For KPLU's Ken Wiley, a decades-long broadcast career didn’t begin from a passion for radio, exactly.
“A friend of mine – we were out drinking somewhere – he said, ‘You know a lot about the music, why don’t you get a job on the radio?’ ” Wiley recalled.
“I went, you know, 'Where?' ”
The friend said Pacific Lutheran University has a radio station. A couple of weeks later, after the idea germinated a bit, Wiley pulled out the phone book and found the university’s number.
He ended up on the phone with KPLU’s program director. “He said, ‘Hey, you called at the right time. The one guy that we have doing the (jazz) program has to leave. Why don’t you come out and we’ll talk?”