Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: KYYX, Seattle, Live Coverage of the 1977 Hydro Race with Pat O’Day, Lan Roberts, Jack Brow, and Robin Mitchell

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This was the first stereo broadcast of a Seafair race, with a very dramatic first heat. Unfortunately, this was the race where Jerry Bangs was thrown from his boat and had to be transported to Harborview. During this recording, the guys were not yet aware that Jerry had not survived. The first half is pre-race color leading up to the start of Heat 1A, then things get crazy.

In other Puget Sound Media hydro news, Steven Smith is planning a future in-depth story covering KJR’s 1970 hydro broadcast, audio included.

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Author: Sam Lawson

Student engineer at pioneer Nathan Hale High radio station KNH 1210 in 1970, (prior to KNHC ), also attended LH Bates radio broadcast technician program where he obtained his First Class FCC License; Sam's career includes time as a KRKO radio personality and engineer in the mid-1970s, also KRLC in Idaho, In 1976 Sam worked overnights at KTAC (as Cory Landon), and then moved to weekends at KING. In Spokane, Sam was Program Director of Solid Gold Hits KJRB (1986). Lawson also worked as a voiceover artist and announcer at KISC FM and TV station KAYU-Spokane. He moved to LA in 1989 as an engineer and announcer at KZLA/KLAC. Also engineered for KFI, KOST, KBIG, Premiere Radio Networks, and the CBS radio cluster (now Entercom), Currently retired and living back in the northwest.

2 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: KYYX, Seattle, Live Coverage of the 1977 Hydro Race with Pat O’Day, Lan Roberts, Jack Brow, and Robin Mitchell

  1. This brings back memories. The race sounded great in stereo on KYYX. You couldn’t help but stay tuned with Pat O’Day’s enthusiasm and vast knowledge of the boats and drivers.

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