January 29, 2006


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Duane Vincent

Ah! The glory days of Seattle radio – voices like Harry Wallace, Del Olney, Frosty Fowler, Bill Carter, Jim French – Bill Yeend of KIRO and KOMO radio was fresh out of Washington State University and working the day shift at KBBX-FM when I was working weekend evenings at that station.

The night that the astronauts were resting on the moon prior to their historic moonwalk in 1969, I was working at KBBX-FM. For 45 minutes, I played a medley of songs in our station library with the word “moon” in the title; on the way home, I was delighted to hear a competing station (KIXI) doing the very same thing!

Duane Vincent

Dick Guthrie is long since deceased. I first met him more than 50 years ago when he, Buzz Lawrence and Bill O’Mara shared hosting duties on KING-AM’s NIGHTLINE. Classically trained, he also hosted the Sunday night program Music To End The Weekend.

My mentor and friend, Dick was the inspiration for me to later in life become involved in Seattle radio (KBBX-FM) as a weekend announcer.

Elliott Broidy

great post i have never been. i will need to check this out. thanks.

Spike Friedman

I knew Martin Tobin since
the early 50's in Walla Walla; and well as taught "Bounci'n Burl Barer the boad at his first radio gig at KTEL in Walla Walla; worked with Gregory Jerome Alavekiu AKA Greg Connors at KORD in Pasco, WA in '65-66. Later in 1968-69 Jim Liniger was my PD at KYXI in Portland.
Those were the simple good old days - for sure.


I saw a YouTube clip from KOMO-TV circa 1977 & the announcer saying "KOMO-TV Channel 4 Seattle" is that of Dick Guthrie. Is he still around or did he pass away sometime ago?

Burl Barer

Bill Taylor is a real legend in my mind! Great newsman, swell guy.


Yea Bill,



To the Zarkin note (above):

The morning guy at KAYO was Hal Raymond.

The poetry readings, voiced by Dave Ballard, were on KIXI (Center Aisle 91)not KOMO.

Jim Willis was another of Wally Nelskog's stable of memorable announcers at KIXI.

Rudy Perez, Martin Tobin, Bill Wippel, Bill Foster, Dean Smith and Ken Stewart were also part of KIXI's rich sound in the '60s and '70s.

The golden-voiced Dick Guthrie hosted "Music Till Midnight" on KING radio in the early 1960s, and then was the night booth announcer at KOMO TV for many years.

Jockey John Stone was the program director and afternoon drive DJ at KJR before before he went to KOL. While at KJR, Stone hired both Pat O'Day (from KAYO) and Dick Curtis.

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Geeze, Burl, in your list of KOL "legends," how come you left out Don Hughes, Logan Stewart, Bob Fuller and your old newsman, Bill Taylor? And what about RHW1, Tom Connors, Jeff Boeing,POA,Gary Todd,Lee Perkins and Jim Meeker?

wendy bickerton

Could you please offer any information you have on John Deremus I have been trying to locate any recordings of him. I am from NewZealand and a radio station would broadcast his stories on late night radio.I would be very thankful if you could help me.
Thankyou, Wendy Bickerton

Mike Barer

You'r conversation with John Lennon would probably make an interesting story.



Here I am, watching Dog Whisperer re-runs, and next thing you know, I'm reliving the days of my first transistor radio.

Thanks for the memories...

dave zarkin

I was a huge KOL fan in the late 50s when I attended UW and living in ZBT house. Jockey John Stone was huge on KOL and I later heard him on a small N. CA station. I was a big fan of KAYO and the morning drive guy was Al something who called KAYO "poor but honest radio." The hours I wasted listening to Top 40 in the late 50s...oh my. My grade average would havea skyrocketed if I would have thrown out my Arvin radio. Early evenings Jim something with a deep baritone did "soothing music" and poetry on KOMO and you won't believe this but John Deremus is doing the same thing today on CBS affiliate KNXR in Rochester, MN. (syndicated I am sure) Mind boggling.

Mike Barer

Thank you for honoring my request on background on KOL. I will do a right up on KYYX soon.

Mike Barer

The 3 letter call sign signifies one of the early stations. KXA gave up it's 3 letter call sign so it can be "The Truth" it should be KRAP, but I don't think the FCC would issue that one.

Dan Dennis

AWWWW. Seattle radio in that time was just amazing, I remember listening to you in the evenings, with the timer from my old RCA table clock radio set for 1 hour. The first time I heard LOVE's version of Hey Joe was on your program , the same with CCR Graveyard Train. I thank you for the memories!! I had a small heart issue in December. Damn this getting old is for the birds! Thank You Burl

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