April 25, 1969 – Friday is a good day for making out lists. Here are three:
Notes about KSND:
Ward Lucas now signs on the station. Lucas runs the first hour of music, beginning at 5 a.m., and it in no way reflects what he offers on his talkshow on KBLE AM in the afternoon.
Norm Clark continues to bat around the one-liners from 6 a.m. He has enlisted the talents of Lynda Campbell, receptionist, to voice dumb blonde parts. Further note: she’s not.
KSND’s program director is Mark O. Marks– Or, as he also spells it, mark-o-marks. Two of his bits are Cajun Cal’s Crafty Kitchen, in which recipes are offered for fried watermelon rinds dipped in buttermilk and Dialing for Ding a Lings, a good satire on other radio station telephone giveaways.
New afternoon personality is Bryan Lewis, formerly of KGA Spokane. Lewis has one of the best new voices in town.
Danny Holiday remains at KSND from 7 PM till 1 AM sign off, but he will be departing soon. Holiday has developed into an authority on the golden oldies. Which brings us to an interesting point. How come the KSND ads continue to say 24 hours a day and the station signs off at 1 AM?
WHAT’S NEW — When it comes to promotion, there are not too many ahead of KVI. Here’s what the KVI staff has been up to to remind folks that the Pilots are here:
Hardwick organized the Ray Oyler fan club, which, among other things, made Page 1 of the Detroit News.
Four KVI disk jockeys were involved in the reception and parade for the new team.
Ray Court invited listeners to guess the opening game score, with winners getting foul balls hit in the first game.
Jack Morton has introduced a “very irregular program feature,” called “Look That Up in Your Dudley and Schonely.” Morton explains such Jimmy Dudley descriptions as “three ducks on the pond,” “can of corn” and “frozen rope.” Learn about baseball lingo from 3:30 to 7 PM.
Ray Court offers player horoscope readings.
Rod Belcher, part-time sportscaster, of course, wrote the Pilots’ fight song.
KVI could still be considering: The station’s disk jockeys against a Western Airlines stewardesses baseball team; sending Dave Clarke into the stands to sell peanuts– he could reach four rows back; full coverage of the clam digging contest at Ocean Shores (clams will have Pilots’ names painted on the shells); a time capsule (maybe); a rabbit contest (to pack the stadium); a Chico Salmon night light promotion. It was canceled when the ballplayer who admits to sleeping with the lights on was traded.
April 30, 1969 — Bob Hale delivered a somber weather forecast at the 5 PM spot Monday on KIRO TV. But at the 11 PM weather break, the cartooning weatherman had blustered up a storm on the set.
Hale said he was told by a channel 7 director that if he mentioned he was fired while on camera he would be cut off the air.
Hale said he elected not to appear in that case.
“I have a right to tell the public I was fired,” Hale said. “I don’t want Puget Sound residents to think I left them.”
Hale said he was summarily dumped because “cartooning weather shows are old hat.”
Hale drew and developed his folksy patter for 12 years on KING TV, took a short stab at Chicago TV and returned to the Seattle area to KIRO TV 1 1/2 years ago.
“I’m going to stay in Seattle,” Hale said. “I will probably never go on TV again.” He runs a cartoon sign shop and does occasional freelance advertising work.
“I’m really not trying to get back at KIRO,” Hale said “they say they want dignity, and I’m apparently not dignified.”
Lloyd Cooney, KIRO general manager, said the dispute was merely a matter of giving one week notice.
“It was purely a result of research,” Cooney said. “The question is not one of talent, but of information viewers expect. A cartooning weatherman is not the answer.” The station plans to unveil a revised news-sports-weather package next Monday. Another KIRO employee said the schedule was delayed a week for set design and a new weatherman.
Channel 11 has booked Mark Lane, author of the controversial best-seller, “Rush to Judgment,” for an interview. Lane will discuss his critical views of the Warren Commission report on the death of Pres. Kennedy in an interview with Bob Gleason at 10:30 o’clock Sunday night on KTNT TV’s We Believe program… Channel 11, incidentally, will expand its nightly news show to 45 minutes beginning Monday night. 11-Star News, with Bill Wippel as news editor, will run nightly from 10:30 PM to 11:15 PM. Monday night will also see the debut of Sandra Vlahovich as channel 11’s new weather girl. They say the 20-year-old Tacoma miss is better looking than Bob Hale.
Puyallup’s KAYE 1450 kc, insists the station is being boycotted and harassed.
For the past nine months, the station says, it’s Round-Table Forum, a 7 PM talk show hosted by Jon Gold, has built “a fantastic audience despite the low, low power of the station and the crowded airwaves around 1450 kc.”
“The program has engendered more complaints to the Federal Communications Commission than any station in the state,” a statement from KAYE says. “All the commotion is due to the continuous and steady pounding of Gold upon the fallacy (as he sees it) of the “counsel-manager” form of city government.
After losing all sponsors, except one, the station says, Gold was ready to leave the air. Listener support was requested. The station, which should logically be expected to pay its way with commercials, is now receiving pledges from listeners in the amount of about $650 per month.
“This is the first time in radio history that a political commentator has been supported on the air by those who want to hear his opinions,” the station says.
UP NORTH – Three Whatcom County radio stations are cooperating again to promote National Radio Month. Don Bevilacqua, station manager of KERI FM, said his station, KGMI FM and KLYN FM would be advancing the theme that FM radio is “the wonderful new world of sound,” static free, with high fidelity and with fewer program interruptions.
NEW SHOW – in the days when bigger stations are dropping “women’s programs” in favor of hit parade music, KURB, Mountlake Terrace, is adding a program. In a 25 minute segment, weekdays, Verna’s Variety offers chitchat, community bulletins and music.
“Because she is so nice,” so the story goes, the disk jockeys give Verna, the hostess, first crack at all new records at the station. Verna feels particularly secure, she insists, because most mail and phone response at the daytime only station is from women.
Edward Nixon, of Lynnwood, younger brother of Pres. Nixon, announced yesterday he will run for Republican state committee been from Snohomish County, but said, “I’m not looking at this as a stepping stone” to any higher office, the Associated Press reported.
Edward Nixon, 38, said he had been asked by a “group of Snohomish County citizens” to run for the post vacated by Lynnwood mayor Merle Hrdlicka, who resigned after conflict with the state Republican organization.
The state committee vacancy will be filled at a meeting of precinct committeemen Monday in Everett.
Edward Nixon recently withdrew from a $30,000 a year federal appointment as chairman of the federal Field Committee for Development Planning in Alaska because of possible conflict with the 1967 federal nepotism law. Nixon, formerly in a staff position with Pacific Northwest Bell telephone company, has had his leave of absence extended indefinitely. It was to expire this month, a year after he left work to campaign for his brother. A spokesman for the firm said Nixon had not yet made up his mind about returning.