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AJ [Full name, A.J. Battalio] came to the morning show at KLCK, 98.9, from KBUL,Reno, by way of Lubbock, TX –
A.J. Roberts was PD at KHIT/Bremerton, now works at KOMO TV. He is the resident expert on “Super Heroes”
Aaron Brown – “Skip” Brown was a newsman at news-talk KTW-AM 1250 when the station was trying to compete against Seattle’s established all-news powerhouse KIRO-AM. (Skip was young; he refused to tell his age. Further, Brown does not list KTW in his work resume. He was born, if you want to know, in 1948.) Prior to joining “KING Newservice” at KING-TV in 1976, Brown also worked at KRAB-FM, producing special programs, including a documentary about life in Washington prisons for NPR. Brown also reported the Washington State Legislature for three months for KTVW Channel 13, (a public television station at the time.).
He spent 18 years in Seattle as reporter or anchor for first KING-TV, then KIRO-TV. In 1991 he left Seattle for a job at ABC-TV in New York leading to him anchoring “World News Tonight.” and reporting on “Nightline.”
From 2001 to 2005 Brown was anchorman for the cable network CNN where he reinforced his discerning, smiling, sometimes-even-smirking delivery as reporter and anchor. His first “broadcast day” on CNN was September 11, 2001, where he provided coverage of the Twin Towers bombing from a rooftop in lower Manhattan. For his “calming and insightful” coverage he won an Edward R. Murrow Award. Brown also has three Emmys, a DuPont Award, a New York Film Society World Medal and a George Foster Peabody Award.
He hosted CNN’s “NewsNight Now with Aaron Brown” but was replaced by Anderson Cooper. He then appeared on several PBS feature reports.
He became the inaugural Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism instructor at Arizona State University in 2009. Lives with wife Charlotte Raynor, former KING 5 reporter, in Arizona.
Aaron Levine [Q13 News]
Aaron Taylor [KMPS] he works at MusicMaster/A-Ware Software in Mukilteo, WA
Abe Beeson grew up in Western Washington and as a student at Pacific Lutheran University landed a job at KPLU, editing and producing audio for news stories. Up comes a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted it; Beeson thus got his first on-air experience. This led to an overnight shift, then Saturday afternoons, and now, since 1998, Beeson has been the host of “Evening Jazz,” 7 to midnight. He once locked himself out of the station on a particularly cold winter night. (VOS2012)
Adam Gehrke – [email protected] Q13 and news for Sandusky radio.
Adam Gehrke is the Quick Commute Traffic anchor for Q13 FOX News This Morning, weekdays 5-9 am.
Adam was honored by Seattle Magazine as “Seattle’s Best Traffic Reporter,” after years of broadcasting traffic updates on countless radio stations around Puget Sound. He expanded his career into TV when he joined Q13 FOX News.
That TV career followed his first 10 years of work in radio. Somewhere in the mix of all those stations he worked for, Adam was overheard recording a stock report on a business/talk station and was immediately drafted as a traffic reporter.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, with a degree in Communication and a minor in Music. When he isn’t on air broadcasting, Adam is probably working on a stellar new magic trick, recording a new song, practicing Baguazhang in a local park, or taking a power nap.
Adam Gordon was not content to simply announce sports events, he built a career as an executive producer and program creator. He spent 15 years before the microphone and 15 years behind the mike.
Gordon attended Washington State University and got his startin broadcasting in 1988 with the Spokane Chiefs. In 1990 he took over as broadcast director for the Tacoma Rockets. From there he worked as broadcaster and producer for the International Hockey League, the Houston Aeros Hockey Club, and the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He also had stints in Tokyo television, Certified Public Accountants, Microsoft., the Versus Network, NBC, Root Sports and the Pac12 Network. (CHBCenter, 2014)
Adrian Ramirez is a street reporter for Q13
Al Clarke worked as an actor at the Cirque Playhouse in March of 1966. It is possible that he was already working in radio at this time or had worked in radio previously Al shows up in the Seattle Times radio listings for the first time on 7/30/1967 at KBLE FM. He is listed at various times as morning man all the way to all nights at the end and was gone from KBLE before 5/3/70 when he is listed in a Victor Stredicke column as a radio personality at KVAC AM in Forks. He shows up as being interviewed on Bill Carters Partyline on the subject of alcoholism. On 12/10/1972 Stredicke says Clarke has a telephone talk show on KURB. By June, 1973 Clarke is advertising for items to stock a non-profit treatment center called “Comprehensive Alcoholism Programs”. In April of 1982, Clarke is working at KMPS as a radio personality and a story in The Seattle Times had details of a fire in the 6 story building on Western Ave. that housed the station. Clarke was quoted as saying “I shut it off the air, then flat took off. It was a dandy”. That was the last listing I could find for Al Clarke.
Al Cummings – living the life in Mexico. Major star at KING AM in the 1950s. Also worked for 1150 KRSC, 770 KXA, KTNT TV 11, 1400 KTNT, 570 KVI, 1150 KAYO, 1300 KOL, 710 KIRO…Al wrote to us in 2011: “How wonderful to bring up the memories of radio in Seattle! I got into radio after WW2 in the Air Force (part of the Army)I did a stint as a night club entertainer acting as a foil for a fantastic mime. We were booked by MCA, which was a small company then. In Baltimore, my partner and I split up and I went to work for WBAL. From there, I went to WWDC in Washington. I did the all night show. One of my listeners was President Truman. After that, I ducked The Capitol and went to several small stations in the East. I saw an ad in BROADCASTING for a morning man in San Francisco. I auditioned and got hired by….Elroy McCaw… Now there is a man who ought to be mentioned in Radio History. He sent me to Seattle to help with a new station there, with the promise that he would later move me to San Francisco. I never went. I fell in love with that overgrown cow town! Oh, I could rattle on!”
Al Monroe [KRKO]
Al Munroe [KITZ]
Al Vanik and Allen MacKenzie –the same guy, actually — worked at KOL in 1969. He was Al Vanik, afternon disk jockey, but when called upon to be a KOL newsman he used the name MacKenzie. Full name, Allen Milford Vanik. But he was also Gary Mitchell on KING-AM from 1971 to 1973. Variously he had part time gigs at KVI, full time at KUUU, KAYO, and KRKO and on one or more of those he might have used the additional name Gary Mack.
For a short time, back to Al Vanik, he was general-assignment reporter at KOMO-TV, and later did voiceover work for KOMO sister station KATU-TV, Portland.
In 1999 Vanik moved to Hawaii, looking to set up a retirement business. He started a recording studio which morphed into a video production company.
“I’ve been supporting myself doing voiceover work for TV. — 40 Years of VO; 20 Years of TV promos.”
Up comes a problem. Vanik had a stroke, or at least what most folks regard as a stroke; his doctor was not definite about it. Ultimate result: “The left side of my tongue went numb. I used the right side more, still that wasn’t good enough for most of my clients,” Vanik admitted.
Seeing his fortunes vanish, he headed “back home” to Arizona in 2005, “where I live now.”
Vanik said he has mastered the “doomsday-is-coming” style of work on movie trailers. Vanik still works with a few voiceover clients, “but really, I am semi-retired these days,” he said. “I continue to work on my articulation each day, It’s vastly improved, to the point where you can’t really tell except for an occasional word or phrase, which I gladly re-cut.”
He maintains a website for his Phoenix business .(VOS2013) Gary Mitchell –Former KYNO Chief Engineer Dave Evans (now deceased) grabbed a reel to reel tape from the KYNO production room and recorded Gary’s first day on the air directly from the KYNO air monitor. The tape was full of splices but somehow survived all these years. This air check came from a reel to reel tape (7.5 ips) submitted by Gary for the KYNO 40th Anniversary Party in October 1987. Gary Mitchell KYNO San Bernadino aircheck Gary left KYNO for WOHO in Toledo, Ohio just after a year. Currently, Gary (aka: Allen Vanik) does freelance voice and video work from his own company in Hawaii.
October, 1967. [tip from Brian Lord]
Al Wallace – Al Wallace came to Seattle for a news job at KING-AM, eventually became the station’s news director. A short time later he transferred to KING-TV, first as beat reporter, but then as evening news anchorman. On screen, Wallace was a “hard news” advocate, but he personally preferred human-interest stories. Through the ’70s he was featured doing short human-interest stories. This led to a high-profile Sunday evening local TV show, “How Come?” in which he explained how things were made, or why they were important. He died in 1983 at age 58. Leukemia.
Al Workman -Al shows up in the Seattle Times radio listings at KBLE on Feb 21, 1965. Al had a country and western band, so he was a natural for KBLE FM’s venture into country music. After going through several jocks at KBLE since Al arrived at KBLE, we find in a Victor Stredicke column on 10/4/1970 that Gary McCartie the morning man and John Todd have left KBLE and Al Workman, program director, now has an air shift from 6 AM to 7:30 PM. It had to be automation or he was one tired dude. The last time Al shows up associated with KBLE FM is in a column by Stredicke on 2/3/1971 listing local radio personality’s set to appear at the next KIRO Variety Club Telethon.
Al Wynn – Manager at KXA, left town and bought part ownership of KODL, The Dalles, OR.
Alan Archer worked at KRKO, Everett, KAYO, KRPM, KQIN and KVI.
In Costa Rica under his real name Alan McMullen he began as a disk jockey in San Jose,CR.
After Seattle, he moved to Olympia and worked at “the South Sound Country” KAYO 99.3, Elma, and Olympia’s “The Eagle” KFMY 97.7 He was news announcer, assistant program director.
In 1993 he wrote a weekly column “Computer Talk,” for the Olympia newspaper.
He now works for the Department of Social and Health Services.
Alan Budwill on the air at KPLZ
Alan Mason/Mike Rivers
Alan Prell began in January 2005 as KIRO-AM’s midafternoon replacement for Dave Ross. (Ross was off the air while running for public office.) Prell, a Nebraska native, had previous experience with radio talk shows in Reno, Los Angeles and dating back to 1975, Maryland, where he was replaced by syndicated Rush Limbaugh. Prell was funny but whacked out. A liberal who considered himself “moderate,” he could be sarcastic to callers who did not agree. He wrote an obituary for “Alan Prell Jr. the right-wing talk show host.” When he was fired from KIRO nine months later, he tormented the owner, Entercom Communications Corp. and picketed the station, He was draped in an American flag and “chains of oppression.” He since has written several books, including “The Brothers Prell,” a novel about growing up in Nebraska, and “Ka-Ching, the Repository of Universal Wisdom.” Prell, now living in Virginia, cautions that this book is for “those of you who move your lips while reading.” (VOS2012)
Alan Stuart is perhaps familiar as disk jockey and production director on KZAM, KJZZ, KLSY-AM-FM from 1981 to 1988. He was disk jockey and production aide in 1990 at KJR-AM
In 2007 he started the pirate radio station Spunk FM.
A website offers this information: “We have been broadcasting without a license for several years. Recently it has come to our attention that the FCC has been looking for us.
“To avoid a fine, and the possibility that we would never be able to get a broadcasting license, we have shut down our FM transmitter. Soon, we will start a fund-raising campaign to raise money for the goal of getting our license, and the other expenses of getting the Spunk FM back on-the-air legally”
—–ADDENDUM— December 6, 2012
Alan Stuart Eskenazy
Seattle, Washington 98109
NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION
Case Number: EB-FIELDWR-12-00005178
Document Number: W201332980001
The Seattle District Office (of the F.C.C.) received information that an unlicensed broadcast radio station on 101.9 MHz was allegedly operating in Seattle, Washington. On November 1, 2012, agents from this office confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 101.9 MHz were emanating from a residence in Seattle, Washington. The Commission’s records show that no license was issued for operation of a broadcast station at this location on 101.9 MHz
Seattle, Washington… This station is operating in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 301.
You are hereby warned that operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid radio station authorization constitutes a violation of the Federal laws cited above and could subject the operator of this illegal operation to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.——
Spunk FM programming is available for internet mobile listening.
Alan started in 1979 as Alan Larsen at KORK-AM 920, Las Vegas, offering high school reports during the station’s morning show. [VOS2012]
Alan Walters – was first listed in The Seattle Times radio listings at KJR on June 28, 1964. He was listed there until Feb 21, 1965. He then was not listed again until March 5, 1972. It was announced that Walters and Bill Ward, new manager of KURB, Mountlake Terrace were paired to run a two-man morning show from 6 to 10 AM. It is unknown at this time how long he lasted there as he never was listed in the radio listings for KURB.
Albert Tucker [KZAM]
Alex Ray [KGAA-Kirkland]
Alex Crewdson – formerly with KPEC and KOMO, died March 2011.
Alex Darby – weekender at KNBQ circa 1986
Alex Silverman – KIRO Radio reporter now at WCBS New York.
Alexis Smith joined KIRO 7 as traffic reporter in May of 2013. She tracks the busy commute with the KIRO 7 News morning team Monday through Friday. Alexis has been in professional broadcasting since 2002 when she got her start in radio. While earning her bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Michigan, she interned for a morning show in Detroit. Alexis hosted radio shows in several cities including Kalamazoo, San Antonio, and Dallas. In 2010 she began covering traffic for Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, KLIF-FM, and ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas. When not watching the roads, Alexis enjoys running, with several half-marathons under her belt. She also loves cooking, reading, and spending time with her three young nephews. Worked weekends at KISW FM. Left Seattle in July 2016 for a job at KGO TV San Francisco.
Alice Porter – Alice Porter was, lastly, a part of the Murdock, Hunter & Alice morning team on KLSY-FM (92.5). Porter and fellow team member Tim Hunter had been paired on KLSY in afternoons in 1987 before forming a morning show with Bruce Murdock in 1989, that ran until 2004. Porter herself understood her ability to connect with people in person or via the airwaves. On her personal website, she wrote that “nothing is more important and personal to me than being in a position to help others. … Radio is the way I’ve found to be present in the moment when people need help. So, I chose radio, or it chose me, I will never know.”
After 15 years Murdock left the station. Porter and Hunter had hoped to continue in Seattle radio as a duo. They were not rehired at KLSY.
Porter, who lived in Maple Valley, was born and reared in Seaside, Or., where she started working for a local radio station while still in high school. She graduated from the University of Oregon. She worked at two stations in Eugene before moving to Seattle’s KEZX-FM announcing news and traffic reports and sailboarding reports.
She died a year after leaving KLSY. She was 44.
Allen Stewart [KJR weekends]
Alpha Trivette was co-host on “The Kelly and Alpha Show,” the KMGI morning segment in 1987. (Kelly Stevens got first billing.) Trivette and Stevens developed a comfortable, funny relationship and in fact totaled about 20 years working together at various radio stations.
KMGI was Seattle’s first commercial station to occupy the 107.7 frequency. The format at “Magic 108” was a bit more than adult-contemporary. The major competitor on the dial as KLSY, 92.5, and the two stations’ ratings were neck and neck except at night when the dedication show “Lights Out” stomped KMGI.
The Magic lasted three years. New owners came in 1991 and the station became KNND.
After Seattle, Kelly and Alpha went to “hot hits” KBEQ, Kansas City, then KYUU, also in Kansas. Next came “kool 105” KXKL, Denver, When the duo rejoined at WSB “B98.9”, Atlanta, from 1999 to 2009 the gig was expected to be a temporary deal but developed into a 10-year run.
Trivette has read a series of audio books and appeared in a Cinemax cable-TV series “Banshee”
He has appeared in dozens of Atlanta stage productions, TV programs and motion pictures. He wrote comedy bits and did stand-up comedy
In college Trivette had served as president of Future Farmers of America, traveling across the country and to London and the (then) Soviet Union.
At the beginning of 2013, he was at Ansley Park Playhouse, in Atlanta, winding up a month-long run, presenting the Jimmy Stewart movie “This Wonderful Life,” revised into a one-man show. (VOS2013)
Ana Kelly – KBSG, KPLZ, KOMO, KVI and now KCMS Spirit 105.3
Andee Beck, a Los Angeles native, began writing Hollywood-celebrity interviews in 1978. In 1980 she frequently appeared as co-host on the Jim Althoff show on KING-AM (They met when she had been a guest on his Portland talk show.) Beck continued freelance writing from a number of West Coast publications, and in 1992 was TV columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune. The couple moved to Minneaoplis, where Beck continued occasional jobs. She blogs on the internet as Andee Beck Althoff.
Andrew Harms – KNDD DJ, now involved with Andy Schuon and P. Diddy Coms’ TV channel, REVOLT TV.
Andrew Walsh KIRO Radio producer-turned-Talk Show host; 7-10 pm started 12/3/12
Andy Barber, KING-AM’s nighttime personality in 1972, grew up in Los Angeles listening to Top-40 radio. After high school, Andy went to L.A. Valley & University of Southern California, Don Martin’s Radio & TV School, and Harvey Lembeck’s Acting School.
Still at Don Martin’s, he read about a new station signing on in Wichita, Kansas: KEYN-AM-FM. That’s where Andy Barber got his start in 1968 (7 pm -midnight). He won the Billboard Magazine Medium Market Air Personality of The Year Award in 1970 & 1971. (From that he says he got 38 job offers in 3 months’ time.) Among his antics, Barber tried to surf the Arkansas River. In 1972, he went north — to “the Big Eleven” KING-AM, Seattle, The nighttime jock posed for a Playgirl magazine centerfold. He became assistant program director, music director and afternoon-drive disk jockey at KSTP-AM, Minneapolis.
In 1975, as the new afternoon host at KREM, Spokane, he spoofed his own run for mayor of Spokane. He returned to KING in the 6-10 PM slot and “ran” for Washington State governor. On the air he used bells and whistles and shouted out three-digit numbers (which seemed to have something to do with sexual conquests). In 1977 Barber left KING-AM — the departure was explained as a medical emergency, but Barber popped up as a utility announcer at KTNQ, Los Angeles. From 1978 through 1981, Barber continued to work in Top 40 and CHR radio at KYTE, Portland, KULF in Houston, and KMGC, Portland. Inn 1981 he was back in Los Angeles and triumphantly returned to Seattle as morning man at the new KHIT 106 (formerly KBRO-FM)..
Barber continued his radio career through the ’80′s in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Louisville, KY.
Andy Barber had been at KJSR,Tulsa, but left the air in 2012. — Currently, in Tulsa doing mornings @ 92.9 BOB-FM Classic Hits(KBEZ)
Andy Guyer – lives in Bothell, no radio gig last we heard
Andy Nilsen –
Andy Savage – formerly at K-Rock in Seattle
Andy Schuon [KISW] Started a partnership with Sean “Diddy” Combs, called REVOLT TV. . The first 24/7 multi-platform cable/satellite/IPTV/app/Internet music brand built from the ground up in the social media age. Setting out to become the first name in music, Revolt launches in 2013 on Comcast and other services across the country.
Angie Good – Angie Good has been axed from her morning show at KOSO Modesto, CA in the latest Clear Channel cuts.
Ann Martin attended the University of Washington, got a job right away in the middle ’70s as weather gal and weekend news anchor at KIRO-TV. She was calm and friendly on-air and off.
She was born in Everett, named Martha Gebhardt.
She moved to California to be main anchor at KABC-TV in 1975. In 1994 she moved to KCBS. Ann lightened her hair, polished a gentle camera presence, pushed for more significant stories to cover, then entered the million-dollar category that some big market TV personalities are presumed to make. While with CBS Ann eventually anchored the 4 p.m. news on KCAL and the 6 p.m. news on KCBS.
She has appeared as a TV anchor in three movies. She has written two short books on pet care.
Following a CBS budget-cutting year in 2008, Ann Martin retired. Basically, two LA station, 33 years. (VOS2013)
Anna Winter KLAY, KGY, KXXO 96.1
Anne Barnaby [KSEA] Anne Barnaby left Seattle eventually ending up at KPKX FM, Bozeman.
Archer was the only name used for this television board-announcer who zipped through Seattle for a brief stay at KRWM in 1975. followed by three years at KMTT. After Seattle, he was at stations in Winnsocket RI, Portland, Los Angeles, New York City and Juarez, Mexico.
His full name is Alan Wesley Archer. At KMJK, Oswego, Oregon, he was Alan Wesley. At KPBS, Portland, he was Alan Archer. His last airshift was in Denver in 2008.
Now back using the monomoniker Archer, he is involved in radio production, drawing on his earlier ventures including the first version of “Breakfast With the Beatles” and “Beatles in the Basement” which ended in 2009. (VOS2013)
Art Gilmore [pictured][KOL] 10/04/10 – Former KOL Seattle staff announcer Art Gilmore, who went on to introduce television shows and narrate countless movie trailers, died September 25, 2010 in Irvine, CA. He was 98. Gilmore was born in Tacoma and attended Washington State University, where he worked at the campus radio station before joining KOL in 1935. He moved to Los Angeles in the ’30s and became a staff announcer at KFWB and later KNX.
Art Kevin – passed away Aug. 15, 2002 (lung cancer) at his home in the Las Vegas Valley.
Art Lind, former KMO personality, moved to mornings at KQIN in 1975 — the sunset sign-off station in Burien. Lind was rescued when KOL became KMPS-AM, with its country format. He became the station’s original midday host. Unfortunately he had a stroke and left radio . He died a short time later.
Art Popham was the radio announcer for the Pacific Coast League on KMO, 1360. He started in high school as batboy for the Kansas city Athletics He became the team’s public-relations director at age 20.when the team was moved to Oakland
In 1976 Popham left the Athletics to become the voice of the Tacoma Twins on KMO. He also worked UPS and high-school games. He and Doug McArthur broadcast a Friday evening sports program from the Cloverleaf Tavern from 1977 to 1981.
Popham moved a nightly interview show “PM Tacoma” from the short-lived KPMA, 1400, to the re-named KAMT, 1360 kHz. This program usually originated from the Tacoma Dome or the Pantages Center.
He was the recipient of the Municipal League’s 1989 Distinguished Citizen Award. Later The Popham Award was created to honor him.
He joined The News Tribune as a business columnist in 1991,
He died in 2002 from complications following a stroke. He was 52. (VOS2012)
Art Simpson [KOL] Art Simpson showed up in the “Broadcasting Yearbook” in 1955. He was listed as the PD at KALE in Pasco. The first time he showed up in The Seattle Times radio guide was at KOL AM on June 13, 1957. He stayed on the KOL listing until May 6, 1962. He next showed up at KBVU as one of the initial jocks on January 11, 1964. On Oct 18, 1964 an article appeared in The Times that said he was leaving broadcasting to start a career in real estate at MacPherson’s Real Estate.B.R. Bradbury -Bill Munson — Munson’s real name was William Ruel Bradbury. Program Director Buzz Barr came up with his air name combining the last names of two of the top unlimited hydro drivers: Bill Muncey (Miss Thriftway) and Ron Musson (Miss Bardahl). He started using his real name B.R. Bradbury at KFRC when management made him drop “Bill” so as not to be confused with another member of the news team. He worked stints at KFRC, KHJ, KPOL, KAYO, KJR and CFUN. He died in 2001.
Bailey Coleman [KRIZ]
Barbra Blake [KKNW FM] was also at the Mountain FM 104 KMTT. Now, producing her own program Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch
Barry Beck – Recently fired from “98.9 The Buzz” WBZA
Bart Cronin [KIRO 710 in the 1960s]
Beau Roberts – KNBQ, KBSG Deceased (2017)
Becky Brenner – KMPS – Longtime country programmer, CMA and CRB Board Member, digital media manager and consultant Becky Brenner becomes a VP and consulting partner with Jaye Albright and Michael O’Malley’s company, further adding to the resources available to Albright & O’Malley clients. 
Ben Peyton began in broadcasting at age 15 (adding to his his dad’s daily gospel program) and later high school sports in Roanoke, VA. Seattle listeners met him in 1976 as morning personality and program director of county-music KAYO. His task (or vision) was to wean (or update) KAYO listeners from banjo-pickin’ music lovers to rock drum and electric guitar fans. That took only a year or so. After a ten-year tour of the radio world, Peyton returned home to work as a syndicator and consultant. At age 40, he entered the ministry; became senior pastor and bishop of churches established by his father in the early ’30s and ’40s, and 50s. He is president of Perception Media Group, Inc., a Virginia radio operator. He has assigned himself the 6:30 a.m. time for “Joy of Discovery.”
Big Bob Anthony – Bob Fogal
Big Ed Dunaway – Long-time Northwest radio Country disc jockey;
KMO, KRPM, KMPS
now working for the Auburn School District
Bill Adams KQDE
Bill Apple: KPQ Wenatchee, joined KVOS Bellingham in 1940. In 1948, Bill Apple started his “Stay Up Stan, The All-Night Record Man” program on KXA. Apple moved to KRSC in 1949 and stayed with the station through a call letter change to KAYO. Only when KAYO flipped to more of a rock & roll format in 1958 did Bill Apple hang up his headphones.
Bill Benson KSTW 11 News
Bill Bray -KTW Deejay when KTW played Top 40, back in the mid-1960s – deceased – auto accident.
Bill Brubaker – At KOMO TV since 1962, Brubaker left the 11pm anchor position, “retiring” from News, in JUNE 1983. In July of that year, Brubaker was to start a series called “Off The Road with Bill Brubaker.” This was a “road show” like Charles Kuralt had on CBS. This didn’t develop and instead, Brubaker, a Republican, went into local politics, becoming a Snohomish County councilman. He was appointed in 1987, after Bruce Agnew resigned.
In between his second and third terms on the County Council, Bill was named Assistant Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, serving as the Director of the Aviation Division.
After the County Council, Bill worked for a short while with the engineering firm CH2Hhill. Then, Bill “retired.” He enjoys being with his family, friends and grandchildren. But he is also called in for the occasional consulting for political, media and aviation groups. To answer whatever happened to Bill Brubaker…? He’s living in Edmonds with his wife of 49 years. – info: Bill Brubaker (2007)
Bill Carter, a pioneer of Seattle’s talk radio, started in 1958 at KTW, then still owned by Seattle First Presbyterian Church. Carter guided the leisurely call-in session with generally the same few callers, using nicknames like Lochinvar, Flower Girl, John the Clockman, and in the background of one of his regulars, Mildred the parrot. Carter guided callers through topics including operations, recipes and neighborly chats. No religion, no politics.
Bill moved the program through several stations, most successful of which was in 1967 — after 11p.m. on KIRO-AM. Audiences grew and listener events were staged, including an annual Partyline Picnic at Lincoln Park.
Partyline was heard variously on KIXI-AM, KTW-AM and in 1969 on KBLE-FM where he “broke the music barrier” on FM. There the talk show was a midday feature, with an after-midnight session on Mondays only. At some stations Carter secured his own sponsors, notably the Jade Pagoda restaurant and a taxicab company — “the cabs that are green MAin 17 17.”
Carter was a graduate of the old Broadway High School. He started in radio sates at KOL and KRSC. (He might have tried a Partyline type program in 1947 on KOL.) After one of his hiatuses and a minor heart attack Carter professed to give up cigarets and John Barleycorn. After leaving radio Carter sold electric organs at a piano store. He had been married and was father of two daughters.
Bill Cole [Coleman] worked in Portland area radio at KPOK, KWJJ and was KGAR/KVAN Operations Manager & Music Director, 1981-84, then KVAN Station Manager, 1984-86. He was with Eugene area stations KASH & KGAL.
Bill worked at Seattle area stations KTNT/KNBQ as Program Director and at KMPS. He was KLOG Kelso Program Director & Chief Engineer & KPUG Bellingham Program Director. Bill passed away in December 2012.
Bill Conway [KBRD] – recently let go as PD at KOIT FM San Francisco, who programmed leading music radio stations for more than 35 years is the former program director of AC-formatted KOIT, San Francisco where he was highly successful as a strong ratings-getter from 1997-2011. He has programmed seven #1 stations in six different markets and today serves as a consultant to select friends and companies in the industry. He can be emailed at [email protected]
Bill Cooper – in Beaverton, OR [KBPS] still doing voice-over work
Dr. Bill Crounse, started his career in broadcasting long before he became a physician. He started when he was in college at UPS in Tacoma. Bill came up with an idea for a local television show aimed at teens and young adults. He sold the idea to Max Bice, then general manager of KTNT-TV in Tacoma. The show, which he produced and hosted, was called Opcom. The weekly, half-hour show ran for three summers from 1968 to 1970. When Bill was just 20 years old, he also anchored the Sunday Night News for KTNT. Shortly after that, he hosted Quizathon for KING-TV in Seattle.
A few years later, Bill decided to go to Medical School. After is residency in family medicine he returned to Seattle to join Virginia Mason Medical Center. Soon after, broadcasting came calling again. Between 1983 and 1990, Dr. Crounse was featured as KOMO’s family doctor on the evening news where he provided daily medical reports. He provided similar services for KIRO-TV in the mid-90’s. Additionally, his broadcasting career went national and global when, for three years, he provided medical reports for ABC News, The Health Show, and between 1984 and 1990, anchored medical programming for physicians on Lifetime Medical Television (Physician’s Journal Update). He commuted between Seattle, Los Angeles and New York to do those shows.
Besides practicing clinical medicine part-time over the years, Dr. Crounse eventually entered hospital administration as a Senior Vice President/CIO for Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. In 2002, Bill joined Microsoft as the company’s senior director for worldwide health. There he was part of a small team based in Redmond that manages Microsoft’s worldwide health technology business. In that role, he traveled all over the world giving keynote addresses, interviews and meeting with customers and government officials. He retired in 2016.
Bill Doane – DJ and newsman — KASY (Auburn) and KVI (weekends)
Bill Dore KOMOTV announcer – deceased
Bill Fanning accumulated 30 years in Seattle radio, including seven or more years at KBLE, 1050. Through 1975 he had little exposure on KBLE, basically board operator between brokered radio-evangelists and Christian-music interludes.
He had studied radio at Everett Community College. Frequently for such stations as KING, KOMO and KIRO, he was station sports announcer, including play-by-play for high-school football, boxing and even this new sport entity, hydroplane racing.
He acknowledged being a “network-style” classical announcer at KXA, 770, and a “chicken rock” disk jockey at several other stations.
Bill Fink KRPM PD – Went on to KZLA/Los Angeles 1996-99. Bill is operations manager for the six-station Regent Communications in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Bill Ford – Ex-KOL program Director and radio newsman co-owner of Ford Odell Group – Public Relations
Bill Gallant was a reporter or talk-show host on KIRO-AM, KING-AM and KOMO in the early 1980s. He gained particular recognition as the singular liberal, acerbic talk-show host on KIRO from 1991 to 1996. He had strong opinions when radio was only beginning to have strong opinions.
Gallant began his career as a television reporter in Bangor, Maine. After a short stint as s spokesman for Congressman Norm Dicks in 1979, he landed briefly at KING-AM, but then began “The Bill Gallant Show” on KIRO-AM. He took a leave of absence from KIRO radio to run as the democratic nominee for a senate seat in his home state of Maine (against iconic Republican Olivia Snowe). His next stop was as a producer at KOMO-AM and then as a TV producer on Northwest Cable News.
Later he became director of communications for the Archdiocese of Seattle during a turbulent period for the Catholic Church. He regarded his time as diocese spokesman as his most challenging and most rewarding.
He died of colon cancer in 2002, age 46. (VOS2014)
Bill Gardner Bill Gardner was the cool, topical wise guy on afternoon drive at KING-AM from late 1971 to early 1973.
He has worked at “America’s very first rock and roll radio station on FM” Denver’s KLZ-FM, He was twice named Billboard’s Air Personality of the Year while in Dallas. He stayed at this station for a decade.
He has worked in San Francisco, San Diego, and for nine years was on-air personality at KOOL, Phoenix — eventually becoming program director. In 1989-91 he owned and operated an AM/FM combo in a ski-resort area of Arizona’s White Mountains.
In 2010 he was program director of KJLL, Fountain Valley, CA, a four-station group surrounding Los Angeles, including Thousand Oaks, Victorville and a translator in Malibu Beach — all broadcasting as “92.7 Jill”.
He is one of three Gardner brothers currently in radio. The brothers work at different stations in hometown Philadelphia. His father Bill Gardner Sr. was in television for 40 years in Philadelphia.
Gardner lives in Las Vegas..He works with Airline Ground Schools, Livermore, CA
In 2012 he applied for and missed a job in Miami. “I guess I’m retired,” Gardner said, “until I hear otherwise.” (VOS2012)
Bill Gavin was an announcer at both KOMO and KJR — when both stations operated together in the 1950s. His career blossomed when he moved to San Francisco and in 1958 began publishing “The Gavin Report,” a tip-sheet for radio programmers and record enthusiasts. His publication monitored single record sales and playlists at key top-40 radio stations,
One of Gavin’s KJR features in 1940 was called “Fish Finder.” At KOMO he had a program called “Captain Dobbsie’s Ship of Joy” filling in for Hugh Dobbs, founder of what was a popular West Coast syndicated music program.
Gavin’s fame grew beyond the Northwest as he became the key announcer for “Lucky Lager Dance Time,” a syndicated music program.
Before radio, he was a teacher, a pianist and a member of a vocal group, The Blenders.
He died of cancer in 1985, age 77.
Bill Goff – News Director at KVI and later at Kountry KAYO.
Bill Graham – KMO Tacoma, production director, air personality
Bill Harpel [Part owner/ops manager at KQDE 1959]
Outing Fatal To Bill Harpel, Snowmobile Accident Claims KHAR Owner
It was clear and cold and beautiful – about 10 degrees below zero and shortly before three o’clock in the afternoon – when Bill Harpel died Saturday as his snowmobile plunged off a trail near Mt. Alyeska and struck a tree.
Funeral services for the 46-year-old broadcasting executive, owner of KHAR AM-FM and TV, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Anchorage Funeral Chapel.
Harpel was the first person in the Anchorage area to suffer fatal injuries in a snowmobile accident. Earlier, two other fatalities had been reported in the state from mishaps occurring on snow machines.
An avid snowmobile enthusiast and recognized as one of Alaska’s leading broadcasters, Harpel died seven years and one week after he first put KHAR radio on the air in Anchorage on Jan. 7, 1961.
In the intervening years, Harpel built “Heart Radio” into a broadcasting operation that had a great impact on listening habits in the Anchorage area.
Starting from a trailer studio on the Seward Highway, Harpel built his station into a leading broadcast operation that saw FM added on Dec. 22,1966, and television added on Channel 13 last Oct. 31.
Harpel’s last day of a life that began June 28, 1921, in Clear Lake, S.D., was the outdoors that he loved.
Accompanied by Larry Weatherman, public relations and advertising manager for the National Bank of Alaska and one of Harpel’s closest friends, the broadcaster was on a snowmobile outing up the long trail toward Crow Creek mine.
“We were almost to the top, up where you can look over and see Whittier,” said Weatherman, “when we decided to come back. The snow really was too deep.
“Bill was driving his big racing machine with a new motor, and was running well ahead of me. He would stop, look back, and see that I was all right, and then go on again.
“Back down the trail was hard packed and rough. He must have hit a bump and sailed. There weren’t any tracks off the trail.”
Weatherman passed the point where Harpel’s machine left the trail – without at that time noticing anything amiss.
It was later when he doubled back, not finding Harpel ahead, that Weatherman noticed his friend off the trail, the snow mobile smashed.
“It was exactly 3:04 p.m. when I found him,” Weatherman said. “It was clear and cold and beautiful at the time. Bill must have plunged off the trail a little before three o’clock. When I got there, there wasn’t anything I could do to revive him.”
Harpel’s two sons, Craig, 11-1/2 and Curt, 8, were at the Alyeska Lodge with friends, awaiting their father’s return. Friends drove them back to Anchorage.
Harpel competed in last year’s inaugural race and was a leading promoter of the event. He held entry ticket No. 1 in this year’s race.
Elmer Brisbois, president of, the Anchorage Motor Mushers Club, sponsor of the race said today the club would retain the. No. 1 spot in the race for Harpel and might retire the number in honor of his memory in future races.
Brisbois said the race committee would meet Tuesday night to consider a proposal that the race be named after Harpel.
“He had been enthusiastic about snowmobiles from the first day he ever heard of them,” Weatherman said.
At the time of his death, Weatherman said, Harpel was not wearing a protective helmet. “We had on face masks and down suits, but no gear to take a blow in case of a serious accident.”
Harpel began his radio career in the early 1940s in Anchorage with KFQD
Bill Luckhurst- chief engineer, KTAC, 1967.
Bill McDonald KRKO, KOMO
Bill Meyer spent several years as late-night jock at “top-40” KPLZ starting in 1984.
He began his radio career in Barstow, CA, moved to Modesto, then Sacramento.. In the ’90s he hosted the morning show and programmed KBOY, Medford, then KZZE, Medford, and then KFGO-FM Fargo.
“Since 2001 I’ve programmed and hosted the morning talk show at “Newstalk 1440″ KMED, Medford.” Meyer said on the AllAccess website.
“Given my talk focus, I’m really passionate about current issues and the human condition. If I had to encapsulate my point of view, it’s to remind folks that government is hired help. Government is there to serve you.
“Who would have thought that after 25 years in music-radio that talk would be so much fun?”
His secondary passion is repairing and rebuilding antique radios. “There’s something about that tradition and craftsmanship which is very comforting. Unlike radio work, there’s a real tangible quality to the hobby.”
“I really enjoy the lifestyle in Southern Oregon, but as most small-market folk know, we don’t come to small towns to die. I work harder now than I ever did in the majors.
Bill Minckler was working at KSJO San Jose in 1974, but looking for greener grass. He was offered a job at KOL Seattle but his boss at KSJO discouraged him from making the move. So, he took a job at KSJO sister station KZOK Seattle. After a month at KZOK, he took a better offer in Denver. Bill Minckler died February, 7, 2015.
Bill Munson – deceased See: B.R. Bradbury
Bill Norton KIXI FM [PD]
Bill Ogden began in broadcasting in 1966, He retired in 2011. “While radio has been a passion,” Ogden said, “I found I had the need for other employment to pay the bills and to keep my sanity. So while I was playing radio in Centralia, McMinnville, Bellingham, Auburn, Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle, I variously owned some grocery stores, was a college administrator and taught public school (for 18 years)..
After his start in McMinnville, Ogden got the newsjob at KPUG 1170, Bellingham. “I got a paycheck! I replaced Steve West! I got my picture on the wall! I even got my picture on the KPUG 1170 Top-40 Hit List.”
Under the name Marc Taylor, Ogden worked at KTAC, Tacoma, and then behind the newsdesks at KJUN, Puyallup, KASY, Auburn, KXXO-FM, Olympia, KRPM-FM, Tacoma, and KTAC again, During Metro Traffic stints, he usually was heard on KOMO-AM and KING TV weekend newscasts.
In 2012 Ogden was commercial accounts manager at a local car dealership.
Bill O’Mara (newsman) Real name: Bill Rhodes – Broadcast pioneer – one of the top sportscasters in the region – died at age 92. O’Mara got his start as a sportscaster in 1937. In 1948, he came to Seattle and began work in the newly formed television industry, where he covered the Seattle Rainiers baseball team for KING-TV.
He also worked for Channel 13 TV in Tacoma, KWYZ radio in Everett and KFKF radio in Bellevue. He finished his career at KLKI radio in Anacortes, where he was still broadcasting play-by-play high-school sports games at age 90.
Mr. O’Mara was inducted into the Unlimited Hydroplane Museum Hall of Fame, and when he was 89
Bill Radke is back as local host of NPR’s morning program “Morning Edition” on KUOW, where he started in 1983. Recently he had been co-host of “Seattle’s Morning News” on KIRO-FM.
Radkel is known in the Northwest as a journalist, author, comedian, and talk-show host. He started his radio career as an intern at KIRO-AM. He became an announcer at KUOW, blending NPR programs into the station “news and information” format. He contributed humorous business reports to public-radio features and added news and commentary segments to KUOW’s long-running variety show “Sandy Bradley’s Pot Luck,”
He moved to Los Angeles for similar duties for American Public Media, including producing “Marketplace’s Morning Report” and hosting “Weekend America.” He returned home in 2010 to take the KIRO morning shift, co-hosting with Linda Thomas.
As a stand-up comedian, he won the 1992 Seattle International Comedy Festival. Radke authored the picture book “Seattle” and wrote a weekly humor column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (VOS2013)
Bill Reid – formerly at KNDD, now a videographer based in Seattle
Bill Rice worked at several Santa Clarita and Santa Ana radio stations, but in 1970 moved to Seattle as on-air personality at oldies KUUU. He became news director of KVI-AM and KVI-FM (now KPLZ) in 1977. He later worked as newsman or news director at KJR-AM/KJR-FM/KUBE. He now is midday news anchor for KOMO.
In the late ’80s he was stadium announcer for the Seattle Mariners. He also has been a singer with the Young Americans, recording several albums, touring the country and appearing in one motion picture and on TV shows. (KOMO2012)
Bill Schonely (sportscaster) – retired, living in Portland
Bill Shela [on air at KAYO 1956]
Program Director at KXRN 1220, Renton in 1948
Half owner of KLOQ, Yakima in 1959
Station mgr of KLOQ in 1960 and 1961
Commercial mgr. of KAYO in 1962
Bill Snoopy, host of KUOW’s Saturday night “Swing Years” in the late ’60s was really Bill Poier, a schoolteacher, surveying old music from “the tippy top of the tower” for many years. He was succeeded in 1979 by Cynthia Doyon. Since 2003, Swing Years has been produced and hosted by Amanda Wilde.
Bill Stainton writer, comedian with KING 5’s Almost LIVE!, now a motivational speaker, author
Bill Swartz: “I have joined KOMO am 1000/ FM 97.7 as the Washington Husky sports reporter and will again co-host the UW football radio pre-game shows this fall 2016 season. This job takes me full circle from when I started at KOMO with Larry Nelson, Norm Gregory, Gina Tuttle, Stan Orchard and other great broadcasters in 1983.”
The complete Bill Swartz resume:
Washington Husky football/basketball reporter, KOMO news 1000, komonews.com
-August 2-15-present [this posting April 2016] Writer/expert, seattleseahawks.about.com
-January 2013-May 2015
Host and reporter, KFNQ am1090thefan, CBS radio Seattle
Host/reporter WME-IMG Washington Husky football pre game show
-September 2003- December 2012
Sports anchor/reporter KIRO 97.3FM, AM710ESPN SEATTLE,mynorthwest.com
Owner/talent Sports With Swartz; voice commercials, event emcee, auctioneer, speaker for multiple business, and charity groups including South Puget Sound First Tee, Seattle King County Chapter/National Football Foundation, University of Washington First Pitch banquet, Hope Heart Institute Gala, Wells Fargo Seattle Awards banquet, Washington State Auto Dealers Convention, Miss Seattle and Miss Washington Pageants.
-September 1983-December 2002
News/sports reporter/anchor KOMO 1000AM (Seattle)
-September 1989-December 2002
Sideline reporter Washington Husky football netwrk
-September 1980-August 1983
News/sports director KGAA 1460 am radio, Kirkland, WA
voice of World Champ Kirkland Little League Baseball
[picture -1970 – from Bill Taylor’s KOL years] Bill Taylor -“Lee Askervold was my mentor at KING, when I worked there as a switchboard operator and tour guide in 1965. Lee had the overnight show, and after my shift on the switchboard, I’d hole up in a production room with a reel-to-reel Ampex, records, news and commercial copy, and be a DJ. Lee would critique my tapes, and helped me assemble my first audition tape, which got me a gig at KMO (Tacoma).
After stints at KMO and KJNO (Juneau), I was hired by Lee in January 1967, to replace Bruce McMichael who was heading to KIRO Radio.
At the time, KTAC’s business offices and newsroom were in the Winthrop Hotel. Jerry Geehan owned and managed the station, Fred Kaufman (formerly of KOMO) was the sales manager.
The jocks did their shows from a ramshackle studio out at the transmitter site near the Puyallup River.
Dave Allen (Darrel Sauve) was doing mornings, John Welsh afternoons. Lee Knudsen, a former KING FM announcer, did 6 p.m. -12m.
Jack Allen (Thompson) came to KTAC from Idaho just before I left for KOL in June 1967. Dave and Jack and I worked together again in the ‘70s at KVI.”
Bill Taylor retired in 2011 after 27 years as a public information officer for the Washington State House of Representatives
Bill Thomas, KSEA announcer. Now retired, living in Surprise, AZ. (JA2012)
Bill Dirkse-van-schalkwyk —-William P. Dirkse-van-schalkwyk had the longest moniker for a radio announcer in these parts, ever. Dirkse-van-schalkwyk worked the weekend shift at KTW-AM and -FM, according to Jay Johnson, then station manager. (Too bad he never met up with Dinwiddie Furhmiester, booth announcer at KTNT-AM and KTNT-TV.
Bill Wade – owned a few broadcast schools bearing his name, longtime KHJ DJ
Bill West – on the air in Utah
Bill Wippel was news and program director of KIRO-AM from 1976 to 1979 during the time the station switched from music and talk entertainment to the all-news format.
Maurice Wippel Jr. was born in Ellensburg. He attended Gonzaga University working weekends at KNEW (now KJRB) Spokane, from 1953 to 1955. At the University of Washington, he halted his broadcast training course to take a job at KUTI, Yakima. He worked at a number of radio stations in Eastern Washington and Idaho as newsman, announcer or disk jockey, He co-owned KOFE, Pullman for a time. In Seattle he was a newsman at KOL, in 1964, then moved to KIXI-AM in ’65 under news director Martin Tobin. Wippel was on-screen anchor for KTNT-TV, Tacoma, and for WBAY-TV,Green Bay, WI.
After three years at KIRO-AM, working with news-consultant Norm Woodruff, Wippel moved to KCIS, Edmonds. He stayed there 10 years.
“My dream” Wippel said, “would be to have a station filled with radio greats who were let go because they were too old or too expensive. What fun we could have! Our station could have Lan Archer/ Bill Taylor doing morning news, with Chris Wedes and Jack Morton as co-hosts. Middays, Esther Druxman and Randy McMillan with news from Steve Montgomery and Dick Cross. Afternoon drive with Dean Smith and Jim Dai and news from Don Riggs and Dave Stone.
You should pray I win the Powerball!”
He was Information officer for the Republican House Caucus in 1989 and 1990, He was media director of Union Gospel Mission and later executive director of Tape Ministries NW. Almost retired in 2011, he continued producing ID’s and bumpers for Tom Read’s ACN Network in Eastern Washington. He died from cancer September 2012, age 77. (Sister, T.Wippel2012)
Bill Wixey [Q13 News]
Bill Yeend – [played MOR music @ KIRO before switch to ALL-NEWS format; KIRO morning news anchor] Retired in 2012 as morning anchor at KOMO 1000/FM 97.7
BJ Donovan [KPLZ]
BJ Shea on the air @ KISW
Bo Wiley – KAYO
Bob Adkins – Air personality (Adkins and Johnston) KING radio; sales at KOMO radio and later became KOMO AM General Manager
Bob Alek (Robert Aleksich), started as a disk jockey at KMO, 1360 Tacoma. In 1978 he developed a weekend radio program, “International Connection,” Alek bought the time from the radio station and sold commercials himself. He also had a Polka band “Bob Alek’s International Connection Dance Band” in which he was manager, bandleader and vocalist — singing in six languages..The program aired on KMO for 30 years, then moved to KLAY-AM and then KBLE-AM, which then was well stocked with religious programs and ethnic-music shows.
Alek died in 2007. Members of the band continue, now just under the “Bob Alek Band,” name playing Big Band, swing, Latin, and other types of ballroom music, but mostly contracted to Muckleshoot Casino.
Bob Allen [KLSY]
Bob Anthony Fogal –
Bob Brooks – PD at KIXI-AM (1998-2006), afternoon drive MD/at KLSY-FM (1986-1998), and MD/afternoon drive at KJR-AM (1982-1986) — now Operations Director and Evening Host at KING-FM.
Bob Boardway – Robert “Bob” Boardway was a producer/director/assistant manager under Max Bice at KTNT in Tacoma for several years up until Boardway’s death in 1970.
Bob Bracken – KJR all-night DJ 1962; In 1963 he was at KBAT San Antonio.
Bob Campbell KSCR
Bob Carmichael was morning disk jockey at KJR, 950, in 1958, but soon jumped to KUDY, 910 Renton. He previously worked at KREM, Spokane. During Carmichael’s stint at the “cutie” station, owner Wally Nelskog was working his magic, changing KQKD to KUDY to KIXI, in 1959. Carmichael was program director for KIXI-AM in 1963;
Bob Case – last at Clear Channel
Bob Cochran [KBRD]
Bob Corcoran was movie host and later a late-night talk-show host on KTVW, Channel 13. Turmoil was to be expected at Channel 13 in the ’60s and ’70s — the station was limited to showing scratchy black-and white movies and was near bankruptcy several times.
Corcoran faced the black-and-white camera unflinchingly for two hours or more, with no props, few guests and a lot of opinions. Some of his eventual guests included Ralph Williams, auto salesman, State Senator Martin Durkin and former governor Albert D. Rosellini.
“I was assembling a good package of movies,” Corcoran said at the time.. “I just took it easy until my movies could be added to the schedule.” He said he had TV rights to 182 movies. “Counter-programming, that’s what it is,” Corcoran said, “At 9 PM there is a carload of movies, so I’m going to talk. At 11 PM there are news programs galore, so I’m going to show my movies.”
He bought airtime and sold commercials for his movies himself. Corcoran frequently hawked items from the B&I, a circus-themed shopping center. Corcoran had earlier been involved in promotions for the B&I, including during the time of Ivan the Gorilla..
Later, Corcoran became a candidate for the state House of Representatives. His Democratic opponent, an incumbent candidate, asked for “equal time” to compensate for Corcoran’s saturation appearances. Corcoran turned the show over to his wife Lee, but instead of following a threat of “appearing as a guest on his wife’s program”, Corcoran purchased a different hour of political time each weekday. New TV station owners ended the program.in 1972. He didn’t go to the Legislature, but he did stay active in South Sound politics, he co-owned a radio station in Pierce County, and then joined the Archdiocese of Seattle as a foundation development officer. He retired from the archdiocese in 2000.
Additional information from CHBC. While working at Channel 13 Corcoran formed a production company which handled professional wrestling events and University of Puget Sound football games. He sometimes broadcast a radio sports program from the B&I. He died in 2014, age 83. (VOS, and CHBCenter, 2014)
Bob Dean – with KAYO in 1962 – eventually worked at KOIL, Omaha, NB from 1973-76 and later became a partner in Valley Communications who bought KOIL. Rbert Dean “Bob” Moomey, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes Jan. 10, 2008, after being rushed by his daughter to a Thousand Oaks, CA hospital. The former broadcasting and renowned media and communications training expert was 71 years of age. His Mutual Radio Network program “On the Homefront” was heard over 300 stations nationwide in the early 1980’s.
Bob Dearborn – retired from radio [left KIXI in 1999] now living in Ontario [Canada]
Bob Engler KOMO TV announcer
Bob Field was an animated, descriptive, all-around best hockey broadcaster around. He served as play-by-play voice for all seven years of the Tacoma Rockets. His phrase “They SCORE!” was said to tax the power of any tube-type radio of its day. Field spent his youth between Canada and Philadelphia. After the Navy he concluded his service while stationed in Tacoma. From there he worked as a salesman for his radio sponsor, Columbia Breweries of Tacoma, and began his play-by-play career.
After the hockey team folded he called Seattle hockey games for Channel 13 TV. He moved to Spokane, then retired and moved to Westport in the early 1960s where he opened a fish-and-pet shop.
He died in 1992, age 68. (CHBCenter, 2014)
Bob Fredericks KAYO
Bob Fuller – KOL newsman late 1960s
Bob Gill – African-American broadcast pioneer. In the late 1960s he worked for KING and KOMO. He went to KIRO-TV in the 1970s, where he became director of minority affairs and developed the award-winning commentary show “Dialog.” Soon he was promoted to vice president of KIRO Broadcasting, then made a vice president of Bonneville International Corp., KIRO’s parent company. He also drove a motorcycle, occasionally on joint outings with KIRO executive Lloyd Cooney. Bob Gill died March 9, 1994 at age 70.
Rober E. Lee (Bob) Hardwick worked at KVI for 21 straight years, starting as afternoon disk jockey when Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasting bought the station in the late 1950′s, and moved the studios to the Tower Building (7th and Olive) Through the 1960′s, 70′s and early 80′s, KVI was the dominant personality station, and morning man Robert E. Lee Hardwick became a true Seattle Legendary Figure, headlining over such talent as Buddy Webber, Jack Morton, Robert O. Smith, Michael O’Shea, Bill Taylor, Jack Spencer, Lou Gillette.
Hardwick worked at KVI from 1959 to 1980. (He did transfer briefly to a Los Angles sister-station KMPC in 1963.)
On his KVI morning show, Hardwick would sometimes play only two or three records an hour. The rest of the time was filled with jokes, skits, ad-libbed advertisements and promotions for his latest escapade. In 1965, he piloted a tugboat to British Columbia to haul back Namu, the Killer Whale, for the Seattle Aquarium.
He jet-skied 740 miles from Ketchikan to Seattle. In 1978 he was Billboard magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year. In 1989 he swam the Bremerton-Seattle ferry route.
That same year, disgruntled with KVI’s decision to abandon music and switch to all-talk, he quit – walking out in the middle of the 8 a.m. newscast.
After an unaccounted-for absence, he bounced around, first at a Tacoma station, then he worked mornings at KIXI-AM, Later he popped up at country-music KAYO. Several months passed. One Friday he called in sick and didn’t return.
“Seattle radio is a bore and I have been boring right along with it,” he said at the time. His two disappearing acts were not publicity stunts, Hardwick told The Seattle Times, “but an emotional trauma in my life.”
Then in 1987 the Seattle native left the medium altogether. He formed a company trying to transmit computer information over standard radio waves.
He worked for a time as communication director at Pacific Institute and helped several local drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centers market their programs.
Said Hardwick, when asked once to sum himself up: “I’m a professional smartass. I love to tease people. I love to make people laugh. I’m a communicator.”
In 1992 he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 61.
Bob Hards He worked at KXLE-Ellensburg /Now baseball announcer for the Midland, Texas Rockhounds on KFZX 102.1
Brian Lord, working the email machine, reaching out to the Boss Jocks from wayback. To Bob Hards, the question “I seem to remember you also worked at KTOL for a bit, but was that in sales?” Response: …I did go to KTOL directly from KXLE (John DiMeo hired me at both stations), but it wasn’t sales. I originally did mornings and sports and, later, moved to afternoons and did some PD work (and the sports). It’s far too long a story, but I got a radio job in baseball … almost by accident … in the final days at KTOL. Worked baseball in Bend, Oregon, for two years (1988-89) and Eugene for two (1990-91). Was hired by a team in Midland, Texas, in 1991 and have been here ever since, doing radio and publications….. Bob
Bob Hawkins Program director, KVI.
Bob Hooper from St. Louis/Houston to KOL in November 1974. Left for Minneapolis in March 1975 for more money.