Here we will post [& update] on the whereabouts of some of Seattle Radio’s finest. Have you wondered WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…? or WHERE IS so & so working these days…? — Send us email if you have an update on any personalities from Puget Sound radio/TV. Thank you for your participation!
Kaci Aitchison Successfully transitioned from supporting cast member of Bob Rivers radio show on KJR to News at KCPQ TV [Q13 News]
Kacie Sommers was a first for KJR in 1976 — a female with enough savvy and energy to spin the platters all-night. The next year she was at rocking KTAC. Then KIDO, Boise.
She returned to Seattle for KIXI-FM in 1979, then KRPM-FM and finally returning to the new “oldies” KJR-FM in 1994. She later did a year at “oldies” KBSG and then a year at the “adult contemporary” KSWW, Aberdeen.
After radio she enrolled in college to become a patient advocate in the medical field.
In 1997 KING-TV’s “Evening Magazine” pointed out she has a black-and-yellow tattoo of the KJR bumpersticker on her right shoulder. She maintains a Facebook page about “Seattle’s Radio Greats.” (VOS2013)
Karen Wild Music Director and Assistant Program Director at KUBE FM and afternoons at KBKS 106.1/co-owned station.
Kasia Wilk was a disk jockey at KZAM 92.5 Bellevue, from 1978 to 1983. Her father owned a retail bakery. She now is a decorating consultant at Lucks Food Decorating in the Greater Seattle area and has been certified to teach commercial baking at the college level. (VOS2013)
Kate Yeager Q13FOX KCPQ Tech News reporter
Katherine Wise was the “house name” for Seattle’s first radio home economist. She was a fixture at KOMO-AM-TV from 1947 to 1974. Katherine in real life was Ruth Pratt. In 1952 she had a noontime radio program “Lunch With Katherine” and after KOMO-TV signed on in the 1950s she had a TV show “Cookbook Quiz,” in which she might cook up a feast and the studio crew were beneficiaries of the bounty.
She retired in 1974, but the radio station used her name on a recipe phone-line well into the 1980s.
She died in 1995, age 88.
Kathi Goertzen – KOMO News anchor – Goertzen passed away on August 13th, 2012 after a dramatic struggle with tumors in her brain, lasting over a decade. After any surgery or chemotherapy, Goertzen would always make every possible effort to return to her career at KOMO-4, showing her extreme loyalty to both those around her, as well as her sense of professionalism.
Kathy Magda -(Kathy Phillips) was last heard from as PD at KNLT FM in Anchorage. She was laid off during budget cuts.
KC O’Hara had the 1 a.m. air shift on top-40 KAYO 1150. in 1959.
Kearney Barton [KTW] Barton was an engineer for Quincy Jones, Ann Wilson, Bonnie Guitar, and garage rock icons The Sonics. He recorded the The Wailers, The Kingsmen, The Frantics, The Ventures, Little Bill, Stan Boreson, and thousands more.
In 1959, he was an engineer for the Fleetwood’s “Mr. Blue” – one of less than a half-dozen songs by Seattle-area artists to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“He created a sound that is still reverberating today,” said Matt Sullivan, Light In The Attic Records founder. “In a lot of ways he was the godfather of the Northwest sound.”
Barton and others – including Joe Boles of Seattle, Wiley Griffith of Tacoma and Lyle Thompson of Commercial Recorders – were top engineers who helped form Seattle’s sound before the early ‘90s grunge era. And Barton’s collection of tapes showed his range: jazz to classical, grunge to bluegrass, high school bands to radio jingles. Died January 17, 2012 …more info
Keith Abrams is currently VP/Programming at CBS Radio in Denver. LinkedIN
Keith Black [News Director @ KCIS]
Keith Jonasson KOMO
Keith Shipman writes: “I’ve been in Bend, Oregon for almost 13 years where I’m a part owner/operator of Horizon Broadcasting Group. I enjoyed my time in Washington (KPUG-AM Bellingham ’78-81, KREM-AM Spokane 1982, KOMO-AM Seattle ’83-’85, KJR-AM Seattle ’91-’93 and KCPQ-TV ’86-’99) prior to co-founding Horizon Broadcasting Group in 2000.”
Kelly Bridges was air personality at KUBE 93 Seattle and KRPM-FM, 106 Tacoma in 1988 and 1989. Now Kelly Bridges-Studer, since 1990 she has been Creative Services Director at Rincon Broadcasting, a firm which owns a half dozen California stations, including KSBL Carpenteria (“Santa Barbara K-Lite”)
Kelly Stevens was part of the morning team on “magic 108” KGMI, the new commercial radio station that bought out noncommercial KRAB at 107.7. (Now KNDD). But that team-up lasted only two years as new owners, new formats came in. Stevens moved to Kansas City, then Denver, and finally to “B98.5” Tampa.
He held forth on the WSB morning show with Alpha Trivette, a companion from his days in Seattle. That lasted 10 years, ending in 2009.
He is back on WSB, now teamed with Vikki Locke on the “Vikki and Kelly” morning program.
In late 2012 he was injured in a fatal automobile accident, As the year ended he was “phoning in” segments to partner Vikki, but his long recovery caused him to rethink his life so far: So he proposed to his fiance Katie from his hospital bed. (VOS2012)
Ken Carson is owner of Ken Carson Creative in Bellevue and currently the entertainment and halftime host for both the Seahawks (12th season) and the Sounders FC (7th season).
Ken Copper – voiceover work, see his website @ kencopper.com
Ken Heman now mornings on KCRX, Seaside, OR
Ken Kager was station manager at KUOW. and was one of the pioneers for public radio. Graduating from the University of Michigan in the mid ’30s, he wrote radio scripts in Hollywood and worked as a sportscaster before serving in the Army While studying communications at the University of Washington, he joined KUOW, an early public radio station.
In 1955 he was named station manager and also taught in the UW’s communications department.
He worked to expand public broadcasting, working with other public stations and helping write the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which provides federal funding.
During the Vietnam War student protests disrupted business and the UW campus. Kager gave angry student protesters six hours of programming to vent their issues on KUOW.
Not everyone was happy with this; he received threats.
He retired from KUOW in 1978. He died in 1992.
Ken Keigley — A direct descendant of Ezra Meekers older brother John Valentine Meeker, was born September 28, 1911 in Eatonville, Pierce County, Washington to Harry and Edna (Bean) Keigley. He passed away June 9, 2012, just months short of his 101st birthday…
“Saturday, October 7, 1916. Ezra arrived in Tacoma and stayed over night at the home of my uncle and aunt. We lived nearby so we all went up to see “Uncle” Ezra. I was five years old. Ezra loaded my sister, my three cousins and myself into the Pathfinder, and we went for a ride out to South Tacoma to Ludwigs Drug Store where we all had ice cream sodas.”…
Ken married Rose Marie Handel in 1940. He worked at the Todd Pacific Shipyards in Tacoma through World War II, and after the war, taught electronics at Bates Technical Institute.
Ken Levine is a writer/director for many of the top tv sitcoms. He hosts a Dodger post-game show and a Sunday evening sports talk show and occasionally works a Mariners game on KIRO
Ken Mattler [news] KOL – deceased
Ken Moultrie Managing Partner Broadcast Partners | The New BP November 2008 – Present; Jones Radio Networks January 2002 – November 2008;
January 1975 – December 2001 Various Radio Stations around the Northwest including KPAM-FM (Portland’s first Top 40 FM) KFLY, KYTE, KGON, KCNR, KFAT, KDUK, KSND, KRPM, KYCW, and KMPS and to quote Dr. Johnny Fever, “Other than that it’s all a blur.” – LinkedIN
Kenny Mayne – A native of Kent, Washington, Mayne was an honorable mention junior college All-American quarterback in 1978 at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, WA. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1982 with a degree in broadcasting.
After beginning his television career with a brief stint as a reporter for KLVX-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mayne spent seven years (1982–89) at KSTW-TV in Tacoma-Seattle. Eventually he became a weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter. Mayne resigned from KSTW in 1989.
ESPN hired Mayne in 1994 after Mayne had sent ESPN a note inquiring whether the network would hire him. The note simply asked to check a box, including one option that read, “We’ll hire you when there’s an ESPN5.”
Kenny Noble Cortes – retired from Air1/K-Love networks in 2016 after 44 year radio career, including mornings at WARM 106.9 KRWM.
Ken Sethney – I got my first paying radio gig at KTAC-FM, I think it was in ’73. Weekends only, minimum wage. It just about covered the gas from SeaTac, but I loved working for my pal, Robert O. Smith!! — aka “Seth Buchanan” [from Facebook KTAC page]
Ken Speck retired from radio, now co-owner of Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate, Eastsound, WA.
Ken Stuart was named News Director at KIXI, succeeding Martin Tobin
Ken Vincent was pretty much “the voice of KUOW” for 18 years. He started with the station in 1984 hosting Seattle segments of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” In turn he engineered daytime programming, edited and read news updates. He was sometimes described as a perfectionist. He quit KUOW in 2007 over changes in station presentation.
He eventually found his way to Palm Springs, CA. He works for R R Broadcasting, producing and anchoring news segments for a group of Coachella Valley station formats, from conservative news-talk, to progressive new-talk and “oldies”
Vincent has been hosting a Saturday-morning program on one of the stations, KPTR-AM, which reports on gay-friendly businesses in the desert-resort area.
Kent Phillips on the air @ kplz
Kent Voss introduced Seattle to Jimmy Kimmel, yes, that Jimmy Kimmel!, on KZOK-FM’s morning show “Him and Me Show,” in 1989. They both were let go after 10 months. Voss returned to Tampa, then several other cities, including a brief session re-teaming with Kimmel in TV production in Los Angeles, but he moved to WLUP-FM, Chicago, first as a morning sidekick, then as the station’s morning personality.
Kerry Loewen was last PD @ KCMU FM 1983-1985
Kevin Bonnay/Marlin Spear has just joined WABQ, Cleveland – LinkedIn
Kevin Calabro has hosted “The Kevin Calabro Show” since 2009 on KIRO 710. Kevin spent 21 seasons as the radio and TV announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics and is a six-time Washington Sportscaster of the Year. He continues to do basketball play-by-play, calling NBA games on NBA TV and ESPN Radio and NCAA games on ROOT Sports and Westwood One.
Kevin McCarty KIRO TV news reporter based in Tacoma, covers the South Sound.
Kevin O’Brien – [Kevin Metheny] a kid at 95 KJR in the ’70s, O’Brien has programmed WNBC and WGN. He was hired January 16, 2013 to program Talk station WJR-AM Detroit. His last gig was as PD at Cumulus-owned KGO San Francisco – Metheny died of a heart attack on October 3, 2014.
Kevin the Busman on the air @ KNBQ 102.9
Kimi Kline is traffic reporter for KIRO FM
Kim Marriner has been in broadcasting for over 35 years. Marriner, formerly with KIRO 7 Seattle News, joined KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, Los Angeles in 2005.
Kim’s career started at a 5,000-watt radio station in Denver, Colorado back in 1965. Along the way there were stops in Palm Springs, California, Tucson, Arizona and Seattle. As a general assignment news reporter and broadcast anchorman, Kim has been honored with a half dozen Emmy Awards, several Golden Mike trophies and countless plaques and certificates for journalistic excellence. – LinkedIN
Kim Monroe is now Promotion Manager at Sony Music/Red LinkedIN
Kim Shepard KIRO Radio news reporter
Kim Wilson (Dalgarn) DJ at KBSG, broadcast information officer, Washington State Legislature.
Kip Johns [KCMS]
Kirby Wilbur held down the local-conservative post at “hot-talk” KVI-AM for 16 years. But he was unceremoniously dumped in 2009 with no notice, no reason, no goodbye. Earlier, the new competing station KTTH had scored a corporate coupe by stealing away syndicated conservatives including Rush Limbaugh There were rumors of a KVI format change. Instead, the syndicated Laura Ingraham show was Wilbur’s replacement, and then briefly Brian Suits stepped in. Still there were those rumors. Just wait until November 2010.
A real-estate appraiser by profession and a one-time unsuccessful candidate for public office, Wilbur was a frequent caller to Seattle talk-radio stations when, in 1993, a producer at KVI-AM asked him to audition for an on-air position. He became a substitute host, then began weekday evening broadcasts in 1993. A graduate of Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington, Wilbur did not have a trained radio voice, but he was an eloquent conservative political advocate. .
In 2011 Wilbur was elected state chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.
Kirsten Joyce [Q13 News]
Klem Daniels – Klem Daniels Productions in Seattle
Kris Carpenter – KAYO
Kristin Geong – midday DJ at KHTP 103.7; previously with KBKS
Kylee Brooks [KISW] writes, “working with horses, selling houses (Realtor). Did some brief Part time at KRXQ upon my return to Sacto– the first year I was back in ’03 or ’04.” Kylee lives in Sacramento.
Lady Jay Davis – [KPLZ]
Lan Archer KOMO; was last heard at KIRO
Lan Roberts (Lanny Lipford) was one of Seattle’s best-known disc jockeys in the heyday top-40 AM radio. He ruled behind the KJR microphone in the 1960s with child-like imagination and his desire to communicate.
On the air Roberts could be many characters, including Clydie Clyde the Cow’s Outside, Mr. Science and Jimmy, The Hollywood Reporter and Phil Dirt.
Roberts grew up in Bonham, Texas, a small town about 90 miles northeast of Dallas, and had been on radio ever since high school. Roberts attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, then worked in towns such as El Paso, Waco and New Orleans, before landing in Seattle.
Roberts reigned at KJR from 1962 until 1968. He was lured away by competing top-40 station KOL, but was kept off the air for an extended period of time because KJR enforced its no-compete contract.
After two years as KOL morning man and program director, Roberts returned to KJR in 1970 for a three-year stint, When KJR acquired KISW, management tried to transfer him to KISW, After one day, Lan stopped showing up for work because he affirmed that (in the early ’70s) it was a demotion to go to the FM band.
He later worked for a AM station in Honolulu, then at an English-language station in Taiwan.
He returned to the United States and appeared briefly on a new Seattle FM station, KYYX, then worked in San Francisco, before moving back to homestate Texas. He considered running for sheriff there. Roberts kept up his connection to his former listeners and colleagues through a website on which he posted commentaries, including railing against cigarette smoking. His own smoking had already done its damage. He also wrote about politics.
On his Web site, he recalled his move to Seattle: “The day I arrived in Seattle it was raining hard and the radio station was a dump. I remember asking myself, ‘What have I done?’ ”
The next day was a different story.
“When I awoke I looked out the hotel window to one of the most beautiful scenes anybody could ever hope to see. To the south in the mist was Mount Rainer, looking like a giant bowl of ice cream. The view to the west was the snow-covered Olympic Mountains. Down below were ferryboats moving back and forth on Puget Sound. It felt like home from the beginning.
“Over the next 12 years the Seattle radio audience was wonderful to me. Their sense of humor was just about the sharpest that I had ever experienced. It was a natural place to be creative.”
One of those creative inspirations was the Lil’ Green Thing:
“In 1964, as a joke, I mentioned on the air that if listeners would send me a letter then I would send them a ‘Lil’ Green Thing With a Picture of a Duck on It.’ ”
In two days he received over 10,000 requests. “I figured I had to do something quick, Lan wrote. ” bought a block of green cloth, cut it up in small pieces and stamped it with a picture of a duck. Just so there would be no confusion, I also stamped ‘Lil’ Green Thing’ on it.”
Roberts was constantly on the lookout for flying saucers — after all, they had first been seen over Mount Rainier. He offered to shut the station down if any aliens wanted a frequency to communicate with earth people.
Roberts died of complications from lung cancer in Texas in 2005. He was 69. (VOS2014)
Larry Bailey – Program Director KVAS Forks and KDFL Sumner
Larry Bern worked at the pioneer “classical” KISW from 1968 until 1971 — when the station was but a small studio at 92nd & Roosevelt Way NE.
“At the end of my time there,” Bern said, “I had the unfortunate experience of meeting new owner Lester Smith and then KJR manager Pat O’Day.
“Our owner Elwood Lippincott let the station go for a mere $75,000,” Bern said. “I saw the documents.”
After that, Bern moved to KLSN, 96.5, in the University Village Shopping Center, until it was sold in 1972 and it became affiliated with KYAC-AM.
“After three years with the American Forces Radio & Television Service, in what was then called West Germany, I came back to Seattle,” Bern said. He spent three years at KBLE, 1050, shepherding the brokered-religion features.
Bern became operations manager of KEZX-FM, (which had recently changed from the Marketcasters’ call letters of KMCS and KBBX.) He later spent Sunday mornings playing country music at KWYZ, Everett.
“In 1986, it was time to go,” Bern said. “It wasn’t fun anymore.” (VOS2013)
Larry Brown from KUJ [as “Mason Dixon”] Walla Walla to 1560 KDFL Sumner 
Larry Lomax started at beautiful music KKMI, in 1984. He has worked at stations in Boise, Harrisburg, PA, Norfolk, VA, but in 1993 migrated back to KXXO, Olympia, and in 1996 to KLSY, Bellevue.
In 1997 he moved to “contemporary-Christian” KCMS, Edmonds.
He is host and producer of “Spirit Music Countdown,” a weekly program at 7-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KCMS. – LinkedIN (VOS2012)
Larry Lujack – Larry Lujack became known for his world-weary sarcastic style, He worked at several radio stations, including KJR, Seattle, from 1964 to 1967 and twice before that at KNEW/KJRB, Spokane. He also appeared briefly on KOL, Seattle. But he is better remembered for his antics on WLS and WCFL, Chicago. He was also referred to as Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and “King of the Corn Belt.”
Born in Iowa and raised in Arkansas, Larry Blankenburg first changed his name to that of a football idol, Johnny Lujack. First job at age 18 at KCID, Caldwell, ID, while attending college. He eventually retired in 1987 after a WLS format change — paychecks continued for multiple years under a no-compete contact. In 2003 he re-teamed with Tommy Edwards (Little Tommy), for a morning show on WRLL, Chicago, In 2006, Lujack was among those in a group firing after a format change. The broadcast duo were on the air once again when WLS returned to “music-radio” programming. After several decades in Chicago radio, Lujack was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and the National Broadcasters Radio Hall of Fame in 2004. With Daniel Jedlicka Lujack wrote a 1975 autobiography, “Superjock.”Lujack retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died 12/18/2013 from esophageal cancer at age 73. …more info @ HALL OF FAME
Larry Nelson – KBBX, KFKF, KOMO, founder “Nite Owl” records – deceased
Larry Rice KOMO News.
Larry Sharp, KZOK-FM 102.5 Seattle PD from 1988-92 and PD of KISM-FM 92.9 Bellingham in 2010-11. Sharp became Audience Development Manager for the Napa Valley Register, beginning June 2012 — and later Circulation Manager there. In December 2012, Larry Sharp was named GM of KVON AM 1440 and KVYN-FM 99.3 Napa CA.
Update from Larry Sharp:
1975-77 KWYZ – Everett- Overnight DJ (First job out of KTOY at Bates in Tacoma)
1977-78 KIKI – Honolulu – Overnight DJ
1978-80 KLAY – Tacoma – Evenings, mornings, PD
1980-83 KISW – Seattle – Middays
1984-92 KZOK – Afternoons, PD 88-92
1992-95 KUFX – San Jose, CA PD
1995-2000 KSEG – Sacramento, Station Manager
2000-08 KSAN (The Bone) San Francisco, PD
2010-11 PD of KISM
My title at the Register was Audience Development and Circulation Manager the entire 6 months I was there.
Larry Snyder is Manager of KSBZ Sitka, AK
Larry Walker Air personality. KOMO, KVI
Laura Dane – Program Director/Music Director @ WARM 106.9/KRWM [left KRWM in August 2012.]
Laura Lee hosted a call-in psychic show on KING-AM in 1990, when “fortune telling” was frowned upon according to F.C.C. rules. (Stay tuned — Laura Lee knew things would work out.)
She was helping a friend get placed on some radio talk shows. She dialed. A station manager answered. She quizzed him. The manager said the program was canceled. But he was looking for another program host.
“I was offered a job,” from this first phone call Laura Lee said. “I thanked him and explained that as my Dad was in radio I wanted to talk it over with him first.”
Who’s her daddy? Lester Smith, then-owner of KXL,KJR, KJRB, KISW.
Laura Lee arranged “a chance meeting” with “talk radio” KING’s program director Brian Jennings. He remembered Laura Lee as knee-high-to-a-grasshopper tagging after her dad at KXL Portland, Jennings’ old station.
Laura Lee asked great questions: How talk shows work. What station managers do. She asked how a radio personality could best connect with station listeners. Then at the end of the conversation, Laura Lee asked for a weekend show. (A “chance encounter”, she called it — Jennings was bushwhacked!)
Jennings scheduled a three-hour weekend show — with the proviso that it begin the next Saturday. Jennings confessed there was a new station manager on his way, and it would be easier to put on an experimental program before the manager arrived. (Jennings had also just signed on for a little-known syndicated feature just being offered — “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” Strong listener reaction is hard to get on mostly bland weekend-radio programming. Laura Lee got a reaction. Her test program was on the topic “Near Death Experiences.”
Laura Lee stayed. Rush Limbaugh was dumped, at upper management’s request.
Jennings next moved to KVI; The Laura Lee Show moved to KVI.
By 1995 Laura Lee decided to try syndicating the show — maybe producing her own program at home.
“I took my wish-list of equipment to my Dad,” Laura Lee said. Dad had just upgraded KXL. He ordered a station engineer to bring old KXL equipment to Laura Lee’s apartment and set up a production studio for her.
“It does help to have connections,” Laura Lee said.
“Then it was just a matter of lining up satellite time. I was off and running. My home station, KVI, became my first affiliate. KXL was my second. KJRB Spokane was my third. And it grew from there. I’d just call up program directors and sweet-talk them into taking my show. The program’s ratings didn’t hurt – I was getting a 30 share in some markets, and double-digits in most. We were on our way to grow our affiliates to over 100 top stations in the top markets.
Her reputation was firmly established in the psychic field and she modified the name to Medium Laura Lee to avoid confusion with a couple of other pinups and models named Laura Lee.
Her last national exposure was “Spirit Salon with Medium Laura Lee” on the defunct CBS Radio psychic network, NewSky Radio. She contemplates national syndication again, perhaps establishing her own radio network. Medium Laura Lee maintains a website for folks wanting psychic readings and career advice. (VOS2014)
Lazlo was host of “The Church of Lazlo” and program director and afternoon disk jockey on “The End,” KNDD. He transferred from an Entercom sister-station, KRBZ in Kansas City. At first, his wife Afentra, host of “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz,” stayed in Kansas City, but eventually moved here and supplied her program to the Kansas City station via satellite. In November 2006, Lazlo and Afentra reunited on air as “The Church of Lazlo,” which was broadcast from Seattle on KNDD and simulcast on the Kansas City station. The Kanas City station altered the service four months later.
On July 17, 2008, Lazlo, Afentra, and SlimFast announced plans to end “The Church of Lazlo” run in Seattle.
A few months later, KRBZ was oringinating both “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” and “The Church of Lazlo” on its station alone. And The End had a new station manager.
Lee Askervold – Air personality at KVI, KING, KTAC, WQUA (Moline, ILL). Deceased
Lee Callahan did traffic and weather at KPTK/Progressive Talk 1090, produced public affairs features and has also worked at KZOK and KMPS.
Lee Chase – KUUU, KOL
Lee Duncan is retired from Los Angeles and lives in the Seattle area Facebook page
Lee Hall – Lee Hall now works for Scripps Networks in Knoxville. TN LinkedIN
Lee Knudson, a former KING-FM annoouncer, later did the 6-to-midnight shift at KTAC — at the time the jocks did their shows from a ramshackle studio at the base of the transmitter site near the Puyallup River. (VOS2014)
Lee Perkins was morning announcer at KJR in 1959 and became program director as well in 1961, following Pat O’Day. He was educated in New Mexico and previously worked in San Antonio and Houston. TX. In 1965 he was KJR’s all-nighter. After KJR, Perkins went to KXL, Portland, and then to WIFE, Indianapolis. He returned to Seattle in 1967 to be morning personality at the rocker KOL-AM. Perkins taught radio courses at Elkins Radio School and at Bates Technical Callege. In 1984, Perkins and his wife started KWVR-FM, “The Voice of Wallowa County.” Oregon. In 2010 he was living in Ocean Shores, WA.
Lee Rogers retired after leaving KUPL. Portland, OR-
Lee Smith was crowned “Emperor Smith” at KJR as he took over morning drive time in 1969. Previously he had worked as “Good Morning Smith” at sister-station KJRB, Spokane. Earlier yet, he had worked at stations in Phoenix and Tucson.
Smith came to town dressed in a crown of laurel leaves, gold sandals and burgundy toga. Smith wore the shtick well, with warmth and humor. The gimmick had been appropriated from “Emperor Hudson” of San Francisco (where they really once did have an emperor.) But it worked well with teens and preteens who listened intently to the music and flocked to The Emp’s many personal appearances in the Seattle area.
He made his appearances in a burgundy toga, gold sandals, with a crown of green leaves. And he carried a scepter. The pageantry seemed necessary to fill the space left by legendary Lan Roberts (and briefly Bwana Johnny.) Smith’s own style made the promotion a rating success.
“His wit, charm, energy and totally local emphasis was just what the town wanted,” Pat O’Day, KJR program director, said.
“The Emperor retired prematurely,” O’Day said in 1973. Smith wanted to transfer to the KJR sales department. Another success.
But Smith eventually returned to the air as 9-to-noon personality at KSFO, San Francisco, then returned briefly to Seattle for KYYX, with a contemporary hits format.
Joel Leroy Smith died in Riverside, CA, in 2001 from cancer complications. He was 59. (VOS2013)
Leilani McCoy had already worked at four Honolulu and Hilo radio stations before jumping from Hawaii to Seattle as disk jockey and news director of progressive-rock KZAM, 92.5 Bellevue, in 1975.
She was a little haole girl with curly blonde hair and a Scottish last name (informally hanai-ed by a Hawaiian family as her father inspected island farms and her mother taught school). But then —
“I wanted to live in a place that had snow — just for a year,” Leilani remembers.
She attended the University of Washington and worked at KZAM, then KEZX, KQIN, and finished her disk jockey career at KZOK-FM in 1984. “I have since discovered that cold weather is no fun. I’m glad I hadn’t chosen Detroit or some other really cold place,” she said.
Leilani began specialzing in marketing and promotions, including a stint as audio marketer for Muzak, and off-air work at KPLU, Tacoma. Hawaii’s first female broadcaster, Seattle first female FM news director, has bee doing sales and marketing for the Queen Anne News for the past 20 years and is on the board at the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. (VOS2014)
Len Higgins – deceased
Leo Minton – see: Tom Morgan
Leo Rumsey – Leo Rumsey March 8, 1909 – August 1, 1970 … 1937 through 1942 Leo was the PD at KGMB AM in Honolulu. In 1962, Leo Rumsey, a member of the announcing and news staff of KIRO-TV, was appointed news director of KETO-AM-FM Seattle.
Leonard Barokas produces the KPLZ morning show with Kent & Alan.
Les Bagley on the air at KITZ and KWYZ where he filled in for several years in the 1980s. Bagley was also on the air with John Lynch for several months doing evenings when Bagley was GM at KBRO. In the past he worked at WPOC and WLIF in Baltimore, MD.
Les Beigel – started at Renton’s daytimer KREN in 1965. In 1966 he was one of the hot jocks at rocking KOL. He later worked for KIXI-AM and KAYE, Puyallup. He had a small band which he sometimes used for station events. .Later in life he moved to Los Angeles. Les Beigel Jr. died April 2012.
(His father Les Beigel Sr. worked for several Los Angeles radio stations in the 60s and late ’70s and did TV and radio production work. The father, who played in early big-band orchestras, later ran music schools in Seattle and Issaquah. He died in 2005.)
Les Cole — Program director at KMO (Tacoma), KOMO radio newsman, later went to KBRC (Mt. Vernon).
Leslie Nielson – Slim did not divulge a more formal name on KPLZ 101.5, in 1979. The Tacoma native was known elsewhere as Leslie Nielson.
She previously had worked at KNBQ 102.9, Centralia.
At KFRC, San Francisco, she became “The Slim One,” Leslie Nielson. She also worked at KODL, The Dalles, OR, and KLAY, Tacoma. She also did disk jockey work at area nightclubs.
She was last heard of in Chicago where she worked under the name Leslie “The Slim One” Nelson — note the changed spelling of the last name, to avoid confusion with the Regina-born, Chicago-reared comic movie actor Leslie Nielsen.
A “Star 101” website reports Slim is retired and living in Arizona. (VOS2013)
Les Keiter, spent 50 years as a sportscaster but was best remembered for his three imaginative summers in a Manhattan radio studio recreating San Francisco Giants baseball games for abandoned fans from the Polo Grounds years.
Beginning in 1958, the Giants’ first year in San Francisco, and continuing for the next two seasons, listeners to WINS radio in New York heard the refrain, “Hi there again baseball fans, this is Les Keiter with Giant baseball.”
The Giants had gone west along with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but they lingered on Coogan’s Bluff and elsewhere in the New York area through Keiter’s booming voice and excitable embellishments, aided by his Western Union ticker reports, his taped crowd noise and a drumstick and wooden block alongside his microphone.
When the Giants and the Dodgers departed, Keiter was the sports director of WINS. He was broadcasting Knicks and Giants football games and doing pregame and postgame Yankee broadcasts.
As Keiter told it in his 1991 memoir, “Fifty Years Behind the Microphone,” the owner of WINS, J. Elroy McCaw, asked him to do re-creations of Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers home games.
“Listen, Elroy, you’ve got to be out of your mind,” Keiter responded. “Sports fans in Manhattan, New Jersey and Westchester are too sophisticated for re-creations.”
But McCaw persisted, and Keiter chose the Giants, which had Willie Mays and a host of talented young players, over the aging Dodgers.
Keiter monitored telegraph reports bringing the essential play-by-play into the WINS studio and filled in the rest, offering descriptive flourishes based on his best guess as to what was actually happening.
A native of Seattle and a graduate of the University of Washington, Keiter began his sportscasting career in Hawaii in the late 1940s. Keiter later worked at McCaw’s KELA Centralia. He did radio broadcasts for most Knicks games from 1955 to 1962 and Giants football from 1956 to 1959. He also provided the blow-by-blow for heavyweight championship boxing matches on ABC radio, with Howard Cosell as his color commentator.
Les Metro [KKFX]
Les Parsons [news] KISN, KJR. Retired, living on his sailboat in Hawaii
Les Williams [KQDE/KUDY Renton 1959-1960] KJR in the early 1960s…KNBR San Francisco overnite in the 1970s, KBLX 1979 – 1992 morning drive LINKED-IN
Libby Denkmann – producer @ KIRO FM News, went to KFI April 2015
Lily Jang [Q13 News]
Linda Thomas – The News Chick @ KIRO FM
Linda Weaver was sales executive at KQEU, 920 Olympia, and through five years became station manager. She has worked in sales management at radio stations in New York.and Miami and a TV station in Kentucky, Among her career changes, director of marketing at ATT&T Advertising Specialties in Detroit, TCI cable company in Olympia and Kansas, plus Comcast Spotlight. She currently works at a medical sales company in Troy, Michigan.
Lisa Brooks – news anchor at KMPS and free-lance at other stations, KIRO FM… LinkedIN
Lisa Foster KOMO Voice Over Acting, Voice Over Coaching, Demo Production, Audio Production, Radio Imaging and Copywritin’! I’m a former California Girl, ( aka Lisa Kalmbrum / Lisa Haggerty ) and moved to Seattle in 1991 to pursue my radio broadcasting career. I’ve had many radio personas in the Seattle broadcast market including Kendall Elliott, Danielle Clark, Muffy The Traffic maiden, Christine Russell, and Lisa Hunter.
I still dabble in radio a little bit (when they let me in the building) but I currently work for myself doing voice overs and audio production. Her website a href=”http://www.fosterchick.com/index.php”> Lisa Foster: Professional Female Voice Over Talent For Radio, Commercials, Character Voices, Narration, Events, On-Hold Phone
Lisa Walker went back to college and got a second degree and now teaches high school and college classes in audio and video production. She also runs her media relations company ToThe Max1.com
Liz Rocca Managing Editor/Investigative Reporter KOMO TV [left this position in December 2013] Now Managing Editor KCPQ 13 News LinkedIN
Lloyd Allen was chief annnouncer at KXA in 1968 and midday announcer at M.O.R.-format KOMO-AM from 1969 to 1980. He frequently used the sign-off “Be good to yourself.” Before radio, he was an actor. He died in 2010, age 86. (VOS2012)
Logan Stewart Newsman at KOL, KIXI
Lois Matheson came to KOMO TV in January 1973, as a production assistant on Channel 4’s “This Morning” show.
By May, she was a film editor. She joined the new staff in September. By April 1974, she had become a production assistant for Channel 4’s early-evening newscast. By the following November, she assumed responsibility for the 11 PM weeknight newscasts.
Matheson continued producing news until November 1978, when she left KOMO TV to become program manager for WCAU TV in Philadelphia.
Matheson felt that the atmosphere and WCAU was cold, impersonal. At KOMO TV she always had friends.
“I don’t worry about news turning into entertainment. I really don’t think that will happen. But I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with making news entertaining, in the sense of making it watchful. You can’t inform anyone if you can’t get them to watch in the first place.”
In September 1980, Matheson was back in the Northwest, working for KOMO TV on a free-lance basis. She joined the station’s public-affairs department in 1981.
In January 1982, she was named News Director of Channel 4. At 31, a woman in charge all-news production at a major television station, Matheson was a rarity.
“One of the good things about this job,” Matheson concluded, “is that you get a chance to start over every day. Some evenings I think we’ve done a lousy job and go home feeling low about it. But I always remember that tomorrow is another chance to do it better.”
Lonnie Williams [KZAM]
Lou Gellos KING 5 News
Lou Gillette was KVI newsman during the station’s personality-radio heyday, and then some, Early in his career he had worked at KPQ, KHQ, KPOJ, Portland.
But let’s digress. In 1937 Louis F. Gillette was station manager of KMCM, McMinnville — in the Portland listening area. The station had nine employees and was equipped with little more than a turntable, an Echotek reel-to reel tape recorder and a phone line for Associated Press news headlines. The format was local block programming augmented by syndicated features. “We were mostly country music,” Gillette recalled. “Howdy Radio we called it. I was Old Slim, foreman of the ranch,” In a side project he produced one phonograph record, “I can’t remember the title, I can’t remember the artist.”
Much of KMCM’s programming was from Capital Records Transcription Service, which supplied 16-inch phonograph recordings to stations not affiliated with a radio network. Transcription titles included “The Jan Garber Show,” “Tex Ritter’s Country Show,” “Music From Hollywood” (to air only between 7:30 and 8 p.m.) and “The Alarm Clock Club,” a morning program which offered the time-of-day every three minutes. (The idea of producing a day’s programming from phonograph records was not yet taken hold.)
“In 1937 I had hitchhiked to Seattle from Pullman,” Gillette told a newspaper reporter. “I fancied myself an accomplished announcer.” He worked at several Portland stations, even was an announcer on the just-emerging ABC Radio Network. Then, briefly, to Spokane and then to KAYO Seattle. One of his first tasks at KAYO was to broadcast a ball game. “I didn’t know a thing about football!” Gillette said.
In 1953 he was morning news announcer at KOMO where he was drafted to report a hydroplane race. “I had seen a hydro race!”.
But it was KVI in 1959 that his no-nonsense, commanding voice really took hold. But not without a hitch. On his first day at KVI he slipped, saying “this is KAYO News”. The next morning the broadcast booth was papered with wall-size posters from station manager Bert West: “This is KVI you dumb S.O.B!”
In the next 40 years Gillette reported the news at KVI and trained dozens of future radio newsmen.
Gillette died in 1999 at age 86 in Anacortes. (VOS2012)
Lou Coaston [KZAM]
Lou Robbins joined the staff at KTAC 850 Tacoma, during a period of format turmoil. He liked rocking on “the Big 85″ and even liked what would evolve into an all-night shift on short-term sister-station KBRD-FM.
Under real name Jason Remington, he continued a few courses at Pierce College and made the nightly trek to Metropolitan Park West’s silver-sided home of KBRD, as it transitioned to “the Mountain” KMTT.
The “Big 85″ was a regional station with studio at the Tacoma Mall Office Building. It had a moderate number of Tacoma listeners. In 1972 under program director Steve West, KTAC set out to dominate top-40. Bolstered by young populations at Fort Lewis and South Sound communities, the station nipped at KJR for a season or two.
In 1988, Robbins replaced Bobby Simon in morning drivetime. Robbins had Bill Ogden as newsman and Bob Robertson with sports. “That lasted the better part of two years,” Robbins said. “We added a bit of Hollywood banter and used lots of tips from Electric Weenie.”
With the sale to Entercom, the station’s call letters had changed almost as fast as other stations changed their formats. The “beautiful music” KTAC-FM became “beautiful music” KBRD, then “the Mountain” KMTT. The AM station under different owners became KHHO, first continuing as top-40 but then becoming all-sports.
Robbins also had a brief shift at KASY, Auburn, but in 1995 he moved to KOOL-FM, Phoenix, which was then offering an “oldies” format based on the personal record collection of programmer Jerry Osborne.
But the playlist tightened. “We were playing mostly liners and the same 100 records, ad nauseam,” Robbins recalled. “That was the nature of the radio in the early ’90s,– and it is not even that much fun nowadays.
“I have the good memories of radio — when it was fun.
“I still have nightmares, though, years after leaving the business, of not being prepared for the next element in the show.” Robbins said. “I had never fallen asleep during an airshift but there were moments where the hours got the best of me and I neglected to play a commercial set. Luckily, that was the worst of it.”
Jason Remington worked for a time at a cable-TV company and now is an agent with Blue Emerald Real Estate in Federal Way. He is also host and moderator of the radio-and-entertainment website PugetSound.Media — Yes, the one you are looking at right now. (VS2014)
Luke Burbank – KIRO talk host, now co-hosting with Dave Ross @ KIRO FM [had popular evening show TBTL Too Beautiful To Live] and podcast while between gigs that was very popular.
M. J. McDermott – Did you know? M.J. McDermott has 2 degrees… one in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland. MJ has worked in New York City as an actress, in fact, she had a scene in the 1980s on “All My Children” with the lovely Susan Lucci. MJ says she had a terrible perm that day. Because of a bad hair day, she feels kind of embarrassed by that scene. She probably gave a stunning performance, because she keeps us all entertained and informed each day with her forecasts on Q13. You may also remember an early TV appearance MJ made daily on KSTW 11, a children’s TV show with Rosco T. Raccoon. Roscoe usually had bad hair days. MJ won an Emmy for that show! Born in Florida, as an “Air Force brat” she moved a lot and Seattle has been her home longer than anywhere else. MJ is married, has two teenage boys and lives in north Ballard.
Marcus Najera KBKS, now at Alice FM San Francisco LinkedIN
Madman Moskowitz had a fascination with weird, crazy music, airing selected works, usually in late-night hours on KMPS-AM, KMPS-FM, KKBY, KYCW — and finally noontime Saturdays on KSER, Everett. He started on a whim at noncommercial KRAB in the middle 1970s. Moskowitz held forth as “the maniacal maestro of malodorus melodies” for 20 years on Seattle radio.
His material was carefully selected from a huge personal record library of 50,000 records and tapes. He played novelty tunes, comedy routines, and sometimes items that where unintentionally funny. “Music With Moskowitz” was the only place to continue hearing novelties such as “Godzilla Ate Tukwila” and “The Aroma of Tacoma.” Other standard fare was from favorites Tom Leher, Weird Al Yankovic, Alan Sherman and Spike Jones.
As Robert Baron, he was as an Edmonds school teacher. He pulled his air name from the 1960s poster, “American Rabbit,” by Stewart Moskowitz. A native of Pasadena, Calif., Baron got an early start in entertainment as an uncredited extra in “Rebel Without a Cause.”
He died in 2006 after a brief illness. As Baron, he had completed 35 years teaching in Los Angeles and Edmonds. He was 61. There is a minimal Yahoo Group for Madman Moskowitz listeners. (VOS2013)
Mal Garham [KETO]
Marco Collins recently at KEXP; now at JET CITY STREAM Internet radio:
Collins worked at a number of radio stations along the West Coast including KYSR 98.7 in Los Angeles, KCR and XTRA-FM (91X) in San Diego, KITS (Live 105) in San Francisco and KWOD in Sacramento. However, Collins is best known as the flagship DJ and Music Director at Seattle’s 107.7 ‘The End’ during the 1990′s grunge explosion. In the 1990′s, he launched Stampede Records which released Silkworm’s 1993 EP “His Absence is a Blessing” and Muzzle’s “Free Trampoline/Come On Down” (7″ single).
Collins was instrumental in breaking artists such as Nirvana, Beck, Weezer, the Presidents of the USA, Foo Fighters, Garbage and Harvey Danger. In addition, he did radio promotion and A&R for numerous record labels and worked as Director of Music Programming for VH1. Collins is currently a music programmer for Slacker radio, leads the curation of the “Face the Music” series for the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and is considered one of the great tastemakers when it comes to breaking contemporary music.
Margaret Ellsworth was the first female radio voice Victor Stredicke fell-in-love-with. Smooth and competent, she was the female voice on classic KING-FM in 1966. She hosted a daytime segment of classical music but also a weekend folk- music program.
Margaret Larson former NBC Today reporter, morning show host at KING 5
Marie LaMarche/Marie McCallister [KXLY] left KEZE FM Spokane in Feb 2010 – Marie McCallister is now middays at KPND Sandpoint, ID
Marina Rockinger -News for KOMO stations – LinkedIN
Mario Briones [KTOY FM – Variedas Latinas]
Marion Seymour was afternoon personality at KZAM (the second KZAM — the punk/new wave/alternative one at 92.5.) She became music director after Jon Kertzer and when an AM signal was added, helped program director Paul Sullivan launch “Rock of the ’80s” at the 1540 dial position.
“Programming music for two distinct formats was quite a challenge,” Seymour said. “But great fun.”
Her first job at KZAM in 1975, however, was on the engineering side, fresh from a Tacoma’s Bates College. Her engineer-boss suggested she might be more comfortable on the programming side. She added an art degree from Monmouth University and film/screenwriting post-grad degree at the UW.
She also hosted a music segment for the KCTS-TV show “Steppin Out.” Ater moving to KJR in 1982 for a midday program, she was hired to write and produce and host “Rev,” on KING-TV. “We videotaped bands at Astor Park and I interviewed visiting artists like AC/DC, Talking Heads and Billy Idol. Later I did a music and-arts talk show on KING-AM.”
She did a midday shift at “The Mountain” KMTT during its early years.
Seymour grew up in New Jersey. She now lives in New York. “It still feels like home. High energy, subways, creative people. It all suits me. I still love music and the city is full of it.”
Nowadays, Seymour leads a creative group providing consulting with a focus on music and the arts. She also is a Wedding Officiant.
“Not a wedding coordinator! I’m an inter-faith minister who writes and performs custom ceremonies,” she said. She marries folks, including same-sex couples and people from all over the world in New York State.
She also works with Well Rounded Radio, a net podcast, where she helps with music and web projects.
She still owns a house in Seattle. Her son Hamilton Boyce leads the band Song Sparrow Research, based in Seattle, and plays with the band Country Lips.
“A little bit of my heart remains in the Northwest,” Seymour said.
Another son Harrison Boyce is a director and designer in NYC.
“…And I’m also finishing up my first novel.” she said.
Mark Allen – [KING] left for KGW/Portland, KWIZ, 1976-80. Mark is now an attorney living in Seattle. He serves as the President of the Washington State Broadcasters Association.
Mark Andrews (Mark Carlson) works for Pinnacle Media Worldwide, Fallbrook, CA LinkedIN
Mark Benecke – After graduating from Seattle’s Franklin High School 1968, and Ron Bailie School of Broadcast in 1969, I landed my first radio job at the age of 19, as the all night disc jockey at Seattle’s easy listening/pop station, KETO FM. Our format was two pop vocals (Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Sinatra, etc.) followed by one instrumental, which was often a light jazz artist, i.e., Wes Montgomery, Charley Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, etc. I later worked evenings for the station. Following a format change to a beautiful music format, I moved to Moses Lake to work weekends at top forty KSEM AM in January of 1972. After two months of weekends and working during the week for free, I became the morning D.J. and Program Director and later worked afternoon drive before returning to KETO FM in 1974 as their evening D.J. The station had just introduced a new contemporary country format. I later worked afternoon drive before going back to Moses Lake, as Program Director & morning DJ for pop country KWIQ AM/FM. We played a lot of Willie & Waylon, Charley Pride, Barbara Mandrel, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, etc. I also became the voice of Big Bend Community College Basketball and Baseball. In 1978 I left KWIQ for an account executive position with KPQ AM/FM in Wenatchee. I voiced a lot of the commercials and also did play-by-play of Wenatchee and Eastmont High School Sports. After exactly 5 years at KPQ, I returned to Moses Lake in 1984 as General Manager of KBSN AM/KDRM FM (formerly KSEM AM/FM). The station was now under new ownership. We were an ABC affiliate and had a full service sound on AM with Paul Harvey, lots of news and sports, including the Cougars & Seahawks and high school sports. Following three good years as G.M. at KBSN/KDRM, I was offered a regional rep position with KING Broadcasting in Portland in February, 1987. I was now 37 years old, had gotten married and had two beautiful daughters in elementary school. It was a good time to return to a metro area and Portland was a perfect fit. I covered the Portland ad agencies for many great Northwest stations including KING AM/FM, KUBE FM, KORD AM/FM in the Tri Cities, Magic FM in Eugene, KICE FM in Bend, KOZE AM/FM in Lewiston, KBSN/KDRM in Moses Lake, and worked the Eugene agencies for KGW/KINK in Portland. When KING Broadcasting was sold 1991/92, I moved over to KUPL AM/FM to be their national sales manager, Led by artists like Garth Brooks, country was more popular than ever. KUPL AM/FM became Portland’s most listened to station with Adults 25-54 and number one in revenue too! After three very successful years our ownership (Scripps Howard) decided to sell us….and I didn’t fit in with the new owners so I moved over to The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver, selling ads for three years and followed that up with a very successful 12 year run with Portland cable selling commercials on ESPN, Fox News, HGTV, CNN, etc., before retiring in 2008. From 2000 – 2010, my wife and I also owned and operated six Curves franchises in Clark and Cowlitz counties. We sold our last one in 2010. I’ve met so many great people along the way, – Jim Dai at KSEM in the early 70’s and Jim Davis in the 80’s at KBSN/KDRM & Matt Kearny at KPQ. Special thanks to Todd Bitts, Don Oylear, Stan Mak, Greg Obata, Bill Bradley, Ed Hardy & Lois Petrik for giving me a chance. Life is sweet!
Mark Bronson [KJR FM] The following was excerpted from “The Best of Western Washington” website:
Mark was born in Minneapolis, MN. Ever since he was 12 years old he wanted to be on the radio. He moved to Bellevue, WA in 1993 and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1996. Mark excelled in the radio program there on 89.3 KASB. He hosted his own show on Wednesday nights where his friends and family would have to park in the parking lot just to hear him! : )
When Mark was 18, he went Bellevue Community College and studied communications. Soon after, joined KJR-FM as an intern for Dave Yates’ 7-Midnight show. Mark learned the ins and outs of business from the entire staff and loved what he saw! After a few months, Mark received a phone call from then Program Director and PM Drive host Norm Gregory. While on the phone Norm offered Mark the overnight shift Tuesday thru Friday, 12Mid to 6AM and 4AM to10AM on the weekends. (YIKES!) So, there went Mark’s social life for a while, but he enjoyed every minute of it!
Mark likes long walks on the beach and is currently at 3% body fat. Just kidding… he paid us to include that in his bio. Actually, Mark is an avid golfer and loves to spend time with his family and friends.
You can tune into Mark Bronson weekends on KJR-FM playing Rock ‘N Rolls Greatest Hits!
Mark Christopher – On the beach… previously Mornings at KRWM; previously at 570 KVI Oldies LinkedIN
Mark Coleman – Q13 KCPQ TV reporter for several years, now Director of Marketing & Communications
Development for Food LifeLine.org
Mark Edwards says he works for Horizon Air at Sea-Tac Airport
Mark Ellis [Mornings at KPLZ circa 1979]
Mark Holland [was at KCMS, now at Praise 106.5]
Mark Kaufman was doing radio and head of media at Longacres. He has passed away. There is an award given out in his name by the Washington Thoroughbred Horse Breeders’ Association
Mark O. Marks – [KSND]
Mark Pierce – retired from radio, lives in Tacoma
Mark Richards, former Program Director at KRPM FM and KMPS FM, most recently at Country WKHX-FM (101.5 Kicks FM)/Atlanta as Program Director, exited that station in January 2013 after 10 years there. LinkedIN
Mark Wayne – Mark Wayne (Mark Weijanen) was a talkative disk jockey at middle-of-the-road KING-AM, 1090 khz, in 1963. He held forth on “The Night Owl Club” from midnight to 6 a.m. and eventually moved to middays on the “Mighty 10-90” where he had considerable topical freedom, bookended by Frosty Fowler in the morning and Irving Clark Jr talk at night.
Mark was a military kid from Greely, Colorado, growing up in a number of schools across the country. He earned a University of Washington degree in communications. He appeared briefly on KUOW but got his first big gig on KQTY, 1230 kHz Everett.
After KING, in 1969 he moved to news-talk KIRO-AM, 710 kHz, with a daytime air shift and added production duties. His voice was frequently heard on area-wide commercials and Mark was the title character in Jim French’s radio drama series, “Rocky Waters, Private Eye.”
In 2010 he was reported to be in an Everett nursing home.
He died in March, 2014. age 77. (VOS2014)
Marlin Spear (Kevin Bonnay) has just joined WABQ, Cleveland
Marni Hughes joined the Q13 FOX News team in September 2011.
Marni got her start in TV news right out of college at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. She also worked for WISE in Fort Wayne, Indiana and KSTU in Salt Lake City.
Marni’s most recent stop was in the Twin Cities working for KMSP where she covered a number of national stories, including the tragic and deadly Minneapolis 35W Bridge collapse in 2007 and the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
In addition to her work in TV news, Marni is a passionate advocate for the American Heart Association and works to raise awareness and funds to fight our nation’s number one killer, heart disease.
Mason Halligan was active in civic and sports events in Tacoma In 1953. His passion for the city prompted him to run for political office. He broadcast midget car races from Athletic Park and wresting matches from the Armory and worked in the press box in the late 1940s doing commentary for Tacoma Tigers baseball games. He was a promoter of Tacoma’s Soap Box Derby and pro wrestling in Tacoma. In 1946 he co-published Spot Light Review, a sports free sports newspaper.By trade he was an insurance agent. While working for KTAC Mason conducted numerous interviews with visiting sports icons, even getting Gorgeous George to chat and Bob Hope to joke. He had health issues and died in 1972, age 49. (CHBCenter, 2014)
Martha Hadley on the air @ KCMS
Martin Tobin [news] – CBS newsman before KOL and KIXI. Moderator of Success Story, KING TV – deceased
Martinn “Marty Party” “The Thriller” Mandles
Marty Riemer – on the air [again] at the Mountain 103.7/Seattle
Marty Wyatt retired from KGO as the sports anchor in Jan 2007
Mary Fain’s dulcet tones were added to KING-FM in 1987. She previously worked at KFAC, Los Angeles.
Here’s how Jim Wilke, program director, described her.
“We tried to find the most qualified person for the opening,” Wilke said. He enumerated her schooling, Vienna Academy, her Masters in music at Berkeley and muttered something about her having been an accompanist for Pablo Casals.
“And I can type!” Ms. Fain yelled in the background. (VOS2013)
Mary Whitish – traffic reporter for Metro, heard on many stations over the years. Signed off traffic duties 9/23/2014 —LinkedIN
Matt Alan – Matt started at KRKO, Everett doing a Sunday night talk show at the age of 15, then went on to 7-midnight. Matt was at KJR for a year before moving to KNBQ. After KNBQ, KFI, Los Angeles, KRBE Houston, WHTZ Z100 New York, KIISFM, Los Angeles. XM satellite radio and “Outlaw Radio” LinkedIN
Matt Case – 2003-2006 On air Evenings KLSY 92.5
2006-2007 Morning Show Producer / On Air KKWF 100.7
2008-2012 On Air KCMS Mid Days / PM Drive
2012 – On Air PM Drive KRWM 106.9
Matt Lorch Q13 News – Matt returned to his home state after spending five years at WHDH in Boston. He previously worked for stations in Miami, Baltimore, Boise, Idaho and Quincy, Illinois.
Matt, a UW alum, is eagerly looking forward to catching Huskies games on Saturdays and Seahawks on Sundays. When he’s not rooting for one of his favorite teams, Matt likes to ski, hike and hang out with his wife and two children.
Maureen [Mo] Matthews was last heard as PD at KNUA
Maxine Sartori [KOL FM] later at WBCN/Boston
Maynard Cohen SVP Programming at Clear Channel Media & Entertainment; formerly at Movin’ 92.5 Seattle
Mel Scott [KBRD weekends]
Michael Medved – local Seattle talk show host, syndicated nationwide.
Michael O’Brien – retired, restores antique radios, lives in Gig Harbor
Michael O’Shea Vice President and General Manager of the Cascade Radio Group with stations in Bellingham, WA
From Dallas-Fort Worth 1960s KLIF 1190; KZLA/KMPC Los Angeles, KVI/Seattle; 1978-1981 VP Programming Golden West Broadcasters, Los Angeles, surpervising the legendary Gene Autry-owned stations: KMPC, Los Angeles; KSFO, San Francisco; KVI/KPLZ-FM, Seattle, KEX/KQFM, Portland, and WCXI/WTWR-FM, Detroit.
Later he was the General Manager of KUBE-FM, Seattle, with oversight of WUSN-FM, Chicago; KSLX-FM, Phoenix and KFMY, Salt Lake. He was a founding partner of New Century Media which acquired KUBE-FM, KJR-AM and FM, Seattle.
From 1998 until 2003 Michael O’Shea was President/Founder, New Northwest Broadcasters, Seattle, which acquired and consolidated 43 AM and FM radio stations in small and medium sized markets in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.
In 2003 he became the President and Founder in Hollywood of All Comedy Networks and the Creator and programmer of world’s first national all-comedy radio format and network, now on-air in over 20 major radio markets. [info compiled by BurntOutRadio, member of Radio-Info.com] ALLACCESS LINK
Michael Schuett watched machines take over from humans in 1986 to 1988. “I was news director of KBSN-AM/KDRM-FM,The AM was a live, local, full-service station with personalities, music, news and sports. The FM played soft-rock, adult-contemporary music off of huge reel-to-reel tapes all day and night. The only time the music was interrupted was for pre-recorded commercials (four an hour),e breaks or my own prerecorded newscasts. Frankly, KDRM-FM was boring to the listener but cheap to operate.”
In 1889 he worked at “Radio 123” KWYZ, Everett. “I was also my own “pit reporter” at nearby Evergreen Speedway; I was also the track announcer, ‘Saturday night rain or shine’.”
Schuett now operates his own broadcast service. Website: http://www.totalbroadcasting.com.
The sight and sound of an AP teletype machine punching out world headlines with factory precision was all it took. The news bug bit Michael Shappee at age 17 at a half-day high school program at a vocational FM in Tacoma, Washington, circa 1977.
While attending college, Michael played elevator music for KBRD FM Tacoma. Next up, KBBY in Ventura, California as the one-man-band “News Director”.
There were stints with L.A. based Money Radio, Financial Broadcasting Network and Metro Traffic before landing at KFWB in May of 1990. Growing up in Tacoma, Michael never really dreamed he’d one day cover floods, fires, earthquakes, riots and even the entertainment industry in Southern California.
When not on the radio, he spends a lot of time on the back of a Harley.
Michael Soto – Michael is vp/director of national sales and marketing for GST Corporation (parent company is the NYK Steamship Line) based in Los Angeles
Michael Stein – Moved to Seattle in 1980, and got a degree (in Communications and Journalism) at the University of Washington. While there, Michael was on-air at KCMU, the predecessor to KEXP. Also helped start and host ‘Audioasis’, a local music/ performance show there…and it’s still on the air today! KYYX-FM, Seattle was his first full-time radio job. Using the name ‘Damien’, Michael did the afternoon show (with news-partner Debbie Paine) up ’til about mid-1984, when the station got sold and changed format. Then, did nights for a couple years at ‘K-Plus FM’…which is now ‘Star 101.5’. Michael did promotion for Geffen Records in the mid-late ’80s, Polydor Records in the early ’90s. Now doing voiceover work: http://www.michaelsvoice.com/index.html
Michelle Ludtka is a reporter/sports reporter for Q13 FOX
Mike Altman Worked part time at KLAN,KGY,KASY,KTNT-AM-FM,KETO,KOL,KXA,KIRO
Mike Bettelli [KOMO] formed a company called Broadcast Partners; Partner/Consultant; KOMO AM 1000 -1982 – 1990 (8 years); prior was PD and morning show host for KISM-FM. Programmer/Consultant/ Broadcast Programing/Jones Radio Networks/Dial Global 1991 – 2008 (17 years);
Mike Brody [Bob Glasco] Mike Brody — “I have not used the name Mike Brody since leaving KING-AM in 1973. It was actually assigned to me by program director Buzz Barr. We were “The Big Eleven.” My real name: Bob Glasco.
“I have been a country-radio programming consultant for the past 20 years. (With 40 years experience behind the mike, programming and consulting I can help diverse clients.)
“My first on-air job was at KNIX Phoenix, then Syracuse and Kansas City. I moved to Seattle as KING-AM was changing from M.O.R. to top-40. After KING, there was Akron, Dallas, Jacksonville, with stops in Columbus, Phoenix and the L.A. Transtar Radio Network. I came back to Phoenix and worked with Rusty Walker Programming Consultants. I started Glasgo Media, Scottsdale, in 1991. (hotlink www.glascomedia.com. ) Glasco’s client list has included stations in Chicago, Tucson, Salt Lake City and San Francisco, plus Citadel Broadcasting’s country stations.
“All of my clients are heroes,” Glasco said. “They put up with me.”
“My last task was to launch “Country 108” KMLE, in Phoenix.
“And as you could have guessed, all four of my daughters were born in different cities.” (VOS2012)
Mike Curto, the long-time Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster, has stories to tell about minor league baseball He grew up listening to San Francisco Giants broadcasts, and the dream of being a baseball broadcast was etched in his brain. First there were campus-radio broadcasts at University of California Berkeley and spring-training games for the Oakland Athletics in his senior year, Then several minor-league assignments. (Remember the Lafayette Leopards in Indiana?) He finally got a good gig, two years with the San Diego Padre’s Class A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. That led to the Tacoma move in 1998, Throw in a couple of fill-in Mariner’s broadcasts.and the 2001 Pacific Coast League co-championship team to round out his experiences
Curto’s style is to focus on the players. He believes listeners want to hear about the men on the field, not the men in the broadcast booth. This year he returns for his 16th season with the Rainiers. (CHBCenter, 2014)
Mike Dalton – KJR
Mike Ford – is at KOOL 97.3/Anchorage
Mike Forrester – [KBSG] retired, Owner and voice over artist at my own studio, also doing a little woodworking as a creative outlet at my own shop
Mike Garland – Started his career at KOZI Lake Chelan… along the way he was News Director at KTAC/KBRD…KJR/Klite/KUBE …KIXI-KLSY …retired from radio after 34 years, KOMO 1000/KVI 570 were his last stop in 2006.
Mike Gastineau, 25 years at KJR, started as a producer and weekend fill-in host and became a weekday host in October 1991, moving to afternoon drive in 1993.
“When I came rolling into town on a beautiful JUNE afternoon in 1991, I couldn’t have imagined the journey I was about to begin… I’ve had the privilege to watch and talk with fans and participants about SEATTLE sports. To say I’m lucky is to vastly understate how I feel,” said Gastineau. Mike is known as “The Gas Man.” — retired from KJR in December 2012.
Mike Lonergan – morning news and talk at 1180 KLAY/Lakewood
Mike Moran’s afternoon shift at KQIN 810, Burien, gave him the chance to do sunset sign-offs each day in 1970. Next he became morning man at “oldies” KUUU. No sleep for the weary.
“Those were fun years for a young 20-something,” Moran said.
In 1971 he became program director at KTNT-AM, Tacoma. He lost that job, but a hired consultant brought him back a few months later as morning personality. Moran later moved to KIRO for five years as afternoon news host during the station’s “news-radio” years in the middle 1970s. He also worked at KIRO’s FM sister-station KSEA.
“My late wife and I co founded Spiritual Life Center in Sacramento in 1998,” Moran said. “It’s been quite a ride. I just retired from my second 27-year career as a Unity/Interfaith minister.” He had hosted a radio program “Vision for a Better World,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
“I have traveled the world working for peace and reconciliation among religions, cultures, and countries. Now that I am retired I have time to revisit past lives.” (VOS2013)
Mike Morgan [KJR]
Mike O’Connor – KMPS, KNBQ – 03/31/12 – After 31 years on the air in Centralia/Chehalis, Mike O’Connor retired Friday (03/30) from KITI AM/Live-95.1 KITI-FM Centralia, where he began broadcasting in November, 1980. Most recently he hosted the morning show on oldies 1420 KITI. Prior to joining Premier Broadcasters, Mike was a fixture on KOL Seattle.
Mike Phillips was middays two years at top-40 KJR and then, in 1969, the morning man. A short time later he was at top-40 WWDJ, Hackensack, NJ. He was the first morning personality at KFRC as a Drake station. He was the “architect” who tightened Los Angeles’s “gold” K-Earth into adult-contemporary.
Phillips started in radio as weekend announcer at KISN, Portland, soon moved to middays.
He became program director at KGW, Portland, and took similar positions at San Francisco and Los Angeles.
He became a vice president for programming for NBC Radio and worked for the radio industry’s Research Group.
He retired in Santa Monica in 2001, soon moved back home to Portland. He died from pancreatic cancer in 2006, age 64. (VOS2012)
Mike Preston PD at KKWF
Mike Purdy [KRKO and WARM 106.9 suffered a stroke after leaving WARM 106.9. Recovered well and is now a screenwriter.
Mike Salk has co-hosted “Brock and Salk” since 2009 on KIRO 710. He also hosts “SportsCenter Saturday with Mike Salk” and is the regular fill-in host for the “Doug Gottlieb Show” on ESPN Radio. He lives in Phinney Ridge with his wife Heather, daughter Avery and french bulldog Wendell.
Mike Siegel – Talk-show host at KING AM, KVI, KXL; Also did a talk show on KITZ/Port Orchard-KGTK/Olympia.
Mike Trochalakis still lives in the Seattle area.
Mike Webb – Talk-show host Mike Webb — a staunchly liberal, openly gay, gun-toting iconoclast — inspired loyalty and antagonism with equal ferocity during two decades on the radio in Seattle.
Webb’s badly decomposed remains were found concealed in the basement of his Queen Anne rental home, and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said that he was a homicide victim, killed by stab wounds.
While Seattle police investigate who might have had enough enmity to kill Webb, friends grieve the silencing of the rabble-rousing on-air personality, best-known for his 10 years as a KIRO-AM (710) radio host [Seattle Times]
Milt Furness worked at KOMO-AM from 1967 until 1982, serving as newsdesk manager, reporter, and in the early 1970s anchoring the morning news block and the evening news. When KOMO’s parent company, Fisher Communications, launched its own cable network Fisher Satellite News, he became news director and anchor. When the system was sold to CNN, Furness followed — briefly.
He then became public relations director for the Boeing company. He is now retired.
(His son, Ian Furness, himself a former sports producer at KOMO-TV, now hosts a sports-talk program on KJR 950 AM.)
Moe Shore is married, living in a suburb of Boston. Two daughters, as I recall. He works for one of the big movie film camera companies (forgive me, Moe, I forget which). I talked to him about a year ago, maybe a little more. I started the conversation with “Is this Moe Shore of the Show More Moe Shore Show? This is Agent Hanratty of the FBI.” He went for it. [Brian Lord] “I traveled to Seattle to join Tom Corddry, Jon Kertzer, Paul Gregutt and Vito Perillo at KOL-FM. After we were all canned to make way for automation, I came back east to WCAS – The Cambridge Station – where I did mornings and eventually became Program Director. This little AM station was saved by the community, at least for a little while, from sale to religious broadcasters.”
Moose Moran says “I Graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1973 where I did sports play-by-play in a Howard Cossell voice..after attending Ron Baillie School of Broadcasting began career in Great Falls Montana at KMON/KNUW where my air name was Crash Holland..moved to Lewiston Idaho and KRLC from 1976- early 1982 as Moe Holland..then Pat O’day called as I was on vacation in Seattle and hired me as Moose Moran from 1982-1984 at KYYX…worked a few months at KNBQ in Tacoma then worked in Everett Wa at KRKO till 1994 as Moose Moran, in Oak Harbor Wa at KWDB for about 5 years in the early 2000’s..was voice for TV home shows around the country including Seattle on KIRO”s Prudential Sunday Morning Home Show, I have been a mobile D.J. since 1985, also have voiced commercials over the years (would love more) I have lived in Coupeville for 14 years and own & operate Moose Mobile Music, playing wedding music for over 25 years at schools, birthday parties etc. I live on Whidbey Island – “The Moose Is Still Loose”
Mr. T (Mike Trochalakis)
Murray Morgan – Tacoma-born Murray Morgan [1916-2000] was many things, including journalist, political commentator, theater and arts reviewer, political activist, freelance writer, and college history teacher. More recent arrivals knew him mainly as an author. Morgan considered himself to be, in addition, a history reporter… Regularly reported for KMO-KTAC-KTNT radio stations and the Tacoma News Tribune [HistoryLink.org]
Myles Cameron – Raconteur Of News & Traffic at KOIT Radio -News Anchor / Reporter at Comcast Networks