Lan Roberts & Jimmy Stewart, 1300 KOL Seattle | January 22, 1971

James Stewart
American actor James Stewart (1908 – 1997), circa 1950. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The sounds of Middle-Of-The-Road radio are heard on this recording. Yes, 1300 KOL was a Top 40 station and for a while did compete with KJR “Channel 95”. But surely not the same way. The show host is Lan Roberts but the real star attraction here is famous actor Jimmy Stewart! I don’t know the backstory as to how or why Stewart was on this show, but this is authentic, real radio, as performed live!

Not too many records get played in this long scope, but they didn’t need to be. The program is very entertaining on its own. What was played, was very middle of the road stuff, instrumentals… oh, then we get to hear “Watching Scotty Grow”. Okay, there are a few stiffs. But you get the picture. Hard to believe we listened to THIS music in 1971, but after the 1960s, things were bound to slow down.

KOL would go Country by the middle of the 1970s. Today, the station is KKOL since FCC rules do not permit reissues of old three-letter call letters. Either they stay in use or they get lost. Which is too bad.

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