The Seattle Years and Larry Nelson

 

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When Larry gave up his Program Director position "to focus on the morning show" and I showed up...the outsider, the rock PD from Denver and NY... Lar and I were a little like two male dogs meeting in the driveway sniffing each other out and peeing on bushes.

That didn't last long and before you know it we were doing tailgate parties, bringing the Peace Tapes to Reagan in Geneva and the Beaujolais home on the Concord from Paris.

During my little slice of the KOMO timeline we had some great times, won a bunch of awards and in many ways, with Larry's partnership and buy-in, changed the face of AM radio for an industry and format struggling to find itself suddenly fighting for survival in an FM world.
 
Later as I traveled the country for Cox, Chancellor, AMFM and Clear Channel and found myself in a position to help with a station upgrade, my guidance always included thoughts of Larry and the KOMO crew. Always. You have no idea how many times I tried to recreate that morning sound, that morning team. A warm, friendly, funny and approachable host surrounded by world class news, weather and traffic people. Programmers, GMs all heard me go on about "the Seattle years and Larry Nelson."  While many of these efforts worked well there was always a missing ingredient. Lar. There's only one.

Lar, I don't know how else to tell you how much you have meant to me. How important our friendship and your partnership was. Hang in there and know there are literally thousands of us out here who love you and are pulling for you.

Ken Kohl