(Photo: Buzz Barr, singer Vicki Carr and record promoter Ron Saul, about 1966. Thanx to Bill Taylor!)
His radio career started in Hoquiam (as did the careers of several other Seattle locals such as Steve West (KJR) and Bill Munson (KOL, KJR, KAYO).
Buzz moved-on up to Centralia’s KITI (where his on-air name was Tom Cat), then to Tacoma’s long-gone KMO, then KVI.
He left KVI in the mid-1960s for KOL, where he kick-started the station’s Top 40 format (KOLORFUL KOL) going head-to-head against market leader KJR.
His next stop was KISN (Portland) for a short time, back to KOL and then to KJR. Buzz was the program director at KING radio during the station’s ill-fated foray into Top 40 (again head-to-head against market leader KJR) in the 1970s.
After that, Barr became sales manager for KYAK-KGOT in Anchorage, then bought a station in partnership in Kenai.
He writes, “I did really well but my partner took me down to a point where I came back to Aberdeen (Grays Harbor) opened an agency, doing well until last year when I retired -- hit 72 with 52 years in broadcasting, and miss it in a big way."