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right-wing blogs we like

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October 22, 2011


dale from albuquerque

Beginning in the early 60's, Pat O'Day singlehandedly transformed KJR into the most successful music station in Seattle history.
But let it be said that O'Day did resist the changing face of music in the mid to late 60's...before the dawn of FM Rock in the 70's.AM Top 40 stations had to deal with the new phenominom of long album style versions of single hits. I suppose that Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" was the first of these ...records like "Light My Fire" and "In a Gadda Da Vida" and a growing number of others.The Rock n Roll scene was being transformed into Acid Rock, the San Francisco Sound, etc. In other words, Rock n Roll was being redefined as "Rock Music" Programmers like O'Day were discovering these long 5 or 6 minute pieces were playing havoc with their format. Other programmers, like Dick Curtis at KOL, looking to take KJR's audience, welcomed the change and went with the flow of history. KJR's highest paid talent, Lan Roberts, bolted from KJR to KOL for more 'musical freedom'.
In what I would refer to as an almost sacreligious act,in 1967,O'Day electronically altered the lyrics of the Stones "Let's Spend the Night Together". Apparently, he thought the title was too suggestive for his audience.
And then there's the issue,almost never discussed, of KJR playing 45 RPM records at 47 RPM to give the station a fast paced or go-go sound.Sadly, the tempo and rythym of the music was distorted. Other stations would later adapt to this aberation to compete with KJR.
None of these issues I've mentioned would alter the popularity and success of KJR. That would come in the year 1980, when KUBE became the first Top 40 FM station and end the long reign of Channel 95.


Very interesting stuff, dfa - thanks.

Mike Barer

There is one of these for every station on Vimeo, I believe. Thank you for the look back!

Burl Barer

It was KOL that played the 45 rpm records at 47rpm, not KJR. This was fine and dandy except when playing songs on Columbia/CBS. They already sped up the songs on 45's vs the same song on the album. A perfect example is the Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man. The single is faster than the album version -same with Turn Turn Turn -- but on KOL, where the turntables ran fast, all Columbia songs were TOO FAST! It was like Alvin and the Chipmonks singing the Byrds greatest hits.


Burl,the question of whether KJR and KOL sped the tempo of their turntables is actually moot. The real issue was ...did anyone care? My friends thought I was crazy when I brought this issue up.Most people simply didn't hear it!
KJR started this practice in '63.Other stations were doing it at the time as well.Two that I know of were KIMN in Denver and KAAY in Little Rock. It now seems to me that it was just another gimmick for programmers.
KOL was not having any success breaking into KJR's numbers and in the spring of '66 began the practice themselves.It is interesting to hear about the Columbia records set up...I was not aware of that.


In the mid 1960's there was a very securely locked room off the production studio at KIMN in Denver and in that room was one of the station's best kept secrets. The secret was a German built pitch regulator that allowed the speed of a record to be increased, but the pitch remained normal. I recall that Ken Palmer, KIMN's owner, wanted it tested in a trial by fire. He decided to try it with number one on the Hit Parade Survey, "Help" by the Beatles, and the test would come after it had charted on top for a couple of weeks. It aired from cart after being compressed an astounding 20 percent. At the same time, a 45 was deadrolled on the turntable, ready to air in case the test bombed. All who were in on the compression braced for the worst, the wrath of fans, but there were no calls. Only a few days later did a guy call in to say he thought a turntable was running a little fast, but that was it. From that point on, compression was the rule and usually at about 10 percent.
Incidentally, that 20 percent shaved off "Help" amounted to about 27 seconds, making the running time on KIMN at around 1 minute, 48 seconds, instead of 2 minutes, 15 seconds on the competition.
What could never be figured out was how much that machine cost, why other stations didn't buy it, and how it worked. Although some years later, an engineer thought it worked by using playback tape heads that moved backwards against the forward movement of the tape.


"an engineer thought it worked by using playback tape heads that moved backwards against the forward movement of the tape."

Yah... but that would have also raised the pitch. Interesting concept, though.

12th Man

Remember when Metromedia bought out KJR in 1980?

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