Published July 08, 2012
End of an era: Dick Nichols retires after 50 years on radio
• STORY: Dick Nichols retires after 50 years on radio, including 45 at KGY 1240-AM
• VIDEO: Dick Nichols looks back on his radio career (1:12 clip)
The Dick Nichols File Age: 76. Resides in: Tumwater. High School: Shelton (graduated in 1954). College: University of Washington (graduated in 1958; bachelor’s degree in communications with TV/radio emphasis). Family: Wife Carolee (married since 1997); first wife Joyce (deceased; married 39 years); daughters Kelli, 53 and Kerri, 49. Broadcast history: Spent one year at KSEM in Moses Lake and two years at KELA in Centralia-Chehalis as news and sports director. First came to KGY in 1964, and was there until 1966 before arriving back in 1969. Spent next 42 years at KGY with exception of 2008-09 at KGTK. Awards: Earned Lifetime Achievement awards from the Washington State Athletic Directors Association, Washington High School Football Coaches Association, West Central District Activities Association, Saint Martin’s University, Tumwater High School, Olympia High School, South Sound YMCA, and West Olympia Rotary. He’s a member of the hall of fame at Saint Martin’s and Olympia and Timberline high schools. Miscellaneous: Named Thurston County’s Citizen of the Year in 1978. Was Tumwater city councilman from 1969-78 and a Thurston County commissioner from 1992-98.