Gary Shannon heads to Atlanta; Beautiful Music KBES Fizzles

Victor Stredicke – October 1975 – Gary Shannon, one of the more flexible fixtures at KJR, came from Spokane six years ago, and had just about every job there was to have — from midday jock to the troika program directorship in 1973 of O’Day-Shannon-Gregory. He will probably be longest remembered from the time he worked an overlapping night shift with Norm Gregory and co-anchored the zany few minutes called Levity Limelight.
Shannon outlasted most of the KJR superstars, even declared himself a news man when air shifts got scarce. Eventually, he sought peace and tranquility as a midday announcer on KISW FM.
Gary Shannon left town last week for a gig at WQXI Atlanta, where he is to be afternoon disc jockey on AM station once again.

Terry MacDonald, recently called up from a station in Oregon to program KUUU, gave the boot to an executive of station owner Sterling Recreation Organization, literally. The frustrated Program Director had good aim and couldn’t have picked a more deserving target.
A calmer, more dispatched Terry MacDonald is now the afternoon announcer at KISW.

November 10, 1975

Beautiful music falters, and rock rolls on this month, as KBES and KZAM prepare to consolidate once again.
The nonstop rock ‘n roll music got KZAM a wedge in recent rating books, while sister station KBES didn’t show at all. With “no evident listeners” and limited East Side sponsor support, the stations will revert to a simulcast, with Stewart Ballinger, general manager, selecting the most-likely-to-succeed format. (Bellevue, is small enough to avoid the Seattle-station requirement that simulcasting be limited to 50% of the broadcast day.)
The move is expected this week or next, and will coincide with the more precise call letters, KZAM AM and FM and with Federal Communications Commission okay to turn on 5000 Watts on the AM frequency.

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times. --- View other articles by Victor Stredicke

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