This week, KOMO television here in Seattle is celebrating their longtime weather personality, Steve Pool.
Remember, for a time, I lurked the halls of Fisher Broadcasting as Larry Nelson’s producer on the radio side of the KOMO Empire. Occasionally I’d bump into Steve at a cross-promotional event. Then, when I headed across the lake to work at 92.5-KLSY, it became a tradition to have Steve and the late Kathi Goertzen do battle in our “Battle of the Sexes.” Steve represented the Dawgs, Kathi was the proud Cougar back when it had only one meaning. Whichever side won theoretically would predict the outcome of the annual Apple Cup. Not with any accuracy, but it was still a fun gimmick.
While working afternoons at KLSY, my former KOMO connections managed to work me into a “celebrity” edition of TV’s Family Feud game show. While Steve was a part of that adventure, it’s what happened with the rest of the crew that is pressed in my memory.
We actually got to fly down to Los Angeles, check into a fancy hotel and, that evening, have dinner with the host, Ray Combs. The radio and TV folks came in two different flights. I was on the second one and probably, for the better. It seems that on the early flight, one of our radio sisters drank a TV all-star under the table, such that he was unable to be at dinner that night. After dining together in a big group, Ray explained what all would happen the next day—a Sunday, by the way—, so we scattered. I’ll never forget seeing Kathi Goertzen, who I had only spoken to briefly (after all, she was Kathi friggin’ Goertzen) getting all cowgirl’d up to go hit the local country bars with her sister. I can still see her in those cowboy boots.
We were told to be ready to catch the bus to the TV studio by 7am Sunday morning. OK, so I set the alarm for 6. Shortly after it went off, I heard a slam from my next door neighbor, Robin Erickson. Living up to her rock jock image, she was just getting home from a night out on the town.
We got to the TV studio and some of us were blurrier than others. A few were a bit stage-struck or full of nervous energy. I remember it being like a dream. You know the part where your team poses as your introduced and before you come on stage? I was amazed to see that the backside of it was covered in graffiti. It’s something they don’t show you on TV.
We did two episodes, back to back, so they could sprinkle them out during the important ratings periods. My buddy, Larry Nelson, had a serious brain freeze on one of the questions. We never quit teasing him about it.
Seeing this video makes me realize just how long ago this was. I was honored to be included in the Feud, and to hang around for a while with some of my cross-town radio rivals, as well as the gang from KOMO TV. The last one of that KOMO TV bunch still on the air is weather guru Steve Pool, the guy who triggered this little stroll down memory lane. Congratulations, Steve, on your 40-year achievement. Here’s to as many more as you want and as long as you’re having fun, that’s really all that matters.