2/28/88-Dimming the “Lights Out”

February 28, 1988 – This is the last week for Delilah-Rene as host of “Lights Out” and nighttime shift at KLSY-AM-FM, 1540 kHz. and 92.5 mHz. The station has announced that Frank Shiers will become new host, and this week will co-host with Delilah-Rene. It’s a remarkably civil parting for radio, where long-favorite personalities usually disappear without a good-night kiss.

But the end was telegraphed two weeks ago when the station sidestepped Valentine week promotions, substituting only a syndicated “couples” love-song program on the 14th. Delilah-Rene previously had “owned” the month of February with her dedications and romantic readings.

Apparently, she and station management could not come to terms on contract renewal. She had been host of “Lights Out” for three years, but she dates back to the days the station still was KZAM.

Shiers joined the station in November. He hosted Saturday and Sunday editions of “Lights Out,” and previously hosted a competing program, “Late Nights,” on KLTX.

“We all agreed this was a fitting send-off for Delilah-Rene,” Chris Mays, KLSY program director, said.

My-oh-my season

The fourth season of Mariner broadcasts begins Saturday on KIRO, 710 kHz., with a preseason game against Oakland. KIRO will be the flagship station for 162 regular-season games, plus 20 preseason games.

The regular season opener is April 4, also against Oakland.

The play-by play team of Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs continues.

Program notes

— A two-hour program of Grammy nominations is scheduled at 10 p.m. tonight on KJR, 950 kHz. Then, a program from backstage at the Grammys will be presented at 11 p.m. Wednesday. This program will include interviews with the winners . . . “Special of the Week” on KBRD, 103.7 mHz., features a salute to easy-listening Grammy nominations, at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

— Next Sunday, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ debate from Nashville, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on KUOW, 94.9 mHz.

— KPLZ’s Kent and Alan will broadcast from the Aquarium 6-10 a.m. Friday, including an underwater conversation with fellow disc jockey Mark Allen.

— Segments of the Northwest Folklife Festival Winter Concert, performed Feb. 20, will be broadcast at noon Saturday on KUOW.

Twisting the dial

Hank Mann has been named general sales manager of KBSG, 97.3 mHz., the new oldies station. Mann expects to open a Seattle sales office. The Tacoma-based station is planning an antenna move, also . .

. . The 10-year anniversary of “The Larry King Show,” recently broadcast on Mutual, plus an hour of Larry King’s favorite stories, is available for $10 from Lion Recording, P.O. Box 962, Washington DC, 20044 . . . . The embattled San Francisco station KKCY, owned by Olympic Broadcasting, now in a wall-to-wall-music phase, has been renamed KHIT-FM. Those call letters, previously used by a Seattle station, were picked up and “warehoused” at an Olympic sister station in Spokane, KKZU . . . . John Lake, former manager of KIXI-KLTX, has been named station manager of KRKO, now under new ownership.

Author: Victor Stredicke

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

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