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  • Orcinus
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  • 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.
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  • The Moderate Voice
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  • News Hounds
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  • 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
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  • Orbusmax
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  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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August 28, 2010



Hoquiam native William Ruel Bradbury (B.R.) was a newsman and news director at KOL in the mid-to-late 1960s, using the airname "Bill Munson," a moniker conceived by program director Buzz Barr that blended the names of two prominent unlimited hydro drivers -- Bill Muncey (Miss Thriftway) and Ron Musson (Miss Bardahl).

Post-KOL, Bill became B.R. Bradbury at KFRC (San Francisco), and went on to successful gigs at KHJ and KPOL(Los Angeles).

Returning to the Northwest in 1980, BR had a short-lived talk-show at the short-lived KAYO News/Talk Radio before heading across the Duwamish Waterway to KJR.

BR had the versatility to be Bunco Bradbury in "Police Blotter" (the Lockwood/Bradbury laughter was infectious),and then step back into his role as an authoritative newsman.

(A quirky sense of humor helped.)

Sadly, Bill (BR) passed away several years ago after a long run in radio news in Vancouver B.C.


Did Gary Lockwood jock at KPUG Bellingham before KJR? I believe Norm Gregory is also a KPUG alum--is this correct?


Loved police blotter ! Where is Gary Lockwood now, is he still in radio, by chance ?


Police Blotter was funny, but overdone on the laughter. Oh, I see that he retired in 1996 according to the post. Does anyone know his whereabouts ?

Sue City Sioux

Gary retired to Bradenton, Florida, and but for a few voice-overs, never did radio again.


You bring back so many forgotten memories!

I loved police blotter. And it was the laughing that made it all so good for me. The first thing I did while reading your column was start laughing. I can remember crying from laughing so hard. Without their cracking up, it wouldn't have been the same.

That was a precious piece of NW radio.

Norm Gregory

Lockwood never worked at KPUG, Bellingham.

You can find him on Twitter: @LockJock . .. he needs the followers.



I was proud to be his producer in his final months at KJR. I think he's dead, now.


We tried to save the show, but Gary wasn't great about listening to other's advice. Thanks, Michael, for remembering this great, forgotten radio man.

woody held

Steve West. Is that the same Steve West who was an afternoon talk host on KVI in the early 1990's?

I remember hearing him banter with Mike Siegel during transition from one show to the next. He called Mike 'Miguel Segal.' He was entertaining albeit not the brightest bulb. I think KVI at the time had Limbaugh 9-12, Siegel 12-3, and Steve West 3-6. At night they had a tough time finding anything--they bounced around from one show to the next including such luminaries as Stan Major. Eventually they settled on Art Bell, at that time a right-wing political guy. That was around 1992, just about 20 years ago.


I still have the aircheck somewhere of a Police Blotter episode featuring my best friend at the time, a radio paraphenalia collector who got turned back at the border crossing at Blaine due to having a backpack full of (free) KJR stickers, which the Canadian authorities thought he was going to illegally sell. LockJock et al had a blast with it.


NOPE! I'm not dead yet!

I do however remain 'stoic' online...

Thanks for all the nice comments


I was in law enforcement during the police blotter days. We all loved it and there was more than one time I had to pull over because I was laughing so hard. I even had the distinct honor of submitting a story and having it on the air. When they did it I thought they were going to wet themselves they were laughing so hard.


do you remember the story so you could share it here?

Shel Perlin

Would you believe, Had dinner with Gary last night (8-5-11) Still has a great speaking voice, Good sense of humor, Does not do radio any longer and enjoying retirement. He had wine and a heaping bowl of pasta. His stories were great. It was a treat for me.

Eirik Nalder

I wish Gary would have KJR get the radio checks with the polic blotters on them and make a CD of nothing but Police blotter!

I and many, many, folks I have found would BUY the CD's like HOT CAKES NO FOOLING!!!!

OR even post them on a website with a pay to download, there would be so many downloads Gary would be ROLLING IN IT!

Think about that Capt'n LockJock!

I think I still have my Lawman Jeans my hippie crusher and my Oficial police blotter shirt from Barret sports wear and above the belt stores!!

Ed Bennett

You can also buy Larry Lujack,s "animal stories" on CD. Go to his web site. Lockwood and Lujack are similar.

The Divine Miss M

B.R. Bradbury was a wonderful man and SO full of interesting stories he told with great humor. He died of a heart attack on January 18, 2001 while driving. It has been over 11 years now and I still think of him and miss that sense of humor. What a great guy.

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