The Legendary Jerry Kaye, brilliant radio personality and dear friend, passed away the other day. Dammit. I hadn't seen Jerry in a few years -- he sort of evaporated as his health problems increased. Dammit.
1965-- Seattle, Washington. 11:59 PM: I visited KJR radio to see on-air pal Big Jim Martin, but Jim was on vacatiion. Chuck Ellsworth was supposed to pull Jim's shift. Chuck, however, was unaware of this , and was on his was to Ocean Shores to go fishing. Jerry Kaye, still at the station, says to me: "Burl, you have a 1st Class FCC license don't you?" Yeah, I have one of those. "Well," said Jerry, "You better get in there, you're first record is ending." That's how I got on KJR for the first time, beginning a Seattle rock n roll radio career that lasted over 20 years.
When Jerry and I were on Old Gold 77, KXA we did several shows together, including the gala KXA GOES FROM "OLD GOLD" to "OH GOD!" WEEKEND -- KXA went from Golden Oldies to Pearly Gates religious....Yes when times get tough, broadcasters turn to the Lord by Transcription.. We recorded voice tracks, never hearing the songs. I saved that final tape of Jerry and I together. It's in my storage locker in Mukilteo, along with other never listened to airchecks that I "just had to save" for someday when I'm old so I can listen back and remember how much fun we had, and hear Jerry Kaye say, one more time, "If i had the sheetmusic to that one, my life would be complete." Dammit.