Bob & Ray: Wally Ballou Visits The Sleepy Time Laboratory

For nearly 45 years Bob and Ray entertained millions of radio listeners and television viewers. Bob and Ray’s long partnership began at Boston radio station WHDH in 1946 when Goulding, after delivering the news on Elliott’s music program, began to stick around and swap anecdotes with the host. Listeners demanded more, however, and the station soon scheduled Matinee with Bob and Ray. It offered offbeat comments on the day’s news, fables about fictitious characters and bogus contest offers.

Today, reporter Wally Ballou visits the Sleepy Time Laboratory ..

**The Bob & Ray CBS radio show ran locally on KIRO 710/100.7 **

1 visit(s) today

Author: Jason Remington

Creator, Admin, & Editor of QZVX, former broadcaster at KTOY FM/Tacoma, KVAC/Forks , KDFL/Sumner, KTTX & KWHI FM/Brenham (TX), KONP/Port Angeles, KBAM/Longview, KJUN/Puyallup, KRPM FM/Tacoma, KAMT/Tacoma, KASY/Auburn, KBRD FM/Tacoma, KTAC/Tacoma, KMTT FM/Tacoma, and KOOL FM/Phoenix. -- Airchecks
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12 thoughts on “Bob & Ray: Wally Ballou Visits The Sleepy Time Laboratory

  1. Interesting. That video I have of Sonics doing Witch from 10 years ago, Freddie Dennis was one of the guys in the band. He did lead vocal on several tracks. Rosalie of course on other cuts.

    1. Well Steven, I think most of us are prone to have a preference for the 1st version we heard of a song. We can’t help but identify with that version. As I understand it, the Pacific Northwest was one of the hotbeds for The Liverpool Five’s version. “Want Me” was their only appearance on the national charts … spending one week at #98 on Billboard. The band was originally known as the Steve Laine Combo, but management changed their name to The Liverpool Five, to capitalize on the popularity of The Beatles, when sending them on tour in Germany & Austria. None of the group’s members were actually from Liverpool … they were all Londoners. For some reason after touring the Far East the band moved to Spokane and then to LA. By 1968, when the band disbanded, Freddie Dennis, from Spokane, had replaced original bassist Dave Burgess. Freddie Dennis later became a member of the Seattle band The Sonics.

      1. Jay,

        Re preference for the 1st version: this is why I blow my top when an oldies station plays some remastered bastardized fake stereo echo version instead of the original – the one that brings back the memories. We listened in glorious unequalized mono.

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