New PD at KZOK

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Analog television • RADIO
February 22, 1976
Victor Stredicke

Norm Gregory is the new program director of KZOK. Eddie Mason, short term PD has returned to San Jose.
Gregory continues with the afternoon air shift.
Musical emphasis will stay the same, but with Gregory’s background it is likely KZOK announcers will be able to inject a little more of their own personality into each air shift.
“We won’t sound mechanical,” Gregory said. “I think the station has already established itself as a no-hype, no-nonsense music station.”
Gregory has served as music director at KZOK the past year. Previously, he had been afternoon drive-time disc jockey at KJR.
“I had a chance at being program director once before,” Gregory reminisced. “… At KJR.
“But I really wasn’t ready, so I never made my move.”
Now Gregory exudes confidence. “I think the air staff will work as a team,” he said. No air staff changes were contemplated, he said, except that he was scheming to get an additional person, maybe shorten shifts. Team Leader was dressed in his usual crumpled corduroys, and lumberjack shirt. He wore a bejeweled star in his jacket lapel.
“Somebody gave that to me a year or so ago,” he shrugged.

The mechanical adjustments at KUUU are complete, and from now on most of the voices you hear on the station will be those of either Mark Allen, new program director, or Gary Mitchell, production director. Don Christi, former program director, has apparently gone home to San Diego…
Disc jockeys do well enough pronouncing their names, but they never tell you how to spell them. Thus, if you are taking notes, KJR’s new all-night disc jockey from 2 AM to 6 AM spells her name “Kacie Sommers”. Right now it is pretty much of a “white-knuckle flight” for the Seattle girl, long a KJR listener, but the station is sure she will develop into a top-40 disc jockey of consequence… Speaking of spelling, it’s Bill Wippel, for the last name of KIRO’s news and program director.

KTNT-TV 11 expands its nightly news program to 45 min. 11 Star News, with Bill Wippell, news editor, introduces a new weather girl, 20–year-old Sandra Viahovich. By December, 11 Star News expands to a full hour each night. [1969]

Turmoil is to be expected at Channel 13, but it was a surprise to regular viewers last week to find Bob Corcoran missing.
Instead of the familiar long-lasting rubber-faced TV host, 7 PM viewers saw one or more scratchy old movies.
Tonight Corcoran returns, ready to face the camera unflinchingly for two hours or more, with no props, few guests and a lot of opinions.
“I was assembling a good package of movies,” Corcoran said. “I just took it easy until my movies could be added to the schedule.”
Corcoran says he has purchased for his own use, TV rights to 182 movies. Many of the films are identical to a 20th Century Fox package that KIRO TV has been running but, Corcoran said, some films may be first-time offerings in this area.
To compensate for day-light-saving time, Corcoran has moved his weeknight program to 9 PM. He will talk on the phone and philosophize for two hours, then crank up the film.
“Counter-programming, that’s what it is,” Corcoran said, raising his right eyebrow. “At 9 PM there is a carload of movies, so I’m going to talk. At 11 PM there are news programs galore, so I’m going to show my movies.”
Corcoran said he would work out a comedy-movie night, a Western night and, beginning Friday, a science-fiction doubleheader.

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Victor Stredicke

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times.

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