Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: The day I met Dick Curtis – A Class Act

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I was 14 years old and it was the Sunday before Christmas in 1966. I asked my dad to drive me to KJR with the hope of getting a peek inside the station. He was always supportive of my interest in radio, and perhaps a bit curious himself, so he agreed to take me. When we arrived there were 3 people working at the station; Dick Curtis, Jimmy Rabbit, and Leslee, a request line operator (with a British accent) and they warmly welcomed us. I especially remember how genuine and gracious Dick was as he took the time to show us around. He also gave me a Beach Boys album (pictured) which Leslee, Jimmy, and Dick each autographed. I was in heaven. Of course the record album was immediately placed into high rotation on my flea-powered bedroom radio station, KFUN.

Dick Curtis’ KJR Jock Jingle



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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. View other articles by Sam Lawson

3 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: The day I met Dick Curtis – A Class Act

  1. Sam…so the 1966 Jimmy Rabbit at KJR is actually Roger W. Morgan who worked KISN, KYA, KOIL and many other stations. I am in contact with him occasionally…real nice guy, I had photos and comments from him in my article on O’Day and The Electric Prunes. He currently is an owner and operator of an FM station called The Legend in Coos Bay, OR.

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