Jolene Leaves KISW 99.9FM Seattle

May 31, 2015
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Jolene's announcement was like the same feeling I had back in 1999 when I heard the NFL's Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions just up and quit the game in his prime with no real reason why. Sanders left the game just 1,457 yards short of being first place on the list for the NFL all-time rushing record at that time. Now we don't have to lay down any statistics as to how Jolene is perceived in the Seattle airwaves, she was the Queen of the night time FM radio. As a teen she dreamed about working at KISW and 11 years ago she conquered that dream. Last Tuesday she shocked Seattle by announcing her retirement from radio and Friday was her last day at KISW. Just like the Barry Sander situation I was in shock. Takes some big balls to quit anything at the top of your game. Jolene felt it was her time to move on in life and with her upcoming wedding I can see a life shift that backs up her decision. 

For 8 of her 11 years at KISW I got to hang and photograph her at events. In the beginning (she'll admit) she didn't like her photo taken. Took a good 2 years for her to loosen up then BAM she was rocking the camera as you'll see in my photo gallery (2007-2015) video below:

So on May 29th I put on one of these Jolene wigs hanging around the station and went to work with her covering her last time on-air at KISW.

The response was awesome in support. Phone calls in from Duff McKagan (Loaded/GNR/Walking Papers), Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains), KISW Hall of Famer Cathy Faulkner and current morning radio giant BJ Shea. In studio visits from former KISW DJ Ricker, performances from Windowpane and Witchburn. Famed producer Jack Endino, Musician Paul Passereli stopped by and more. 
Check out my full photo gallery HERE.

Here's a video of Windowpane and Witchburn's performances and other quick clips I did in the studio. For all the audio interview and phone call clips plus some videos go to KISW: http://www.kisw.com/Jolene-s-Last-Ride/21561570 

Jolene will be missed. Her support of local music was undeniable at the station and hope someone there continues that tradition. Thought it would be cool to end the blog with a photo of her last second on-air.

Good luck Jolene! "Iron" Mike Savoia