Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Robert O. Smith, KJR, 1967


In this clip, we get to hear Robert O. Smith doing an “Ed Sullivan vocal interlude” and a live spot for The KJR Beat. Also commercials for WAKOZ, Apple Beer, Circus Nuts, and the New Vaudeville Band for Coke.

Runtime: 7:38

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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: Robert O. Smith, KJR, 1967

  1. That is one of the airchecks missing in my collection. No KJR Robert till now. I,m not trying to be critical, but it sounds like this recording has a little high rpm. Then again, KJR did soup their turntables. It sounds like late 67. I used to have a tape of Robert O, doing his last show on KSND. I let it get away. In the meantime, KOL was already promoting their new late night jock. “robert o, smith is back and KOL,s got him” So at one point on KSND, Robert O, commented that Bill Davidson is back and KSND has got him. Davidson replies “you scared me. i thought i was going to get a new job next week”

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