Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: The day I met Dick Curtis – A Class Act

I was 14 years old and it was the Sunday before Christmas in 1966. I asked my dad to drive me to KJR with the hope of getting a peek inside the station. He was always supportive of my interest in radio, and perhaps a bit curious himself, so he agreed to take me. When we arrived there were 3 people working at the station; Dick Curtis, Jimmy Rabbit, and Leslee, a request line operator (with a British accent) and they warmly welcomed us. I especially remember how genuine and gracious Dick was as he took the time to show us around. He also gave me a Beach Boys album (pictured) which Leslee, Jimmy, and Dick each autographed. I was in heaven. Of course the record album was immediately placed into high rotation on my flea-powered bedroom radio station, KFUN.

Dick Curtis’ KJR Jock Jingle

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Author: Sam Lawson

Student engineer at pioneer Nathan Hale radio station KNH 1210 in 1970 (prior to KNHC). Also attended North Seattle Community College and L.H. Bates in Tacoma (KTOY). Sam’s career began as a KJR request line operator in 1970, with his first on air job at KRKO in 1972. In 1976 he segued to overnights at KTAC as Cory Landon, then weekends at KING. In 1978 he moved to Lewiston, Idaho for afternoons on KOZE and KRLC. Throughout the ‘80s he was an announcer and/or engineer at the best mix and biggest variety of Spokane radio stations; including KZUN, KGA, KKER (The Sam & Pam Show), KZZU, KISC, PD of KJRB, and the voice of KAYU-TV. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles as Assistant Chief Engineer and weekends at KZLA/KLAC. Also engineered for KBIG, KFI, Premiere Radio Networks, CBS Radio, and others. After avoiding any actual work for nearly 45 years, now happily retired and very appreciatively back in the great Pacific Northwest! --- View other articles by Sam Lawson --- Sam Lawson airchecks
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3 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: The day I met Dick Curtis – A Class Act

  1. Sam…so the 1966 Jimmy Rabbit at KJR is actually Roger W. Morgan who worked KISN, KYA, KOIL and many other stations. I am in contact with him occasionally…real nice guy, I had photos and comments from him in my article on O’Day and The Electric Prunes. He currently is an owner and operator of an FM station called The Legend in Coos Bay, OR.

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