Nelson will tiptoe through Skagit tulips

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March 30, 1986
Mount Vernon’s mayor and City Council have declared Wednesday Larry Nelson day, probably something that won’t make the front page in the Seattle papers. But in Mount Vernon who knows? After a number of remote broadcasts from near and far–Geneva and New York City, for instance–the KOMO personality will broadcast his Wednesday morning show from Mount Vernon. Nelson will be previewing the colorful tulip festival activities coming up next weekend in the Skagit Valley. Nelson has been KOMO’s morning personality for 18 years. He is something of a small-town boy himself, spending his childhood in Redmond when it was mighty small. His daily segment 6-10 a.m., 1000 kc., also features Paul Harvey news and comment, Ted Potter’s air patrol traffic reports, plus news, sports, and familiar adult contemporary music.

Renton station goes 24 hours
With little fanfare outside its own limited range, Renton’s KRIZ, 1420 kc., has increased its broadcast day to 24 hours.
Frank Barrow, program director and morning host with the two-year-old station describes the format as” true soul music, soulful ballads and jazz fusion,” with “black artists not played on other stations.”

A new hour of health-oriented news and information begins at 7 PM Monday on KING a.m., 1090 kc., “Health Talk” will be hosted by Frank Catalano. The new feature snips an hour away from the Stacy Taylor afternoon talk segment.

For April Fools’ Day, KQIN, 820 kc., a contemporary music station, will set the clock back 20 years, playing songs, newscasts, and features from April 1966. Only the weather reports will be current, Larry Snyder, KQIN program director, reports… Tony Miner, former KING news anchor, and reporter is new news director and morning newsman on KZOK, 102.5 MHz…Karyl Levinson, the former KLSY news reporter, moves Monday to morning news at KPLU, 88.5 MHz. She expects also to file feature stories with National Public Radio. Lynn Francisco, KPLU news director moves to the afternoon slot… Judith Larson, former KBAE reporter, who also worked in Yakima, is new news director at KWYZ, 1230 kc…. Stereo simulcast of Channel 9 telecasts of “Austin City Limits” continue on KRPM, 106.1 MHz, Saturday evenings at 6 p.m…

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Victor Stredicke

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times.

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