Tickling Your KJR “Way Back When” Memory Gland


In the late 1960s, I went to high school with Don Hedman Jr. I did not know until years later that his dad had worked in radio. When Don Sr. was in Bellingham he worked at KGMI and for International Good Music (IGM). I had not heard from Don Jr. since a class reunion about 10 years ago (the 50th scheduled this year was delayed by the pandemic.) Last week I was in contact with Don Jr. after he commented on one of my posts about KJR. He pointed out that his dad had worked there. I knew of his dad, but we do not have that much info on him here at Puget Sound Media. I am pleased to report that Don Jr. has a nice collection.

Don Hedman Sr. was prominent in Seattle radio in the late ’50s and maybe into the ’60s. I will have to find out when they moved the family to Bellingham. I believe I read somewhere or Norm Gregory told me that at one point in Seattle Don had the nickname “Hedless Horseman” or similar. I know that prior to working at KJR, Don worked at KXA radio. Maybe somebody who goes farther back in the market can fill us in on some memories.




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Steven Smith

Author: Steven Smith

Presently editor and historical writer with Puget Sound Media in Seattle. Former radio broadcaster and radio station owner, 1970-1999. Journalism and speech communications degrees. I enjoy researching articles and online reporting that allows me to meld together words, audio and video. P.S. I appreciate and encourage reader comments and opinions.

5 thoughts on “Tickling Your KJR “Way Back When” Memory Gland

  1. KVAL, KBKW (newspaper article had it wrong, calling it KDKW), KXA and then KJR) and then where? It would be keen if we could get an audio clip. Thanks Steven! Good info.

    1. Jason…. Don Jr. says his dad left KJR in 1960 and went to KAYO and then moved to Bellingham in 1962. He says that Bill Schonely was also at KAYO doing Seattle Totems Hockey.

  2. Don Hedman and Bob Salter were big stars on KJR before, and into, the birth of rock and roll. I guess they’d been around but I don’t recall hearing them on any other station. The ad says Don’s program was called “Music Makers”. I only associated that title with Wally Nelskog.

    Don had what I would call a soft voice and mild delivery, even when he announced The Elvis Presley Show, thirty straight minutes of “The King” on Sunday afternoons.

    Chuck Bras, Dick Stokke and Rod Hammett were at KJR around that time too, unless my crumbling brain is playing more harmless tricks.

    In 1971, Don Hedman did mind-bending time announcements on KFKF-AM’s automated “yawn and snooze” format from IGM: “Studio time is 43 minutes after 7!”

  3. Dick,
    Thanks for the comments. Most of what he did was before my time. I know Gary Shannon recalls listening to Don as well. I do not think I heard his IGM time tapes….but I know what you mean. I heard many of those over the years. in their MOR and Country formats.

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