7 thoughts on “April 1952 Tacoma News Tribune Radio & Television Guide

  1. I see that KTAC radio is listed here as having been an “LBS” affiliate. Apparently that stood for Liberty Broadcasting System. Here is some information I found on Wikipedia about that network, which at one time was the second-largest in the nation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Broadcasting_System

    The founder of that network, Gordon McClendon… wow, what a fascinating person who pioneered many radio formats, including top-40 and all-news, and who was eventually married to actress and TV host Susan Stafford. Here is more information on him:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_McLendon

    1. Second only to Mutual, that’s huge. Mutual seemed to have an affiliate in every market and covered the smaller markets out there in the weeds.
      It was Tom Read who used both the Liberty and Mutual Networks for branding his Eastern Washington stations KTRW (Spokane/Spokane Valley), KSPO (Dishman/Spokane), KTAC (Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello), etc. Read still owns 6 stations currently.

  2. I find it interesting that 250-watt KGY earned a spot in the radio grid while 50 kW KING did not. I guess the TNT had enough circulation in Olympia to make this worthwhile? Can’t imagine many people in Tacoma listening when they could get the same Mutual programs loud and clear over KVI.

  3. Well, the Trib did have greater circulation in the South Sound and KGY reception was good in Tacoma. Usually, KING 1090 was on the grid. That is unusual to see KJR listed. In most years, KJR was not part of the grid and KING was.

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