This brief recording captures Jerry Kay doing a Mother’s Day bit. There’s a loud whistle in the background and the tape runs out before the end of the break, but it’s still great to hear Jerry’s warm, familiar voice. Dave Dolacky (and Burt Reynolds) can also be heard on the spot for Channel 7.
11 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Jerry Kay, “Old Gold” KXA, Seattle, May, 1981”
One thing that has bothered me over the years, the spelling of Jerry’s last name. In my youth, I thought it was K-A-Y-E. I sometimes saw it listed as KAY in the Stredicke columns and also as KAYE. This confusion continued later in online posts mentioning Jerry K…
So, I checked other “radio” websites and see that they tag him as JERRY KAY. Except one site dedicated to Chicago radio, which lists him as JERRY KAYE.
A niggling little issue, which shouldn’t be that big of deal, but it is the man’s name. GET IT RIGHT!
I here, now, proclaim once and for all, K-A-Y-E is the correct spelling, based on my remembrances of KJR publications and certain dedicated radio sites.
Everybody, please remember the E at the end of Jerry’s name. After all, he was kind of a big deal in radio.
Upon further investigation, I see a KJR survey, with the spelling KAY. Good gracious, me! https://qzvx.com/pictures/Jan-7-1963A.jpg
Maybe it changed over the years, between stations— or maybe I am wrong!
I have a few old KJR surveys. They spell it KAY. Yet I also have some newspaper articles of the day and they spell it KAYE when he was in Seattle. Maybe nobody cared. But I guess the surveys would be the way he spelled it. I cannot think they put out several surveys with his name spelled wrong….of course it was a made up name.
From what I read, listeners/radio fans seemed to cling to the KAYE spelling after all these years (judging by radio websites online) and stations spelled it KAY. Strange how the brain works.
I think that Danny Kaye was just so well known that we all assumed the same spelling. I just redid a video because of this. Did not realize I had it wrong….with the E since the nearby newspaper clipping had it wrong.
Because Jerry was a Yakima boy I remember him first as Jerry King (his given name) at KLOQ with that Paul Berg guy. I also remember during his early days at KJR he often referred to himself as JFK … which he quickly dropped after November 22nd 1963. Beyond that I always presumed it was Kaye, but as it wasn’t Jerry’s real last name the only concern I have is that no one spells his last name Kinge!
I have been a little confused about this myself.
Here’s my thought, with Danny Kaye as co-owner of KJR, Jerry would not have used the same spelling. So it’s Jerry Kay, rhymes with Pat O’Day! (Also, I do see many listings from Chicago, both WLS and WCFL with the Kay spelling.)
Well then, KAY it is.
Since it was spelled “KAY” on the old KJR surveys, that’s what it must be. My apologies to Jerry for butchering his name on the post. 🙂
Perhaps it was a case of mass delusion
Sam….I would not be too worried about it, I had it wrong on my KJR Golden Years video viewed by Pat O’Day, the O’Day kids, Dick Curtis, Tom Murphy, Chuck Bolland, Les Parsons and Gary Shannon. They all left comments or sent Emails to me and nobody mentioned the errant E…it has since been corrected. A photo of a news clipping of the era in the article still has it wrong.