Growing up in Yakima I was a total disco child, I even had a poster of "John Travolta as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever" on my wall. Frankly, I was scared for a moment when KATS-FM first signed on to rock the Yakima Valley in 1979. I was 14 years old and dang near everything changed for me. I decided then I wanted to make radio my career because It sounded like the on-air jocks were having a blast, and I thought, 'I'd really like to do that'. I prayed it would get me girls. "Listen to me, just don't look at me!" Anonymity was really a driving factor pointing toward getting into the radio biz. I would have loved to have had a high school Tri-Tech Skills Center show like we have here in the Tri-Cities, but I spent my childhood in Yakivegas. My first radio gig wasn't until college at WSU, KUGR Pullman -- Wazzu's Wired Rock from 1983-1986. I've been a paid talent starting in Spokane, where I first cut my chops, working there from 1986 until 1993. Then I made the move to the Tri-Cities to fire up KXRX-FM in 1994, and was co-host of a local sports talk show on KFLD-AM into the early 2000s. I was the public address announcer for the Tri-City Americans Hockey Club for 13 seasons and also for the Tri-Cities Fever Indoor Football Team for 8 seasons. By 2015 I was given the privilege and daily thrill to ride my hometown rock stick, KATS-FM in Yakima. We all rock out weekdays 3:00-7:00 p.m. Born and raised in Yak, I graduated from Carroll High School in 1983 and attended Washington State University. I have a special place in my heart for Pearl Jam and am a proud member of the 12th Man, supporting the Seattle Seahawks. I am a father of a daughter who turns 18 in July, she graduated in 2021 from both Richland High School and Columbia Basin College. She will be attending Pepperdine University in the Fall. My son, Cannon, died from a fentanyl overdose on April 27, 2021. He was 21. I'm very grateful for my partner in life and love for the past fifteen years, Cathy. Exercising and man cave (I call it Curt's Cove) chilling are my main ways to stay balanced. I have emceed and participated in Junior Achievement, Polar Plunge, Walk to End Alzheimer's, Mid-Columbia Duck Race, Christmas for Children, Heart for the Arts, Seattle Children's Hospital, COVID relief projects and numerous charitable golf tournaments. I am passionate about my community, the arts, sports and travel -- both in the USA and abroad. My passports have stamps from Turkey, France, Costa Rica, Canada, Italy, Belize, Guadeloupe, Sicily, Germany, the Bahamas, Great Britain, Greece, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Panama, Spain and South Africa. I've been to exactly half of the 50 United States. It is my honor to help carry and pass the rock torch through the radio generations. It's a responsibility I do not take lightly. Thank you for rocking. Thank you for listening.
Rolling Red Target Concrete Barrier Ball Hurts Washington Woman
I think the Richland Target's red balls are bigger than the Kennewick Target's red balls.
Pasco Native to Challenge Patty Murray for 2022 U.S. Senate Seat
Tiffany Smiley begins to fight anew launching a GOP campaign for the U.S. Senate representing Washington state.
Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center to Host Huge Job Fair
The event is free on May 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and applicants are encouraged to first pre-register on line for a meeting and then bring resumes and/or interview materials with you for the sit-down in person.
West Richland Tire Drive Event Starts Early Saturday Morning
Limit 20 tires maximum per person, tires must be rimless, no tractor tires and bring proof of Benton County residence.
NFL Way to Play High School Award Honor Goes to a Richland Bomber
To accommodate all high schools nationwide that pushed football into the Spring, the NFL Way to Play High School Award has been extended by an additional 17 weeks, running through June 12, 2021.
Kennewick’s Most Notorious Roundabout Strikes Again
Speedy Gonzalez once again fails to negotiate the roundabout at 19th while traveling north on Union in Kennewick.
A Dust Devil of a Time Trying to Book Baseball Promos in Pasco
The season opens on 'May the Fourth be With You' against the Vancouver Canadians, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
CWU Students Can ALL Tap the Craft Brewing Courses Come Fall 2021
Pretty cool they announced it on National Beer Day, right?
Seahawks DE Carlos Dunlap Re-Signed After Wilson Pledged to Stay
The combined salary cap hit this year between Carlos Dunlap and newly signed Kerry Hyder will be less than half what Dunlap’s would have been for 2021 under his previous contract.
Prosser Volunteer Firefighter Who Died From COVID to be Honored
The procession begins at 10:45 a.m. starting at Prosser Funeral Home going south on 7th Street then turning east on Meade Ave to Highland before arriving at Sacred Heart Church.
Washington’s Easterday Faces 20 Years in Prison For Cattle Fraud
Easterday used the fraud proceeds to cover approximately $200 million in commodity futures contracts trading losses.
Yakima Cat Uses Nine Lives to Survive a Month Stuck in a Chimney
It is not clear whether Piper the cat weighed 19 pounds after being rescued, down from 26 pounds, or had dropped to 12 pounds after her ordeal.