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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)

Abbi Kaplan

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 WallaceAl 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)

DJAlan1Alan 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”
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]

ADDENDUM— December 6, 2012
Alan Stuart Eskenazy
Seattle, Washington 98109
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 in
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.

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-Smith1Alexis 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-porterAlice 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-barberAndy 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.

Angela King – [Q13 News]

Ann MartinAnn 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 [1978]. He died a short time later.

art-pophamArt 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.

Athen James [KWYZ]

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]

Barbara BlakeBarbra 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 – radio imaging, based in Seattle

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. [2012]

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;
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.
[Victor Stredicke]

Bill Cavanah

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-GallantBill 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-GavinBill 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
Times 1/15/68

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 Harvey

Bill James

Bill Luckhurst- chief engineer, KTAC, 1967.

Bill McDonald KRKO, KOMO

Bill McDonnell

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 Newland

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:
-August 2015-present
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
-September 2014-present
Host/reporter WME-IMG Washington Husky football pre game show
-September 2003- December 2012
Sports anchor/reporter KIRO 97.3FM, AM710ESPN SEATTLE,mynorthwest.com
-December 2002-present
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. (SisterT.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 Swingshift Theater 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 Fleming

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.


Bob Hovanes (a message from his wife): Tears fell from the sky on a rainy day on August 10, 2019 as my funny friend, partner and husband lost his long battle with lung disease. It was an epic battle for someone who had so much to live for and so many memories to cherish. Bob was born in Auckland, New Zealand to a family that grew to six rambunctious boys. They eventually settled in Seattle, and later moved to Huntsville, AL in 1964 for Boeing’s aerospace program.

Bob completed High School and attended Auburn University, then returned to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where he did on air work at their radio station. Bob became a local celebrity during the ’70 and ’80’s while co-hosting the afternoon, then mornings shows for KISW.

After a successful career in video production, Bob moved to Bend, OR to host a local morning show there. In 1992, Bob moved back to Seattle and joined the morning show on KZOK where we began an on-air romance! Bob and I were married in 1999, and were blessed with twins in 2003. While awaiting their arrival, Bob built our dream home in Sammamish, then stayed home with the kids, while building a successful electronics business. Even after being off-air for many years, Bob’s voice or name were often recognized by fans who fondly remembered his time on the radio.

Bob was a free spirit who traveled to San Francisco to be a hippy (he says he got there “too late”), hitchhiked across the country (with crazy adventures like being chased by a man with an ax), and was taken in by a family in Alberta to work on their farm after his clunker car broke down (which he sold for $1)! Good-natured fun included hiring an Elvis impersonator for our twins’ 1st birthday party, and wearing his brother-in-law’s shoes home from a party – twice!

Bob’s kind spirit, humor, and love of family will be missed by many. Bob was predeceased by his parents John and Cecily, and is survived by wife Bev (me), children Aubrey and Chris, brothers Michael (Shari), Stephen, Peter (Carole), Ken (Cheryl), Bruce, and many nieces and nephews. A private service for Bob was held by family.

Bob Hudson – see Emperor Bob Hudson

Bob Joy – J Paul Damon/Steve Elliott/Bob Joy

Bob Kelly Started out at KEPR-TV Tri-Cities. “I kept going to the radio studio. Radio seemed so spontaneous to me. TV was, If you goofed, tape it again. No second chance in “Live” radio. Got a job at KALE top 40 while going to Columbia Basin CC. Went to Eastern Washington State. Graduated and worked one night at CKOK Penticton BC. (girlfriend lived there). Steve West called from KJRB and gave me a shot. Learned alot in a short time from West, Charlie Brown, Joe Micheals, and others. Went to afternoons at 1310 KEIN Great Falls Montana. Went to Hollywood to learn how to be entertaining on stage. Learned alot at the comedy store, and picked up part-time work at KRLA. Wanted to go home to Seattle. The late Roger Dale hired me at KUUU. Started 6-10pm and ended up 2-6 pm drive. SRO bought the station. They brought in Terry McDonald as PD. He brought in the late Kevin O’Brien for evenings. He called me in and asked “Have you every thought of doing country music?”. Why I asked? You have a regional dialect, are you from the south? I said yeh…White Center!! Down the road I went to Roger Dale, and the new KMPS. Worked part-time fill for a long time. Started country disco at the Roosevelt hotel in 1978. Great fun! Had a small syndicated show from there called “Country Disco Dance Party”. It was on the air in British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and select stations in Washington. Did over 2 years at “The Rosey”. Canadians bought the hotel, and I went back to KMPS. I ended up being the last person to broadcast from the old KOL/KMPS harbor island facility. Never forget yelling at the people to stop banging the walls in before I cracked the “Mic”. Threw the switch around midnight, and off to the Pike Place Market KMPS went. From KMPS to KAYO’s last hurrah at country music. Unbeknownst to me, I was hired to eventually replace the 6-10 pm girl. She did alot of “heart wrenching love stuff” on her phone bits. That was the bosses story. She eventually was out, and I was in at 6-10 pm. The girl was Delilah Rene, now known as Delilah…yes her! We know that worked out pretty well. After 2 years KAYO brass realized the AM/FM combo at KMPS was unbeatable. So on the beach I went. Decided to get out of Dodge. Took afternoon drive/Assistant Promotion director job at WOW Omaha. Any station that upside down spells MOM can’t be bad. Did 2 years under former KMPS 3-7pm’er Chuck Urban. Almost went to WPLO Atlanta, when the late Lee Rogers (Formerly KMPS and others) called from KCBQ San Diego. Wow!! Sunshine, beaches, football, baseball, and hydroplanes. Did midday, and beat the main competition in 2 books. Worked for KKOS-AM (KVSD) doing midday oldies. In 87′ I jumped back to country music at KOWN the KOW. Promotion Director, and pm drive. Great time for 4 years. Got into mobile radio personality (Free money) John Maynard turned me on to that years earlier in Seattle. Fell in love with the car business did that on top of everything else. Lee Rogers called again, so off to KUPL Portland (now the Bull) overnights. Did 9 years there! The best radio experience of my life. Howard Stern went satelite, and CBS had major cutbacks. I got chopped, and walked away from the business. So I thought. Wingnut from the WOLF Seattle called, I did a few shifts, but I was working with Motorsports, and all he had was weekends available. The races are on weekends. That couldn’t work. So I now do motorsports (mostly hydroplanes) marketing and sales. I also have a small limo service in north Seattle. Semi-retired with GREAT memories of all the FUN broadcasting provided me. I always said, “How can you have this much fun, and still get paid!!!!!!!!!”

Bob-Liddle Bob Liddle, joined the KIXI-AM-FM air staff in 1961 and would stay with the station for 45 years. He had a booming doomsday-type news voice. A newsman, midday announcer and sometimes program director, Liddle was selected in the 1970s to team with Dean Smith on “News 90”, one of Seattle’s first all-news morning-drive programs. (During this time KIXI had a taken a CBS News affiliation, but lost it to KIRO-AM, then took on NBC News and had UPI and AP news.) Liddle lasted through all the Nelskog years, the Thunder Bay year, through Sunbelt and Ackerley and finally into the Sandusky years. He announced a partial retirement in 2001. Counting his beginning in 1946 in Spokane and years at KXL (“Little Bob Liddle, 3 p.m. to sunset sign-off”) and KEX, Portland, he completed 60 years in broadcasting.
His weekend beautiful-music show continued on KIXI-FM until 2006. He died of natural causes, but with dementia, in 2010, age 88.

Bob MacDonald – [KTIX in 1960, KIRO weekends in 1969, KXA in 1970]

Bob Mathers – formerly with KOMO radio. Now, Manager of full-service oldies/news/sports full service station. Also serve as morning show host and program director. WTTR is along with WNAV-AM owned by [Pat] Sajak Broadcasting

Bob McCoy – @ KONA/Pasco-Kennewick

Bob O’Brien

Bob Piatt – KIRO radio in the 1960s; KTNT radio late 70s/early 80s

Bob Reece [KSND, KJR, KBSG], Cherry FM

Bob Rivers grew up in Branford, Conn., and, when he was 5, got a transistor radio from his grandfather. “I thought, ‘That’s cool, that’s what I want to do.’ ”
He got his first paying radio job when he was 16. For the next 15 years, he worked as a DJ at stations in the Northeast, including six years in the Boston market, where Twisted Tunes was born. Rivers took his act to Baltimore, gaining attention by staying on the air for 11 days until the Orioles finally ended a 21-game losing streak in 1988.
He’s stayed on the radio in Seattle since 1989, now with his third station, 95.7 KJR-FM. [previously at KISW and KZOK]

Bob Roberts (KVI newsman and commentator) Craig Adams reports– He worked in Portland Radio at KGON-1230 PD (Oregon City), KXL ND, KFGR PD, (Forest Grove), KPOJ AM/FM, KGW, KUGN PD (Eugene), then 7 years in Honolulu and back to Portland at KOIN AM/FM before heading to KVI.
Further updates from Craig Adams: a. Just ran into a mention of him, using his real name: Robert R. Roberts, Jr. b. Just found out the Honolulu station Bob was on, was KGU and he was News Director.

Bob Robertson (sportscaster) – the Voice of Cougar Football [forever] and also Tacoma baseball from Cheney Stadium on KTNT and KTAC. KVI, sports director; KAYO, sports director, during the station’s short-lived news/talk format in 1980-81. Bob dies at his University Place home on September 6, 2020. (1929-2020)

Bob Rondeau works for the University of Washington as a sportscaster

Bob Salter put together the first top-40 music list based on record sales for a Seattle station, KJR, in 1953. Just as likely, as Salty Dog Bob Salter, he would qualify as the first rock-and-roll jock in Seattle. Previously Salter was a studied, serious studio announcer who watched the broadcast world change in front of him, but still clinging to his studio piano as he did midday chatter with Dick Stokke. They watched new KJR owner Les Smith sweep away network entertainment like “Duffy’s Tavern” in favor of all-day music from phonograph records. And this was before Pat O’Day! Salter later moved to KVI. His last gig here was at KAYO in 1961.
He later worked at Idaho stations. He was last heard of in 1971 as news director at KATN, a country-music station in Idaho.

Bob Shannon – now a radio historian, read AMERICAN RADIO TALES where Bob Shannon talks about Northwest and nationally known radio folk. Great book!

Bob Stelton is the co-host of Bob and Groz. He comes to 710 ESPN Seattle from 101 ESPN in St. Louis and had previously worked for Sporting News Radio in Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif.

Bob Throndsen retired after 34 years at KOMO (May 2012). He was a reporter, anchor and managing editor during his time in the newsroom. Most recently he had served as news director of KOMO radio.

BobWikstromBob Summers [Wikstrom] KUUU jock, then years later was KXA Manager, now Soundworks Recording Studios in Redmond

Bob Waldron [KOL]

Bob Watson – KOL

Bob Wright – Weekends at KAYO and KJR

Bobby Irwin – former program director KLSY Radio – now at 92.9 The Peak/Denver

Bobby McAllister – ???

Bobby Rich – KMGI/KIXI Seattle, where he served as VicePresident/General Manager and morning show anchor. Now at KMXZ in beautiful Tucson. Bobby Rich fired from Tucson’ MIX Feb 2017

Bobby Ryan was the quieter member of the team of Ryan and Linton on KAYO in 1985. The two Utah beginners, Gordon Stephens (Ryan) and Gary Linton (Linton), were first teamed up at KRGO, Salt Lake City, in 1983 — to offer a “transition” from one to the other hosting the morning show. The team-up worked better than anyone expected and they soon jumped to Seattle, bringing along a variety of radio characters including the Rev. Billy Saltine and Benjamin Gaylord Ferry, who played off the natures of Ryan as conciliator, and Linton as a man close-to-outrage. After KAYO, they moved to mornings at KRPM-FM, then moved to a midday shift,
At Pat O’day’s KKMI and KXA they changed the team name to Ryan and Ryan, plunging into the joys and sorrows of automation. Thanks to the machine, Ryan and Ryan presented daily day-long shifts at contemporary-hits KYYX and six-hour weekend shifts at oldies KXA.
Back to a real time midday shift at KVI, continuing as Ryan and Ryan, then a surprise shift to afternoon drive in 1989, as management pulled the 14-year afternoon-drive shift away from Jack Morton, moving him to middays.
Iin 1991 they were at oldies KBSG. They spent three years at “K-Best” playing musical hits “almost remembered” by another of their characters, Delbert Dumm. Change in owners. Soon it was Bobby-Ryan-only on KRPM-FM. Linton visited stations in Florida and California, but returned to Seattle for some part-time political-talk experience.(See Gary Linton.) After radio, Bobby Ryan reverted to Gordon Stephens, selling real estate in Kent. (VOS2013)

bobby simonBobby Simon came to work at KJR, 950 –, the first time, in 1964. His full name Robert Theodore Simon was sometimes used, even with a “Chipmunks” background. This first KJR stint was only three months long. (His previous air experience at KAYE, Puyallup, KORD, Pasco, and KXLY, Spokane, was not enough to keep up with high powered KJR jocks including the already legendary Larry Lujack.)
Bobby got shifts at KEED, Eugene, then KISN, Portland, and WIFE, Indianapolis. He came back to Seattle for KOL and then bounced back to KJR where “B.S. for the Great Northwest” thrived — until he was pushed out “because Lan Roberts came back.” Into the ’70s “Ma and Pa Simon’s little boy” worked at KTAC, 850, then back to KOL, until he was replaced by an automation machine. Then to KTAC again. He finally achieved morning drive at KZOK-FM, and then KYYX, Seattle, in 1978. He did fill-in work at KNBQ, Tacoma, and KISW, Seattle. He also worked briefly for the Braiker Satellite service. In 1980 he was back at KTAC. Bobby Simon died in a car crash November, 2002. Bobby Simon was 65.

Bobby Wooten was disk jockey and program director on “country” KAYO 1150, from 1963 to 1975. He died of cancer Oct. 1 1998 in Arkansas. He was 70.
Here are portions of a Seattle Times obit, by reporter Carole Beers
“Bashful” Bobby Wooten actually was shy, says his wife. But when it came to publicity, he was “as bashful as a tank of barracuda,” said a colleague.
He had phony on-air feuds with fellow disk jockey Buck Ritchey. Wooten stayed two weeks in a camper suspended 15 feet above the station until listeners guessed what he’d packed along (a U.S. flag). And he lived six months in an apartment on the Space Needle, broadcasting from there.
“Bobby was still getting cards from fans a few years ago,” said Mr. Wooten’s wife of 31 years, Patie Mae Wooten of Carlisle, Ark. And he was still getting royalty checks from “Goin’ Deer Huntin’,” a song he’d recorded. “It was only $5 or $18 a year. But he’d puff up and say, `They’re still likin’ it!’ ”
Wooten was twice voted program director of the year by Billboard magazine. He recorded local country artists like Bonnie Guitar on his G.R.C. label.
He had changed his name from Wootton to Wooten for “for professional reasons,” and although he had a long career as a disk jockey, he was a musician himself. He played guitar, banjo, fiddle and dobro.
“Once at a dance they were playing, the drummer never showed,” said his wife. “So Bobby sat down at the drums and did pretty well, too.”
The youngest of five children born to a family near Paris, Ark., he left school at age 14 and moved to San Francisco to work in the shipyards.
He began playing in a Western-swing band that got gigs on the radio. He eventually got up nerve to ask a radio-station manager to hire him as a DJ. When the manager burst out laughing, Wooten found a sponsor who would buy radio time only if Wooten did the show. In 1952 he became a DJ in San Jose. In the late 1950s he had a radio show in Salt Lake City.
In 1963 he moved to Seattle as KAYO was changed its format from rock music to country. He welcomed country stars who were to play at Seattle Center, and emceed shows for artists such as Buck Owens, Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash.
“Bashful” Bobby retired in 1975, and returned to Arkansas to raise cattle and chickens. “We had a hard life on that farm,” said his wife, “18 years before we got out. But it gave us experiences we’ll never forget.”

Brad Dolbeer – staying true to the music, Brad was at KINK/Portland. January 2016/ “KXT” KKXT/91.7 FM Dallas/Fort Worth, TX has hired Brad Dolbeer as assistant program director. Dolbeer was most recently at KINK/101.9 FM in Portland, OR, where he was program director and, before that, music director, according to The Ft. Worth Star Telegram. He had also worked for KLTH/106.7 FM in Portland.

Brad Eaton In Nov 2011 he celebrated 20 years playing the classical music on KING FM. Former talk host at KAYO (1980).

Brad Frederickson [KGY-FM]

Brad Lee [KITZ]

Brady Wright started as Jim Brady (Brademan) at KRKO Everett in 1976. He remembers “the Great Flood of ’78” when the broadcast booth and radio towers were in a Snohomish County flood plain.
“The towers were right outside the station, a two-stick directional array,: he recalls. “The water rose until it soaked the station foundation and was flooding the parking lot.
“It was like being on a houseboat in a lake. Water was lapping at Tower No 1. Needless to say, the signal ground plane was completely thrashed.”
He stayed on air all night because the next scheduled disk jockey could not get there. In the morning a Search and Rescue crew arrived — “in an aluminum boat during a thunderstorm!”
He moved to “solid gold 16” KZAM-AM, firmly adopting the air name Brady Wright moved to KMPS-AM-FM in 1981 After a format-separation, Brady took the FM shift.
He jumped to the competing country station KRPM, 106.1 Tacoma, then began parttime ventures including single years at KZOK-AM and staying through the name change to KQUL and back again.
His final radio appearances were at “young country” KYCW-AM-FM from 1995 to 2002.
“”Radio became a parttime endeavor for me,” he said. “I was also working as a trainer for several retail financial companies both before and after KYCW. “It’s somehow a natural progression from the communications business and is basically my dream job.”
He has been a movie critic and wrote columns in motorcycle publications for three years and was a host on Hog Radio.
“I continue to do freelance and commercials voice work. I’m registered with Voice123 . . . Broadcasting was a great bridge to many doors in my career. Great times!” (VOS2013)

Brandi Walker [a.k.a. Sunshine Smith from KRPM/Tacoma, KJUN/Puyallup] KKFX

Bre Ruiz – KHTP 103.7 morning host

Brent Alberts – Former KISW evening jock, Cumulus managemet and current proprietor of a hair restoration shoppe.

Brent Larson – retired, living in Las Vegas

Brent Stier – formerly at KTAC FM [Progressive Rock, where Robert O. published the weekly Goldenrod. That was the color of the Top Hits chart.] Brent was Boogieman Brent Stier at 97.3 KNBQ. Brent also worked at KBRC and KMPS.

Bruce Stier – worked as senir sales representative at Salem Broadcasting.

Brew Michaels – is in Kalispell, Montana @ KBBZ

Brian Beck – formerly at KNDD was last heard from as senior director of artist development at Black Seal Records

Brien Blakely [Q13 News]

Brian Calkins – KVI, Country KAYO, KDFL ownership for a period of time; moved to Arizona, KBAS Bullhead City, KRCY, KHITS, KZUL, KBBC. Calkins died of cancer in 1999.

Brian Gregory – “Almost retired… PT KUOW, Formerly at KOMO, KIRO, KJR-FM, KZOK, KVI, KLSY, KCIX, KFXD, KEZE, KJRB, KBOI, KPUG”

e048db45e475dfb4f52773095a0e5b5a_reasonably_smallBrian Kanziger Executive Producer at KIRO TV

Brian Lord – retired …

brianmooteBrian Moote was a cast member on 2 seasons of MTV’s prank show “Money from Strangers” and has performed stand up on AXS TV’s “Gotham Live” and Nickelodeon’s “Nickmom’s Nite Out.” Moote was also featured on the USA Network as a comedian during their “Characters Wanted” campaign. Before coming to Click 98.9, Brian made appearances on morning radio shows across the country while touring for stand up comedy.

Brian Suits KIRO talk show host migrated to KFI Los Angeles, remotely from his home broadcast studio in Seattle.

Brian Zerr — a UFOlogist?

HuardBrockBrock Huard has continued a family tradition in sports throught the past 20 years, first on the field and in recent years in the broadcast booth.
He has called college football games for ESPN since 2008. He has served as both a gameday and studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC, and since 2009 he has co-hosted a morning radio show on 710 ESPN. He joined the Seattle Seahawks preseason television broadcast booth leading up to the 2013 season.
Huard grew up in Puyallup and became one of the top high school quarterback in the country in the early 1990s under the tutelage of his father, Puyallup High School coach Mike Huard. Brock was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, All-State and Class AAA State Player of the Year, and he received high school All-American honors from five different sources. He remained in the Puget Sound region for college, setting 20 quarterback school records at University of Washington.
His hometown Seattle Seahawks drafted Huard in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft, and he spent six seasons in the NFL with both the Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts. (CHBCenter, 23014)

Bron Smith was a cartoon weather man and played the part of Captain SeaTac on the original commercial version of KCPQ13 when that station was owned by Kelly Broadcasting.

Brooks Burford was a news reporter for KIRO-AM-TV and KOMO-TV. He was born in Seattle but has spent most of his broadcast life in Portland. He has done news for KATU-TV, Portland, spent twelve years as news anchor and reporter at KEX, Portland and recently did news reporting at news-talk stations KPAM and KPOV. Married to Marcia Karfstedt, a software-support specialist. The two still attend Toastmaster meetings. Burford declares himself officially retired; he and his wife are frequent travelers and do volunteer work in the Portland area.

Brook Stanford – KOMO TV news reporter, retired in 1991.

Bruce Bond – major mover & shaker in the Lakewood radio operation of 1180 KLAY [Program Director]

Bruce Buls He is now the Technical Editor for WorkBoat.com.

Bruce Butterfield – Prudential Northwest Realty

Bruce Cannon – deceased

Bruce Funkhouser was PD at KINK in Portland in early 1970’s then went on to become a VP at Muzak. Now he works at Copyright Clearance Center

Bruce McMichaels was a newsman when KISW was still a classical-music station. He weathered the 1962 Columbus Day storm driving from the station’s rickety location on Roosevelt Way to the Seattle World’s Fair.
He also worked for KASY, 1220 Auburn, KTAC 850 Tacoma, and KBES, Bellevue.
He also worked for KIRO-AM twice — first when it was atop Queen Anne Hill preparing a move to Broadcast House on Third Avenue. In 1968 he was lured away to Los Angeles’s KNX, the CBS-owned all-news station, getting nationwide exposure for his reports on the Robert Kennedy assassination. To preserve his family life, he returned to KIRO but a year later was lured back to Los Angeles to work for the Westinghouse all-news station KFWB, His family stayed in Seattle. He covered grisly murder trials, got trapped in a forest fire, had F.B.I. agents pull guns on him while running down an alley to get back to the station to file his story on a bank robbery. Two years was enough! The Nebraska-born newsman headed back to the Northwest.
He became news director at KASY, 1220 Auburn, a quiet little mom n’ pop station in the swampland of “Little Detroit of the West.”
Scripts and notes from his daily KASY news briefs, from 1975 to 1976, have been donated to the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. Near retirement he worked for a Bothell telephone-security company and filled-in as occasional announcer at KPLU, Tacoma. He had a long and productive retirement. He died in 2007.

Bruce Murdock – @ Soft Rock K103/Portland

Bruce-StierBruce Stier – KKOL and KGNW Seattle. Bruce’s was the first voice to be heard on the new KGNW, after the company purchased the old KQIN and went to 50kW. “During the transition period, we had three different call letters in one day. After many years in Media Management ( Radio, TV Cable) I have also served as Senior Pastor of Grace Christian and President of Kingdom Bible College. As I have reached the age of retirement, I can now dedicate time to serve in Ministry.”

Bruce Vanderhoof joined KING-AM, a popular music station featuring NBC news, in 1956. He came from KYA, San Francisco, after a dustup over his music choices. (Elvis Presley records were not acceptable programming on this radio station. Vanderhoof demurred. He played Elvis over and over, until the engineer cut the sound, The station manager apologized for content “not in good taste.”) Vanderhoof was on his way to Seattle, joining a MOR-personality staff including Frosty Fowler, Al Cummings, Jim French. Vanderhoof soon paired with Cummings to raise money for elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo. After 13 years at KING, Bruce moved to KOMO-AM where he held down the morning-drive show. By 1973, he was midday at KTNT-AM (and sometimes KTNT-FM). (VOS, 2014)

Bryan Johnson, a Vashon Island boy with British background, started as newsman at KAPA, Raymond, a half century ago. A couple of months later he was at KITI, Chehalis. A couple more months and he was at KOMO-AM, and later appeared on camera at KOMO-TV as well.
There he stayed as newsman, commentator or assignment editor for 50 years, until retiring November, 2012.

Bryan Lowe [KING FM]

Bryce Phillipy air name Bill Phillipy [440 Satisfaction] KPLZ Star 101.5

Buck Ritchey was both the iconic morning personality at country-music KVI and then the iconic afternoon personality at country-music KAYO. Richey fronted the KVI country swing band, The K-Six Wranglers His “radio feud” with KVI’s morning man Harry Long lasted 20 fun years. When new owners turned KVI into a personality station (introducing to Seattle such names a Jerry Dexter,and Bob Hardwick) and naming Ricthey “operations director,” it was a no-brainer to change horses.
At age 15 the young Buck had began a cross country journey from Missouri — eight years to get to country-music KV (then licensed as a Tacoma station).. When KAYO was changing from top-40 KRSC to it’s country format. Richey became the keystone to country music in Seattle. He recorded four songs, including a family campfire song — actually a spoken poem by Mildred Plew Meigs “Only the Moon Man Knows.” Buck Richey was on the air 32 years in Seattle/Tacoma. He died December 23, 1973.

Buck Owens was a disk jockey at KAYE-1450, Puyallup, before his Columbia Records recording career took off. Born in near-poverty in Texas, he moved to Bakersfield, CA,.in the late 1950s and after an early record success gave him enough money, he purchased a third interest in the daytime Puyallup station. He played records and occasionally brought in his band for live performances, sometimes including visiting housewife-performers Loretta Lynn and Bonnie Guitar.
Owens also hosted his own country music show on Tacoma’s Channel 11, KTNT-TV, introducing such performers as Willie Nelson and Ferlin Husky. Owens later moved back to Bakersfield and took the tiger by the tail, building a multimillion-dollar media empire performing, writing songs and operating several California & Arizona radio stations.
He made national TV appearances on the “Jimmy Dean Show” and eventually his own CBS-TV show, “Hee Haw,” which he co-hosted with Roy Clark. He died in 2006, age 76. (VOS2012)

Buck Wade – KMPS

Blair, Bud-head shotBefore professional sports took root in the Puget Sound area, local schools drew the allegiance of fans. For those who followed teams from Puyallup and Pacific Lutheran University in the 1970s, their source for news and play-by-play action was Bud Blair.
Hayden (Bud) Blair created an atmosphere that made the athletes and their fans feel like their game was the most important game in the area every time he took the mic.
Unfortunately, not only Blair’s career, but his life, was cut too short. He died a couple hours after broadcasting a PLU basketball game at the College of Idaho in Caldwell on February 5, 1978 two weeks before his 37th birthday. He had gone to dinner with Ed Anderson, PLU coach, and Gary Wusterbarth, his color man on the broadcast. Blair collapsed in his motel room.
Bud was born in Tacoma in 1941 and graduated from Stadium High. He started the Blair Sports Network around 1966 and began freelancing as a broadcaster and photographer. Later, he was part owner and then full owner of KUPY 1450 AM in Puyallup. From 1970 until his death, he called the action for PLU basketball and football games.
Bud was noted for injecting his personality into his broadcasts. It was not enough just to say scored, who made two yards and who made the tackle.

“Holy Humptulips” and “He’s covered like a Tukwila fog,” were a staple of most Blair broadcasts. There were other favorites including, “In the popcorn machine,” and “Down the elevator shaft,” along with, “It’s a 20-footer that goes 18, five-star stump floating barn burner” and “goodness gracious, Agnes,” that made his broadcast unique.
In the spring and summer Blair turned his attention to the unlimited hydroplane circuit. He traveled to the sites of the hydro series taking photos and calling race action. One of his most famous hydro photos captured Mickey Remund catapulting from his boat as it flipped mid-air. (CHBCenter, 2014)

Bud Harrington [KBLE]

Buddy Webber was afternoon personality at KVI more than 40 years ago, but is still remembered. He frequently waged a friendly battle with morning host Bob Hardwick and participated in memorable, sometimes zany station promotions.
Among them, Webber and Hardwick raced around the world, in opposite directions, to publicize the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair, “Hardwick beat me,” he said years later, giving his usual explanation: “But then he always beat me because he cheated.”
Born Justus Buddy Webber, he started his own Big Band in the late 1940s. He played trumpet; his wife was featured singer. He worked at radio stations in Indianapolis, Omaha and San Francisco.
He came to Seattle after Gene Autry bought the station in 1959.
After his long stint at KVI, Webber moved to KOMO-TV, where he hosted a morning television show that bore his name and then an afternoon radio program on KOMO-AM.
Webber left broadcasting, frankly at the peak of his career, to devote time to a Jehovah’s Witness ministry, moving to the Canary Islands off Morocco. He returned to the states, lived in Rhode Island but returned to Seattle in 1997 to start a business.
He died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2005. He was 82.

Burl Barer – TRUE CRIME author, former Seattle radio legend and can still hit the post, in radio terminology.
Who knew Burl Barer was bound for fame and glory in the writing business? His on-air stunts at the feuding rockers KJR and KOL is engrained in Seatle’s audio memory. Barer could be pushed to being a screamer, gasping and panting in anticipation for the next record or recoiling from a news item.
Barer started at KUJ and KTEL in hometown Walla Walla, moved to Seattle for an overnight gig at r&b station KYAC. From there he got afternoons at KJR and bounced between KOL-AM, KOL-FM and KJR again –, with remarkably brief stints at KIRO and KZOK.
1972, Barer got a commission to adapt the Val Kilmer movie “The Saint” into a novel. That led to a franchise of new authorized novels based on Leslie Charteris’ urbane crime- solver Simon Templar. A second movie screenplay was completed and in 2011 still was being “shopped around” (without any control by Barer) as a TV movie, TV special or TV series.)
Barer has also written several “true crime” books and mystery novels. Barer, who once touted himself as a “distance reader” (psychic/mentalist), appears in his own true crime book, “Body Count,” as “the psychic/mentalist/true crime author Jeff Reynolds.”

In his Seattle radio days he won praise for producing punchy commercials for national pop- music performers. That lead to forming an internet advertising company and a TV production company focusing on Eastern Washington.
Returning to Walla Walla in 1990s, Barer teamed with Thomas D. Hodgins to launch several radio stations for Hodgins broadcast company, with Barer handling programming and on-air talent.
He is host of “True Crime Confessions” on the American Horrors channel, a pay-tier TV venture from FilmOn and contributes to “Outlaw Radio” an internet audio service.
Barer has two grown children, Anea Barer and Jordan Barer. Barer’s brother Stan is an attorney in Seattle and his sister Jan Curran, who died in 2010, was a journalist with The Desert Sun and author of two books. (VOS2112)

Burt McMurtrie was a radio personality and news commentator.best known for his KTAC radio show “Breakfast with McMurtrie.” He interviewed local people and visiting celebrities while they dined in the Daffodil Room of the Winthrop Hotel from 8 to 8:30 am. (KTAC was located one floor below the restaurant.)
He came to Tacoma in 1906, taken out of an orphanage by his Aunts Bertie and Sadie McMurtrie, both schoolteachers. He got his first newspaper job at 14, working on the Tacoma Ledger. During the ’30s, he was one of the top national radio broadcasters for the Columbia Broadcasting System.
He was friends with many stars in the arts and entertainment of the ’30s & ’40s. He returned to Tacoma after WWII to take care of one of his ailing aunts The breakfast show originated on KTBI (which later became KTAC). He moved to KMO and returned to KTAC in the early ’50s when it was purchased by a group of local businessmen.
His other program was a noon time commentary called “It Seems to Me.”
McMurtrie died in 1979 at 79 years of age. (TPLibrary 2014)

Buzz Barr was a rock disk jockey, a program director and a station owner.
His radio career started in Hoquiam in 1960. He moved to Centralia’s KITI (air name Tom Cat), then to Tacoma’s KMO, then to KVI.
He left KVI in the mid-1960s for “kolorful” KOL, where he kick-started the station’s Top 40 format, going hit-to-hit against KJR. His next stop was KISN, Portland, for a short time, then back to KOL, and in 1967, triumphantly, to KJR middays.
Buzz became program director at KING-AM as it jumped into top-40.in 1960. After KING, Buzz became sales manager for Anchorage stations, then bought a station in partnership in Kenai.
Buzz retired at age 72. He died in 2012, age 74. (VOS2012)

Buzz Lawrence – deceased

Bwana Johnny’s antics were heard only briefly on KJR in 1969, but he acummulated a 40 year history in the heyday of top-40 on stations in Hackensack; Cincinnati; San Diego, San Francisco and Eugene. He was “Crazy” Dick Simms on KISN, Vancouver/Portland, in 1975 and 1976.
He started at KLOG, Kelso, his hometown. At one of his early stations, at age 18 he still didn’t have a driver’s license, so the station sent him to a driving school so he could participate in station remotes. He used the name Johnny Dollar, but after staffers saw a humorous parking-lot photo of him in a pith helmet, a new name followed. (Incidentally, one of the reasons his KJR term might have been brief is while borrowing the program director’s car he was involved in a Harbor Island train wreck.)
At the end he was working in production at Jones Radio Network in Seattle. He died of heart failure and diabetes at a Mercer Island extended-care facility in 2005, age 56.

C. R. Douglas [Q13 News]

Candace Siegel – formerly with KPTK –

Candi Chamberlain – KJR … left full-time radio in 2007 to work in financial services

Carey Curelop KLOS/Los Angeles and then KQLZ [Pirate Radio, Jan 1991-Jun 1992] as PD replacing Scott Shannon — most recently CBS Radio Group PD/Seattle.

Carl Dombek joined KING-1090 as a weekender in 1983, willing to fill in for anything. After a noteworthy assignment to cover the funeral of Senator Henry Jackson, he won a permanent spot, but as one of the Sky Twins — offering aerial traffic with reporter Sara Johnson. (He had already done traffic reporting for radio stations in Phoenix — and he had a pilot’s license.) He then became one of KING’s street reporters. supplying a variety of Northwest news events and feature stories. quick fill-in when the talk host J. Michael Kenyon stormed off in a huff.
By 1993, KING no longer had street reporters. Dombek moved to to San Francisco and started his own public relations agency but did occasional freelance news assignments. Then he did public relations for the Small Business Association and for General Electric.
“Next, I joined a power-grid operator in the Midwest,” Dombek said, “and spent five years talking about wholesale high-voltage electricity.”
In 2010 he and his wife moved back to Seattle. He writes a blog (www.travelpro.us) occasionally writes about the electrical industry and tends bar at a friend’s restaurant in Burien. (VOS2014) [resume online:

Carl Gardner – Vice President, Market Manager at Bonneville Seattle Radio Group

Carl Lambert – Passed away February 23, 2020 — Received the Kurt Gegner Community Service award for 2010. The award is part of the Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Carl was nominated for the Wasington State Hall of Fame but had never been passed through. Carl Lambert’s broadcasts of local high school sports was heard for many years on KAYE (KUPY, KJUN) 1450 Puyallup and on 1180 KLAY.

Carl Sawyer – deceased

Carla Steele – [KISW]

Carol Handley – now operates a music entertainment/information website CarolHandleyPresents.com

Faulkner3Cathy Faulkner spent four years as evening announcer of Les Smith’s progressive rock KISW, was carried along for Nationwide Communications’ KISW purchase, continued as night announcer and became music director until 1998. From 1998-01 she was 7-midnight disk jockey at Entercom Communications’ KISW and was inducted into the KISW Hall of Fame in 2012.
She was evening disk jockey at “classic alternative” KRQI, 96.5, for four months in 2004 — until Infinity Broadcasting brought in that disembodied JACK-FM voice.
Since 1997 she has been an independent voice-over talent and has developed on-line music-chat service for MSN and developed other on-line presentations.

Cedric James – [KWJZ] Died March 2015

Chad Douglas – voice-over talent

Charles Herring – KJR, KING TV (anchor and news director), KAPY (Port Angeles), owner and manager. (Deceased January 2006)

Charles Johnson KSTW 11 News

Charles Sheppard

Charlye Parker – From the KKXA website: KXA is a return fond home for Charlye, being that she was in Everett at KWYZ Country radio in 1975. In 2012, Charlye retired from radio after 21 years at KHAY and returned to the North Sound because it has always been her home. She heard Classic Country KXA shortly after moving back and fell in love with country music all over again! Luckily for KXA, our fans and music was enough to get Charlye to come out of retirement to share her weekends with you.

Charlie Brown created VoxPro Digital Audio Editor and then retired from radio. Veteran KJR Seattle personality Charlie Brown died Monday (5/11/20) at age 74 after battling lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease. His career began at Eastern Washington University’s station, before moving to KPUG Bellingham, which led to six years at KJRB Spokane. Brown joined KJR in 1974 before moving to KUBE-FM as Program Director 1981
Seattle PI’s Bill Virgin wrote:
Charlie Brown spent a lot of years in radio cutting tape with a razor blade and resplicing it. And he was tired of it.
So he went out and helped develop an alternative — a digital editor known as VoxPro.

That invention in turn formed the basis of a Bainbridge Island company, Audion Laboratories, owned by Brown, his wife, Kimberly, and company president Tyrone Noble.

Brown is a familiar name to Seattle radio listeners. He was co-host with Ty Flint of a long-running morning show in the 1980s and 1990s on KUBE-FM and KJR-FM. Brown retired in 1997.

Audion, he says, was started in the early 1990s but not with the intent of providing a second career. “I wanted something to edit (with), and if it grew, that was fine,” he says. The software was developed by a partner from Portland, since bought out, while Brown provided input on its design.

VoxPro lets broadcasters quickly edit phone calls or other audio clips. Aside from the software, the company also sells a small control panel for manipulating audio files. VoxPro originally was based on the Apple Macintosh, but last August Audion came out with a PC-based version.

Brown believes Audion is well positioned to take advantage of the trend toward digital technology in radio, for online productions and in business communications.

Radio and business are “two totally different worlds. Each has its own pressures and stresses.” Brown’s radio career included stops in Bellingham, Spokane, Dallas and Seattle. Asked if he has any temptation to get behind a microphone, he says, “No. I did that for 35 years.”

Charlie Burd – [KTNT TV News/Ranger Charlie kids show, KBRD, KEZX radio] deceased

Chet Buchanan – Formerly KUBE Currently mornings at KLUC Las Vegas

Charlie Busch – Alta Sierra Broadcasting/Owner-Operator – Kern Valley, California

Charlie Harger KOMO radio 1000

Charlie Lake KMCS

Charlie Van

Charlotte Raynor, former KING 5 News reporter, married to Aaron Brown. Lives in Arizona.

charlye-parkerCharlye Parker was nighttime personality at the “new country” KMPS-FM in 1977 and soon thereafter transferred to afternoon drive on separately programmed country-format KMPS-AM. (The KMPSes were then the new stations in town, under old owners, known as KOL and KEUT-FM).
Placing the blonde Parker in afternoon drive was a daring venture as the station entered the rugged “country-music format wars.” against KAYO, KRPM-FM and KYCW.
After 11 years in Seattle Parker left KMPS for a career jump — an on-air shift and program director at country-music KHGL, Billings, MO. This was a three-year stint.
Then she signed on for a long run at country-music KHAY, 100.7. Ventura, CA. Most of those years she was co-host of the daily program, “Early Morning Country Club with Jon and Charlye.”
“Jon (Cowsill) was an adventure.” Parker said. “I never know from day to day what road he was going to take us down. Most mornings I couldn’t stop laughing at his goofy antics. We met the world’s most wonderful people. Then at the end of the week somebody hands me a paycheck. Go figure!”
In the 21 years at KHAY, she also became music director and later program director. She is a published songwriter. Parker occasionally appeared on community theater stages. She left KHAY in 2012. When last heard of, she lived on a small farm in Ventura County, with three birds, two horses and a dog. (VOS2013)

Cherokee JackCherokee Jack led his Western Rhythm Riding Wranglers in weekly broadcasts from the KMO 1360 studios in Tacoma’s Keyes Building, on Broadway –from 1945 to 1949. The radio program frequently featured country-western celebrities (such as Gene Autry, left, on a officially proclaimed Gene Autry Day, July 15, 1949. Guests in that time period also included Eddie Peabody, “The Yodeling Blonde Bombshell” Carolina Cotton and the Women’s Army Chorus.) Cherokee Jack (Henley) and his wranglers appeared at dance halls throughout the area into the 1950s. He died in 1993, age 85.

Chet Rodgers [real name Ron Favor]

China Smith was the hippest of the hip disk jockies at KING-AM in 1971 when the station was rocking as “The Big 11.” Real name Thomas Wayne Rorabacher. He first used the name China Smith at KCBQ, San Diego, unabashedly lifting it from a B&W TV adventure series. In 1988 he was a smooth “new Wave” announcer on KMET/KTWV, Los Angeles. .As China or Thomas Wayne and Wayne Thomas he was heard on Los Angeles radio for three decades, including stations KDAY, KRLA, KCBS-FM. He occasionally hosted syndicated radio shows and specials. He died in 2005 of a heart attack. (VOS2012)

Chops Carlson

Chris Brecher – Chris worked at KCBS and later moved to Seattle, where she worked at KING and KIRO while earning her law degree. Brecher returned to the Bay Area and was hired at KGO in the spring of 2000 –Chris Brecher was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA where she says, ‘I was a good girl until high school where I was criticized for being ‘flippant.’ Now, I’m paid to be flippant!” Brecher came to California with her family and spent a year at Santa Clara University, where she discovered the campusradio station. Chris transferred to UC Berkeley where she worked at the University’s radio station, as well. By “sheer luck,” as she calls it, she landed a job at KNEW, a news station in Oakland. That’s when she caught the bug and has been in radio ever since. Chris worked at KCBS and later moved to Seattle, where she worked at KING and KIRO while earning her law degree. Brecher returned to the Bay Area and was hired at KGO in the spring of 2000. “I now have the job of my dreams, but it comes with responsibility to the audience and to democracy itself,” Brecher said of KGO. “We are the source of information that people need to make decisions about their lives and their government. That means our information must be accurate, and as complete as possible. And if we get to have a little fun along the way, even better.”

Chris Cashman is the son of Pat Cashman. Chris worked at KSTW 11 doing some very creative on-air comedy productions – Chris and father Pat hosted the syndicated Up Late comedy series on KING 5

Chris Collins – In Sacramento

Chris Hill/Dale Unruh – passed away 12-10-2010

Chris Jeffries/Wade Fisher – radio/tv instructor at Centralia College see: Wade Fisher

Chris Lane – Chris Lane was at KISN, Portland, in 1957 and at KJR, Seattle, shortly thereafter. He is credited with assembling a KJR staff that would drive the top-40 format. But he made his bigger mark at KAYO, 1963 to 1964. Chris Lane, as Kountry KAYO program director, was on the air 10AM-2PM. Lane developed KAYO’s “modern country” format.
Later Chris Lane (Alexander) spent more time at Los Angeles radio stations; also working at stations in San Francisco, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago.
He was co-host of “The KNX Food Hour,” with Melinda Lee and had TV appearances on episodes of “”Cheers,” “General Hospital” and a made-for-TV movie, “Favorite Son.” He began in Tennessee radio (pushed into applying for a job by singer Eddie Arnold.) He was voted 1976 Radio Man of the Year and given a Bill Gavin Award. Later, he produced and announced syndicated day-long music packages “Big Country” and “Legend Makers.”
His wife Lorna Alexander reported that Lane was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and had a stroke and a heart attack on the very day he was scheduled to meet an oncologist. That was February 14, 2000. He was 71.
He was named posthumously to the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2001.

Chris Russell

Chris Taylor – KISW, moved to Oregon

Chris Travis – Kindle Vendor Manager at Amazon.com, Owner at Burning Building Recordings

Chris Wadsworth [KZAM]

By Jack Broom
Seattle Times staff reporter
Most people didn’t even know his real name, but he was a bona fide piece of Seattle history, one that predated the Space Needle, the Mariners, the Seahawks and Microsoft.

Chris Wedes, better known as TV clown J.P. Patches, died Sunday July 22, 2012 after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. He was 84.

On television from 1958 to 1981, and in countless personal appearances since, Mr. Wedes delighted generations of Puget Sound-area children and adults with his zany antics and a style that was irreverent yet gentle.

In his tattered hat, red nose and colorful patchwork coat, the character Mr. Wedes created, Julius Pierpont Patches, could cause all sorts of mayhem, tumbling off his tricycle, blasting himself into space and playing pranks on his TV guests.

J.P. was the “Mayor of the City Dump”, where he lived in a shack and welcomed frequent guests: Seattle boy scout and girl scout troops, various local and national celebrities. Among his more well-known guests were Colonel Sanders, Jacques Cousteau, Slim Pickens and Tiny Tim.

He also had a beloved cast of supporting characters – Gertrude, Boris S. Wort, Grizwold, Esmerelda and Tikey Turkey.

Many children signed up to be “Patches Pals,” and J.P. announced some of their birthdays by “viewing” them on his “ICU2TV” set (a cardboard prop that created the appearance that J.P. was looking at you from inside your television).

J.P. Patches also made frequent fundraising appearances for local charities. He was a common sight at Children’s Hospital, visiting sick kids and promoting the work of the hospital.

But he also reminded his tiny viewers, known as “Patches Pals,” to follow the rules, which included minding Mommy and Daddy, saying your prayers and sharing your toys. He opened his last major public appearance, in September 2011, by leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance…

Chubby Howard was a country-western performer who sat before the microphone at KFHA, 1480, Lakewood for a time in the late 1950s.
The steel-guitar player mostly performed with his band in Puget Sound venues, sometimes appearing on “Country Jubilee,” a live variety show on Channel 13 KTVW.
Late in his career Howard returned to radio with a Saturday-night country-music show on WBZI, Xenia, Ohio.

Bolland, ChuckChuck Bolland was born in Tacoma in 1941 and started school at Bryant Elementary in the Hilltop area before the family moved to Lakewood. He was in the fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary when the family moved to Idaho.
Chuck came back to Tacoma often to visit family and when he was about 11 years of age, his uncle, Elliot Brown, would bring him along to work at a little building near the River Road-Pioneer Way intersection. This was the transmitter location for KTAC. At the time, KTAC’s studios were located in the Winthrop Hotel, but the night DJ’s did their shows from the transmitter site. For Chuck this made quite a lasting impression.
Chuck got a weekend job on the small town’s radio station. He was often called-in after school to fill in a shift for vacations and vacancies. First some jobs in small towns in Southern California, and then the Tri-Cities and Spokane, In 1964 he became news director for KJR. That’s where the daily sports feature, “This is Chuck Bolland and That’s the Way the Ball Bounces” came into being. This set a style of sports reporting that could best be described as sports editorializing.
Bolland left Seattle to accept an offer in Cincinnati that provided station management and placed him in front of the television camera.
Bolland returned to the Northwest in 1976, landing at KTAC. For the next ten years he was the station’s news director, but once again was best known for the daily sports commentary. “It was something I could never escape and I’d have to say I’m glad I didn’t”, said Chuck. After 10 years he went to work for the Washington State Legislature as a public information officer and later in the Department of Fish and Wildlife where Bolland produced audio-visual projects as well as a monthly cable TV show called, “Wild About Washington.
Bolland has continued to produce five sports commentaries each week for distribution to several Northwest radio stations, including KLAY, Tacoma.
Chuck Bolland writes: Here’s a bit of trivia for you. Just after I moved to Cincinnati, WSAI, and had been there only about two months….. Mike Phillips was PD at KFRC. He offered me the news directors job there. The company was willing to reimburse Pacific & Southern Broadcasting for my moving expenses from Seattle to Cincinnati…and pay for the moving back to San Francisco and provide an apartment for 6 months so I home could be found. There were family reasons that had me stuck in Cincinnati or I would have jumped on it. It hurt, but a week after the offer I had to tell Mike, no. That’s when he contacted Bill at KOL. My career could have been very different. However, you never know. I left WSAI after two years and moved over to WKRC and that got me a bit of work in TV as well as radio(CHBCenter, 2014).

Chuck Bras was on KJR in the fifties. Bras was a music teacher at John Marshall Junior High in the early ’60’s

Chuck Ellsworth – KOL, KJR, KMO, KTAC (deceased)

Chuck Knopf -last reported in 2008 he was doing fill-in work at KPAM AM, Portland

Cindi Bemel Works for KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Clarence Jones [KZAM]

Clark Race died July 27, 1999 of throat cancer

Claude Brimm DJ KOL

Clay Freinwald – Chief Engineer at several Tacoma-Seattle stations. Did some on-air work at KTW in the mid-1960s.

Clay Huntington has operated stations KFHA-Lakewood, KLAY FM Tacoma, KQLA-Lakewood and now KLAY 1180-Lakewood, serving the Tacoma and South Sound area for well over 50 years. [pictured: Clay Huntington, voice of Tacoma Tigers baseball 1946-1951;] Huntington’s early sports broadcast career includes stints at KTBI, KTNT and KMO radio stations and both KTVW and KTNT television. All of this, as well as sports broadcasts on a 14-station network that covered Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. His vast record of community involvement includes helping to fund the construction of Cheney Stadium in 1960 and bring Triple A baseball back to Tacoma. Huntington died in 2011. One of the roads leading to Cheney Stadium has been renamed in his honor. Clay Huntington was Voice of the Tacoma Tigers in the Western International League from 1946 to 1951 He has continued for more than 40 years, broadcasting and producing high school, college and pro sports events
He also did the color commentary for the Tacoma Rockets hockey club in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Clay also was a sportswriter for the Tacoma Times. He was one of the founders of the Tacoma Athletic Commission and a two-time president of that group. Clay was also one of the key figures instrumental in bringing Pacific Coast League baseball back to Tacoma in 1960
He initiated the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame in 1957 and the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 1960. (CHBCenter, 2014)

imagesClif Kirk was imported to anchor the revamped half-hour evening newscast as “Eyewitness News” on KIRO-TV He had worked at several stations including KOGO-TV, San Diego, and KTTV, Los Angeles, where he was a news anchor and reporter. He stayed at KIRO as anchor, news manager and news director from 1969 to 1976, when he left to return to Los Angeles radio.
Kirk compiled a 31-year career in news, but died in 1979 of a heart attack at age 49. (VOS 2014)

Cliff Clinton [KBRD]

cliff-massCliff Mass supplied brief intellectual weather discussions within Steve Scher’s “Weekday” program on KUOW, but added his opinions on science, schooling, other subjects. (He is a tenured professor at the UW, but tenure had no relevance in radio; the windy weatherman got the boot.) He now does similar weather analysis on KPLU. (VOS2014)

Cliff Murphy [Air Traffic reporter KVI Skywatch] died November 2014.

Cliff Wilson

Colleen Patrick – KIRO-TV reporter, radio reporter, and for a year, Seattle Times “Ombudsman” columnist. Member of Liason of Women in Film Seattle. Since leaving broadcast media, Patrick has produced narrative film shorts, a minor motion picture and a series of CD audio books by mystical writer Emma Curtis Hopkins. She lives in North Seattle.

Coby McCloud [Joe Michaels] –

Colleen-RobbinsColleen Robbins had an evening program for a short time on KMPS-AM. In 1985 she moved to Bend, OR, Currently she is co-host with her husband of a morning show at an Oregon radio station.

Commander Tom [Thomas Mailey] KMPS

Just stumbled on your website. Not even sure if you still update it but I did evenings (7-mid) at KMPS from 1990-92 under the awesome name of “Commander Tom”. I went to work for sister station KRAK (later KNCI) in Sacramento in late 1992 and have been here ever since, co-hosting the morning show with Pat Still.

LOVED my time there, working with Tony Thomas, Stubbs, Tall Paul Fredericks and Ichabod. Tim Murphy was the PD then, and Becky Brenner the APD.

That’s all!

Tom Mailey
Roseville, CA

Connie Cole [King is real last name] – worked at KOMO radio… now mostly voice-over work. Classic Marketing Guild | Voice, Radio & TV Narration

Connie McDougall [KOMO] works at Seattle City Light as their senior public relations specialist.

Connie Thompson KOMO 4 News

Corine McKenzie on the air @ KPLZ

Corry Reynolds – Friendly, warm, accessible, upbeat, fun+characters – Corry Reynolds at Voice123 – Broadcast Media Professional – Published Author -KIRO Radio / Bonneville

Craig Edwards left his position as PD with KRLA/KTIE in August 2008 during a budget cut by Salem Broadcasting

Craig Martin

Curt Kruse on the air @ KPLZ

Cynthia-DoyonCynthia Doyon was the friendly, dedicated host on “The Swing Years,” Saturday night “big band” program on KUOW. She had begun work at the radio station, enrolling at the UW in 1973, right out of Lincoln High School. She had worked full or part-time at the station for 24 years, sometimes in the orvernight hours, firmly locked into the six-hour Saturday night shift. She was a soothing guide to a time when radio had a special stature as the nation’s dominant mass medium.
She had an encyclopedic knowledge of that period of music, when Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk performed under the mirrored ballroom fixture. She opened each Saturday show with a deliberately old-fashioned montage of waves lapping on shore over a soothing nostalgic tune.
For a station photograph, she dressed like a 1940s throwback, checked jacket, tightly permed blonde hair carefully parted to the side.
She apparently lived a largely reclusive life. She didn’t go to staff meetings. No one knew where she lived.
She died of a self-administered gunshot on the UW campus waterfront in 2004. She was 48. (VOS2013)