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.
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