Mike Fitzsimmons, KSPO, Spokane International Bed Race, 1980

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Photo credit: SpokanePlanner.com
Former Seattle TV hydroplane announcer Mike Fitzsimmons calls the bed racing action with KSPO’s Shawn DeLong and Tom Stecher along the course. The first race includes McDonald’s, Safeway and KREM-FM; then Pacific Northwest Bell challenges Pizza Hut…so place your bets. The best quote from this clip is when Mike asks “How do you win by a nose with a bed?”


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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

1 thought on “Mike Fitzsimmons, KSPO, Spokane International Bed Race, 1980

  1. I say bring back bed races here in the Puget Sound area, for events like the 4th of July on Ruston Way in Tacoma. I suggest hot air balloon fly-overs and maybe skydiving from those hot air balloons.

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