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Ty Flint - Mornings / News Director
Weekdays 5:30-noon & Sat 6-10am
Ty Flint started his broadcasting career as a Tumwater High student working with Dick Pust at KGY. He went on to become a Seattle radio mainstay at stations such as KJR and KUBE, where he co-hosted the popular “Charlie and Ty” show in the ’80s and ’90s. Eventually, he moved on to Phoenix and then New York. Now he’s back where he began, living on Olympia’s Eastside and co-hosting the new “Good Morning Mixx” with millennial magician Lorri Tracy. In his spare time Ty and his partner Gary (almost 50 years together!) like antiquing and exploring the smaller communities in the South Sound. He collects Olympia Brewery artifacts and has a model bus collection!
Lorri Tracy - Mornings
Weekdays 5:30-noon & Sat 6-10am
My husband and I moved to Olympia from the Midwest and have fallen completely in love with this city and the Pacific Northwest. I have been been on stage since I was 10 and continue to perform on the stages here in Olympia. Most of my hobbies center around the arts – fiber arts, music, and painting – and, like Ty, I like to go antiquing. Happy listening!
Anna Winter - Afternoons
I am a true Pacific Northwesterner – born and raised in Tacoma, right here in the beautiful South Sound. I graduated from Foss High School and Whitman College. I moved back to Tacoma after college and am proud to have raised my son here as well. When I’m not at work, I spend time with family and have volunteered with some great organizations including PTA and Safe Street. I like to spend time outside – hiking, camping, and kayaking. I’m also a ham radio operator, an activity my husband and I enjoy together. I first became interested in radio while at college. Although I majored in social sciences, I also had a show on the college’s radio station. It was more fun than I could have imagined, and I was hooked! I eventually studied broadcasting at Clover Park Technical College and landed my first “real radio job” here at KXXO Mixx 96.1 in the mid-1990s! Although I went on to work at a few other terrific stations, I’m happy to call KXXO “home” again.
Jennifer Mathis - Weekends
I’ve been in radio for many, many years (most of that at KXXO Mixx 96.1) after graduating from the radio broadcasting class at Bates Vocational Tech in Tacoma. I’d originally planned to be a veterinarian but decided to try radio after having several people tell me I’d never be any good at it. (Editor’s Note: As you can hear, don’t ever tell Jennifer she can’t do something!)
I enjoy living here in Olympia because the people are so genuine. It doesn’t matter here if you’re not mainstream, people don’t even look at you twice.
I’m a two-time breast cancer survivor, a tried and true redhead, and SuperMommy to two young men, a spouse, and our dog Patriot.
Dick Pust - Public Affairs
Olympia grew up listening to Dick Pust chatting with candidates for local office and representatives from almost every community group one could imagine. Dick hosts “Saturday Morning Conversation,” talking with candidates and local businesses (Buy Local!). His non-fiction book AM 1240 – Life at a Small Town Radio Station is local history at its best – worth it just for the photos of Olympia in the late 20th century.
Jeff Hirschberg - Evenings / Billing-Traffic / Web-Tech Wizard
I grew up on the mean streets of Hoquiam, where I developed a hardcore computer gaming habit and a love for music and schlocky horror films. I headed south to graduate school in Santa Cruz, CA, where I helped design and build Kestrel, a parallel computer for genetic sequence analysis. Burned out on school and perpetual sunshine, I returned to Washington and became a corporate drone, writing software to test designs for the world’s largest chip maker. After 10+ years of soul sucking, I fell in love with the idea of being broke and decided to become a voice actor. I quickly realized I knew nothing about acting, so I began to study and perform, and eventually write, and I even made a little money doing it. Now I work as an actor, voiceover artist, writer, computer guy, and whatever else comes along, building my media empire from home in Yelm, close to family and my fabulous girlfriend Anita.
John Nelson & Tama Fulton - Freeway Hero Traffic Reports
Freeway Hero Traffic Reports 5:30-9am and 3:30-6pm
Afternoon Freeway Hero Tama Fulton used to do morning news for us and now staffs the Freeway Hero traffic center. She’s called the Pacific Northwest home for over 30 years, after moving from the desert where she matriculated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Telecommunication at Arizona State University. She and her husband have three grown children and two lovely granddaughters. For fun, she loves cycling, cooking, community theater, and reading.
Please welcome new Morning Freeway Hero John Nelson.
Markly Morrison - Weekends
I moved to Olympia from Southern California’s Mojave Desert in 2006 and stayed for its rich music and arts community, spending the next 10 years touring the North America, Europe and Japan with a handful of different bands. When my wife and I had our first child, touring (and all that goes with it) was no longer a reasonable option and I began to think of new outlets for my creative side. In 2018, I began a music history podcast called Low Profile with Markly Morrison, modeling my own role as host after my favorite NPR personalities, and I fell in love with hosting and producing for radio. My program was picked up by The Evergreen State College’s KAOS-FM a few years ago, where I am currently working toward a career in this business, sharpening my skills on the microphone and getting some hands-on experience. This led to me coming on board at KXXO, where I’ve been enjoying my airtime as “Markly on the Mixx” since summer of 2021. I like to spend my down time playing and making things with my four creative children, exploring the forest, singing karaoke at home with my wife, strumming the banjo, reading graphic novels, and listening to records.
Dave Cowan - Assistant Program Director
My radio DJ days began in the early 80s at the Virginia Tech Student station and it wasn’t long before I was spending more time at the station than in class. Before graduation I managed to stumble into an overnight shift at a little AM station in Roanoke. For the next 30 years I was a DJ, newscaster, and play-by-play person for stations in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Montana, and I was even a station manager for the final dozen years. My wife and I bought a pet boarding and grooming business in Washington so I left radio for seven years until we sold the business in 2021. I was fortunate enough to find some fill-in work here at KXXO and after all these years, it’s still exciting to walk into a station for a shift. My wife Jackie and I live in Olympia with our five dogs.
Ken Carson - Fill-in Announcer
For 13 seasons, you could not attend a Seahawks game without seeing Seattle native Ken Carson on the big screens as the field and entertainment host. Currently, Ken provides this role for the Sounders FC and travels the country as an auctioneer and corporate event host as well. His voice has been heard on radio stations from Seattle to San Antonio and on a slightly goofy note, Ken provided voices of evil monsters on the TV show The Power Rangers! Ken recently moved to the South Sound with his gal and is thrilled to be a part of KXXO Mixx 96.1!
Brian Butler - Sales Manager
Would you buy a used car from this man?
That’s good, because I don’t sell used cars!
I grew up imitating ’60s Top 40 jocks which had absolutely nothing to do with landing in radio. Since 1979 I’ve been working with businesses to develop effective marketing campaigns utilizing radio and other mediums. I’m a member of the founding staff of KXXO Mixx 96.1 and bring over three decades of marketing and promotion experience in the Southwest Washington market to businesses.
In my spare time I enjoy playing with my wife Penny in the great Northwest outdoors as a skier, windsurfer, and mountain bike enthusiast. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Malloy - Business Development
I am new to Olympia and radio, but I am so excited to be here! I have nearly two
decades of experience in the hospitality industry and truly enjoy meeting and talking to
people. I think radio is such a great medium for connecting people to their communities,
and I feel privileged to be a part of it! My husband Mark and I relocated from Seattle in
2021. We’re both avid cooks and spend a lot of time in the kitchen together. We share
our home with our orange tabby named Gus. Well, if you ask him, he shares his home
with us. Write me at email@example.com if you’d like me to help your business connect
Johnna Wesley - Marketing Executive
Helping local business grow is what I do! While new to the KXXO Mixx 96.1 sales team, I spent 20 years helping businesses as a Senior Marketing Executive in radio in Grays Harbor County. I now live in Mason County and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery and everything that Mother Nature has to offer. I’m a country girl at heart and feel right at home there. I love creating custom marketing plans and planning promotional events. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know the community and its members.
Toni Holm and David Rauh - Station Owners
As college students in Olympia, Toni Holm and David Rauh dreamed of owning and running their own radio station. And, after a decade of trials and tribulations, they made it so! KXXO Mixx 96.1 went on the air January 16, 1990. Toni is the station manager and David is the General Manager.
John Foster - Program Director
Hi. I’m responsible for the music and DJs. It’s almost as fun as it sounds and a privilege to work with such talented people. My passions are playing basketball, listening to music (obviously), following sports (Go Storm!, etc.), reading, and spending time with my family: Dana (an artist and teacher, my beloved partner since 1979), Kajaat (a nanny), Rama (an aspiring botanist), our cats, and our big dog Noa. I love living in Olympia. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions, compliments, or complaints.
Tim Vik - Engineer
Tim is hardy, adventurous, and brilliant – a good combination for a radio broadcast engineer in the unpredictable Great Northwest! He has gone to great lengths to keep us on-the-air through great adversity – including the time the transmission tower fell over in the ’90s (not his fault!). Sometimes he would have to snowshoe up to our old tower site on Rooster Rock. He works 20-hour days without complaint and will meet an unexpected challenge with an “Oh yay!” when most of us would scream in frustration and rage.
KXXO Krew Promotions Team
These are the folks who set up and tear down the tent, talk you into spinning the prize wheel or entering for a beach weekend, troubleshoot why the PA isn’t working, and generally run things at fairs and festivals or while the announcer is interviewing clients for a live broadcast. They’re generally college students or trusted friends of the station who will do whatever needs to be done with a smile!