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Here we will post [& update] on the whereabouts of some of Seattle Radio’s finest. If you have asked the question, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…? or WHERE IS so & so working these days…? — post your question here. If anyone has the answer to any of the queries, please post here.
Thank you for your participation!



Pictured: Shawn Stewart-KMTT, Sparky Taft-KRKO, Steve Evans-KTAC, Steve Slaton-KJR FM, Sue Romero-KVI News, Tami Bennett-KMTT, Tom Huytler-KVI, Wayne Cody-KIRO Sports

Sabrina Register has worked in TV news at a CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, and KOMO 4, KCTS 9 and NorthWest Cable News in Seattle. She is currently on-camera for special reports for Comcast, which are broadcast during local breaks on cable channel HLN.

Sally Rae [KWYZ]

Sam Kelly [Tom, Dick and Harry...and Sam] One of the oldest radio stations in Seattle, KTW (1250 AM) had a tortured history, including its beginning in a church loft, with a meager signal and a sunset sign-off. After being sold by the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, the station suffered a series of owners and a bankruptcy or two. In late 1964, with the station still at 1250 AM and holding a construction permit for 102.5 FM, a new owner introduced a top-40 format with d.j.s “Tom. Dick, Harry, … and Sam.” The disk jockeys assigned names were Tom Morgan, Dick Jones, Harry Smith … and Sam Kelly. (Even their previous-station experience was made up.) The station’s rock format lasted 9 months and then was switched to the “Nashville Sound.” (KTW would soon endure other indignities in a three-way station-and-frequency shuffle to try to get rid of the sunset sign-off.)

Sam Lawson – started at KNHC Nathan Hale School and KTOY FM Bates Vocational; worked at KKER, a country station in Spokane that closed down due to financial issues of ownership; KRKO dj and engineer in the mid-1970s, also worked at KRLC in Idaho. Lawson later worked as a voiceover artist and announcer at KISC FM and TV station KAYU-Spokane.

Sam Rinaker [KIRO TV News 1958-1960] resigned from KIRO TV in April 1960

Sandy Hamilton had air shifts at KOL, KTAC, KAYE and KASY. He moved to Denver and began singing and songwriting under the name Santa Colorado. SantaColorado has a website and several of his single-camera perormances are posted on YouTube. http://www.santacolorado.com

Sandy Louie – KNBQ

Sara Johnson [KZOK] last worked for KOMO and is now on the beach

Saul Krakovski, became actor Steven Hill [Dan Briggs of the original "Mission: Impossible"] but was a Seattle native who was an announcer at KOMO radio in the ’40s.

Scott Burns @ Voice123

Scott Burton was program director at “personality” KVI in 1984 but it wasn’t long before he shuffled the lineup — switching air times for Bob Hardwick and Jack Morton, squeezing down the sports talk and dumping the syndicated Larry King Show. As vice president of program management Burton eased in the “oldies” format at KVI.
He began in radio in 1958 at KFRC, San Francisco. Stations in Cleveland, Minneapolis, Washington DC and St. Louis followed. He returned to San Diego and San Francisco, and in 1980 became an owner and general manager of KSTM, Phoenix.
After KVI, he returned to Phoenix, to become program director at KTAR-AM.
Beginning in 19992 he operated Scott Burton Media, in Scottsdale, AZ. Scott Gary Burton died in 2008, age 71 in Maricopa County (Phoenix)

Scott Campbell real name Robert Lee Campbell died about 1989

Scott Forrest He last worked for Ernie Hopseker at KSND FM in Monmouth, OR before he sold it in June 2007 . Scott is out of radio at this time.

Scott Hodges came to KUUU as news director in 1972. His first job was in Shreveport, LA, and he worked at stations in in New Orleans, San Antonio and Fort Worth.After two years in Seattle he tried WXLO, New York, but soon bounced back (as Tucker Simpson) to KMO, Tacoma. His recollection of the Northwest? “Seattle restaurants don’t have hat racks.” After a year in Tacoma, it was back to Shreveport, He started a consulting service, incitefully named “Scott Hodges, An American Communicator, LLC., Shreveport, Louisiana.” He eventually brokered several three-minute morning newscasts on a station which did not have newscasts. He sells his own time. “I’m making much more than I did in Seattle,” he reported in 2012. (VOS2012)Voiceover work

Scott Ingram [KUBE] / Scott Tom @ Oldies 106.7/Portland

Scott Mitchell

scott paisant The monosyllabic Scoot was a morning talk-show host in Miami before moving to KOMO, 1000, during a rudderless transition year for the “One Grand station.” KOMO was trying to be an all-news station on a talk-show budget. (KOMO zipped through a number of talk show hosts in short order. They should have kept Scott Paisant.)
Scoot could tell the Seattle audience ratings hadn’t jumped much, particularly not the needed “younger audience.”.
“If there was a negative, it was KOMO that hired me for my talent,” Scoot said, “but did not invest in the time it takes to really move an audience.
“I was not fired,” he said. “I left on good terms. I loved Seattle, and I loved KOMO.”
First he lived in a Belltown apartment, then Issaquah, then bought a home in North Bend “overlooking Mount Si. . . beautiful” and “20 minutes away from Snoqualmie Pass ..snowboarding!”"
While on-air in Seattle Scoot did a show for a week from Tokyo, Japan. That show caught the attention of KEWS, Portland. Scoot got a job offer, and he took it,
“But the same thing {efforts to change him} happened to me in Portland,” he said, “and then Denver!”
Soon he was back in hometown New Orleans.
“It takes time to move an audience,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that if I had been in Seattle for a period of time and if I had continued to evolve into the host I am today – I would be dominant in the market.”
He is that at the long-lived talk station WWL
“I can best be described as a ‘radical moderate’ who has strong opinions about whatever I talk about – ,but I will not view political and social issues through the myopic perspective of ‘right’ or ‘left’ – which inevitably leads to hypocrisy. If you are a conservative and the foundation of your ideology is less government and more power to individuals – then how can you support the government making moral decisions about what goes on in the privacy of a citizens life – example: same-sex marriage.”
“I loved Seattle weather – the rain and the misty conditions with the clouds hovering over the mountains and evergreens. I have lived all over the country and Seattle was so beautiful and comfortable to me. I knew I loved the city the first time I landed there — when the plane broke through the clouds and I saw the evergreen-covered hills and mountains during our descent, I felt something special about the city. The waterfront was so picturesque and the Pike Place Market is a unique spot on this planet!
“One of many great moments on the air was during a conversation about the homeless in Seattle – I walked out of the studio with a wireless mic and invited two homeless men to join me in the studio. Otis and Billy spent a hour on the air – I asked them why they were homeless and why they couldn’t find jobs. One of the things they said was that they didn’t have a place to shower and clean up for interviews and it was tough living on the street. The program director, Paul Duckworth, called out of the studio during a break and said the station would put them in a hotel for a couple of days to help them find a job and then they would come back and join us on the air.
“We set up several days at a nice hotel in downtown Seattle – each with a room – they came back on the show several days later and nothing had changed. In face, one talked about how they both fought and argued over something about sleeping in the room. They had both checked into one room, when we had set up for each to have a room. That made me realize how many people in that position in life don’t always think about reaching for the best of a situation. It was great radio and a brief, but interesting experiment about how being homeless may be the result of one’s own doings, but it also pointed out that being on the street can alter goals and ambitions.”
Through the years 2010-2013 he has been doing “The Scoot Show” nightly on WWL (His frist job was at age 17 was a producer at WWL. That lead to an opportunity to do an on-air segment on the FM side “when nobody listened to FM at that time of day,” thus began “Scoot in the Morning.”)
And now, a little more Scoot to boot:
“I realized a long time ago that 49 per cent of this country can hate you and you can still become President. This is America.
“Life on the radio would not be as interesting if we all agreed.
“The first definition most people want of a talk show host: “Is he conservative or liberal?” Why should that even matter? This is America. It’s not wrong to be either…or both.
“I know it doesn’t make sense considering my career, but I am shy. Anyone who really knows me understands this. I love my son, Sean, and am so proud of the person he has become! There were times that I thought I wasn’t the best father, but I’ve come to realize that if he turned out this way, then there were no mistakes. I hope you come to that wonderful moment with your children.
“I’ve been asked by many listeners, ‘Why did you leave?’ here and ‘Why did you come back?’ Though it’s personal, I’m happy to share my experiences. In 1986, the radio station I worked for was sold and the format was switched from talk to music. With no opportunities in New Orleans at the time, I had to make the tough decision to leave for a station in Philadelphia. That began my journey to some great cities around the country. In Denver, I gave up radio for a person I had been with for 14 years. I was asked to return to New Orleans, but having traveled around the country with me, she didn’t want to move. So out of respect for our relationship, I gave up radio and I started writing and producing TV commercials in Denver. Two years later, after our lives had become a challenge, we decided to part after 16 years of a wonderful relationship. Then it was obvious that I need to come home. I will always love the woman I spent 16 years of my life with and we still care about each other. I’m proud of that.”
WWL in New Orleans is owned by Entercom. “Entercom has great stations in the Seattle market,” Scoot said. “This is also a very good company to work for.
And I invite everyone to read my daily blogs on the WWL website.

Scott “Fastlane” Phillips [KBSG] on the air & Program Director @ KGHL FM/Billings MT


Scotty Brink had the ability to talk to anyone, the breathless top-40 delivery, a good track record, a memorable name. But just reviewing his employment record makes one wonder about the stability of a radio career.
WTKO, Ithaca (1959), WIBG, Philadelphia (1960),WOR-FM, New York (1968), KHJ, Los Angeles (1968), WDFL, Chicago (1970), WLS, Chicago (1970), KJR, Seattle (1970), KELP, El Paso (1971), WRKO, Boston (off-mic duties), (1972), KUAM, Houston (1974), KUPD, Phoenix (1976), WNBC, New York (1978), WCAU, Philadelphia, (1981), KHOW, Denver, 1982), WLAC-FM, Nashville (1983), WSIX, Nashville (1983), WGFX, Nashville (1987), KSDO, San Diego (1989), KOAI, Dallas (1992 ) KYCW, Seattle (1994), KXGL, San Diego (1997-2002 ), WRLL, Chicago (2004-2006). After 2004, owner of Brink Media Productions, Oklahoma City.

Scott Terry – see Steve Lawson

Scott Thunder [KCMS]

Scott Vanderpool – on the air @ KZOK

Scotty McKay- KTAC DJ

Sean DeTore – producer KIRO FM

Sean Lynch had an air shift and programmed KYYX in Seattle, KNBQ, Tacoma, KKRZ, Portland, and KROY Sacramento. He also worked in the record business, for Interscope and EMI. In some jobs he used the name Dan Curvo..In Hawaii he programmed KDDB, Honolulu, and helped launch KQMQ. “Radio is super competitive in Hawaii,” Lynch said.”The caliber of the local talent is great.” He worked a morning show with Lisa D. “….a legend in this market.”
“She has been on the radio for many years,” Lynch said.”I learned her first job was on Pat O’Day’s KORL, I asked about her early influences, and discovered that her very first job in radio was working with my old PD and mentor Lan Roberts.”
Leaving the land of paradise, he moved to Las Vegas where over a four-year period ended up programming six stations in Nevada, (“greatest hits” KKLZ-FM, “hot AC” KFRH, “coyote country” KCYE, “rhythmic AC” KOAS, “Bob FM 97.3″ KVGS & a new KFRH — “top-40″ NOW FM).
In 2012 he was living in Rancho Mirage, CA. and “prospecting for my next radio adventure.” he said. “In the meantime, I continue to do voice-over and consulting work for various entertainment industry clients.

Sean Michaels [KRWM]

Seth Wayne – August 2012 –KVAL chief meteorologist Seth Wayne is leaving the ABC-affiliate in Eugene, OR for KOMO, the ABC-affiliate in Seattle. Wayne will replace Paul Deanno, who is leaving KOMO for KPIX, on the weekday morning newscast. His last day at KVAL is August 17.


Shawn Stewart – recently released from the Mountain 103.7/Seattle; now at JET CITY STREAM Internet radio:
I’ve worked at 3 of the best radio stations in America: Rev105 in Minneapolis, WXPN in Philadelphia, and The Mountain in Seattle. I’ve produced nationally syndicated radio shows including Revolution Radio, The Spin Radio Network, The Request Radio Hour, and The World Cafe. I’ve interviewed Adele and Allen Ginsberg, Heart, Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine, just to name a few. I hosted Spin TV for Spin Magazine and now I host an informal web series called ‘Hey Genius’.

Sheila Kay [KRIZ]

Shellie Hart [after 20 years at KUBE, Shellie is on the beach]

Shellie Morrison Bio @ SMA Associates

Slim – see Leslie Nielsen

Skip Piper Kountry KAYO personality is retired and lives in Kelso, WA

Sky Daniels was afternoon disk jockey and program director at KISW in 1987. This was a hectic time for the station due to competing stations honing-in on its classic rock format. Further, the previous KISW program director had drawn away 20 staff members, on-air and off, to the new competitor KXRX.
Daniels expanded the KISW playlist, aiming for a more inclusive Adult Album Alternative after attending several “hot band” concerts at Seattle clubs and concerts.
Previously he worked at key radio stations in Chicago, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.
After Seattle, Daniels moved to KFOG, San Francisco, then a “very short time” at progressive KMET-FM, and then began seven years as a record-company executive. He spun that into music specialist for Best Buy stores.
He returned to radio as program director of KCSN, noncommercial station at California State University Northridge. Daniels changed the format from classical to adult alternative which he calls “smart rock.”
He became station manager in 2012.

Sky Walker – Q102 Manitowoc, WI

Smilin’ Jay Andrews – KGY/Olympia

Smokin’ Joe Dawson – [from his Facebook page] I am a FORMER disc jockey, and radio program director who has worked in Chicago, Providence, Seattle, Columbus and everywhere in between.

Sonia Fredrickson [KBRO]

Sonny Buxton – [from the original KZAM/R&B and KYAC] is alive and well hosting mid-day Saturday jazz on Bay area public radio station KCSM 91.1

Sparky Taft – The Taft family name has been heavily involved in building great radio stations in the Pacific Northwest for over six decades. Sparky Taft has owned 8 radio stations, has been heavily involved in the development and promotion of dozens of others and is involved in the creative, sales & marketing aspects of business [including radio] – has written several books on advertising/marketing -find out more at SparkyTaft.com

Spike O’Neill – mornings on the Bob Rivers show at 95.7 KJR FM

Stacy Hansen, traffic reporter at KJR, with newsman Chuck Knopf, became an important part of Gary Lockwood’s morning radio show in 1989 and 1990. A former schoolteacher, she decided to devote several months as a volunteer in an orphanage in Bucharest, Romania, after seeing the ABC-TV program, “20/20.” She found “thousands of children, several with AIDS, several with handicaps, nearly all of them with minimal care at best . . ” She wrote a series of reports, “Holding the Babies,”‘ in The Seattle Times in 1991.

Stacy Ireland on the air @ KZOK

Stan Naccarato – [KLAY FM] retired

Stan Orchard KTNT, KOMO

Stan Warwick – [KOMO 1000 - '64 from KOIN/Portland]

Stas Loutas

Stephen Rabow on Facebook

Steve Akrish says on Facebook that he works for Verizon and ” Moved to Phoenix in 2004. No longer in the business. I’m now on the other side of the speakers.”

Steve Alexander [KING 1090 News]

Steve Avery

Steve Becker

Steve Chapman is a Programmer/Music Director at Dial Global Netrworks Steve Chapman | LinkedIn

Steve Blackburn – KMPS

Steve Cooper works for Dial Global’s Rock 2.0

Steve Davis

Steve George – News Director KGY-FM

Steve Knight was news director of KIRO radio until he became a weekend anchor for WCBS-AM, New York City, and in 2001 reporter for the CBS Radio Network. His Pacific Northwest experience included KING-AM, KING-TV, KGW-TV, KTUL, and KUTI, Yakima. He is now heard nationally on Fox Radio newscasts.

Steve Lawson/Scott Terry – KING-AM, KSPL 1150 — operates a social media marketing firm in Bellevue

Steve Lloyd – KING-AM Steve Lloyd sells real estate in Clark County, WA at Windermere

Steve Michaels [KOL] left KOL all-nighter for mornings at KTAC, replacing JJ Valley who moved to KPOJ/Portland.[all this in 1970]

Steve MontgomerySteve Montgomery – Before starting a Seattle ad agency (Montgomery Marketing and Communications) in the late 80’s, Steve Montgomery’s broadcast career traveled back and forth between air work, sales and management starting at KIMA Yakima in 1962. After graduating from WSU in 1966 he was a booth announcer at KREM TV in Spokane for a short time before going back to Yakima and joining the sales dept at KIMA TV.
Moved to Seattle in late 1968 to work with Pat O’Day, Tom Hulett and Lester Smith at Concerts West. Then spent some time managing Seattle rock groups (partnered with Jerry Dennon) before returning to radio.
Did some on air at KIRO AM in 1970 before joining the sales department at Kemper Freeman’s KFKF AM & FM in Bellevue. Later left the sales dept and became program director. Station was sold to Stu Ballinger and became KBES AM & FM. Steve developed a new MOR format. Also did PM Drive.
Became program director and mid-day guy at KIRO AM early in 1974. Later that year, changed the station from MOR to all news and was first afternoon drive news host.
From 1967 to 1988 was in sales and management at KAYO AM and KISW FM before going into the agency business. Still active in media buying and broadcast production as well as marketing and public relations and freelance sports announcing for ESPN, SPEED Channel, CBS Sports Network and other channels. Anchored broadcasts of the Seattle Seafair race on KJR, KVI, KISW and AM 1090.
Also did PA announcing for teams including the Seattle Sonics, Sounders, Cascades (tennis) and Smashers (volleyball).

Steve Nicolet grew up in Van Nuys, Calif. Shortly after graduating from high school, he landed his first radio job in Glendale, at KUTE, in 1961. Next he went to KPOI, Honolulu. . In 1972, Nicolet moved to KKUA, Honolulu. He held court on the aloha airwaves for a decade Next, back to the mainland for rocking KISW, Seattle. In 1975, still at KISW, he also did a shift at KJR. He went solely to KJR in ’78. In 1981, he moved to “Kicks” KYYX-FM & and oldies KXA. Nicolet opened a record store on Bainbridge Island where he made his home. In 1982 he moved to the ill-fated KSPL (1150) first in afternoon drive including “Three O’Clock Rock,” then held program director and general manager positions until the station came to an end in August, 1984. He worked briefly for KBRO-AM, a Bremerton community station. He retired from it all in June, 1987. Steve runs a travel marketing company in Seattle. (VOS2012) more info…

Steve Norby [KISW]

Steve O’Neill [KZOK] Voiceover productions at AirTalents.com

Steve Rabow – retired in Florida, writes travel books

Crazy Steve KISNSteve Randall – KMEN San Bernadino, KYNO Fresno, KISN Portland, KGMQ Honolulu. KROY Sacramento, KNBQ Tacoma, KUBE Seattle, KISW Seattle, and KHIT Seattle.

Steve Schy [KSEA] Linked In

Steve Sibulsky – voice-over production company http://www.sibulsky.com/

Steve Slaton – afternoon drive at KJR FM

Steve Sorenson KTBISteve Sorenson was an announcer at KTBI, 850 Tacoma, from 1949 to 1951. He was frequently called upon to do nightly remote broadcasts from Tacoma’s Music Box Theater.

Steve Suplin was a teacher at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo

Steve Swan

Steve Ward – LINKED IN

Steve West KJRB, KJR, KTAC Facebook

Steven B. Williams, who jocked at KYYX-FM Seattle in 1977 was found dead by a passing ship’s captain, floating off the coast of Catalina Island. He was 59. [06/08/06]

Steve Wray KQDE, KREN/Renton, KQIN/Burien

Steve Young [KISW] died 12/8/08

Steven Hill [real name: Saul Krakovski, became actor Steven Hill] appeared as Dan Briggs of the original “Mission: Impossible”, but was a Seattle native who was an announcer at KOMO radio in the ’40s.

Stitch Mitchell – Account exec at KRKO “On the Road with Stitch and Maury Show Co-Host-Account Executive at KRKO
•Night Guy @ B97-3 FM in Seattle at Bonneville International
•Morning Co-Host at KXL-Star 95.5, Portland, Oregon
•Morning Co-Host at KMZQ-KLASSY 100.5 (Vegas)
Mid-day host, Research Director at KMGI, MAGIC 108, Seattle WA
On Air Talent at KUBE, Seattle, WA
PM Drive Host at KPLZ, Seattle WA
On Air Talent; Music Director at KXIC/KKRQ, Iowa City, IA
On Air Talent at KCII AM & FM, Washington, Iowa
On Air Talent at KTPR/KICB, Fort Dodge, IA

Stu Collins [KING] Before Seattle he was at WOWO, Ft. Wayne, IN from May 1969 to Aug. 1973. Here is an aircheck. He says he left WOWO for KING and was only there for 6 months and he was hired away by WIND AM in Chicago. He worked there until 1993 and then retired. He became semi-retired after he moved to Wisconsin working in radio there.

WOWO/STU COLLINS

Suds Coleman http://sites.google.com/site/donbrowne/wiod2

Sue Romero is a reporter for the Sinclair group of radio stations

Sunshine Smith worked through three Puyallup station transitions– from KUPY to KJUN to KRPM-AM-FM [four years in all], and as Brandi Walker at KKFX. Noreen Smith used the name Sunshine Smith on country-music KJUN; when the station changed to KRPM in 1987 she became the more subdued Sundown Smith. By 1985 she became Sunrise Smith. Later she worked as Sunshine Smith at KGAA, Kirkland and KKFX, Seattle. (VOS2012)

Susan McKenzie

Suzanne Strickland/Suzanne Thunder worked at KCIS and KCMS from 1985 to 1992, sometimes under the name Suzanne Thunder. She was morning news anchor at “Smooth 99″ KWJZ in 1994.and did news fill-ins at KJR. She moved to Nashville, but now, under the name Suzanne Duvall, is afternoon news anchor on WHAS-AM, Louisville, KY

img0408A Susie Wendel offered one-minute Hollywood “gossip reports,” apparently from Seattle studios, twice a day on oldies KUUU, 1590, in 1973.. Station owner disagreed with station manager. So Susie lasted only a month or so. Real name Sue Sartoris, but that sounds more like a pseudonym than the air-name. Anyway, here’s her picture.

T. J. Killorin [KZOK] previously from Boulder, CO

Tad Jones -KAVR AM Havre, MT in 1950; director of engineering at KAYO in 1956-1966 deceased; August 8, 1966
Verle (Tad) Jones, 43, director of engineering for KAYO Seattle, died July 26 of apparent heart attack at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Sara, two sons and daughter.

Tall Paul Fredricks [KMPS] LINKED-IN

Tam Henry started at KVI weekends, began program director of KYAC (and through its tortured progression to KKFX), then joined KMPS-AM weekends. And then disappeared..

Tami Bennett -DJ’d at The Mountain 103.7, moved to 1240 KGY/Olympia

Tana Beebe [TV news] went to work in the 70s for a government agency in Washington DC]

Taylor Van Cise KOMO Radio news anchor

Ted Bryant – deceased; former KJR newsman and KING TV newsman died Nov. 20, 2003 at age 74 in Portland. KOIN AM/FM/TV News Director. KOAP-FM News Director.

Ted Clark [KBRO]

ImageProxyTed Garlatz Sr., was KOMO Radio’s “man in the sky” for two decades.
The garrulous Garlatz experienced two crashes during his traffic-reporting career.
Larry Nelson, KOMO’s morning personality, recalled a hoax he and Garlatz pulled after it became clear that competing radio stations were using KOMO’s morning traffic reports. On a prearranged signal from Nelson, Garlatz reported over a two-way radio (but not over the air) that a truck full of oil barrels had overturned on the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. The sting worked. KING sent news cars to the scene, and KOL and KJR both put traffic alerts on air, Nelson recalled.
Garlatz was born in Seattle, attended Cleveland High School, became a sheet-metal specialist in Glendale, Calif. He worked for Boeing during World War I and later joined the Navy where he fixed bullet-damaged planes. He began solo flying in the 1940s and obtained his commercial pilot’s license in the early 1950s.. Garlatz and his son Ted Jr,. ran Seattle Air Charter, a flight and air-taxi operation at Boeing Field.
He left KOMO in 1983 after some illnesses, He died in 1993, age.73. (VOS2014)

Ted Knightlinger – deceased

Ted Potter – KAYO and KOMO Air Traffic reporter – Deceased

Tee Alexander [KZAM]

Terry MacDonald is reported to be doing voiceover work in Washington DC

Terry McManus – KFKF-KOL-KVI

Terry Rose now residing on Whidbey Island, was the long-time production manager and movie critic at KIRO Radio.

54783-Texas_Jim_Lewis1937Texas Jim Lewis performed with (or organized) cowboy bands for radio stations in Texas, Michigan and California, and briefly in 1950 at full-service network-programmed KIRO, 710 Seattle. He appeared on the station’s weekly cowboy-music program, “Rainier Ranch,” sponsored by Rainier Beer.
But Texas Jim Lewis is most fondly remembered as he was snatched away by KING-TV to become the joke-cracking host of the first afternoon-TV kid show, “Sheriff Tex’s Safety Junction.”
Lewis was “the nation’s first country-music disk jockey” in Los Angeles. But he skipped over the obligatory 1940s phenomena of radio-station affiliations like KVI’s “K-Six Wranglers,” KMO’s “Rhythm Riding Wranglers,” KBRO’s “Arkie Shibley and the Mountain Dew Boys” and Spokane radio’s “Charlie Ryan and the Montana Range Riders.”
Lewis was the son of a sheriff and starting in the late ’30s toured the nation, performing at chatauquahs, tent-revivals, taverns and minstrel shows. One of his key engagements was at the gangster-owned basement speakeasy, The Purple Gang, in Detroit. He appeared on the Mutual Radio Network, the Fred Allen comedy show, and in 40 or more low-budget cowboy movies. In 1936 he had a hit record, “Who Broke the Lock on the Henhouse Door?” featuring a musical contraption he called a hootinanny. Other records followed. During World War II while Lewis was stationed at Fort Lewis, his band was morphed into a band led by Spade Cooley.
KING-TV retired “Safety Junction” in 1956 and “The Sheriff Tex Show” aired on KTVW, Channel 13.
He performed through 1962 and the Seattle World’s Fair. He continued working area nightclubs into the 1970s but wound down thereafter. He died in 1990, at age 81.



Thane Phelan 106.1 KRPM- I started there as an intern then was Research Director and did just a little announcing on weekends. I was there for a year and worked with some Seattle greats! Jack Morton, RP MacMurphy and Mark Pierce, Ryan and Ryan, Lee Rogers. Left with Morning news Penny Tucker to work and run a Yakima station. I have since been the programmer and morning man on many Yakima stations. left radio last year and now do multimedia with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Burgess started at KJR in 1967, right out of Lincoln High School. Armed with a simple tape recorder, he was something of an “ambulance chaser,” looking for actualities to phone-in for freelance sale to the KJR newsroom. Dedicated, Burgess’ first-date with his future wife Joleen was waylaid by a quick trip to a murder scene. Eventually Burgess became a regular beat reporter, from 1967 to 1971, given the title “outside reporter” and became a familiar figure in the Police Department, Sheriff’s office and City Hall. He left KJR for a brief run at news at a station in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. Burgess returned to began at the Seattle Police Department as a patrolman, then a speechwriter, then a detective until 1978. He ran for City Council and has served there since 2007. (VOS2012)

Tim Edwards – KRPM, KNBQ

tim hunterTim Hunter served 17 years at KLSY, 92.5, drawing second billing in the morning show “Murdock, Hunter and Alice.”
He was first drawn to radio in high school when he and a buddy talked the principal into launching “KTHS” on the school’s P.A. system in the pre-school hours. Complaints from neighbors ended the show four days later.
While attending college at the University of Washington, it came to Tim’s attention that he hadn’t decided on a major yet. When one of the guys in his dorm mentioned he was working at KCMU, the school’s student-run radio stationlater purchased by , now affiliated with the Experience Music Project with call letters KEXP), he soon became a radio and television major.
During his final year in college, Tim interned at KING AM-1090 under Production Director Steve Lawson. That’s where he met future morning show co-host, Bruce Murdock.
After graduating from college, Tim headed over to Yakima to KQOT, an AM daytimer, where he did afternoons and soon became program director. As small market restlessness set in, Tim jumped over to KMWX /KFFM for a year before getting a career-changing phone call.
One day, while playing a recorded message of job openings, Tim decided to enhance it by putting “The Tonight Show” theme behind it. While in town visiting family, KOMO radio news anchor Bob Gillespie heard the bit and decided there was some creativity there. Upon his return to Seattle, Gillespie passed along Tim’s name to management at KOMO, where they were searching for a producer for morning show host Larry Nelson. Tim got the phone call from Larry, came over for an interview and was hired.
After four years working with Larry Nelson and the KOMO morning show, budget cuts introduced Tim to the classic radio game, “Now you’re working, now you’re not.” After a couple of months on the beach, Tim managed to nab a copywriting/production job at Classy 92.5FM.
Tim went from behind the scenes to a weekend air shift, to afternoons and then morning show co-host with the “Murdock, Hunter and Alice Show.” The trio woke Seattle with fun and Alice Porter’s loud laugh that still echoes throughout the Northwest.
In the summer of 2002, Murdock announced he was not going to renew his contract. After months of promising a decision and interviewing possible replacements, Murdock, Hunter and Alice were notified their contracts were not going to be renewed backstage at their annual Christmas show at the Village Theater in Issaquah. Their last show together was on Friday, December 17, 2003.
Tim is currently the Creative Director at Destination Marketing, a full-service advertising agency in Mountlake Terrace, WA. He writes, directs and does voice-overs for clients in several North American markets.
Tim continues to provide morning shows with material as a contributing writer to Radio Online’s Daily Show Prep. For ten years, Hunter was a freelance writer for submitting frequently to Jay Leno and the Tonight Show. Tim also writes material for ventriloquist Mark Merchant, as well as political cartoonist Steve Kelley. He and Frank Shiers have teamed up to create a cartoon of their own, Ima Norwegian. www.wackyweek.com. Also, www.ImaNorwegian.com.

Tim Kammer’s first paid gig (lasting one graveyard shift) was at KRKO, Everett. He was “The Hammer” at “97rock” KXRX, Tri-Cities. He was a newsman and talk show host in Reno. He managed KHCV-TV, a nondescript Seattle UHF station (now the jewelry channel on Comcast systems) for eight years.

Tim Lewis – Sportscaster at KOMO 4 TV – son of KOMO News anchor, Dan Lewis. Tim began sports coverage at KOMO [July 2012] after serving at KREM TV/Spokane.

Tim Robinson

Tim Shook [KBRD]

Toby Ryan – on the air @ 101X Austin, TX

Todd Baker – moved to Hollywood and now on the beach

Todd Mitchell on the air @ KFYR Bismarch SD

Todd Shelton/Richard Goodman [KEZX...KBRD]

Tom Church [KRPM 770]

Tom Connors – Lee Richardson “Tom” Connors, 64, was a leading Seattle DJ from 1967 to 1976. He worked at KJR-AM, KING-AM, KIXI, Everett’s KRKO, and most notably at long-gone rock station KOL. One of Connors’s KOL colleagues, Buzz Barr, told the Post-Intelligencer, “Tom’s style was not a funny jock, but sincere, fun, always positive, with the greatest laugh in the business. People in the business then and now call him the nicest guy in radio; he was as sweet as a big bunch of cotton candy.” After Connors got out of the broadcasting grind, he and his wife Pam ran a real-estate appraisal firm. Connors died July 2 from a sudden heart attack [The Stranger--Seattle/2002]

The following is from a Bill Virgin column on July 10, 2002:

Lee “Tom” Connors, who died last week, was a well-known figure in Seattle radio in the 1960s and 1970s. He had stops at such local stations as KJR, KING, KRKO, KMO and most notably as one of the “Magnificent 7″ at rock station KOL.

Buzz Barr, who was also in that group at KOL, remembers Connors this way: “People in the business then and now call him the nicest guy in radio; he was as sweet as a big bunch of cotton candy. Tom’s style was not a funny jock, but sincere, fun, always positive with the greatest laugh in the business.” Barr also recalls that Connors spent some time in the news department at KIXI where he opened his newscast with “All trains, boats and planes are on time.”

Tom Corddry — I’m living in Seattle. After Brown University, I moved to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington, in communications, and made one documentary film before slipping back into progressive radio, as Program Director of local station KOL-FM. Staff there included Vito Perillo, Jon Kertzer, Moe Shore, and Paul Gregutt. I also was part of a team that launched KZOK in Seattle, and then KZAM. Dave Corry was part of KZAM, as were Kertzer and Gregutt. My radio career ended in 1979.

Tom Dahlstrom [KING FM] now at Jefferson Public Radio and LINKED IN

Tom Franklin [KING AM Newsman] wrote a book in 1972 “Broadcasting The News”

Tom Henning KBLE, KJR, KMO, KOL, KING – retired

Tom Hood a.k.a Tom Kelly – from 440 Satisfaction:
KBRO [Seattle WA] 1961
KBRC [Mt. Vernon WA] 1963-1965
KOMO [Seattle] 1967
KJR [Seattle] 1969
KFBK [Sacramento CA] 1971
KNX [Los Angeles CA] 1975
KAYO [Seattle] 1980-1983
KING [Seattle] 1985-1988 – News/Talk consultant
Now: Tom says (1/06), “I am now a p/t physicians asstistant in Tacoma, Washington. Not much radio for nearly 20 years; miss it, but not the hassles … any way we can make it a civil service gig? (smile). I went back to school and graduated in metallurgy; it’s since served to whet my appetite and tripled my income (if you don’t count the cleaning bill) to dumpster-dive for buried treasure; such a deal…” dftdrummermmiv@yahoo.com

Tom Hutyler – now at KOMO AM & FM – Sports

Tom Kelly see: Tom Hood

Tom Larson – Tome Allen, retired from radio/KVET FM – Austin, TX Sept 2010

Thomas Mailey [Commander Tom] KMPS
Hey!

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

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

That’s all!

Tom Mailey
Roseville, CA

Tom McCarthy [KOMO] now on the air at WARM 106.9 KRWM

Tom Morgan/Leo Minton [Tom, Dick and Harry] One of the oldest radio stations in Seattle, KTW (1250 AM) had a tortured history, including its beginning in a church loft, with a meager signal and a sunset sign-off. After being sold by the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, the station suffered a series of owners and a bankruptcy or two. In late 1964, with the station still at 1250 AM and holding a construction permit for 102.5 FM, a new owner introduced a top-40 format with d.j.s “Tom. Dick, Harry, … and Sam.” The disk jockeys assigned names were Tom Morgan, Dick Jones, Harry Smith … and Sam Kelly. (Even their previous-station experience was made up.) The station’s rock format lasted 9 months and then was switched to the “Nashville Sound.” (KTW would soon endure other indignities in a three-way station-and-frequency shuffle to try to get rid of the sunset sign-off.)

Tom Murphy – “World Famous” Tom: KRLA, 1971; KGIL, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-81; KPRZ, 1981-85; KIIS, 1985-86; KFI, 1987-88; KJQI, 1993; KGRB, 1994-95. Tom worked for DMX Music as a music programmer until the summer of 2003. He is still doing voicework from Los Angeles but essentially retired.

Tom Olson [KING FM]

Tom Phelan [KOL] was born December 22, 1923 in Missoula, MT. After leaving KOL, he went to KWLL, KEX, KISN, KPOJ/KPOK, and KGAR all in Portland/Vancouver. He died at age 79, May 29, 2003 in Portland.

Tom Read – owns a network of Christian/Information stations in Eastern Washington

Tom Reddick on the air @ 92.9 “The Bull” Toppenish, WA

Tom Tangney – co-host of KIRO Radio’s Seattle’s Morning News and resident enthusiast of…everything. He loves books, movies, TV, art, pop culture, politic, sports, and Husky football.

Tom Watson [email link] was let go as Director of Operations & Programming for Classic Hits KJLL FM Thousand Oaks.

Tommy Hough – weekends at KINK FM/Portland

Tommy Vance – The name Tommy Vance came about for Richard Hope Weston when he was offered a job at top-40 KOL. A disk jockey by that name failed to show up and the jingles and ID’s were all ready done. Thus “Rick West”, born in Oxford, England, took the new name and exploited his birthplace during the “British Invasion” of rock ‘n’ roll. After Seattle he moved to KHJ, Los Angeles, then avoided U.S. military service by jumping back to Britain. He joined Radio Caroline and later Radio Luxembourg establishing himself as a heavy metal pirate broadcaster. He worked for other European operations including BBC Radio 1. He recorded several records (under a variety of names.). He died in hospital in 2005. 1995 interview pirate radio LINK TO INFO

Tommy Woolridge [KZAM]

Tony Brooks

Tony Coles – VP/Programming & Operations at Clear Channel Radio

Tony Marcus

Tony McCullough

Tony MinorTony Minor – Tony Minor has been a radio newsman in Seattle more than 30 years He is once again back at KIRO-FM, but Minor has been on several stations, including KING-AM, KVI, KOMO and KZOK-FM, anchoring, newscasts, filing reports and producing occasional travel-show features. (VOS2013)

Tony Thomas recently laid off from KMPS

Tracey Miller came from KOB, Albuquerque, to KOMO Radio in 1981. She was a radio personality first, but also TV reporter, columnist and newspaper editor. Most of her career was in Southern California.
While in Seattle one of her assignments was to cover the Mount St. Helens eruption for radio and TV. A gender complaint surfaced. As a female she was denied the opportunity to fly over the mountain in a helicopter. She had to do her reports from a distance away in front of a Richter scale.
After two years she moved back in Los Angeles. At KFI she had an eight-year run as consumer reporter and film reviewer. Then she co-hosted “TNT in the Morning,” with Terry-Ray Elmer. This was the first morning radio show in a major market to feature two women in lead roles. The station described the show-structure as “something different.”
“I thought women would find me threatening and men would find me obnoxious,” Miller told The Los Angeles Times in 1991. The program lasted three years.
Then Miller teamed with Robin Abcarian in 1997 for “Two Chicks on the Radio” on KTZN-AM.
Her third husband, Bill Edelstein, read a poem and proposed to her on-air.
She died in 2005, from complications due to brain cancer. She was 51. (VOS2013)

Tracy Mitchell @ KTHI FM


Tracy Steele – deceased – Tracy Lynn Smith enrolled at Bates broadcast-training school after graduating from Vashon High School. First job in Sunnyside, then Raymond, WA. Soon he set his sights on Seattle radio stations. (Recounting the cumulative list now, his Seattle-station jumps seem pretty significant — he worked at the top stations of the day.). All-night shift at contemporary-music KING-AM, then evenings at country KAYO, then the new progressive rock station, KZOK-FM, just long enough to appear naked in a station poster spoofing “streaking.” At KVI, a personality-filled KVI he changed his name to Tracy Steel” (too many jocks already named Smith.” ) The eveng shift at MOR KOMO, allowed him time to spruce up the morbund International Fountain. Lapses between jobs thereafter were diverse to day the least. New-car salesman, hydraulics sales, boxboy at a Safeway, rig in Alaska and for a short time, a telemarketer for Time-Life books.
He died in 1991 on Vashon Island. Age 48. Longer bio under Radio Notes. (VOS2111)

Tracy Taylor began her Seattle career with Sportsradio KJR, with Mitch Levy and Jeff Aaron in 2001. After leaving the station for stints in Spokane and North Carolina, she then returned to KJR to resume reporting on traffic. She joined KING5 and KONG 6, in January 2010.

Tucker Simpson aka Scott Hodges An American Communicator LLC – Voiceovers for “on-hold” services

Ty Flint, newsman at KGY, Olympia, and KVI, Seattle (in 1974) and KEX Portland. Was Charlie Brown’s longtime sidekick on KUBE. Now retired, living in New York. (JA2012)

Uncle Wynn/Wynn Richards says “I am out of radio, working with some great salespeople at AT&T Wireless.”

Ursula Reutin – KIRO FM News, previously a reporter for CBS Radio & TV

Val Vaughn [KGY-FM]

Veronica Weikel was a sidekick for Bob Hardwick on KVI in 1983 and 1984. She set out on her own, got the midday shift at R&B KKFX, 1250. After radio she became a commercial voice teacher.

Vic The Dude – on the air weekends @ KZOK

Vic Orlando -

Von Williams – weekender at KNBQ circa 1985 became fulltime 7-midnight August 1986

Wade Fisher – Fisher entered the commercial broadcast field as a part-time personality at KGHO in Aberdeen, and soon found fulltime employment at nearby KBKW, also in that Grays Harbor city. He also spent ten years working in radio in the Seattle Market at stations KBSG, KLSY, KRPM and KHIT. “I really had set out to spend my working life in radio broadcasting,” Fisher reported, “but just a few years after I started, the industry changed.” He cited examples of large corporate takeovers of small, independent radio outlets that created uncertainty and mass turnovers of personnel at many broadcast operations. “I had really appreciated the community-service character of most stations in the early days,” he admitted, “and the new, tightly formatted station operations kind of took the fun out of it.”

Wally Beethoven – J. Walter Beethoven (Wally Thornton) retired from radio and now works for All Star Casting Company and lives in Lake Lotawana, Missouri.

Wally Nelskog was president of Everett High School’s Radio Club in 1938 and he worked part time at KRKO, Everett. He also had his own ham radio operation. Walter N. (Wally) Nelskog enlisted in the Signal Corps, Alaska Communications System and transferred to Army Air Corps. He graduated from Yale as an Air Force communications officer.
His broadcast career was extensive. In the late 40′s and early 50′s, his disk jockey show “Wally’s Music Makers” featuring the new genre of rock and roll hits, was a top-rated feature in Seattle, first on KRSC 1150, then KJR 950. His teen-dance format on Channel 13 TV, predated “American Bandstand” by two years. He promoted teen dances and concerts at Eagles Auditorium, giving him seed money to start his own radio empire.
He built his first station from scratch in his garage in West Seattle He bought a used transmitter, moved it to Yakima and started KUTI in 1954. Over time he built, operated and sold more stations, generally assembling a “cutie” network — KORD, Pasco, KQDY, Minot, ND; KQTY, Everett; KUDI, Great Falls; KUDE, Oceanside, CA; KYNG, Coos Bay, KYXY, San Diego, and KZZK, Tri Cities.
Nelskog owned Edmonds Cablevision and Everett Cablevision. He also built and sold a music-syndication service.
In 1959 he built KIXI, Seattle; formerly KLAN, Renton, increasing power and licensing it to Mercer Island..The name KIXI, in addition to being pronounceable, included the Roman numerals IX and I. for the frequency “910.” He eventually changed to 880 mHz to get a full 50,000 watt poer boost.
In 1986, Nelskog was named WSAB “Broadcaster of the Year”. That same year he sold his last station, KIXI-AM-FM and retired. “I still have eight sticks on my boat,” he said –that’s radio talk for transmitters such as ham radio, marine band, CB radio,
He died in February 2012, age 92.

Walter Kelley [Q13 News]

Ward Lucas – KJR News [early 1970s]

Warren Wilson KFKF

Wayne Bryant died in 1997

Wayne Cody moved to Seattle to rebrand his career as a sports announcer in 1967. He began at all-news KTW-AM, but soon moved to news-talk KIRO-AM where he spent the next 21 years as sports reporter and sports-talk host He also appeared for 14 years on KIRO-TV. Bearded and rotund, he became a celebrity, mixing radio sports, ballgame appearances and TV broadcasting
Cody’s father and mother were vaudeville musicians and actors; his father Wendel (Wayne) Cody had a popular TV program in Philadelphia. Young Wendal (Wayne) Cody Jr. decided to pursue a career in acting and radio at age 16. After high school he worked in the mailroom at a Nebraska radio station. He had to fill in for a vacationing weatherman and within a few months was a staff announcer.

In 1965 he moved to Hollywood, but his acting career was limited. He appeared in summer stock musicals, got involved in a TV pilot that did not make the airwaves, and had a single appearance on “The Red Skelton Show.”
He had done play-by-play for the Indiana Pacers and in Ohio was a spokesman for the Professional Bowler’s Association.
His first job in Seattle at all-news KTW-AM included co-hosting the weekly Bill Russell sports program.
Alternately he was the original sideline reporter for the Seahawks, a court side reporter for Supersonics broadcasts and play-by-play announcer for both the Seattle Sounders and the UW Huskies, In the late 80′s Cody had a stake in a chain of sports-themed restaurants.
In 1991, he appeared as himself in the movie “Singles” interviewing Supersonics player Xavier McDaniel during a dream scene. He might also be remembered for his on-camera promotion “Watch Wayne Disappear” in which he agreed to lose weight, an unfortunate underline to his life-long struggle with obesity and diabetes. Twice married, he had a son and a daughter.
He died from complications of a heart attack in 2002 at age 65.

Wayne Cordray said in May 2008 Wayne says (5/08), “I am living in a 30-foot travel trailer in Manhattan, Montana; this thriving town of 1400 people is located 25 miles from Bozeman; came down to Big Sky country in 2003; remarried in 2005 to a South Carolina redhead who has experience in country music and TV; I’m working at the Holiday Inn Bozeman as a shuttle van driver; have met several guests who recall listening to my radio shows — cannot have a better tip….”

Wendell Niles was a former band leader in Seattle who became an announcer at KOL. He then went on to Hollywood where he became an announcer for such programs as Lum & Abner and Bob Hope.

Wendy Christopher – Now working for Microsoft

Wendy Mann KSTW 11 News

Wendy Robbins KGY News

Wes Longino – [KEZX]

Whitney Knoerlin – Whitney “Red” Knoerlin is mornings at KNDD

Will Dixon on the air @ KZOK

Will Johnson personality at 100.7 KKWF. Previously at KRWM.

Willie Kelley was an instructor for Bates Technical College. Willie Kelley
graduated from 1974: Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma, Bates Technical College, Tacoma, Radio Broadcast Technicians, graduate and is a member of Society of Broadcast Engineers. On-Air Work History: 1975: KDFL-AM Sumner, WA, 1975 KVAC-AM Forks, WA – 1976: KBKW-AM Aberdeen, WA 1976-1979: KOHU-AM/FM Hermiston, OR 1979-1999: KGY-AM/FM Olympia, WA (1994-1999 part-time) Other Work History: 1979-2013: Freelance voiceovers and audio/video production – 1994-2013: Bates Technical College Audio/Sound Technologies, faculty, operating KBTC-FM (91.7) until 2004 when the station was sold and the educational course changed to audio production/engineering.

October 2013

Retired and living life on the Kelley World Tour: kwtour.wordpress.com (retirement is not overrated–it’s great!)

Willie Nelson, the country music star, was a disk jockey at country-music KVAN, Vancouver.” That was 1956 to 1958. (So what if Vancouver is not really within SeaTacMedia.com’s primary area? So what if city of license was, even then, a subterfuge for covering Portland? So what if KVAN 910 “the station with a sense of humor” no longer exists? It’s still an inspiration for contemporary disk jockeys with whimsical names like Wingnut, Spuds and Cornbread.)
Nelson’s primary radio segment was a one-hour afternoon program, “Western Express.” Nelson also appeared as a singer at area night spots, including The Wagon Wheel Skating Rink and Dance Hall, in Camas.. He wrote and produced his first release, “No Place for Me” backed with a song written by a fellow disk jockey in a basement in Portland.

Win McCracken KLAY FM announcer/newsman, production director. KMO, KTNT


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