Red Around Town: October 28

I just returned from two marvelous weeks in Palm Springs where the temperatures were in the high 90s. Carole and I were visited by good friends from California — Darwin Lamm and his lovely wife Mimi.  We all took to the hot springs downtown, which are the original springs discovered by the Native Americans centuries…

Read More

Red Around Town: October 14

The latest BBM Radio survey is out for the past summer. QMFM is down considerably from an 8.3 share to a 7.0. The Beat goes on and on with a great increase from 7.0 to 9.8. CKNW stayed almost even, going from a 11.4 to 10.8 . JR Country has slipped slightly going from a…

Read More

Tribute to a balladeer king

Roy Orbison dropped dead of a heart attack in the last, wintry month of 1988. It was a damn shame. In 52 years of life, Roy Kelton Orbison had transformed himself from a shy, nearsighted kid from Wink, Texas, to a towering founding father of rock and roll, a peerless balladeer of sweeping symphonic odes…

Read More

Northwest Rock Legend Pat O’Day Comes Back Home

He’s been called the “Voice of the Hydros” and the “Founding Father” of Northwest’s ’60s rock renaissance. But before he was a disc jockey, a pioneering concert promoter, a hydroplane-race announcer and now a drug-and-alcohol treatment center owner — before Pat O’Day was any of those things, he was a Tacoma teenager named Paul Berg…

Read More

Red Around Town: October 4

Some notable passings: Actor Paul Newman has died from cancer  at the age of 83. One of his quotes: “It’s absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career…” Newman is  survived by his wife Joanne Woodward and five children. He was an amazing actor and his movies…

Read More

Reditorial: Anything But Vanilla

“A little love goes a long way.” That old saying is so appropriate in today’s broadcast scene. Most on-air performers are in it not for the money but for the love of the business. I began my career when radio was sexy. Today young people opt for the movie business, animation, the computer world, recording…

Read More