Working The Gnat Shift At Kountry KAYO

On October 4, 1971, I was filling in on KAYO for Don Lane, from 8:00 P.M. until midnight. Our control room was at the back of the building and had big windows that swung open wide. Listeners would drop by and visit. It being a summer night, there were bugs flying around too.

I was reading a live spot and took a breath – something was in my throat and I coughed. I choked, “I think I inhaled a gnat!”

Two days later, there was a package in my mail. A couple of guys listening at work sent me a custom made Gnat Trap. I’ve carried this prized possession with me ever since that night forty-nine years ago.

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Author: Dick Ellingson

Aging gratefully in a little country town. Parcel post crusher; blood'n'guts laundry serf; parking lot fender bender/bumper jumper; Lazy B flunkie with 7-word job title; P-I down crew; bobtail trucker; Sunbeam breader; retail store mangler; bothersome boiler roomie; fake real estate agent; d.j./copywriter/p.d./ripper/reader - 600 KGEZ Good Advertising, Kalispell; Community Radio 1510 KURB, Mountlake Terrace; 1540 News/MOR/92.5 Solid Gold Rock & Roll KFKF, Bellevue; 1150 Kountry KAYO America's Own Music, Seattle; 1300 KoMPaSs Radio 13 Modern Country, Seattle; 1360 KLFF Good Music & Great Memories, Glendale/Phoenix; 106.3 Koncert 106 KONC, Sun City/Phoenix; 1580 KCWW Real Country Network, Tempe/Phoenix. Four-year Volunteer P-I/Times/TNT news reader for Evergreen Radio Reading Service broadcasting from the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, Seattle; dotcomboom day trader who came out alive; King County Metro Bus Driver; Seattle Streetcar Operator. I retired at age 78 and still dream frequently about radio and bus driving, my two dream jobs. Two pups & a pension = easy livin'! More articles by Dick
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7 thoughts on “Working The Gnat Shift At Kountry KAYO

  1. And why not, Jason? After all, Bash was born in Paris and it was to Paris that he returned, and I don’t mean Kentucky, Missouri, Texas or Tennessee.

    And Bruce, what were you thinking of, the cadavers’ Halloween party? The annual spree d’corpses?

    1. Espirit d’corp! ??? Buck, Bashful and Dick spoke French? Those were some sophisticated yokels!

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