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The Pure Gonzo Life of Ryan Castle, APD/MD of KISW in Seattle

rcc“I got drunk with Jim Root from Slipknot in the kitchen of a 70’s and 80’s dance club in Iowa.” – Ryan Castle

By Carl C. Sundberg

When Ryan Castle first heard “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses on 99.9 KISW, the Rock of Seattle, he knew what he wanted to do.

He was 10.

But as a kid growing up in Everett, WA, just north of Seattle, it seemed an improbable reality that one day, many jobs and many years later, Ryan Castle would be the Assistant Program Director/Music Director and host of his own Midday show, on that very same station, playing rock n’ roll for a whole new generation of headbangers. No, he was just another kid with a radio. A listener. Like many of us at that age, he would call in to the top 40 station in Seattle, KPLZ, during their “Smash or Trash” feature at night with “Mark in the Dark”. Regular kid stuff. (more…)


Seattle’s KISW Pain in the Grass 2016 Lineup Revealed

paingrassSeattle’s KISW has announced the details for their Pain in the Grass 2016 Festival at the White River Amphitheatre, Sunday, August 21. Headliners Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin will be joined by Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia, Anthrax, Pop Evil, Stiched Up Heart and Windowpane.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, March 31 at 10am at Ticketmaster. VIP Packages, Fan Club, Ticketmaster, Citi Cardmember and Live Nation Mobile App Presale go live Wednesday, March 30 at 10am. (more…)