KJR hired a young disk jockey named Pat O’Day (real name, Paul Berg),
who became a sensation among the local teenage audience.
Within a short time he was KJR’s program director, leading a staff of
popular deejays, including Larry Lujack, Lan Roberts, Emperor Smith,
and Dick Curtis. KJR zoomed to an amazing 37% share of the
Seattle audience and stayed on top for nearly a decade.
Simultaneously, O’Day built a lucrative side business as a teen dance
promoter. He became KJR’s station manager in 1969, succeeded
by Shannon Sweatte in 1974.
Photo: Lee Perkins, Pat O'Day, Curtis and Jerry Kaye in the KJR production room, about 1962. (Photo courtesy of Dick Curtis).