JACK ALLEN REMEMBERS:
I think it would be fun to communicate with other radio talent who
have experienced the 1960s, 70s & 80s from a one-on-one entertainment &
personality perspective. If you're familiar with Golden West
Broadcasters then you know what I mean (KMPC, LA - KSFO, SF - KEX
Portland, Ore, KVI - Seattle). Names like Don Sherwood (KSFO), Barney
Keep (KEX), Robert W. Morgan (KMPC), Robert E. Lee Hardwick (KVI).
These stations, these people and this era provided the premium in
radio entertainment on an individual and station basis. We made it fun
to listen and music was secondary.
For example, a wonderful promotion occured on KVI, Seattle in about
1977. In a station promotion we proposed to plant alligators in Lake
Washington. Our promotion guy Jack McDonald (bless his heart, what a
genius) provided reams of info on alligators. We talked it up big time
over two weeks and come the day before the event we announced the
introduction of alligators to the water in a very exclusive
neighborhood the following morning at 9:00 am.
That morning hundreds of listeners showed up to watch the event. No one
else was there, just a bunch of people milling around with radios
blasting on the station. Promptly at 9 am from a phone booth on the
hillside above the event our morning man called in a "live report" from
near the scene and reminded listeners that it was, if fact April Fools
For a week the switchboad was lighted with phone calls from listeners who
had been had and loved it. Now, stuff like that is fun. What happened to
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