Morton tries out for team

VICTOR STREDICKE – March 9, 1989 – Jack Morton, KIRO-AM personality, is “trying out” for the Seattle Mariners in daily features on KIRO, 710 kHz. His reports have been airing about 7:55 a.m. weekdays. Morton got tips on negotiating a contract, has plunged into weight training at a muscle gym and this week is getting “spit, scratch and chew lessons” from a baseball old-timer. Next week, he expects to get base-stealing lessons from second baseman Harold Reynolds and hitting lessons from first baseman Alvin Davis – and in the final tryout series, uniform fitting. “I’m angling for No. 86,” Morton said. He said 86 was a number he tried to avoid at a bar. The Mariners preseason broadcasts are on KIRO, and regular season broadcasts are to begin April 3.

Programming features

— It’s no public-execution telecast, but Ed Troyer and Brian Halquist will conduct an interview during an autopsy conducted by Pierce County medical examiner Emmanuel Lacsina on “Cop Talk” at 6 p.m. today on Tacoma’s KKMO, 1360 kHz.

— Dick Estell begins readings from the book “Six Months Off,” by Lamar Alexander, beginning 10 p.m. tomorrow on KUOW, 94.9 FM.

— Another “Cross Border Call-In” is scheduled by the CBC in Alberta and Seattle’s KUOW, on March 31. The topic will be on Canada sharing expenses of U.S. defense.

— NASCAR auto races will be broadcast almost every other week on Everett’s KWYZ, 1230 kHz. Next race is the Motorcraft 500, in Atlanta, from 12:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19. Additionally, the station intends to broadcast the Indianapolis 500 in May and the Evergreen 500 in July.

Stations sold

The six radio stations in The Key Station Group, including KEYF-AM and KEYF-FM in Spokane and KEYW in the Tri-Cities, have been sold to Nemesis Communications, whose principal owner is Gerald Schubert of Denver.

Twisting the dial

Scott Williams, program director at KPLU, is off to KJZZ, a Phoenix, Ariz., educational jazz-format station; Williams had been at KPLU for 13 years. . . Marty Riemer has signed on for weekend work at KXRX, 96.5 mHz. . . John Lisle, morning personality at KISW, left for Texas last week to return to San Antonio, his hometown. . . Phil Strider is out as program director at KZOK, 102.5 mHz, replaced by Larry Sharpe (“Sharpie”), who continues as afternoon disc jockey. . .

Gary Bryan, program director and personality at KUBE, has moved to WPLJ, New York City. . . Tony Minor segued from KZOK to the morning news-anchor position at KING-AM, 1090 kHz. Minor previously worked news at KING and KIRO. . . Ted Warren is gone at KING-AM. . . Jim Dai, formerly of KSEA, is new afternoon drive-time host at KJR, 950 kHz. . .

Marshall Phillips, from Los Angeles and San Francisco, is the new news director and morning-news reporter on KNUA, 106.9 mHz. . . Emil Guillermo, from San Francisco, is one of the new hosts on NPR’s daily afternoon program “All Things Considered,” heard on KPLU and KUOW.

Chris Wood resigned at KMPS, so the new morning-traffic reporter is Angela Beers, on 1300 and 94.1.

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Author: Victor Stredicke

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

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