Back in the 1960s, KJR was one of Seattle’s top radio stations. DJs like Pat O’Day, Lan Roberts, Larry Lujack, Tom Murphy, Dick Curtis, and Jerry Kaye entertained the greater Puget Sound area and introduced listeners to swinging music. Although the Top-40 station was hugely popular with the teen and young-adult crowd, among the station’s most loyal listeners were housewives.
Perhaps one of KJR’s most well-remembered disc jockeys, Pat O’Day was also an entrepreneur in the music entertainment business. O’Day hosted concerts, arranged tours, owned clubs, and organized teen fairs. This mid-late 1960s pin was purchased at one of these teen fairs, or teen spectaculars, that were hosted in Seattle, Spokane, and Yakima.
The Seattle teen spectaculars were hosted in the Seattle Coliseum (now the Key Arena) and featured live music, games, activities, and product displays. Displays focused products that had teen appeal, such as clothing, cosmetics, cars, electronics, and sports equipment. Underneath the permanent risers were four separate “clubs”, featuring new local bands by day and established local bands by night. Big-name groups such as Paul Revere & the Raiders and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels played a concert on the Coliseum’s main stage at 3 PM and 8 PM.
Admission was $6, which is roughly $44 today.
For those of you nostalgic for the old days of KJR, or for those who were not around to witness it, an eight minute compilation of 1960s KJR jingles can be found here. A ten minute set of incredibly “fun” KJR jingles from 1967 can be enjoyed here. And lastly, there is Cruisin’ 1966, a wonderful, but all too short piece of a summertime Pat O’Day program from 1966. Cruisin’ 1966 can be found on LP, CD, or youtube.