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!

Nancy Walton – KMTT [1991] -LinkedIN Currently in Missoula, Montana area: Voice Talent/Commercial Production & Broadcast Professional Jannuary 2013 – Present
I voice and produce radio spots, do voiceovers for television, film, industrials, audio books, etc., voice track radio shows, produce and record radio shows and am set up to do live radio shows, all from my new, state-of-the-art home studio.

Nate Connors on the air @ KZOK

Nathan Lee [KGY-FM]

Neil Richards

Neil Scott now hosts Recovery Coast to Coast Radio and is a sports update anchor at 950 KJR –LinkedIN

New York Vinnie Richichi – recently left the air at KDKA –LinkedIN He is no longer at KDKA Current; Talk Show Host/On Air Personality-Producer/Writer at Drivetime-Radio/Golden V Media Greater Pittsburgh Area

NickKKWFNick Alan, otherwise known as Nick At Nite – Nick is a music lover, baseball fan and loves a cold beer every now and again. Most importantly, he’s now a husband and new father. On the weekend, find Nick umpiring high school baseball or DJing weddings all over the Northwest.

Nick ALexander, former KZOK news man, [1977] went on to the newly formed ABC FM network, a public relations firm, hosted a radio talk show in New Jersey in the mid 1980s and now works at “A start-up strategic media company, initially serving the DC area real estate industry.” His linked-In profile

Nick Anthony owns Nick Anthony & Associates, Visalia, CA (public relations, marketing, market research, event marketing; had previously owned radio station KSEQ Visalia, which he sold to Buckley Broadcasting.

Nick Diamond

Nick Freeman – Longtime announcer at KIRO TV and KTVW TV

Nick Lacey KQTY, KOMO – retired Seattle

Nick Morrison works at KPLU FM

Nick Reynolds [KJR] LINKED IN

Nikki Hill-Garrett [KKFX]

Nils Von Veh lives in Seattle is owner of Cloudbreak Enterprises Nils von Veh | LinkedIn

Noreen Smith – KUPY, KJUN, KRPM, KGAA, *Brandi Walker-KKFX See Sunshine Smith (VOS2012)

Norm Abel

Norm Bobrow – a well-known Seattle impresario and champion of Seattle jazz, died on April 13, 2008, at age 90. A disc jockey, Seattle Times columnist and singer/bandleader who presented Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, among others, Mr. Bobrow had a career in popular music and jazz that spanned seven decades. [Maia Santell]

Norm Flint [KZOK] now doing radio spots in San Diego WEBSITE-link

Norm Gregory –

Who Is Norm Gregory?

Norm grew up in Seattle, Washington, USA. Went to Roosevelt High School in Seattle and graduated college at Western Washington in Bellingham. Norm’s first full time radio job was at KBRC in Mt. Vernon, WA in early 1967. Two months later he was at KPUG, Bellingham, WA; nine months later Norm was in Spokane, WA at KJRB.

Norm’s Seattle Radio History

In early 1969, Norm arrived at KJR AM, Seattle, first doing early evenings and then afternoons. In 1975, Norm went to KZOK AM/FM; at the time the station was less then a year old. Norm served as KZOK Program Director from 1976-79. Then off to Portland (KQFM/Q100) for ten months. Back to KZOK in early 1980 as station manager. That lasted until August 1981. After a brief two year return stint at KJR (again doing afternoons), Norm landed the afternoon full service program at KOMO, Seattle (1984 to 1994, being Program Director 1989-92). In July, 1994, Norm joined the new KJR-FM, as Program Director and afternoon air personality. In September, 1997, as the station was sliding out of The Greatest Hits of The ’70s, Norm slide out of the PD job and filled in on the morning shift following the departure of Charlie (Brown) & Ty (Flint). Between early March, 1998 and late April 2000, Norm did the weekday afternoon shift at KJR-FM. His last shift (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.) at 95.7, KJR-FM, was on April 24, 2000. [ See Bill Virgin’s April 27, 2000 column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ]

Norm Since 2000

After 33 years of being on the air, in April 2000 Norm found himself not on the radio. He didn’t go looking for another radio job, but continued working on several web projects, including maintaining a couple radio station webs site full time. During the summer of 2001 Norm was approach by an Olympia Washington station and on November 1, 2001 Norm returned to the air . . . doing the morning show on “Classic Hits For The South Sound,” 97.7 The Eagle. [ See Bill Virgin’s November 21, 2001 column in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ] The show was done on his home computer! Wow . . a dream come true for Norm: doing an air shift and not messing up his lifestyle.

Norm Retires

The remote gig lasted until October 2003 when The Eagle folks finally realized the benefits of having a morning man actually located in the market (Olympia is some 60 miles south of Seattle). Norm couldn’t argue. Norm, now completely retired, says: “To tell you the truth I can’t image any circumstances that would draw me back to a radio job.”

Norm In 2011 and beyond

It’s been more than ten years since his last Seattle radio gig. Norm is still doing the daily show prep. Many think this confirms he was born for the radio job. Norm regularly posts items at
http://www.normgregory.com and elsewhere. In 2008 Norm got hooked into Twitter and he is enjoying the entertainment and information coming from being tied into a world wide network.

Norman B. [KEZX] Left KXRX rocker in August 1989 for Talker KGW/Portland and was the first to exit in January 1990 as KGW decided he didn’t fit the format. Wikipedia

norm-riceNorm Rice worked as a reporter at KIXI-FM and at KOMO-TV after graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a Masters of Public Administration.
Eventually he entered city politics and was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1978. He ran for mayor in 1985, but lost to Charles Royer. Rice ran again in 1989; he was re-elected in 1993. (He held office 1990 to 1997.)
During the technology boom of the 1990s, Rice led the rejuvenation of Seattle’s downtown. He also served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 1997, Rice ran for governor, but was eliminated in the primary. Rice made an appearance as himself on an episode of the TV series “Frasier” entitled “The 1000th Show.” (VOS2013)

Paige Claire, KISW and also a bit of a pop music star, having appeared on TVs Virginia Graham show and others.
Parella Lewis [Q13 News]

Pat 0’Day – Real Estate, semi-retired from broadcasting

Pat Cashman – commercial voice-over production, his voice frequently heard on Seattle radio …bio

Pat Hughes [KCMS]

Pat Lewis Air personality at KING AM

Pat Wright [KYAC]

Patrick McDonald He started at the P-I as a part-time file clerk. At age 18 he stated writing music reviews and In 1969 he became one of the 4 new disc jockey at KOL FM. After a change of format, he quit on the spot. Eventually, he ended up at the Seattle Times as their music critic. Here is a link to his last column on Dec. 14, 2008 where he discusses his career.
Music & nightlife | Music critic Patrick MacDonald looks back on nearly 50 years in the biz | Seattle Times Newspaper

Patti Par (Norwood) began in 1974 at KGA, Spokane, reporting as “Peppermint Patty” on the all-night trucker show. In 1977, Patricia Jane Parlavecchia became weather gal and disk jockey for KHQ-AM-TV.
In 1979, she joined KMPS-AM and shortly thereafter married the program director, Ron Norwood. She was part of Phil Harper’s morning show and later was with Ichabod Caine’s Waking Crew.
After KMPS, the Norwoods moved to Salem, OR, but Patti returned to Seattle in 1992 and Norwood stayed in Salem.
Patti devoted time to the American Red Cross and was an advocate for the disabled. She was also an avid gardener. She had a degree in horticulture and in broadcasting. She had two children Alexis Victoria and James Patrick.
She died in October, 2012. (VOS2012)

Patty Payne (KMPS FM) works for Puget Sound business Journal

Paul Oscar Anderson – (Paul E. Brown) [KOL]. He died June 5, 2009

Paul Brendle [KIRO Air-borne Traffic] Deceased
— [Seattle PI – Aug 8, 2002] Paul Brendle, a former KIRO traffic reporter who was once dubbed the “guru of gridlock,” has died of carbon monoxide poisoning. He would have been 56 on Wednesday.

Police found Mr. Brendle inside his car in the parking lot of the Woodinville library Wednesday afternoon. A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that Mr. Brendle died sometime after midnight Tuesday. A hose inserted into the car’s interior was attached to the car’s exhaust pipe.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a suicide.

Mr. Brendle was a helicopter pilot who worked for KIRO Radio from 1978 to 1997. No one from the station would comment further. A spokesman for his family said yesterday that they had no further details of his death.

Mr. Brendle ran his own company, Puget Sound Helicopters, while flying for KIRO on a contract basis.

He was known for flamboyant, yet informative, descriptions of traffic patterns and problems during the region’s daily commute.

He also covered big news stories from the air, such as the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

During one of his most famous broadcasts Mr. Brendle vividly described the sinking of the old Lake Washington floating bridge in 1990, capturing dramatic breaking news and beating his broadcast competitors.

“It looks very much like some sort of damaged ship, a large ship rolling on its side, groaning, gasping for air, then slipping on its side to the bottom of the lake,” he told listeners.

He had a candid broadcast persona and held sway over traffic when he recommended commuters take certain routes to avoid an accident or a tieup.

Others in the pilot community had commented over the years about Mr. Brendle’s proclivity for dangerous stunts and getting into trouble.

Within a 10-year span, Mr. Brendle miraculously walked away from three helicopter crashes. But the second, in Kent in 1983, caused him to collapse shortly after walking away.

His love was helicopters, but he also became a developer, owning a drywall company and running a Redmond firm specializing in high-end homes.

In 1996, a court ordered Mr. Brendle to pay an Eastern Washington company $305,000. The company said he had defrauded it. Mr. Brendle had a contract from the U.S. Forest Service to reseed part of the Wenatchee National Forest, but did not pay the seeding company and used the government’s payment to pay off $100,000 in back taxes.

Mr. Brendle, whose father was in the Air Force, was born in Oak Harbor and moved about the world.

After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1964, he was drafted into the Army in 1965. He found his love for helicopter flying serving in Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart and left the Army as a captain in 1970.

“Paul’s connection with radio listeners demonstrated just a small part of his ability to touch people’s lives,” his family said in a statement. “We will miss him beyond what any words can express.”

Paul Carlson @ LINKED IN

Paul Chambers

Paul Christy/Eric Chase now is a voice actor at Paul Christy Productions in the Houston, Tx area

Paul Coburn

Paul Cutchlow [KOL, KYAC] Worked for KQIV Portland in the mid-1970s

Paul Greggutt — I moved to Seattle in 1972. Worked with Tom Corddry, Moe Shore, Jon Kertzer, Davidson Corry etc. at KOL-FM. Most of us moved on to KZOK, then to KZAM. I began working in triple media: radio on the weekends, newspaper during the week, and some freelance TV work in the early days of ENG, which got me into public television (KCTS) and ABC-affiliate (KOMO) as a producer/on-air talent. [Writes on subject of wines for Seattle Times and has published a few books on the subject of wines] website

Paul Nelson [KMTT] LinkedIN

Paul Richards (Stave) says: “While I never made a name of myself in radio, I did enjoy it — and can’t quite get it out of my system.” He grew up listening to KJR, KXOK, KISW and later KXRX. and in the late ’80s got on at KWYZ, Everett, “I quit KWYZ to get a real job.” Stave said. “Later I did spend a few months at KRKO, in 1990, filling in for Dennis Arlington, who had died. The only recent radio work I’ve done was a handful of guest DJ/co-host appearances in 2010 and 2011 on “The River,” KEZE, Spokane.” Stave lives in Cheney, WA. (PRS2011)

Paul Scott

Paul Thompson on the air @ KPLZ

Paul Walker [Paul Walker/Miller] worked at KLCE FM in Blackfoot, ID. and then KQEO FM.

Paul Watson was on KUGS in 1977 and with KBFW in Bellingham from 1977-1982 during the SRO years. Served at KBFW in various roles including on air personality, production director, news, and traffic. Moved to Washington State Senate Communications radio in 1983. Periodic voiceover work from 1983-2008.

Paul Wescot [KCMS weekends]

Paxton Mills – died 6/25/2001

Pedro-Bartes-KJR-FM-producer-joke-writerPedro Bartes, Producer/Joke Writer for the Bob Rivers Show, was born in Santa Fe Argentina and came with his wife, Luciana, to the USA to study broadcasting and speak English at the same time. They enrolled in Green River Community College and they started going on air in KGRG, where they hosted La Revolucion and Minority Report. Pedro was host of Antes de Medianoche in the then only 24-hour Spanish radio station in the Puget Sound. Antes de Medianoche has historically been the highest rated show in Spanish in the Puget Sound. After that Bob Rivers stepped in and decided to hire Pedro as the Bob Rivers Show 8th member and Associate Producer. Eventually, Bob made Pedro realize he was funny and could write jokes for fun.

Penny Tucker [news at KRPM] known as Penny Coin at KYCW

Perry Allen air personality at KVI, died Jan 31, 2007 (75, heart attack, Los Angeles)

Peter M Lukevich BS and JD | People | NSC_ (https://people.northseattle.edu/users/plukevich) [KLSY]

Pete Stacker [KZOK] At KZOK in 1979 through the early 80’s. Did production at one time and co hosted the morning show later on. I think he also worked at KMPS in the 80’s before moving to Chicago where he started a VERY successful voice over career. His best known work is the Bud Light “Real American Genius” ads with David Bickler of Survivor. I heard him last January as the stadium announcer at Soldier field in Chicago for da Bears when the Seahawks tried to advance past the Bears in the NFL playoffs. [submitted by Jerry Hill]

Peter Boam or Peter B. “listened to all the lonely people” in a nightly call-in program on KVI. (He borrowed his “Loveline” concept from Russ Syracuse’s “all-night flight” on KSFO, San Francisco.) “Loveline” was one hour of Peter B’s two-hour evening shift (preceded by either “Theater of the Mind” old-radio or the sprightly religion rants on “The World Tomorrow,” with Herbert W. Armstrong. Peter had proposed calling the feature “Audio Affairs,” but was cautioned that was “too racy.” The hour feature was kind of a “Dating Game” of radio where single listeners called in, hoping to meet other singles — some looking for a serious relationship, some looking for compatibility, some just looking for fun. Despite being exposed on the air waves, there was a feeling of anonymity — first names only, time for only four participants who had been briefly screened during the religious hour. Women were given the option to complete any off-air relationships — and phone numbers of the female participants were never given out. After about a year the station extended the show to two hours. Some features of “Loveline” were legendary, especially Valentine’s Day meetups at Benaroya Business Park, Peter B. eventually moved to an afternoon shift at KVI, but “Loveline” continued at night. “I am still in touch with the first couple to get married as a result of the show, Dot and Jeff Newkirk. “They live in Pullman.”
Peter B moved to news-talk WIBA-AM, Madison, WI. then worked afternoon drive at KALL, Salt Lake City, until 1992.
“When the station was sold and my contract dropped,” Peter B. said. “I spent three years looking for another acceptable radio job, but never found one.”
He got a master’s degree in comunication and management in 2001 and became director of communication for Harley-Davidson, LA. The job was eliminated in 2007.
“After applying for over 3,000 (!) jobs in two years, I gave up and moved to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, to be near family.”
He now is a football and basketball announcer for a local high school.
“I am seeking freelance voice work,” he said, “but it is not plentiful.” His business website is www.petermarkboam.com

Peter McLaine is on evenings at Dial Global Networks “Kool Gold” format

Peter Newman [KING FM] LinkedIN

Peter Talbot [KTAC FM]

Peter Vail After KOL FM went soft rock he went back to being a jazz guitarist.
Peter Weissbach, Former Vancouver, Seattle and San Diego talk show host died November 11th, 2017 following a vigorous battle with cancer. He was most recently on air at KVI Seattle in 2010.

Peyton Mays spent 18 years in radio and then swapped a mike for a keyboard as Senior Editor, MSN Shopping

Phil Cogan was the News Director in 1974 when KTW AM went head-to-head with KIRO in a News-Talk battle.

Phil Harper gets the award for all around radio-genre hopping. He did top-40 on KING-AM, then country at KMPS, more country at KRPM-FM, adult-contemporary on KBRO, Bremerton, and his last full time gig at classic-country KYCW-AM — all the while moonlighting for jazzy KPLU and alternative KEXP. He was also the voice of KTZZ-TV (Channel 22) in the ’80s.
His hallmark work was as morning man with Carolyn Duncan and Don Riggs (and later with Patti Par and Don Riggs) on KMPS. The best morning team(s) Seattle ever had!
Harper, openly eccentric, commandeered a relaxed, conversational, but outrageously funny, morning show. You might never know he was wearing farmer overalls, ruffled hair, shaggy beard and was barefoot.
Harper quit radio because he could make just as much money voicing occasional commercials, and he didn”t have to wake up before 6 a.m. “Occasional” wasn’t quite the right word. There were times Seattle listeners could hear three-out-of-four commercials with Harper’s voice.
Then there was the phone company — a big expensive Hollywood actor was hired to sell a service, but it wasn’t working. A disparate producer hired Harper to voice the commercial and had the trained actor, Cliff Robertson, match the pace, the inflection and the emphasis that Harper supplied so naturally.
And then there was “Harry Nile.”
Harper played the title role of the world-weary private eye in Jim French’s radio serial “The Adventures of Harry Nile,” for more than 27 years. The series began on French’s home station KVI, then KIXI-AM, and on radio stations all over the nation.
Harper grew up in Illinois, got into radio in the Army, was a disk jockey in Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon before snagging the morning job at KING-AM.
In his “home laboratory” he crafted things — from soap to stamps to stained glass windows.
Harper once explained his delight in portraying Harry Nile for the program syndicator: “I’m grateful beyond imagination to be cast as a continuing character in a radio drama. … My fantasy is that 300 years from now, when the station which plays the real oldies talks about the ‘Golden Age of Radio’ they willl play an old Harry Nile episode, and each of my descendants will receive 7/16th of a New Ruble.”
He died from heart trouble in October, 2004, age 64.

Phil Johnson Newsman at KOL, KIXI, KIRO

PJ Kirkland (Phillip Pearl) — Air personality, KGY (Olympia). Worked for a number of years as a session broadcast information officer for the state House of Representatives. Retired, residing in Olympia

R.C. Bannon worked at “countrypolitan1590” KSND in 1969, through its change to “Oldies” KUUU. He picked the name “R.C.” thinking folks would tie that in with his country band “Ice.” His birth name was Dannie Shipley.
He previously had a term at KMO, Tacoma. Later he worked at “county 800” KQIN.
Bannon went on to Los Angeles for a successful songwriting/recording career, including house band at TV’s “The Barbara Mandrell Show” He was married to Louise Mandrell until 1991. They had several hit duet recordings.

R.P. McMurphy – morning adult contemporary music program KXXO FM/Olympia

Rachel Belle – Feature reporter for KIRO FM –LinkedIN

Ralph Steadman an early host of the 950 KJR Sports Radio format. Died December 2014.

Randi Thomas [Janette M Veer] KJUN…KLSY Mike Barer reported on his blog…”Randi (her radio name), started about the same time that I did at KYYX, the early 80s. We were board operators playing music for the Seattle on-air personalities, who taped their shows. Randi also had an on air gig with KJUN, a country station out of Puyallup. Over time, working the odd hours that encompass working in radio, we would go out for drinks usually with Rosemary Smith, another good friend. With the burden of her other job, Randi would often call me to fill in for shifts that she was unable to or too exhausted to pull off. She was a happy, outgoing girl with a deceivingly sharp sense of humor and an undying devotion to her craft.
Many years later, I crossed paths with a colleague who, by coincidence knew of her. He told me that she was working at KLSY, an adult contemporary station in Bellevue. My friend Garry and I went over to the station and joined her for breakfast at The Keg.
My wife is an AC radio fan and when we were dating in the early 90s, we would listen to “Lights Out” on KLSY, which Randi was hosting at the time, she would play love songs and read listener dedications, I believe it was the show that earlier rocketed Delilah to radio fame. I think my last contact with her was by e-mail sometime in the late 90s. I told her that I had gotten married and she e-mail the reply “you should have me dedicate a song to your wife”.

Randy Dixon retired from radio in 2008

Randy Lundquist – last at KJR FM, currently off the air [LINKED-IN]

Randy Roadz – recently rockin’ Shelton at Oldies KMAS [Program Director] – let go from KMAS when format changed to ALL-News. Now, Randy is the afternoon-drive guy at KOZI, Lake Chelan, WA.

Longtime Los Angeles talk show host Ray Briem worked at KING-AM and KING-TV in the late 1950s. He was KING’s afternoon disk jockey and from 1958 to 1961 hosted the weekly teen-dance TV show, “Seattle Bandstand,” patterned after the Philadelphia original.
When he left Seattle to return to Los Angeles, Frosty Fowler took Briem’s place.
In 1947, Briem’s Army duties included recording New York City concert performances by Glenn Miller and other big-band groups for military distribution.
At KABC he became the quintesential all-night talker, with a rather conservative bent peppered with occasional in-your-face political stances. He retired from KABC in 1994 but returned in less than a year to host an afternoon program on KIEV-AM. He retired again in 1997. He died December 2012 in Malibu CA at age 82

Ray Brown 1450 KJUN/106 KRPM FM/104 KBRD-850 KTAC/KXXO Mixx 96

Ray Court (Courtmanche) was host of a daytime segment on KING-AM, hit-heavy “King’s Open House,” in 1962. It briefly translated into a television program on KING-TV. One of Ray’s projects was to call someone from every state in the union to promote the Seattle World’s Fair.
He became even more familiar as a genial midday disk jockey on personality-radio KVI. After KVI changed owners and format, Court acquired a small Puyallup radio station, KAYE, and eventually added the beautiful music KLAY-FM, 106.1 mHz.
He combined them into KRPM-AM-FM, and changed the format to country music in 1981, In the early stages of ownership he “resurrected” Ray Court disk jockey for his station’s morning drive show, broadcasting from a shack under a tower alongside the Puyallup River. “I searched for the best disk jockey I could afford,” he said.
Court started writing poetry about 1970 or so and had promised to write a mystery novel (VOS2014)

Ray Golden KAYO/PD and announcer from Stockton, CA in Jan, 1960. By Feb, 1961 he left to be General Manager of KPON, Anderson, CA. By 1962 he was back as PD of KSTN.

Ray Hutchinson – Air personality and newsman. KOL. Newsman at XTRA. Business editor, KCBS, San Francisco – deceased

Ray Ramsey was Hayhead Ray while rocking at KOL in 1964.A year later he dropped the hay but none of the corney to become KOMO-TV’s fast-talking,plaid-coat wearing weatherman for 20 more years. He was energetic, had funny patter and one-liners galore, even for his replacement Steve Pool (who now incidentally has been at KOMO for 27 years.) Ramsey died in 2011, age 87. (VOS2012)

Ray Willes worked for KAYO in 1962, retired from radio in 1999 and then did voice-overs for several years. He died Feb. 23, 2010

Rebecca Stevenson was KIRO weather gal, then moved to a gig at a cable network. Returned to Seattle and KCPQ 13 November 2015.

Reed Wacker at Seattle P-I.com

Reino Alfred Moisio passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. Reino was born on December 31, 1934, in Tacoma, grew up in Tacoma’’s south end and graduated from Lincoln High School, where he started singing and gained experience in percussion and playing the bass, acoustic guitar, and piano. Reino graduated from the College of Puget Sound (CPS) with a degree in music and education. While attending CPS, he met his future wife Mary Catherine; they married in 1956.
Reino worked for Tacoma Public Schools for 36 years, most notably as Mr. Music. Mr. Music brought the joy of music to hundreds of local elementary school children via a weekly, Emmy-winning television show that was broadcast through KTPS from 1969-1989.

Renae O’Keefe (wife of Moose Moran) now at KRKO

Reverend Adumb Green says ” I don’t miss it too much but I still wish I was on the radio (107.7 the End). I recently started a new band called “The Guns of Nevada” but I am a family man now so no pipe dreams of geting famous and no more graveyard shifts on the radio.”

Rhett Hamilton Walker had an authentic accent to guide listeners through the pop-music world’s “British Invasion”. (Don’t even whisper that he was Australian, sort of. He was born in New Zealand. His mother was American. His father was British.)
He began his radio career in Australia, moved to the new “top-40″ KOL in 1965, then he worked at several West Coast stations. There is some minor obfuscation, by jove — because at various West Coast radio stations, including KRLA, Los Angeles, and KRUX, Phoenix, there have been, count ‘em: Rhett Hamilton Walker, Rhett Hamilton Walker I, Rhett Hamilton Walker III.
He returned to Australia at the end of the 1960s where he became an academic –a professor of business at La Trobe University, Victoria, Norm Gregory, his former program director, reports that our Rhett Walker died in Victoria, Australia in December 2012. (VOS2013)

Rhys Berryman retired and living in Sun City, CA

Ric Austin – KQKT left Seattle in early 1986 to return to Dallas, TX for family reasons.

Ric Knapp/Dick Jones retired

Ric [Richard Mattson] Hansen – KJR [also KJRB-KNBQ-KTAC-KBSG-KVI] owner of Hansen Entertainment Radio Parties [Wedding DJ & Events]

Ric Thomas was a KOL disk jockey in 1958, and briefly at KJR in 1957. Before Seattle he was a popular air personality and, in 1952, pioneering program director at KLIQ, Portland, as it dropped network programming to focus on music programming. A year later he moved to KXL, Portland. In a few years KXL was acquired by Lester Smith, a San Francisco business man who would soon own a number of Pacific Northwest radio stations.
Still at KXL from 9 a.m. to noon, Thomas also appeared on a Portland TV station for a Friday-night program called “Stump the D.J.”
Les Smith acquired KJR and in 1957 Thomas moved to Seattle. But KOL snagged him a year later. After four years at KOL, Thomas returned to Portland where he did middays on KEX, from 1963 to 1967. (VOS2013)

Rich Ellis [KTAC…KMGI] is Director of Sales & Client Services at Go Productions in Portland, OR

Rich Fitzgerald left KOL FM in 1972 after a dispute over programming (he was the PD). He next worked in record distribution at Seattle One Stop and at Capitol Records. In July 1977 he became vice president of RSO/Island Records. In 1986 he was appointed vice president of Reprise Records. Richard Mario Fitzgerald died Aug. 15, 2011 after a nine month battle with espohageal cancer.

Rich Germaine has been in the radio and TV business for more than 30 years. His “on-air” radio gigs have included Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Rich’s voice is heard everyday on award-winning KPLU, one of the world’s finest jazz stations.

Rich Johnson – Was a newsman at KING radio (was also one of the airborne “Traffic Twins” at KING, along with Sarah Johnson), and was an anchor and reporter at KIRO radio. He’s now on the air at FOX News Radio.

Rich Osborn came to Seattle from KORD (Pasco), was one of the Country Gentlemen at KAYO before heading to WJJD (Chicago), along with Chris Lane and Don Chapman. When Rich returned to Seattle, he did middays at KOMO, and also had gigs at KIXI, KSEA (KIRO’s FM), KBES, and KZAM when KBES reverted back to those call letters.

Rich Marriott – Meterologist at KING 5 News

Rick Austin – KTAC -said to have left the radio business in early 1986

Rick Donovan – Rick Oldenburg/Rick Oldenburg (Donovan) is Director of Development for the Annie Wright School in Tacoma

Rick Evens

Rick Mauser – [KING AM]

Rick Miller talked his way out of Seattle — lasting less than a year at KING-AM and only two months at KOMO.
He started in Portland and soon moved to Spokane where he became the hottest talk personality in town, first holding his own against the competing syndicated Rush Limbaugh, and later moving to the competing station and taking Limbaugh’s time slot. Of course some of that was because management was stocking another radio station with all-day conservative talk.
He also attracted attention at “King Talk 1090” KING-AM with late-evening talk. Full of wit and sarcasm, he was a cap to the day-long talk from KING staffers Bob Hardwick, Jim Althoff and John Hintererger. That didn’t last.
Back to Spokane– for five years at KXLY and/or KGA.
Then Miller was dragged out of Spokane in 2000 for KOMO’s second or third attempt at nighttime talk. KOMO never offered an explanation for why Miller’s tour of duty was so short. Miller said “It was a match made in Hell!”
Miller returned to Spokane in 2002, joining KXLY again, and apparently promising at one opoint to discuss whey he was dismissed at KOMO.
He soon soured on talk radio. Miller was quoted in The Seattle Times.”My daughter asked “When are you going to stop arguing with imbeciles?”
“It hit me like a ton of bricks.”

Rick Nordlund

Rick Reynolds [KUBE]- Now at KKJO St. Joseph, MO

Rick Riley/Rick Shannon – http://sites.google.com/site/donbrowne/wiod2

Rick Robertson was but a sidekick on “The BJ Shea Experience,” mornings on KISW. The Bellingham lad did some radio in Los Angeles and New York, but blossomed into a true radio personality in 2000 as BJ’s foil “Double R.” He suffered audio abuse from Producer Steve, accepted the rants from B.J. Shea. He also contributed warm and humorous bits, including “Outpick Little Mick,” in which he fed sports predictions to his precocious son. He was fired or suffered a reduction in forces in 2010. He has since done some internet radio.

Rick Scott – [KING AM} is President of RSA Sports International, Bellevue

Rick Schaeffer

Rick Stuart now at KFOX 98.5 San Jose/102.1 San Francisco

Mike Ricker | LinkedIn_ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ricker-53a55359) last at KUFO Portland, now the station has been blown up

Rip Collins Newsman at KVI

Roall Ericksen Newsman at KTAC, KVI. Retired, residing in Federal Way

Rob Conrad at WMJJ Birmingham, AL –LinkedIN

Rob Femur is at Gabba Babba Hey Radio @ LIVE365.com

Rob Harder, former PD of Clear Channel’s 98.1 KISC and 103.1 KCDA [you’ll remember him from MusicRadio KING 1100/Seattle], now PD at KOOL 107, KPKL Spokane, as well as teaming with his longtime partner Mark Holman for mornings there.

Rob Sherwood [KTAC] and blogging all about life @ http://www.robsherwood.com/MyStory/Archive/prologue.php

Robert E. Lee Hardwick – see: Bob Hardwick

Robert L. Scott landed his first radio job at age 14, hosting a weekend jazz show on KUOW. Within a year he secured a weekend job at Black-owned R & B station KYAC-AM-FM. By the time he graduated from Rainier Beach High School, age 17, he was entrenched as the station’s morning host. A 30-year radio career followed, including time as KYAC music director and news director. He was a newsman at KOMO, a disk jockey at top-40 KJR, and general sales manager at KKFX. He also sold air time for KING-FM and for KNWX. And, even before radio he ran a newspaper stand at 23rd and Jackson. He died in 1998, age 44. (VOS2012)

Robert-MakRobert Mak was host of the Emmy-award winning “Up Front,” KING 5 political program which ran 11-years. The program was one of the region’s best known and most in-depth TV programs covering politics and government. Mak regularly interviewed top elected leaders and other newsmakers, and moderated candidate debates.

Robert O. Smith worked at KJR (1967) , KSND (1967), KOL (1968-71), KTAC (1972), KVI (1977), KIXI-FM (1980) and CFMI. Vancouver. He was the zany man of a thousand voices. He recorded several novelty tunes, including “Walter Wart, the Freaky Frog” and “DJ At The End of The World.” He also was a cartoonist and a champion weight-lifter (pressing 420 lbs).
He enjoyed mispronouncing his own name, Robert Doe, Robber Dow, Rubberdough….and what did the O stand for? “..it stands for occupant. I get more mail that way.”
Robert Doe began at his hometown station in Auburn, Calif., moved through stations in Reno, Las Vegas and Monterey before jumping to Seattle.
His move to CFMI-FM required the station to justify hiring someone with “skills not available in Canada.” He passed that test.
Robert O. explained his radio career to a Vancouver newspaper: “I was morning man for a while, then I was night man, then I was the dishwasher.”
“CFMI wanted a morning man who was somewhat animated, so they listened to me on Seattle radio for two weeks and offered me the job. I always loved Vancouver, so I moved.
“Then as soon as I got here they said, ‘Ahhh, you didn’t sound that animated down there. Could you be kinda calmer? Don’t be so far out, please.’
I said ‘You want me to be like the guy you just got rid of?’
‘Well, kinda.'”
He stayed seven years, then had brief segments at CISL and CKMA. In Vancouver he voiced a number of commercial accounts, supplied goofy voices in computer games and was in a “G.I. Joe” TV animated series.

As a teenager, I hung around the KTAC studios and, on occasion, visited Robert O. there. He was kind to the goofy kid that stared through the window and after a couple visits, he told me to come back to pick up a couple novelty records later one week. We talked at length and he was open about his opinion of radio, career, and life in general — among other things. Topics changed like a cartoon bullet ricocheting wall to ceiling around a room.
Robert O. Smith was real, honest and kind. He ended up giving me a cardboard box with his novelty records, tapes and strange drawings. Years later, Robert O. was kind enough to critique some of my airchecks during the early part of my broadcast career. The few times that I visited with or corresponded with Robert O. Smith were a real treat.
He died in Vancouver of pancreatic and liver cancer in 2010. Age 61. (JR2012)

Robert O’Brien [KWYZ] “Hey guys…You can update the Robert O’Brien name with “Left Radio in 1993 and sold for Trader Publishing Company. Retired in 2001 and traveling a lot. Still live in Everett.” [Thanks Robert!]

Robert Wikstrom: see Bob Summers

Robin Eickerman “on the beach” in Montana; Formerly, partnered with John Maynard [Robin & Maynard]

Robin Mitchell – Rockin’ Montana @

Robin Sherwood [real name: Jim Hewitt] Air personality. KRKO, KGY, KQIN, KOL. Retired, residing in Palm Desert, California

Rockwell Smith – Radio Engineering Manager, Journal Broadcast Group – Idaho, KJOT, KQXR, KRVB, KTHI, KGEM-AM, KCID-AM

Rod Belcher [Sports] is retired

Rod Hammett KAYO 1960, KOMO 1962, KTAC, KJR, KOL, KING, KOMO TV – retired Renton

Rod Jeffries worked at KHIT, I believe his real name is Ron Ronquillo and is an insurance agent in Seattle. [Wade Fisher]

Rod Simons KSTW 11 Sports – Currently, Rod is seen on TV and heard on radio and he writes and creates cutting-edge imaging efforts for various businesses while producing a wide range of TV programs for broadcast on local, regional and national stations. Rod most recently served as a lead anchor for KSTP-TV (ABC), joining the Hubbard owned station in October 2003. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Rod anchored the launch of FOX Sports Net’s “Regional Sports Report” in the Pacific Northwest and Detroit Regions while also hosting KOMO-AM sports in Seattle. In all, Rod spent 18 years as a lead news and sports anchor at KSTW-TV (CBS/UPN) in Seattle; KOIN-TV (CBS) in Portland, Oregon; KJR-AM in Seattle and KVI-AM in Seattle. Rod’s body of work as Sports Director at KSTW included award winning reporting from Rose Bowl’s, Seattle Mariners’ A.L. playoff runs from 1995-2001 and the Seattle Supersonics’ 1996 trip to the NBA Finals against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. Rod also worked at KIVI (ABC) Boise, Idaho and KVEW-TV (ABC) Tri-Cities.

Roger Nelson KOMO radio

Roger Pasquier | LinkedIn_ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/roger-pasquier-39a861a) KTNT, KNBQ

Roger-DaleRoger Dale (Pederson) was morning disk jockey on rocker KOL in 1975 and adapted easily to overnight disk jockey as the station became country KMPS-AM..
As a teen from Connel, WA, Roger recalls regularly droving to the top of Snoqualmie Pass to tune in Seattle radio stations. His first job was at top-40 KALE, Richland.
Dale’s added interests were hypnotism, pondering astral projections and attempting dream analysys. He later appeared as Jefferson Kaye on KTAC, Tacoma. – LinkedIN (VOS2014)

Romie Cole is on the beach, living in Vancouver, WA

Ron Bailie Ron Bailie was an affable afternoon disk jockey on top-40 KJR, offering the “Bailie Bash,” from 1955 to 1958 and later, briefly, at KOL. Back at KJR in 1963, he started Ron Bailie School of Broadcasting in his garage. He soon built a small broadcast studio on Denny Way. The enterprise blossomed into a multistate phenomena — schools in Seattle, Spokane, San Francisco, San Jose, Phoenix and Denver.
Bailie’s ads promised “high pay, prestige and security” in the radio biz. One student recalls that one of the keys to success was “dia-phram-atic breathing.” Bailie and a staff of instructors, usually selected from local radio stations, created and moulded more than 17,000 students. A good number of those used federal money for some of their tuition.
Bailie even bought an FM station in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Something went wrong.
Bailie, then age 60, and his wife and daughter were charged and convicted of improper use of federal student loan repayments. Embezzlement, they called it, from the Perkins Loan Progam, once known as the National Direct Student Loan Program. After a three-year prison term, Bailie did not return to the prestigue and security of the radio biz. (VOS2014)

Ron Callan, former KIRO-TV/Radio sports broadcaster and Seattle Seahawks press box announcer, became ply-by-play voice for the Arena Football League Portland Thunder on The Game KXTG AM 750 Portland [March 2015]. He was with KIRO-TV and Radio from 1981-2002. [NWBroadcasters]

Ron-ChavisRon Chavis [KISW] is a veteran Radio and Television artist, whose career began in Pittsburgh on the set of Mr. Rogers over two decades ago. His broadcast career spans 25 years in radio and TV. Ron is the voice of numerous highly prominent clients in the United States, Ireland and England.
Ron is a recipient of the prestigious Silver Microphone Award; and a two time Telly Award Winner for his work as a TV Commercial Director and Producer. Chavis can be heard online at The Touch – Today’s R&B and Old SchoolLinkedIN .

Ron Crowe is a color commentator, teamed over the past 20 years with Carl Lambert broadcasting local sports events on, variously, KUPY, KMO and KLAY. Crowe had a lengthy career resume as a high school and college athlete.in the late 1950s, including freshman basketball and the varsity squad before transferring to Western Washington University in his final collegiate season. Crowe owns an insurance agency and has spent several terms as mayor of Puyallup. (CHBCenter, 2014)

Ron DeHart was one of those early Sterling Rec. Organization radio guys, hired by Fred Danz when he bought defunct old KENY radio in Bellingham. The station became KBFW and DeHart was its first News Director, fresh out of the U.S. Navy. “Fred was perhaps the most gentlemanly broadcast owner I ever worked with in my 10 broadcasting years. Boeing’s infamous early ’70s economic downturn re-directed my broadcast fortunes to the mid-west (reporter/producer/anchor in Minnesota and Indiana). But I returned a decade later to become the face and voice of the U.S. Forest Service in Seattle as Public Affairs Director, a job I richly enjoyed until retirement in 2006.”

Ron Dini 1968, Ron Dini leaves KAYO for WJRC, Newark NJ. Todd Bitts replaces him on KAYO. According to Broadcasting Magazine: In 1981 Ron Dini was PD at WSVT Smyrna, TN
1991 He was a Country Large Market Market Music Director Nominee at WSIX, Nashville, TN and was promoted to Operations Manager at WWTN, Nashville, TN.

Ron Ericson/Ron Hoon KTAC DJ, TV news anchor [FOX 10 News/Phoenix]

Ron Harris As of October 2010, Cherry Creek Radio promotes Ron Harris to operations manager of the Tri-Cities, WA cluster, succeeding Doug Daniels. Harris remains PD/morning host on Creek Creek’s classic rock KRKG (93.7). He joined the company eight months ago. Harris was previously ops manager for Clear Channel’s Yakima stations and worked at modern rock “107.7 The End” KNDD, Seattle.

Ron MacArthur [KIRO, KFKF] went to KOA/Denver in the 1960s

Ron MacDonald Air personality at KNEW (Spokane), KIRO, KVI. Worked for many years as a broadcast information officer for the Washington State Senate. Retired, residing in Olympia

Ron Magers [KAYO] now @ WLS TV

Ron Norwood – now produces popular syndicated Doo-Wop Oldies show “Doo-Wop Express” and works at KBZY/Salem-Or

Ron-Reagan-JrRon Reagan tested the waters as a talk show host on KIRO in 2006-7. He was squeezed into the noon hour between the well-established Dave Ross and Dori Monson.
In 2006-7 he joined the new political-talk syndicate, Air America. His three hour program aired daily nationwide, but only the single 8 p.m. hour aired on the newly named “progressive talk” KPTK 1090. The program was originated from KPTK studios. Reagan has lived in Seattle since 1994.
In 1991 he was host of the brief late-night TV program, “The Ron Reagan Show.” (It was no competition up against Johnny and Jay and Arsenio.)
The son of former president Ronald Reagan got better national exposure while broadcasting a series of reports from the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Air America saw his ‘biting commentary” and his unique storytelling ability as his primary assets.
Earlier, he co-hosted or was a scheduled guest on several MSNBC, Fox, and CNN political-discussion programs and contributed articles to such magazines as The New Yorker, Playbook, Los Angeles Times, Esquire and the internet’s Salon.Com.
His political thoughts were frequently in opposition to his family, including his stepbrother Michael Reagan, a dyed-in-the-wool conservative talk show host. Ron Reagan is also an advocate for stem-cell research, encouraging research and federal funding, and an active member of the Creative Coalition, a First Amendment rights group.
With the collapse of the Air America network, Reagan’s radio adventures disappeared.
In 2003 he published the book “My Father at 100: A Memoir.”
He currently appears on MSNBC political discussion TV programs, including “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He has a website www.ronreagan100.com. (VOS2013)

Ron Reynolds retired in 2005 after working at KCBS, San Fancisco

Ron Rogerson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Kitsap Credit Union, announced his retirement after 14 years with the company… Before joining Kitsap Credit Union, Rogerson worked for KBRO AM and FM radio as a station manager and was the play-by-play commentator for local high school sports for more than 10 years. He has also been a local business owner and a member of the Silverdale Rotary for more than 20 years. “My over 14-year tenure at Kitsap Credit Union has been the most gratifying, rewarding, exciting and fun experience of my over 40 year professional career,” Rogerson said in a statement. http://www.centralkitsapreporter.com/business/113634314.html

Ron Upshaw – half of the talk show team Ron & Don on KIRO FM
The Ron & Don Show started at KJR-AM in 1995. Other stations they have worked at during their career include: KCTC-AM/San Francisco, KZZP FM/Phoenix, KYNG FM/Dallas, KQBZ FM/Seattle, WKLQ/Grand Rapids, KKND FM/New Orleans & finally settling here at KIRO.


Ross McGowan – McGowan’s broadcasting career began while attending San Jose State University. He worked summers for KBMX in Coalinga, and later worked as an announcer for KSJO and KLIV radio in San Jose, KYOS radio in Merced, and KIRO radio in Seattle before joining KING-TV, where he hosted “Seattle Tonight,” a live nightly talk show. Retired from KTVU San Jose-San Francisco after many years hosting their morning show. McGowan came to San Francisco in 1978 and for 14 years was the popular co-host of “People Are Talking” on KPIX-TV.

Ross Shafer from stand-up comic to motivational speaker, rossshafer.com

Rudy Perez

Rudy Schroeder – I was part owner in Waco UPF-7 N29300. I flew it a few times over Seattle in 1965 when I was a traffic reporter for radio KOL while my Beach Musketeer was getting its 100 hr. I was promoted as “The KOL Sky Spy”. I was 35 at the time. I wish I still had it. I have pictures. In 1968 I joined KOMO TV as TV engineer/camera man and producer of “Exploration Northwest” with Don McCune. Won 10 Emmy’s for KOMO and two personal Emmy’s and five Sigma Delta Chi awards for writing. I retired in 1988.

Russ Norman KAYO

Russell Lee [KMGI]

Russell Neil [KBRD]

Russ Rebel/Russ Stringham KRKO

Rusty Humphries, nationally syndicated talk-show host, has roots in the Northwest: He was a DJ at KJR-AM, KING-AM and KUBE-FM (as “Hollywood Humphries”). He was also the first producer for the Kent and Alan show on what is now KPLZ-FM.

Ryan & Linton at KAYO and Ryan & Ryan at KKMI. See Gary Ryan and Bobby Ryan listings.

Ryan & Ryan – According to Fastlane Philips, Bobby Ryan is now in Real Estate for John L. Scott in Kent.. Gary Ryan was last reported to be working for KITZ/KGTK in 2008. He no longer is there.

Ryan Castle on the air @ KISW