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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…)