153.html#storylink=cpy

    Let’s see, I am no Detective Columbo, but I am guessing the cause of death was related to being drowned when a sink hole opened up under the swimming pool.

  100. The reports of my death are greatly over rated!

    There may be some that wish this son of a bitch stays dead, but I did not die. I am not married to a Gracie. I am married to Deborah.
    Gracie was my dog who passed away in November.

    What is true is that I have finally retired and as well from broadcasting. Since the summer of 2011 I have been the voice of Tom Read’s ACN and LBS networks. I informed Tom just before the July 4th weekend that I am hanging up the microphones.

    I am 69 and it is time to grow up and get out of radio. 🙂

    I made a few enemies over the years for being a perfectionsist. There is just too much mediocracy. Just because you are on the air, talking and playing records, does not mean you are talented or a star. You are just a disk jockey. Very few rise to excellence as an entertainer.

    ‘Nuff said.

    1. For being a hater, Gracie had written a very complimentary obituary (removed). If there is any further controversy concerning the existence of Claude Rorabaugh, we will bring in a medium and conduct a seance.

      1. So actually, Claude should have written an obituary for Gracie, rather than the other way around. I seem to remember Claude being operations manager at KGDN-KBIQ a long time ago, while I was GM of tiny KURB down the road from them. If so, and with Claude being 69 now, he must have started in radio even younger than I did–and he certainly stayed with it longer!

  101. I used 2400 baud modem with a Tandy 1000 computer. Purchased in about 1992. With a dot matrix printer the whole thing cost me about $1500 at Radio Shack.

  102. I am not familiar with either of those names. I was fairly familiar with KPUG jocks till about 1975. If he was there, probably a short term employee.

  103. Hey…most folks here are quite conservative, but no one seems to comment on that Jack Stine guy over on KIRO FM…He has a highly rated evening show…presents himself as a “Reagan conservative”…He also, rather proudly refers to his several years of being a hard-core drug addict-street person!…and (predictably) he freely talks about being in therapy…Kind of refreshing to hear someone being so upfront!…strangely, he has been frequently vacating his evening show, to cover for other show hosts. Why would KIRO make him their “go-to-guy”, when he is doing so well in the ratings game at night?…He seems to be extra-friendly with John Curley…I have already speculated that he is likely to take over Curley’s pm show if (when) Curley moves on to other things….so, what do you older, very conservative dudes think about this Stine upstart? I find him to be interesting, even funny…but do not agree with most of what he espouses politically.

    1. I was impressed with what little I had heard of Stine. I haven’t listened regularly though, to anything on the radio. I tend to tune around.

      1. Stine has been missing from his regular evening show on KIRO for nearly two months now!…they keep saying he is “subbing” on other shows, but I have not been able to find him on any other shows….does anyone know where this guy is?…did he get fired?

        1. No change to his bio on KIRO FM website, no Instagram announcement, KIRO Nights Facebook page has not been updated since March 2021 and Stine’s LinkedIn page gives us no clue. 3 1/2 years in broadcasting? Maybe he has had enough!

          1. Thanks for that…I always am miffed, when talk show hosts either leave, or are actually fired without their loyal audience being clued in as to whatever is going on…one of the dudes taking his place at night has mentioned that Stine is making “quite the rounds here at KIRO, subbing on other shows”…but lately, they just step in and say “Jack Stine” is not here tonight.”……Well, DUH!

      2. As you have seen…Jack Stine is history, and you were right–I guess–about his having had enough…I am thinking that he was more of a head case than he even alluded to….But I also think KIRO management must have had a problem with his forthrightness?

  104. This is the second time around for Suits who had been at KIRO & KVI but then left for a gig in San Diego (KOGO) and Los Angeles (KFI). He also did a short stint at KABC. He is very clever storyteller.

    1. I listened to Suits several years ago…I found him to be very abrasive about his political beliefs…and he is some sort of a military fetishist…he once bragged about joining the Marines, so he could kill people!…I am not surprised to see that he did not last long in the LA radio-world.

      1. Seeing more articles on places like San Fran turning away from the WOKE mentality, starting to lean Right. Possibly LA at some time in the future. Just like with NETFLIX, corporations are seeing that a woke stance can negatively affect the bottom line.

  105. Another topic sending Libs into a tailspin: the striking down of Roe V. Wade by the Supreme court. “Our bodies, Our Choice” something you didn’t hear the Libs screaming during Covid masking mandates. They insist on the right to kill babies. Oh, the spectacle being made on social media! The meltdown and protests have begun. Rather than sit-ins and marches, I believe it would be more effective and bring more attention to the matter if Libs would just start leaping from the windows of skyscrapers or off of area bridges. C’mon you far-Left Libs, you aren’t really trying.

    1. I am very Liberal–except for being anti-abortion…Ya see…I look at abortion as killing a human being…and folks–before we are male and female, WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS. And since I, as a male, am human, I do not wish to see any of my other humans murdered in the womb…if you step on a caterpillar, you have killed a butterfly…So ladies, be a whole lot more careful who you allow to impregnate you, unless you want to raise a baby…Of course, cases of rape, or of a pregnant woman being in danger if she gives birth (medical reasons) are a different situation….but as HUMANS, male or female, we all should try very hard to not bring unwanted children into this world. When I was a single guy, I always made sure the lady in my sexual life was on the pill…not hard to be this way…and women need to be very careful of getting PG…there is always adoption, if you cannot see your way to being a real mother to your unexpected baby….my fellow libs are always shocked by my feelings on this subject!

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