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Community Advisory Council

KNKX Community Advisory Council Meetings Are Held On A Quarterly Basis.

Upcoming Schedule (from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):  

  • Monday, Sept 20 6pm-8pm (Zoom)
  • Monday, Dec 13 6pm-8pm (Tacoma)
  • Monday, March 14 6pm-8pm (Seattle)
  • Monday, June 13 6pm-8pm (Tacoma)

If members of the community would like to attend and make public comments during KNKX CAC meetings, you will need to register at least 2-weeks in advance of the meeting date, to allow us to make the technical arrangements and plan the agenda. To join the meeting, please email us here: cac@knkx.org.

If you’re a KNKX listener, please consider joining the KNKX Community Advisory Council (CAC). CAC members provide feedback on KNKX programs and help KNKX better understand the needs and interests of its audience.

The KNKX CAC represents the various constituencies among the 15+ counties that KNKX serves; providing feedback about program content, serving as a sounding board for ideas presented by KNKX staff, and bringing issues of community concern to the attention of station management.

CAC members play a solely advisory role, but their valuable recommendations strengthen KNKX’s service to the community.

CAC appointments are for two year terms. CAC members must be listeners to KNKX, contribute to the station in any capacity, and attend one meeting a quarter.  

Email us at cac@knkx.org to learn more.

Click here to view the full Community Advisory Council Role Description 

 

KNKX Community Advisory Council 2021-2022

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Irina Bolotin

Kirkland, WA

Irina Bolotin has been a daily listener of KNKX since she moved to Kirkland in 1996 (KPLU at the time). She admires the station for the quality and selection of the programs and knowledge and professionalism of its hosts. There is always something interesting and entertaining to listen to on KNKX. She considers KNKX a community educator, as it introduced her to amazing music, talented musicians, books and writers. In appreciation for that, Irina has been supporting and volunteering for the station for years. She is happy to share her dedication to KNKX with her employer, WSECU, who also is a fan and supporter of the station.

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Jim Burbidge

Federal Way, WA

Jim Burbidge discovered KNKX a year or two after the Air Force brought him to McChord Air Force Base in 1966. He has been a supporter ever since. Jim had a very successful dental practice and became involved in dental politics for a number of years, serving as Washington State President of the Society for Preventive Dentistry and on several committees for the State Dental Association. Music is an important part of his life--he sings with the Federal Way Harmony Kings and Northwest Sound Barbershop Choruses and was a founding member of the Federal Way Chorale. Jim supports the station because he believes that KNKX is a major member of the arts community in the area, and that traditional jazz improves the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest.

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BrandonLee Cierley

Vancouver, WA

BrandonLee Cierley, 2016 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, is an up-and-coming Saxophonist from Tacoma, WA who recently relocated to the Vancouver/Portland area. During his time at PLU, BrandonLee was a part of the Jazz Ensemble playing in multiple groups including five years leading the group, ‘322.’ As a student and post-graduate scholar/musician, BrandonLee shared his love and passion for music as a frequent guest in KNKX’s Live Studio Sessions. He also was an on-air guest for the Fall Fund Drive to share his thoughts about the value of KNKX to the community. With his investment in creating a wide-ranged audience and his connection with local musicians, BrandonLee wishes to shine a light on up-and-coming musicians like himself to the KNKX community and jazz listeners from around the area.

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Brian Kai Chin

Seattle, WA

Musician, educator, and cultural entrepreneur, Brian Kai Chin is trained in western classical, jazz, and world traditions. He has been listening to KNKX (KPLU) since he moved here from NYC in 2001 and is proud to have recorded for KNKX with his collaborative ensemble, TORCH in 2019. Focused on using music as a universal language to bring people together and celebrate our shared humanity, Brian’s vision is imbedded in his work as creator and Executive Director of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music. As the Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Chin has led an innovative 21st- Century curriculum redesign that encourages students to become cultural leaders by nurturing complete musicianship and creating socially conscious art.

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Don Coyner

Seattle, WA

Don started listening to KNKX (formerly KPLU) when he moved to Seattle area in 1988. He loves the jazz and the great news programming at KNKX has but his favorite show is All Blues! Don started his career working in public radio in Salt Lake City and has been and avid supporter and listener to public radio stations for decades. With his background in marketing, Don is also helping KNKX with marketing programs to build awareness and listenership of the station.

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Paulette de Coriolis

Redmond, WA

Paulette de Coriolis has been interested in radio since she received her first multiband shortwave receiver as a kid. Initially thinking she wanted to be “ham” (amateur radio operator), she became the chief engineer of her high school ham club. In college, she took a deep dive into broadcast radio at WMBR at MIT, as an announcer, producer, and assistant station manager. Needless to say, this negatively impacted her school work. At the U. Wisconsin, she took a measured approach at WUWM. Moving to the area in 1991, she found KPLU as the first strong signal on a cheap clock radio and has been hooked ever since. She visited the studios starting in 2006 to answer phones during pledge drives. After learning of the CAC’s role in saving KPLU, she started to attend the quarterly meetings as a member of the public, eventually becoming a member of the CAC.

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Dave Ellgen

Seattle, WA

Dave was introduced to jazz in high school by his brother, especially Ahmad Jamal, “At the Pershing: But Not for Me,” and was hooked for life. Although he has become a fan of many forms of jazz and blues, he never was a musician. Maybe it’s not too late! Dave had careers in middle management, human services, public housing and as director of a non-profit architectural firm. A great finale, the last 19 years of his career were spent in Labour Relations. He has also become hooked for life to KNKX, formerly KPLU. He was very active in the rewarding and exciting drive to "save KPLU," as it bloomed into the new community station, with whom he is proud to associate.

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Kimi Ginn

Seattle, WA

Kimi is a long-time resident of the Puget Sound; she grew up in Tacoma and now resides in Seattle. Her passion for promoting the value of diversity was launched at age 7 when she first experienced racial discrimination. She chose the field of education to help empower people to understand the value of diversity. IMIK Enterprises, her small business consulting company, offers high quality engaging and empowering DEI Services (workshops, affinity group facilitations, keynote speeches), African American Storytelling Programs and Martin Luther Commemorative Assemblies. Kimi is the granddaughter of Joe Jordan, Ragtime/Jazz Champion in creating and preserving the Jazz Genre. Her grandfather's appraised, museum-worthy 600+ item collection is housed at Hampton University. Under her guidance, plans are underway to incorporate the collection into the university's music department's curriculum for the teaching the History of Jazz. Kimi looks forward to bringing a creative, equity lens to KNKX for on-going program development and diversity-focused community outreach.

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Questen Inghram

Bellingham/Anacortes, WA

Questen Inghram grew up listening to NPR in a one-stop-light Montana town and now stays informed and keeps a cool head tuned-in daily to KNKX while on his commute on I-5 from Bellingham. He graduated in 2019 with a degree in journalism at Western Washington University where he was a DJ for KUGS and editor for student publications. Before becoming a local news reporter, he worked as a wildland firefighter and bookseller. He is a passionate record collector, especially of jazz and world music.

Stacey Isaacs, Secretary

Tacoma, WA

Stacey Isaacs currently serves as Secretary and has been with the Council since 2013. A long-time NPR listener, she was drawn to KNKX for its unique blend of music and news programming. Stacey has worked with large non-profit health systems in Tacoma and Seattle, elevating the experiences of patients and families through data storytelling. She recently received a Master of Public and Non-Profit Administration degree from The Evergreen State College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Binghamton University.

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Hope Isitt

North Bend/Bellevue, WA

Hope Rusho Isitt is a lifelong Washingtonian, coming from a family of pioneers on both sides of her family. Her great-grandmother was in the first graduating class from Western Washington University College of Teacher Education while her father’s family still lives on the farm they homesteaded in northeastern Washington in the mid-1850’s. Hope is an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying living in beautiful North Bend, with hiking, biking and skiing just steps away. She holds degrees from Seattle University and a graduate degree from Western Governor’s University. As a veteran professional educator, Hope has worked in both private and public education, currently serving as a middle school mathematics and coding teacher in Bellevue School District. Amongst many interests, Hope is an enthusiastic advocate for public arts, particularly public radio and television. Public radio in the form of KNKX has been an educational and eye-opening influence in Hope’s life and one she would like to share with others. As a member of the CAC, she hopes to give voice to the issues and concerns facing residents of rural Western Washington.

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Jeanne (J.J.) Juneau, Chair

Gig Harbor, WA

Jeanne Juneau is honored to serve as Chair for the Council, previously as Secretary. She picked-up the strong 88.5 FM signal crossing the Cascades while relocating to the South Sound in 2012 and has been an uber-fan ever since! In addition to her career in cardiac ultrasound, J.J.'s background includes human resources, training, and corporate communications. She enjoys volunteer work with international cardiac teaching and surgical missions in developing countries. J.J. holds degrees from the University of Texas, Penn State University, and El Centro College.

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Kareem Kandi

Tacoma, WA

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. A versatile musician and composer, he has strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing throughout the U.S. and abroad for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. As an educator, Kareem maintains a busy schedule teaching at The Tacoma School of the Arts as an artist in residence. He also maintains a full studio of private students, conducts weekly jazz classes at Ted Brown Music, coaches ensembles for Seattle JazzED, and regularly conducts masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Pacific Northwest. Along with his teaching duties he is also the director of The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, is a performing artist for both Selmer Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds, and has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission. Kareem has been a longtime listener and supporter of KNKX, and has been involved with both performing in and producing many of KNKX’s events over the years.

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Erin Kealy

Tacoma/Vashon Island, WA

“Music is a means of rapid transportation” (John Cage). New KNKX advisory council member Erin Kealy plans to bring as many people on that voyage as possible. As an elementary music educator, Kealy puts in transit the musical being that lives in each student with fun and creativity. Herself a musician, composer, and dancer, Erin expresses her unique voice in the world of music; with the support of KNKX, she is eager to listen to the wider community and express the nuanced interests of all listeners. Regarding musical transport, Erin says, “I intend to Take the A Train.”

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Chris Kibbey

Stanwood, WA

Christopher Kibbey may be one our newest CAC members, but he's definitely not a new listener and fan--Chris started listening daily to 88.5 FM in 2015 and has found connection to his community through NPR ever since. Chris has built his career supporting youth, working as a Behavioral Health Specialist and a volunteer Crisis Counselor for a national LGBTQIA+ youth crisis hotline. He enjoys developing his own spirit, mind & body by teaching a local Zumba class and tutoring English for college and ESL students. Chris is also learning Spanish, so he can better support the community he interacts with.

En español: Christopher Kibbey puede ser uno de nuestros miembros más nuevos de CAC, pero definitivamente no es un oyente y fanático nuevo: Chris comenzó a escuchar a diario 88.5 FM en 2015 y ha encontrado conexión con su comunidad a través de NPR desde entonces. Chris ha desarrollado su carrera apoyando a los jóvenes, trabajando como especialista en salud conductual y consejero de crisis voluntario para una línea directa nacional de crisis para jóvenes LGBTQIA+. También disfruta desarrollar su propio espíritu, mente y cuerpo al enseñar una clase local de Zumba y dar clases particulares de inglés para estudiantes universitarios y de ESL. Chris también está aprendiendo español, por lo que puede apoyar mejor a la comunidad con la que interactúa.

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Juanita Tamayo Lott

Seattle, WA

Juanita Tamayo Lott moved to Seattle right before Covid to be closer to family and partake in this community of advocates and artists. KNKX made her feel at home with NPR, which she has listened to since the 1970s in Washington DC, and with jazz/blues as a long-time member of SFJAZZ Leadership Circle. She supports independent public, community-based media to ensure the U.S. democracy. A retired federal demographer/statistician Juanita maintains diverse organizing networks from grassroots communities (starting in 1968 as a student at San Francisco State) to the national level (serving as special assistant to the Census Bureau director in planning the 2000 Census). Her most recent book is Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State. She loves Tai Chi and being Jojo and Lulu's grandma.

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Anna Manildi

Port Angeles, WA

From programming educational seminars in Olympic National Park and arts and natural history excursions aboard a 65’ schooner in Alaska, to producing the annual Juan de Fuca Festival of performing arts as its Executive Director, Anna’s passion is creating opportunities where creativity, music and the natural world come together to inspire joy, wonder, and imagination. Anna holds degrees in English Literature and Music, and while neither a musician nor a literary scholar, she appreciates thoughtful, intelligent dialogue and musical excellence. That is why she has been a fan of public radio stations wherever she has lived, and KNKX (formerly KPLU) specifically for the past 30 years. She is honored to be the Community Advisory Council representative from Washington’s upper left corner and looks forward to offering her experience and her voice in a positive and meaningful way.

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Lloyd Mildon

Victoria, BC Canada

Lloyd Mildon is a resident of Victoria, British Columbia and represents Canadian listeners on the CAC. Lloyd is a retired businessman with a long a career in the self-storage industry. Earlier in his career he worked as a news reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Lloyd also served as a reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a logistics officer. A believer in sports as a means for positive youth development, Lloyd served as president of the Edmonton Youth Basketball Association and was a youth baseball umpire for over 25 years. After moving to the West Coast he volunteered for several years with the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue. Lloyd loves jazz and is proud to be a long- time sustaining supporter of KNKX.

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Lyn Quitslund

Burien, WA

Lyn Quitslund is a true Northwest native with deep ancestral roots on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, growing up in Poulsbo, WA. Happily a city dweller now, she has managed a high end contemporary furniture showroom in downtown Seattle since 2004. Among her personal interests are fashion, interior design, gardening and the cinema but high on the list is Jazz. The seeds were planted in her grandparents living room as a child listening to their big band records but with Dave Brubeck's Take 5 release she was smitten. She has attended jazz festivals in other states and in Europe. Lyn has been a sustaining member of 88.5 for decades and has enjoyed being a member of the Community Advisory Council since its formation during the latter period of KPLU. She is now serving her final term on the CAC and pledges to continue being an avid supporter of all the news and music KNKX brings to the community in the years to come.

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Eve Tai

Seattle, WA

Eve is a Midwestern native who has called Seattle home for over 20 years. KNKX has been her "roommate" nearly the entire time, always offering friendly, informed conversation and a great jazz playlist. A professional fundraiser for the Humane Society of the United States, Eve can't imagine a life without animals. Eve graduated from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and enjoys yoga, red wine and riding dressage.

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Paul Taylor

Olympia, WA

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D. first heard the station in 1995 when he moved to the south Puget Sound. He came for the NPR news and Record Bin Roulette -- and stayed for an education in jazz and blues. He joined the Community Advisory Council in 2014 prior to the successful campaign to take the station independent and rebrand it as KNKX. Paul is the Executive Editor of Government Technology magazine, Governing and their parent organization, e.Republic. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in radio, television, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C. Taylor has been with e.Republic since 2002, previously serving as the corporate Chief Content Officer (2010-2021) and, prior to that, the Chief Strategy Officer for its Center for Digital Government. Taylor regularly speaks to regional, national and international audiences on technological and societal change, government modernization and public policy matters. He is creator, producer and often co-host of company podcasts.

Gilbert Wong

Mercer Island, WA

Prior to retirement, Gilbert was working as scene designer for theaters and special events in Seattle and later as Art Director for the movie industry. He also went back to school at the UW for another Master Degree in Landscape Architecture. Gilbert has been a loyal listener and supporter of KPLU and now KNKX. He proudly hosted a fundraiser at his house to raise funds to keep his beloved station under the control of the community during the transitional time. He is honored to be accepted by the CAC and looking forward to contributing to the station and to learning from all the members and staff of the station.