KAYO down for the count; new format due today


July 4, 1982 — Where yesterday you found country KAYO, today you will likely hear a musical format of oldies and pop standards from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Within the past few years we’ve seen KAYO get clobbered in country, take a stab at talk radio and bounce back with country.
But a radio consultants survey of the total country music audience, along with limited advertising success, pushed KAYO’s owner, Obie Communications, into selecting a new format.
Marty Loughman is new station manager. The music package was developed by Toby Arnold Associates Inc., a Dallas music syndicator.
After the decision to drop country, most of the KAYO staff was dispatched, until only the familiar voices of Gary Mitchell and Chuck Urban were hanging on.
The new staff will be introduced through the week.

Charlye Parker, KMPS AM evening personality, will leave the station this week. She is searching for program director’s job…Chuck Moshontz, news man who joined KJZZ in April, already has moved on. Last month he became drivetime news man on KLOS, Los Angeles… George Garrett this month marks 12 years at KMPS, surviving five station names and three ownership changes.

Bob Hardwick, morning man at KTAC and a real wetsuit veteran, and Paul Thompson, seven to midnight personality at KTAC, clearly a neophyte, are participants in ski races staged by the Northwest Power Ski Association at Old Town Dock, in Tacoma, beginning 10 AM today. Hardwick will broadcast intermittent reports from the scene on KTAC.

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Victor Stredicke

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times.

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