Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

Thank You, Mr. Huntington

Photo from The News Tribune (Thanks, The News Tribune, for not yelling at us for using your photograph. (Bruce Kellman/The News Tribune))

Clay Huntington owned a radio station in Tacoma.  Essentially, the only radio station in Tacoma that actually cared about being in Tacoma.   There are other radio stations in town, but they’re all pointed north.

Last winter, a pair of guys showed up at the office of that radio station, with ideas about converting a cable access show on a doomed channel to talk radio.

Those guys being me and Jeremy.

We had a respect for the medium, but only vague ideas about how putting together a show for broadcast radio actually worked.

Most of the folks at the radio station didn’t really agree with the theme of the show, and well, we certainly didn’t fit with a lot of the programming on that day.  But they helped us out, gave us a lot of good advice, and a chance.

I’ve never met Clay Huntington.   But if a person can be judged by the people he employs and works with, he was a stand up guy who believed that everyone should have a voice.

Clay Huntington passed away today at the age of 89.

Not only did his radio station give Ask an Atheist a chance, but he’s also one of the people responsible for bringing the Tacoma Rainiers to Tacoma back in the late 1950s.  I don’t talk about it much on the show, but I like minor league baseball, and going to a Rainiers game is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.

The folks here at Ask an Atheist may not have met him, but we’ll notice his absence.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Clay was a great man to work for, and the legacy he leaves behind is this great radio station I have worked at for the last decade. When I had my stint in jury duty, the judge and the prosecutor knew who Clay was and respected him. He loved sports all of his life, and so he has supported it in any way possible. Thanks guys for bringing your show out and bringing respectful discussion to KLAY. It has made a difference with me taking a look at myself and my own questions. Tomorrow, the Tacoma Rainiers will honor Clay… Read more »

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