KWYZ takes a longer road

VICTOR STREDICKE March 23, 1989 – Accelerating a plan to be almost everything to everybody in Snohomish County, KWYZ added a commuter-aid service this month. Twila Kahlor cruises Snohomish roadways looking for disabled vehicles. Radio listeners familiar enough with references to the S curves and the brewery trouble spots might savor added geographical references to “the trestle” and “the slough,” routes Kahlor travels in the KWYZ “Road Runner.” The assistance van is co-sponsored by a Chevrolet dealership in Everett.

Kahlor doesn’t mind jiggling a corroded battery cable or sliding her finger over a choke plate – or taking a stranded stranger to work or a nearby garage.
“One of my ex-boyfriends used to make me tear down a carburetor before we’d go on a date, ” she said. “I went to broadcast school and expected to start at a little station in Eastern Washington. Here I am in my hometown, where my Snohomish County accent gets me by.”

She is on the road during both morning and afternoon drive times on KWYZ, 1230 kHz. Other KWYZ features include a morning comedy team, meteorologists, semipro and high-school sports broadcasts and a series of auto-race broadcasts through the summer. The morning-traffic reporter on KRPM-AM-FM, 770 and 106.1, is Angela Beers . . . Further traffic note: Airplane traffic reports over Seattle and Tacoma freeways have been added on KRPM-AM-FM, 770 and 106.1. The Tacoma reports are described as exclusive features from Metro Traffic Watch.

FLASHBACK TIME

“The Heidi May Flashback” is a new feature from 7 to 9:30 p.m. each evening on KVI, 570 kHz. Relatively new to KVI, Heidi May previously was host of the weekend “Saturday Night Oldies,” a popular local program. May’s flashbacks replace “Humble Harve,” a national name doing an oldies show that was supplied to KVI from Los Angeles. May focuses on specific years – 1955 to 1972 – with news briefs and rock-‘n’-roll gossip from the period.

PROGRAM FEATURES

— No radio broadcasts of Easter sunrise services. You’ll have to walk or drive to one. But if you want bunnies, “Music with Moskowitz” includes novelty songs at 7 p.m. Sunday on KRPM-AM-FM, 770 and 106.1. And “The British Hour,” at 1 p.m. Sunday on KKMO, 1360 kHz., includes features on Easter in Britain.

— “Teen Talk,” a new program with Katie Hauck, has been introduced in the 8 p.m. hour Sunday on KING-AM, 1090 kHz. Hauck had moderated a similar “Ask Katie” program on KNHC.

— “In the Dugout,” a brief baseball feature, returns for the season at 4:35 and 9:30 tonight on KIRO, 710 kHz. And a one-hour Tom Flores segment began yesterday on Wayne Cody’s “Sportsline” on KIRO. It will reappear on Thursdays or Wednesdays through June.

PUBLISHING VENTURE

Verl Wheeler, previously in sales and management at several Seattle stations and now an owner of KEYG-AM-FM in Grand Coulee, has written a book, “Broadcast Sales Success.” Self-published, the $12.95 book is available by mail from 468 145th Place N.E., Bellevue, WA 98007.

TWISTING THE DIAL

Ricky Skaggs will headline the KMPS listener-appreciation picnic scheduled for Aug. 13 at King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw.

Southern Pacific, a new country band, will also be featured. . . . Klem Daniels, production director, has been named new program director at KJR, 950 kHz. . . . No matter that he got first billing in the “Chuck, Deb and Company” morning drive-time segment on KING-AM, 1090 khz – Chuck Meyer was dismissed this month. . . . Meyer’s replacement will be Jim Bickel, talk-show host from KXL, Portland, due on the air in April.

. . . J.D. Webster has taken over the weekend “Saturday Oldies Party” that Heidi May previously offered . . . Ken Carson has moved into the midnight shift at KVI.

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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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