March 6, 1988 – John Lisle is the new morning man at KISW, introduced last Thursday after an “orientation run” on the overnight shift, to learn the KISW board and the city.
Lisle replaces Steve Akrish, who had been sitting in since the morning team of John Langan and John Rody each left the station a month ago.
Lisle is from KISS-FM, a strong rock station in San Antonio, Texas. There he was part of a Rude Awakening team, a concept where you are supposed to be topical, smug and spicy.
But at KISW, 99.9 mHz., Lisle will be a solo act, with Mike Bell as morning newsman.
Beau Phillips, KISW general manager, said Lisle was a “presenter” who will develop topical issues and involve listeners.
Phillips said he would like to add a third person to the morning show in 90 days or so.
The new morning man at KMGI, beginning March 15, will be Tom Parker, from Portland. He has also worked in Spokane, and San Francisco. Also new at Magic 108 is Stitch Mitchell, previously heard on KUBE and KPLZ.
John Ross is morning announcer at KBSG. Ross has had sessions at KJR and KHIT.
In April, Marion Seymour will join KING-AM’s Jim Althoff as an afternoon talk host. She previously worked at KZAM and KJR, and hosted the TV series “REV.”
BACK IN THE BUSINESS
Bob Reverman, Seattle advertising man, is back in the radio business. He sold his Enumclaw station, KENU, in 1985. “I went out and bought a 1956 Dodge to celebrate,” Reverman said. But he has resumed control of the station.
All Westwood One rock-music programs have been dropped, Enumclaw High School girls and boys basketball broadcasts added, and softer music added to the regular play list. The station had changed its name to KQZQ for two weeks, but Reverman reinstated the call letters KENU, 1330 kHz.
HARD (WORK) TO BE HUMBLE
Humble Harve has done such a fine job since he left town, he gets a nighttime shift at KVI, 570 kHz., even if he can’t stand the rain in Seattle.
When Humble Harve left for KRLA, Los Angeles, he agreed to supply voice tracks for a Saturday-morning oldies show on KVI. A board operator plays the records and inserts Humble Harve’s meanderings in appropriate places. It’s a process that lets a nationally known voice talent compress his work day to an hour or two, but sounds to listeners like a regular disc-jockey shift.
Dick Curtis, program director at KVI, sees Humble Harve on tape as good as any solution for nighttime broadcasters.
“Audiences for golden oldies are the same people who watch television,” Curtis said. “It takes something special to keep them tuned to radio after sunset.”
So the clearly departed Humble Harve will be the guy to keep them tuned in.
Harve’s humble Saturday edition has been eliminated.
TWISTING THE DIAL
While Larry King is on vacation next week, substitutes will be Dirk Van and Jim Bohannon, Mutual newsmen, at 8 p.m. weeknights on KING-AM, 1090 kHz.
The League of Women Voters candidate debate will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today on KUOW, 94.9 mHz.
“Visit New Grimston, Anyway,” a 13-part weekly drama series returns beginning 10:30 p.m. Monday on KUOW.
Bill McMahon, former SRO Broadcasting executive, has formed a company with Diana Morelli, Mediavision Ltd., which markets training sessions for radio personalities.
The Saturday-night edition of Jim Wilke’s jazz show on KPLU, 88.5 mHz., supplies “jazz with a Northwest flavor” _ including interviews and local concert recordings within the three-hour program.