Living Green Olympia: Olympia's KGY Radio is a Local Treasure - Your Tuesday Tidbit!

Olympia's KGY Radio is a Local Treasure - Your Tuesday Tidbit!

Perched right on the shores of Budd Inlet is the studio for one of the oldest radio stations in the Northwest.  KGY began in 1922 when the call letters were issued to one of St Martin College's monks, and the station originally broadcast from the college campus.


KGY Radio Station in Olympia

After several successive moves around town, the station sold in 1939 to Tom Olsen, a native Olympia resident who had been active in journalism of the print variety.  In the early 1960's, KGY adopted the format that still works for it today - a mixture of music and lots and lots of local news & sports.  (For years the listening audience has skyrocketed on those mornings when you really NEED to know if the snow has caused schools to be late or closed for the day!!).

In 1991, a KGY FM  was added and its studio is the one situated right on the waterfront - where I marvel that the announcers don't get lulled into forgetfulness as they take in the scenery in front of them!


The View from KGY Radio

General manager Dick Pust joined KGY in 1959, and with his morning show on the air since 1967, his voice is recognizable to more than one generation of locals.  KGY is currently owned by the Kerry family - and remains an Olympia treasure!



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Comment balloon 0 commentsNancy Conner • March 16 2010 06:12PM