Production Assistant/PM Drive Traffic
I’m one of those people who were born and raised in the Seattle area, spending my summer days down at Green Lake and snowy days sledding down our hill. I loved growing up in the city! I remember J.P. Patches, the Bubbleator at Seattle Center and my favorite radio person, Charlie Brown!
It’s embarrassing but ever since I saw WKRP on TV, I’ve wanted to be in radio. I’ve been at SPIRIT 105.3 for a few years and many people here have seen my two teenage boys, Nick and Sam grow up. You can hear me doing traffic during the PM drive.
My husband Jeff and I love movies and pop culture and you may remember my “Mom at the Movies” feature. He’s a huge fan of Disney and until recently, every single trip that we took in our many years of marriage involved Disney in some way (including our honeymoon!) Our family is all about fun, whether it’s playing games, watching movies or going for a weekend getaway. Nicolas and Sam are so great to hang out with and we’re just grateful that they still want to tell us what’s going on in their lives.
Ty began his career in radio by doing what every radio disc jockey does. They go alone, into a small, padded, soundproofed room, and they talk into a lump of metal–a completely inanimate object–to “people” they can’t see, and then they imagine that these “people” hear them. These “deejays” cover their ears with earmuffs and “hear music and voices” — that’s also considered a normal part of the routine. In other professional fields, this is known as “hallucinating” or “having delusions” and possibly other symptoms of psychosis. In radio, this is known as “doing your job”. Ty enjoyed many years of working on-the-air during mornings, afternoons, and evenings (basically, he just never got to work during normal work hours) on various radio stations.
Tragically, Ty became so increasingly difficult to work with as a DJ, that his bosses decided to solve their recalcitrant staffing problem by promoting him, instead of telling him that he could no longer be on the air. They told him that he was a “straight shooter with upper management written all over him” and invited him into the wonderful world of leadership. This worked. Ty has been a “Program Director” now for most of his career, and he is simply amazed that it’s considered a real job.
His career goal, apparently, is to work in every size of radio market in America. He’s barely held down jobs in essentially the smallest market (#238, Twin Falls, Idaho!), as well as at the largest Christian music network in America, with hundreds of radio stations in most major markets, including New York, NY.
Like a pinball bouncing between flippers and bumpers on a pinball machine, Ty’s career has careened wildly from Idaho to Washington, DC, to Idaho again, to California, to Washington DC, to Houston, Texas and now Seattle. Frankly, that’s just ridiculous. Ty is now ready to settle down. He thinks Seattle is a beautiful place, and he’d like to stay.
Ty’s been married to his wife Tonya since 1995, and he absolutely loves being a dad to his daughter, Audrey. He loves the Lord Jesus, and is profoundly in awe of what God has done for all of us, through the cross and resurrection.