I just started the 40th year of my broadcast career. In 1972, Dick Pust gave me my big break, the evening show on KGY. There are always two sides to one getting fired in broadcast, but this I can tell you about Dick Pust.
Dedicated? Same station for 50 years.
Caring? I worked for him during one of Olympia’s worst snowstorms. He kept the whole on-air staff overnight at the station to keep our listeners informed. He trudged across the parking lot to the old Jacaranda to get us food.
Loyal? Tom Olson and Barbara Kerry loved him like a son and brother. Somewhere, they must have tears in their eyes. Pust knows Olympia better than most and is a great ambassador to your city.
Any competing program director in Olympia should be licking his/her chops to get Pust on the phone. But, I have a feeling Dick Pust is too loyal to the place that just sacked him.
I haven’t spoken to Pust in years, don’t know his politics these days, but if he ran for mayor, and I could vote in Olympia, he’d have my vote.
Radio personalities come and go. Generations of Olympians have been lucky to have Dick Pust in the morning.
You haven’t heard the last of Dick Pust, he still has years of service left to offer. I for one say “thank you” Dick Pust.