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    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.
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    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

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    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.
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    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
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sparky

This is an awesome piece of writing, Mr. Hood. What a character...LOVED the boxing story.

Slow Joe

great work. I worked at Bethlemhem Steel in those days. Me and a buddy would meet Big Jim for a beer after work at a Harbor Island dive I can't remember the name of. He was a God. He'd make book on his mother's deathbed.

Puget Sound for KS

a wonderful part of northwest radio history.

here is his voice in action

here--enjoy the memories

joanie

Very interesting. So many stories and yet he remains a mystery. No family? Gangster connections? I don't remember him I'm sorry to say.

WJE

Slow Joe:

The "Harbor Island dive" may have been the illustrious Blew Eagle, owned by Lou Dickinson. "The Blew" was one of a collection of colorful (and somewhat disreputable) joints in the KOL/KJR Duwamish Waterway neighborhood, including The Chelan Cafe, Nifty's, Harbor Island Tavern, and Riverside Gardens next to the Spokane Street Bridge. All were frequented by KOL and KJR guys over the years.

Rick Oldenburg

I worked with Big Jim at KING. I did 10PM-2AM as Rick Donovan. I was pretty green beginning my time in Seattle; Big Jim knew that and did his best to intimidate me with his best longshoreman demeanor. It didn’t work, but gave us plenty to laugh about as we became
colleagues and friends. I will say that with his early night activities he was NEVER early
for his shift. I jingled at the top of the hour and started a song without intro . . . by the time the song ended Jim was generally in the hot seat, adjusting headphones and ready to get into his four-hour shift. He had a great voice, an easy-going style and a perpetual grin on his face that was impossible not to like. I have nothing but fond memories of my work with Jim. He will be missed.
Rick Oldenburg

Duffman

Nice stuff, Bla'M.

Santos

More like this, Hood.

Bill K

I listened to Big Jim when he was on KVI in the late 80's and saw him at the Wednesday night dances at the Holiday Inn in Renton. Since i worked many nights at my 7 - 11 I would listen and call in and just shoot the sh-- with him. He could shoot it, clean it and serve it on a platter beter than anyone I ever met.

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