Traffic with Les Fumes – Sam Lawson, KZUN-FM/Spokane, 1981

Granny Peters, Phil Dirt, Your Hollywood Reporter and Clydie can all be blamed for inspiring Les Fumes – airborne traffic reporter. It was my attempt at using a character voice on the air. There’s also a “Low Budget” newscast tacked on, and Galen Grant is on duty in the legitimate newsroom.

A side note, the teletype sound effect behind “low budget news” was a recording of the actual old-school teletype machine we had at the station.

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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 (KTOY). 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 KZUN, KGA, 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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