Tracy Mitchell, Burle Baurer – 950 KJR Seattle | December 27, 1975


Date of Recording: December 27, 1975
Station: 950 KJR Seattle, Washington
Featured Air Talent: Tracy Mitchell, Merle Bear, Chris Hill (News/Weather)
Contributor: Robyn Watts
Aircheck Entry: 1,416


How did the old KJR on 950 AM sound in the mid-1970s? Here’s a great representation! No jingles, out of news into music cold, dead segues but the jocks were upbeat and so was the music. Like so many stations of this era, sped up records seem to be the norm. Still, it’s an exciting station!

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950 Seattle KJR Larry Lujack Rhett Walker



Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Joe Frederickson
July 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

The reference to Merle Bear should read Burl Barer. Thanks for the great post.

July 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm

It is Burl Barer, long time Seattle talent. KJR, KOL, KQIN, Braker satellite.

July 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

KJR was to me what WABC, WLS, KLIF, KHJ, etc was to so many of us in the glory years.

By 1975 KJR had passed their time. Much as I hate to say that, I can only imagine that Pat O’Day had moved on or was convinced by others to make massive changes to Channel 95 to combat the new onslaught of Top 40 on FM.

Listen to KJR in the mid to late 60’s and into early 70s. You’ll hear the magic of (As Pat called the jocks) “those marvelous deejays,” the jingles, the NorthWest regional hits mixed in with the national stuff, the promotions that the word “sizzle” was coined for. Top 40, news & sports (just enough), live/local and BIGGER THAN LIFE.

THAT was KJR Seattle/Channel 95.

P.S. ((It’s Berle Bear I believe, not Merle))

ron kay
July 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

hmmm. it’s off speed. either a bad dub or the station was running 2 or 3 rpm faster on their turntables.

January 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

Burl Barer, sorry, hard to see the name on the radio.

12th Man
March 5, 2017 at 10:25 am

This was when KJR was a great Top-40 station. Nowadays it’s Sportsradio KJR.

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