Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Mark and Katy Thompson, KSWD, “The Sound,” Los Angeles, 2015


Before KMPS became KSWD, “The Sound,” the moniker was used by a Classic Rock station in Los Angeles. This clip comes from the LA version of the station with Mark Thompson in the morning and his daughter Katy, a regular on the show as “Chick on the Street.”

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Katy takes her wireless mic to Tom Bergins, an Irish Pub. Her assignment is to sneak into a KTLA-TV live shot and plug “Mark in the Morning” on live TV. An unexpected turn leads to an endearing father-daughter moment. Also heard are Gina Grad and Andy Chanley.

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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.

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