Living Green Olympia: The End of an Olympia Tradition Makes Me Sad

The End of an Olympia Tradition Makes Me Sad

The news that long time radio announcer, Dick Pust,  and local AM station KGY have parted ways feels like the end of an Olympia tradition - and really makes me sad.  Long time is no exaggeration - Dick Pust had been at KGY for 51 years!

I don't know all of the facts about his departure, but know I'm not the only one who feels like it is the loss of the "Voice of Olympia".  This news seems to stir up lots of feelings around the fast changing times which are threatening the survival of many local media outlets.

KGY is not even the main radio station I listen to - but when it comes to local news, emergencies, weather situations - 1240 on the dial has always been the place I turn.  When the 2001 earthquake hit, I immediately turned to KGY and heard the reassuring voice of Dick Pust.  Over all the years my son was school age, if we woke up to snow on the ground, KGY was the place to tune to find out whether school was cancelled or if the buses were running late.  Dick Pust's voice was a constant at times like that.

So whether is was a necessary financial business decision or a power squabble that led to Dick's departure doesn't really change the fact that he has been a key community voice for as long as I have lived in Olympia - and I'm really sad that he's not at KGY any more.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsNancy Conner • January 06 2011 03:37PM



Gordon here.  Traditions are going by the wayside too quickly these days for sure.  Hope Olympia finds another personality to adequately replace Dick.... g

Posted by Cherise Selley, Colorado Springs Realtor (Selley Group Real Estate, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for your comment Gordon.  I agree that though change sometimes is a very good, necessary part of life, the ending of community traditions is hard.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

Dick will be missed greatly.  My hope is that he will remain involved in the community as he is a great ambassador for the city.  It would be very interesting if he ran for political office.  HHHmmmmmm.....   His voice will be missed greatly.

Posted by Terry Meyer (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sound Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Well if the Facebook page about Dick for mayor is any indication, he knows he has a lot of supporters in town!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago

Great post Nancy, it is sad when a change like this occurs.  I will however hold the belief it will just open another door of opportunity.  The first thing that came to my mind was the earthquake and listening to all the call-ins and recognizing most of them.  I too had to call in and share my experience on the air.  I don't think we will ever have the same connection when future events occur.

Posted by Rick Wilson, Olympia WA Real Estate (Virgil Adams Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Rick!  I know there has been a huge outpouring of love for Dick Pust from the community - he will have other great opportunities I am sure.  But it really will be strange not to feel that same connection to KGY as the place to turn when something happens in town and you want to get the scoop.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 8 years ago