What Pat O’Day meant to Seattle — and inside stories of his time with Jimi Hendrix, the Ventures and Wayne Newton

Pat O’Day, KJR’s trendsetting program director and disc jockey, wielded the power to make or break aspiring local bands and musicians. He promoted local favorites to his national contacts in the recording industry. (Photo credit: Greg Gilbert, 1963, photographer, courtesy of Pat O’Day)

Pat O’Day's influence was everywhere: He decided what music got played on KJR, controlled the local teen dance circuit and sponsored “teen fairs." He booked rock concerts and promoted local bands.

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