Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Streaking has hit the Northwest! Ed Riley, Wolfman Jack – KGW, Portland, March, 1974

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Opens with NBC’s Mike Moss reporting on streaking and Watergate, then Ed Riley covers the latest local exposures in a “Super 62 Streaking Report.” We also learn that Wolfman Jack may have been the originator of streaking. Recorded from Everett (if you notice some background noise).

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Author: Sam Lawson

Student engineer at pioneer Nathan Hale radio station KNH 1210 in 1970 (prior to KNHC). Also attended North Seattle Community College and L.H. Bates in Tacoma. Sam’s career began as a KJR request line operator in 1970, with his first on air job at KRKO in 1972. In 1976 he segued to overnights at KTAC as Cory Landon, followed by weekends at KING. He then moved to Lewiston, Idaho where he did afternoons on KOZE and KRLC. Throughout the ‘80s he was an announcer and/or engineer at the best mix and biggest variety of Spokane radio stations; including Chief Engineer at KZZU and KISC, PD of KJRB, and the voice of KAYU-TV. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles as Assistant Chief Engineer and weekends at KZLA/KLAC. Also engineered for KFI, Premiere Radio Networks, and CBS Radio. After avoiding any actual work for nearly 45 years, he is currently retired, and very appreciatively back in the great Pacific Northwest! View other articles by Sam Lawson

19 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: Streaking has hit the Northwest! Ed Riley, Wolfman Jack – KGW, Portland, March, 1974

  1. Never tried streaking or broadcasting in the nude. I did a remote from a hot tub once, but I was partially clothed, for the sake of customers visiting the store.

    1. Don’t know why, Jason but I am reminded of the fellow that saw a sign outside of a store which read, “All ladies clothing half off.” He rushed into the store only to discover it was a big lie.

      1. Ray Stevens was many years ahead of the pack, when it came to “Redneck” humor…and think about a couple of his hit records…no way, in today’s extremely “anal”, politically correct world, would he even be allowed to express himself like he could!…”Ahab the Arab” comes to mind!…lol

        1. It’s interesting the juxtaposition of the song “Ahab” with Ray Stevens’ hit 197o Grammy award-winning song “Everything Is Beautiful”. Even with its undeniably positive message, there are those who still might have a problem with it today. Political correctness or not, some things seem to never change.
          https://youtu.be/0a45z_HG3WU

      1. I had that same thought. The world might be a little better if most people kept their clothes on and mouths shut.

        1. So Dick and Jason……

          As he chose to ride his bike naked in Fremont, just as a joke

          It was more than his words that got caught as he wheeled and “spoke”!
          (OUCH!)

            1. Dick ~ Talking about puns and streaking. Our neighbors across the street had a local window washing crew doing their windows today. The firm’s name on their truck was: Pane’N The Glass Window Cleaning. Their slogan, posted on the side of the truck, was “No Streaking Allowed!”
              How serendipitous is that?

  2. That same year KGW Sister Station KING came out with a promotional Streaking The Big 11 KING T-Shirt, featuring a caricature of an older male, from behind. Don’t suppose there are any in existence any more. Just after receiving mine, I wore it to a Crab Feed at the smallest incorporated community in the State of Washington. As I recall…absolutely no one was impressed.

  3. Well…I guess that I got lucky, back in 1974….I had a night delivery route, driving a Ford 150 van…so, in the wee hours of one morning, I was tooling along by Sea-Tac Airport, when out of the bushes popped two-very attractive-naked young ladies, maybe a hundred yards ahead of me, dancing around in the street!…Naturally, being a friendly sort of guy, I approached them…but when I got about 10 yards away, they just laughed, and scurried off into the nearby bushes…it was a nice view of a couple of sexy rear ends!…I figure they were likely a couple of strippers from a nearby club (Sea-Tac area had a couple of those clubs!) or maybe just a couple of drunk ladies…streaking was definitely a fad that was fun to observe!

  4. Sam Lawson, we knew each other back around 1970-1972, then lost touch. He was also known as “Potted Plant” in the CB radio days.

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