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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Radio Newsman Dennis Shannon dead at 68, Memorial Dec 15, 2018

Longtime news director and reporter, Dennis Shannon, 68, has died. 

His familiar voice was known on KOMO and several other Seattle, Bellevue and Everett radio stations before putting down roots at KONA in the Tri-Cities, which became his home for more than 17 years. 

He developed his own journalistic style.

He was well-known to Seattle and Puget Sound radio listeners after having grown up in Lakewood, but found his home in the Tri-Cities.

In 2013, Shannon received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence as a broadcast journalist for his coverage of a tragic charter bus crash near Pendleton, Oregon, which killed nine and injured 38.

He attended college and pursued a career in Broadcast Journalism at Washington State University.

Numerous Facebook tributes have sprung up expressing great affection for him and shock at his passing.

He was found dead in his Pasco home on Monday following Thanksgiving.  The Franklin County coroner has indicated that his death was due to “natural causes.”

Cherry Creek Media Tri-Cities is hosting the memorial gathering for Dennis Shannon at the Pasco Eagles’ Lodge on Saturday, December 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. 

Everyone who knew Dennis – family members, friends, colleagues – is welcome to attend and share special memories.  Bring photos, tapes or other memorabilia from his career as a news broadcaster, and stories that will memorialize him for years to come.

The Eagles’ bar will be open during the get-together.  However, no food service or potluck is planned.

If you are driving to Pasco for the memorial get-together from outside the area and are unfamiliar with the location of the Eagles’ Lodge, the address is:  2829 W Sylvester St, Pasco, WA 99301. Call 509) 547-5071, if you have any additional questions.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Radio's Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio's paintings featured at Trilogy

Left to Right:
Charles Jones, Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio,
Jaynie Dillon Jones

Joe "Copper" Cooper aka Joe Giannunzio's paintings were featured among a spectrum of some 30 artists at the recent Trilogy Art Show and Sale in Redmond, Washington.  Joe is best known from his decades on-the-air in radio here in the Seattle area, Portland, Oregon, and in Michigan long ago where his radio career began.  

However, Joe's artistic talent has always been smoldering in the background.  Few people know of his remarkable talents and accomplishments as a home builder.  But beneath all of those other natural talents and abilities, Joe has always had a passion for drawing and painting.  

Now that Joe is retired he is able to devote more time to painting and has completed more than 50 fairly large scale paintings.  

Earlier this month (May 2017) the Trilogy community in Redmond sponsored an Art Show and Sale where Joe exhibited some of his paintings for the first time in a public show.  Charles and Jaynie Jones drove up to Redmond from Tacoma to take in the show.  

There were interesting and outstanding works of art from many artists who were on-site.  All of the pictures shared in this blog post feature paintings by Joe Giannunzio.

The show spanned two days, Friday hours were exclusively for residents of Trilogy, but the show hours on Saturday were open to the public.  It was a thrill to see so much creativity on display.  

--Jaynie Dillon Jones

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rock Radio Documentary "I Am What I Play"

Roger King writes...

Hey friends & colleagues:

Excuse the mass email but when it comes to blatant self-promotion, it’s really the way to go.

So, I made this documentary called I Am What I Play...Many of you know this.  A number of you saw it.  For some, it may be news.  

After playing at festivals, special screenings and on the CBC Documentary Channel for the last two years, my film will finally be available to anyone in the world as of midnight tonight!  

For those who don’t know, it’s a documentary about rock radio disc jockeys, told through the life stories of 4 different DJ’s form 4 different cities: Meg Griffin (New York), Charles Laquidara (Boston), David Marsden (Toronto) and Pat O'Day (Seattle).  But it’s really the story of anyone who has worked on-air in radio – and the story of radio itself, from the free form era of the 60’s and 70’s right up to present day.  

The film includes songs from The Ramones, Rush, The Kinks and David Bowie, among others.   It really is for radio & music fans everywhere.  
So, as of May 1st, people can stream or download the film through Vimeo on Demand at this link:

If you haven’t seen it, I hope you will.  If you have seen it, I hope you will forward this email to others, raving about it.  If you haven’t seen it and couldn’t care less, maybe you know some radio & music fans who might.  Whatever camp you’re in, I hope you’ll tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends...Well, you know the drill.

And hey, if you tweet or Facebook or have a blog, don’t be shy to spread the word.  All the support is (and has been) much appreciated!

With affection,

Roger King
Producer/Director, I Am What I Play(416) 515-8918


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Twenty-three Annie Wright students earn International Baccalaureate Diploma

Twenty-three Annie Wright students earn International Baccalaureate Diploma

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announced today that 23 out of 26 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma. Two students earned bi-lingual diplomas, and Annie Wright’s first student to test in Mandarin as an acquired language received a seven, the top score possible.

“We are very proud of our Class of 2015,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan, who is a native of the United Kingdom and has worked at schools in Europe, Africa and the East Coast. “Our students have performed well based on international standards of achievement, and are poised to make a profound and lasting impact on the world.”

All Annie Wright Upper School students follow the IB Diploma Programme curriculum, and around half choose to fulfill all the requirements, including sitting six comprehensive and rigorous exams in a range of subjects, to earn the full IB diploma. The average score of this year’s IB Diploma recipients was ten percent higher than the world average (this year's average is published in September).

Recognized worldwide as the gold standard of education, the IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Annie Wright received full authorization to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme in Preschool to Grade 5 last month, and is in the process of adopting the Middle Years Programme in Grades 6-8. When this process is complete, Annie Wright will become one of only a handful of IB continuum schools, delivering IB curricula in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, in the United States.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Morning

Gray outside. Sun is breaking through. I am feeling mighty happy. I hope you are feeling happy too.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jen Willey, Communications Director and Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools at Annie Wright shared some exciting new with me yesterday..  

Jen says, "We have some big news with regard to our Early Childhood program here at Annie Wright. We are now extending learning and care of our youngest students to year-round (closed only 10 days annually), and doing so without raising our tuition costs. We look forward to serving more families in the community and hope that you can help us get the word out. We are still accepting applications, on a space available basis, for the coming academic year."

Questions?  Please call 253.284.8602.