I Still Can’t Believe Seattle doesn’t have its Mountain


Some days when I am driving into Seattle, I still go to the radio dial to change it to 103.7 fm and then the sad reality sets in. Oh yeah,  it’s no longer there and that is a hard pill to swallow.  Not only do I love The Mountain because I worked there and it was the first commercial radio station to take a chance on me, but it also WAS PERFECT FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST!

I don’t think there has ever been a radio station so perfect for an area.  The Mountain was Seattle.  The sound, the imagery, the staff, the name, it all fit perfectly.  I did overnights which meant I got to welcome John Fisher and Mike West every morning as they came in to wake up Seattle with humor, wit, and great taste.

Seattle Radio History – 103.7FM (KMTT – The Mountain) from Twisted Scholar on Vimeo.

I remember the supportive late night calls from Boeing workers on their night shift, doing stage announcements from Concerts on the Pier and WOMAD, and the Phish album release party at the Seattle Aquarium!  Working and learning from Fisher and West, Marty Riemer, along with specialty show hosts for Blues, Folk, and World music, allowing me access to each individual’s musical passion. Chris Mays, Jason Parker, and Dean let me sit in on their music programming meetings and I learned so much from them. They could tell I knew music and how to put it together. After leaving The Mountain, I went on to be an interim program director myself. And today, I still program my own music on KPTZ.

I look back with great fondness for KMTT The Mountain and I am very thankful to have had that experience in my life. I’m actually sorry for people who never had the chance to hear this great radio station.

Mike “Wade” Sierociuk @ The Mountain 1997-1998


Mike from Spool Going Round in full Cubs gear at Seattle’s KMTT in 1997

About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. spoolgoinground@yahoo.com My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/spool-going-round/about-spool-going-round.html#ixzz1Bfx7V0ug
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