Monday, November 04, 2013
Old Walla Walla Radio Remembered Part 2
At the head of the list is Walter Brattain, whom is co credited with the invention of the transistor. Transistor radios were definitely the rage in the 60s and 70s. Brattain was a professor of physics at Whitman College in the town. Bill Yeend, Burl Barer (my cousin), Dale Unruh, and Bob Larson were Walla Wallans who succeeded in the Seattle market. Kent Phillips was a Whitman Student who spent his out of class hours spinning wax at KUJ, before becoming one of Seattle's longest running morning jocks at 101.5. Dana Wagner had just graduated WSU when he took a $400 a month gig at XT-97 on his way to being a Las Vegas morning weatherman . Danny Murphy was on KTEL before becoming a children's show TV host on Spokane's KXLY. Bill Anderson would leave his name behind and become Adam West, Television's iconic Batman. There is also word that Glen Beck did a stint as KUJ before becoming world renowned as a Conservative radio host.
Walla Walla native Edward P. Morgan was an ABC radio news anchor from 1955-1969, winning the George Foster Peabody award. I remember listening to Morgan while at the family dinner table and being shocked to find out he was from the town that I had lived in.
Last, but not least, national reporter Bob Garred grew up in Walla Walla. He is pictured in the article above. He grew up in the Palouse Street house that his parents sold to mine in the mid 1960s. I can not find out much about him, but heard that he died at a very young age. I had thought that he worked at Mutual Radio, however, all that I could find from the few articles on the Internet was that he worked for CBS. His father was the owner of Walla Walla Drug. I want to thank Joe Drazan for the information on Mr. Garred. He also found out the correct way to spell his name. Joe also has this poster on his blog from the late 1970s version of KUJ
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.