KMPS FM Shuffle Fits Musical Promise

February 10, 1985/Victor Stredicke – Seattle Times
Radio listeners say they want music, by golly, they get music.
In country music, KRPM, 106.1 mHz., first acceded to the demand by promising “five in a row.” Five songs without a commercial. KMPS-FM, 94.1 mHz., decided to meet the challenge with “12 in a row.” Still no commercials, although KMPS-FM announcers are a little more apparent with at least a time check or a weather report out the barnyard window. This month, Don Langford, country-music programmer from Sacramento, also swept the hayloft. He shuffled disc-jockey assignments and removed all the weekend long form features from KMPS-FM. Only three Sunday-morning religious features and the news public-affairs feature, “Introspect,” remain. Some features went over to similar time slots on KMPS-AM. Although the message hasn’t been spelled out, it appears the next slogan for Seattle will be “12 in a row, seven days in a row.”
`Galaxy’ expands; Rick & Suds back — “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” fanciful science-fiction epic back on air at 7 p.m. Friday on KUOW, manages to stretch the possibilities beyond the radio medium. It began as a British radio serial, has become an NPR rerun series, is available as a set of record albums, a “trilogy” (with four books, yet) of books and a TV miniseries. Now it is available as an interactive text-adventure game for computers.
Arbitron Ratings Company will add a summer radio survey in the Seattle-Tacoma area this year, measuring radio listening here virtually year round. Only 12 such radio markets are surveyed this frequently.
Rick Shannon and Suds Coleman resurfaced last week as morning-show cohorts on KHIT, 106.9 mHz. Their parodies and vignettes are as fresh as ever. They were edged out at KZOK recently, after four years on the air. Although Shannon is from Los Angeles and Coleman is from Florida, they have worked at the same radio stations for the past 12 years, including stations in Seattle and Spokane.

Tracking traffic –Traffic reporting has expanded on KIRO, 710 kHz., using a cellular mobile phone system provided by McCaw Cellular One. Five “traffic watchers” from McCaw are on the road during drive times, reporting accidents and other traffic problems to the KIRO Newsradio newsroom. Others with McCaw’s cellular mobile phones may also act on a volunteer basis as traffic spotters.

Twisting the dial — KMPS-FM’s disc-jockey shuffles include Brady Wright to nights, Big Ed Dunaway to mornings on FM. Jim Williams has been moved to afternoons on the FM side and named operations director at KMPS-AM-FM.KMPS-AM’s shuffles include Dewey Boynton to middays on AM, Colleen Robbins to nights and as new moderator of the nightly “Loveline” … Morry Shanahan, previously morning personality at KHIT, has moved back to the midday shift . . . Bill Ogden, news director at KJUN, 1450 kHz. in Puyallup, has been named program director. He also has taken the midday airshift. Sunshine Smith moves to mornings. Jason Remington continues in the afternoon shift . . . Susan Stamberg, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” this week begins a TV series, “Back of the Book,” which will include discussions on such fields as movies, advertising, TV and radio . . . KPLU, 88.5 mHz., will air Valentine’s Day dedications with musical selections from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Broadcasts of two recorded-concert segments by Diane Shuur _ at noon and 8 p.m. Thursday are also listed as Valentines “from the station to its listeners” . . . George Harrison’s 42nd birthday is Feb. 25. A locally produced special, “The Beatles _ Just Another Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” will air from 7-11:30 p.m. that day on KBRC, 1430 kHz., Mount Vernon. The program is produced by Wedge Michaels, KBRC nighttime personality and a Beatles collector . . . The TV series “Miami Vice” exploited its high-musical profile by holding a 12-city radio contest, heard here on KUBE. The contest asked listeners to answer a “Miami Vice” trivia question or respond to a bit of the theme music.

Author: Victor Stredicke

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

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