Creator and Editor of the Phoenix Radio Dial, 1997-2008. SeaTac Radio/SeaTac Media blog 2008-2016.
Puget Sound Media (2016-present) is the most unique and widely read source of information and entertainment for Pacific Northwest radio/tv professionals and fans.
My blogging history began in Arizona with my Phoenix Radio Dial (2005)
It was a pleasant surprise to be asked as a guest at Salem Communications-Seattle. This interview aired Saturday, July 29th at 12:30PM on 1300AM KKOL and at 4PM on 1590AM KLFE as the first segment of the Spotlight On The Sound program. The host is David Summers.
Salem Communications KKOL-KLFE Jason Remington – PugetSoundMedia, Interview July 2017 (7:47)
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RADIO BOOK CLUB
THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING – by Ben Fong-Torres
The book features interviews with such renowned radio personalities and programmers as Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, “Cousin Brucie” Morrow, Gary Owens and many others, and includes an exclusive CD with “airchecks” rare recordings from 16 legendary DJs on actual Top 40 broadcasts.
Sparky Taft has been General Manager of EIGHT stations and owned KRKO in Everett. For years, KRKO did more business than all but about 4 Seattle stations. He was National Sales Manager of KYYX/KXA in Seattle and KORL in Honolulu for famed broadcaster Pat O’Day.
Visit Sparky on the web at http://www.sparkytaft.com/
& ADD THESE TO YOUR LIBRARY: From a Ben Fong-Torres radio column in the SFGate.com [San Francisco Chronicle] website:
“American Top 40” by Rob Durkee. Behind Casey Kasem’s countdowns.
“Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll” by John A. Jackson.
“Cousin Brucie” by Bruce Morrow, about the New York radio giant of the ’60s (still on satellite radio).
“The Deejays” by Arnold Passman.
“Don Sherwood: The Life and Times of ‘The World’s Greatest Disc Jockey’ ” by Laurie Harper. No argument here.
“Gordon McLendon: The Maverick of Radio” by Ronald Garay. None here, either.
“Have I Got a Song for You: The Bobby Dale Story” by Lou Waters. Another of the world’s greatest DJs.
“Have Mercy! Confessions of the Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal” by Wolfman Jack with Byron Loursen.
“Holliday: From Rock to Jock” by Johnny Holliday and Stephen Moore. From New York to San Francisco (KYA) to network sports.
“The House That Jack Built” by Hal Jackson. “Jack” was the first black announcer on network radio.
“Hullabaloo!” by Dave Hull, longtime L.A. radio star.
“Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella … But Don’t Get a Mouthful of Rain: The Joey Reynolds Story” by Reynolds, pre-shock bad-boy DJ.
“Margrave of the Marshes” by John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft. The most influential British DJ of them all.
“The Pied Pipers of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Radio Deejays of the ’50s and ’60s” by Wes Smith.
“Rocking America: How the All-Hit Radio Stations Took Over” by Rick Sklar, who programmed WABC in New York
“You Only Rock Once” by Jerry Blavat, the original Philly Phanatic.
“The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950” by Frank Buxton and Bill Owen.
“The Early Days of Radio Broadcasting” by George H. Douglas.
The ’20s to the ’30s.
“Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio” by Tom Lewis. Ken Burns made a film of this.
“Lee de Forest: King of Radio, Television, and Film” by Mike Adams. Giving a radio inventor his due.
“Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination” by Susan J. Douglas.
“On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio” by John Dunning.
“Radio’s First 75 Years” by B. Eric Rhoads. A pictorial history.
“Raised on Radio” by Gerald Nachman. A gem by the former Chronicle columnist.
“Creating Powerful Radio: Getting, Keeping & Growing Audiences” by Valerie Geller. Tips for programmers.
“How to Make a Million Dollars With Your Voice” by Gary Owens. Sage advice, including “Always know your guest’s name.”
“No Static: A Guide to Creative Radio Programming” by Quincy McCoy. Pushing for creativity in the face of consolidation.
“Television and Radio Announcing” by Stuart Hyde. The S.F. State University prof wrote the textbook for broadcasting students.
“This Business of Radio Programming” by Claude and Barbara Hall. Claude wrote the must-read Vox Jox column in Billboard.
“40 Watts From Nowhere: A Journey into Pirate Radio” by Sue Carpenter.
“Early ’70s Radio: The American Format Revolution” by Kim Simpson.
“FM: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio” by Richard Neer. The devolution, from an East Coast POV.
“Hip Capitalism” by Susan Krieger. A student dissertation on KMPX and KSAN.
“If You Don’t Like the News … Go Out and Make Some of Your Own” by Wes “Scoop” Nisker of KSAN commentary fame.
“Playing in the FM Band” by Steve Post. Memories of WBAI, a Pacifica station in New York.
“The Radio Papers: From KRAB to KCHU” by Lorenzo Wilson Milam, the indie radio pioneer.
“Voices in the Purple Haze” by Michael C. Keith. A history of underground radio.
“The Airwaves of New York” by Bill Jaker. AM stations, 1921-1996.
“Bay Area Radio” by John F. Schneider. Wonderful photos, well-chosen words.
“Los Angeles Radio People” by Don Barrett. Profiles of all the stars, from 1957-1997.
“Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories” by Lissa Soep and Vivian Chavez. Stories about and from the radio pride of Oakland.
“Inside Talk Radio: America’s Voice or Just Hot Air?” by Peter Laufer. Uh … both?
“Legendary Pioneers of Black Radio” by Gilbert A. Williams. Paving the way for Top 40.
“Radio On” by Sarah Vowell.
“Something in the Air” by Marc Fisher. What we had – and what we’ve lost.
“Voice Over: The Making of Black Radio” by William Barlow.
“Radios: The Golden Age” by Philip Collins. Loving photos of vintage radios.
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