Burl Barer was a major jock in Seattle rock radio in the ’60’s and ’70’s, but became even more celebrated as an author and literary historian.
(photo: Robert Plant and Burl Barer at Green Lake Aqua Theater 1969. Burl writes his second hit of mescaline is just kicking in).
Barer has confirmed that his deep voice is due to him having an extra testicle, but refuses to say to whom it belongs.
Burl writes about his early days in Seattle radio:
I came to Seattle in the summer of 1965, and visited KOL one rainy night that fall. On the air was Danny Holiday. I asked him lots of questions, and I must admit that although Danny and I became friends over the years, and was one of the first to call me on the phone after my heart attack May 23, 2005, he really pissed me off that night! We both laugh about it now -- but it served me well. It made me absolutely determined to one day sit in his chair and play the hits! I joined KJR in 1966, and in 1968 Danny called me from KUUU and offered me a job. Dick Curtis called that same day offering me a job at KOL. As I was delirious with a 104 fever that day, I turned them both down. It wasn't until I got over the flu that I remembered the phone calls. Despite turning down Curtis' original offer, I moved to KOL in April, 1968. Twenty years after first meeting Danny Holliday, 1985, he was doing the Rock 'n' Roll Time Machine on KZOK. I was flattered when he requested that I fill in for him while he was on vacation. I did, and it went so well that KZOK hired me to do thirteen Weekend Specials.
As for Kolorful KOL, in 1965, you could find Dex Allen, B.R. Bradbury, and Buzz Barr on the AM. Buzz was made PD, and he re-launched KOL as "Kolorful KOL, 13 Double O." Robin Mitchell came on board in 1967. Robert O. Smith, whom i first met working at KJR, also moved to KOL. Dick Curtis moved over from KJR as PD, and he also did afternoons. Tom Murphy, Bobby Simon, Gary Crow, Robin MItchell, Chris Hill, Greg Connors, Don Wade, Paul Oscar Anderson,George Garret, Gary West and many other radio legends were part of KOL.
Buckley Broadcasting became the new owner and GM in 1968. Dick Curtis was named GM of the AM in 69. He brought Lan Roberts back again to be PD and morning man.