7/5/87-It’s Paul Brendle in the KIRO bomber

VICTOR STREDICKE – July 5, 1987
Friday broadcasts from the Museum of Flight by KIRO and KING-AM look to be as much fun as remote broadcasts from around the world.
The KIRO morning crew _ Bill Yeend, Rick Van Cise and John Chelminiak _ will present regular commuter-hour news and features, along with some opening specials that include an audio tour of the new Great Gallery exhibit. The broadcast runs from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Friday on KIRO, 710 kHz.

In addition to Tim Walters’ relatively serious freeway-traffic reports, Paul Brendle, the regular KIRO helicopter pilot, will broadcast some more spectacular aerial reports from a B-17 bomber, a Christian Eagle aerobatic plane and a Cessna 195 Taildragger.

Former astronaut Deke Slayton will be interviewed in a segment of the KIRO morning broadcast.

KING-AM, 1090 kHz., sends its daytime talk-show host, Jim Althoff, to the Museum of Flight’s Great Gallery for an afternoon of live coverage of activities, beginning at 10 a.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., Althoff will continue with celebrity interviews. Vice President George Bush’s introductory remarks will be broadcast.

KING-AM reporters George Harris and Carl Dombeck will report on exhibits, displays and a news conference by former Mercury astronauts.

EXECUTIVE CHANGES

Alex Darby, morning personality at KKFX, has been appointed assistant program director at the station. Bob Wickstrom, general manager, serves as KKFX program director. . . . Bill Jensen, former general manager of KQIN, is new sales manager of KLSY-AM-FM. . . . Stan Mak has been named vice president of radio for King Broadcasting Co. He will oversee KING-AM and KING-FM in Seattle and King Broadcasting’s radio stations in Portland and San Francisco. He had been general manager of KINK, Portland, since 1982. . . . Stan Orchard has been named news director at KOMO. He has been a news reporter there since 1983. . . . Jack Bankson retired this month as general manager of KNBQ.

He had planned on a December departure, but summertime retirement coincided with the needs of new station owners. . . . Don Hofmann, operations manager, was terminated at KNBQ, just as his announcements about “no changes are planned” saw print. The operations-manager title was eliminated at KNBQ and a new position of business manager was added.

WHEN i GROW UP …

One of the activities at KOMO’s five-hour “Kidsfair” extravaganza Aug. 8 may fill the fantasies of young listeners.

Top children’s acts are scheduled to perform at the Seattle Center event. There will be a hoop shot, baseball pitching, a petting zoo and a tumbling area. And in the KOMO-Radio remote-broadcasting truck, children can pretend to be radio disc jockeys by spinning records.

TWISTING THE DIAL

Gerard Schwarz conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a “Great Performances” telecast, at 9 p.m. Wednesday; stereo simulcast can be tuned in on KUOW, 94.9 mHz. . . . Buck Wade will broadcast his “Loveline” program from the Ballard Market, beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMPS-AM-FM, 1300 and 94.1. . . . Joey Randall, formerly with KLSY and KIXI-FM, has moved to Spokane, where she teams up this week with Lee St. Michael for a male-female morning show on KKPL. . . . Robert E. Lee Hardwick, former radio personality, has joined the Pacific Institute as director of communications.

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times (1964-1989). --- View other articles by Victor Stredicke

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