Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Repost: Robert O. Smith, KJR, 1967

Speed has been corrected, and some extra audio added to the beginning. Robert O. tries to give away a 1968 Plymouth Belvedere Wagon, does an Ed Sullivan imitation, and reads a live spot for “The KJR Beat.” Commercials seem to be pushing both uppers and downers, with Coke, Compoz, and Wakoz.

Runtime: 7:38

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. 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 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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8 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Repost: Robert O. Smith, KJR, 1967

  1. That is one of the airchecks missing in my collection. No KJR Robert till now. I,m not trying to be critical, but it sounds like this recording has a little high rpm. Then again, KJR did soup their turntables. It sounds like late 67. I used to have a tape of Robert O, doing his last show on KSND. I let it get away. In the meantime, KOL was already promoting their new late night jock. “robert o, smith is back and KOL,s got him” So at one point on KSND, Robert O, commented that Bill Davidson is back and KSND has got him. Davidson replies “you scared me. i thought i was going to get a new job next week”

    1. Hey now, Robert O was my pops. and Love hearing some of this stuff but that didn’t sound at all like my dad. — then again I wasn’t even a thought in his mind then..

  2. I was one of the staff at KTVW-13 (1970’s) that switched the live Saturday night Dr Zinger show. No rehearsal, just this is what we are going to do next break. We pranked him one night and had the cameraman fully expose himself wearing a trench coat to Robert O during the live skit. Robert O lost it laughing and came back with” thats funny but if you turn around your really going to have a big laff. Then to commercial. Great times.

    1. Thank you, Galen. I met Robert O. when he was working at KTAC. He was a good guy and helped me by critiquing some of my airchecks years later. He is one person about whom I have never heard a negative story.

  3. I like Robert O’s comments during commercials. Not afraid to make fun of everything. 10:55 PM and the Top 40 radio station presented 5 minutes of news. These days, hourly news would be seen as a tune-out.

  4. I wonder if they actually published 26 issues of KJR Beat. And what about someone that subscribed for the year just prior to issue #22? I spend too much time pondering these things.

  5. His conceited disc jockey line makes sense. If you have ever seen the nervous hand movements of a jock who is trying so hard to be a Boss Jock and reaches for the pots and switches (the old boards) repeatedly, before finishing his bit and hitting the cart button. Embarrassing to witness.

    I remember Robert O. from his time at KOL and KTAC, but the KJR period not so much.

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