take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
    No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • Irrational Public Radio
    "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
  • The Maddow Blog
    Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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May 15, 2010



Heh...I love the names and how they are interchangeable with the names on every other radio station. A friend of mine worked at KBZY in Oregon ..his name is Dave Smith...and on the air he was Dave Reynolds. I wonder how many of these hames were their real ones.

Mike Barer

KJR was personality radio so they wanted DJs to have easy names to say and remember.
Interesting that the jocks who had stage names use those names on facebook.

Chucks (are you drinking Kool-Aid or TEA?)

Seven people in the picture, six names listed.
I missed this era of Seattle radio. I was stuck in Southern California at that time in my life.

w.j. engelhardt

Regarding on-air names: Lan Roberts certainly had more of a ring to it than his real name, which was Lanny W. Lipford. In all events, the line-up in the photo was packed with talent and, happily, a few of the guys are still on the air locally. Sadly, we've lost a couple: Lan and the Emp.

Eric D.

Missing name is "Kevin O'Brien" (striped shirt in front) aka Kevin Metheny who is now programming a major station in Chicago.


..and now LJ will do the KJR song:

'K-J-Rrrr Se-ATT-le,
Channnnel Ninnne-tie Fiiiive..."


..is O'Day still smokin' ciggies??


The KJR Jingles then:



Shouldn't that be "Ninnne-tee Fiiiive..."

sparky wishes Merci a Happy BDay

Happy Birthday tomorrow Merciful!


That was before Gary Lockwood came on. That's what I remember about KJR AM before it became sports talk KJR. Police blotter with Copper Cooper and something like twisted tunes with Captain Lockjock, the studio announcer. Good for a laugh when getting up before the advent of talk-talk in the mornings on the AM side.

Would like to hear some of those archived broadcasts.


Isn't Gary Shannon now known as Gary Burleigh on KOMO radio? I loved his voice then and love his news now!

Mike Barer

I think these days, most people remember John Maynard as one half of the Robin and Maynard team. They had one of the area's wittiest drive time shows for a couple of decades.

Dangerous Dan

Lockjock, curious which jingle company produced the KJR jingles. Never heard anything like them on any other station.

Eric D.

Jingles done by PAMS, later some series from "PaPa" -- even a few cuts from TM's "Rhythm of the City" campaign (after "you" series that KING had).


Wow. I remember listening to all of them cept Maynard. Even remember when O'Brien moved to PM drive and the KJR Cash Call contest. Had no idea until much later that Maynard was part of that tomfoolery. Looks like most of them are wearing Swabbys. Remember Swabby jeans? Had to buy them at Chubby & Tubby.


Hey what happened to the KJR year-end surveys? So far I've only seen 1966, 1977, and 1980. It's got to be around somewhere.

Eric Marshall

Good news, I've got the year-end surveys from 1964, '65, and '67. And it came from an unlikely source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer microfilm. There will be more to come!

Eric Marshall

And now I have 1968 and '69! 1971 and '72 will be coming soon (the lady from the Seattle Public Library said that they couldn't find 1970 and '73 in the microfilm; she thinks they were on the weekly survey).

Coach Outlet Factory

Yeah, I'd say the assessment of Ed Brubaker as someone who's risen from fanboyism very well is spot on. I mean, come on, bringing back Bucky? Making him a bad guy? Then making him Captain America? In the hands of a lesser talent, that would have been a dull and retarded retread of Cap history that would be reverted as soon as possible with some clone/life model decoy hand wave.

Other writers do this, and have been doing this, for years. It's not only limited to comics, either. Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton fictional biography stuff was an effective use of a "Oh man wouldn't it be cool IF" scenario.


I remember Kevin Obrien--He had a jingle that was sung to the tune of Mickey Mouse--would love to hear that again--is it posted on you tube or anywhere?

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