Dick Pust: A Life in Radio

One day in 1959, a 19-year-old man willing to “do anything” walked into Olympia’s KGY radio station and asked about employment. That small action, and his ability to type, landed him a job as the radio station receptionist. It was the beginning of a 60-year career in radio for Dick Pust.

Every day without fail, Pust wrote in a diary about the happenings of the day. He saved photos, articles printed in the newspaper, and mementos about his work life at KGY. “When you save that much stuff, lots of information accumulates,” said Pust. “I didn’t really have a plan for the information until years later,” he added.

While preparing for a presentation to the Tumwater Rotary Club about the Emergency Broadcast System, known as CONELRAD in the 60’s, Pust realized he possessed a treasure trove of stories and photos. The idea for his recent self-published book, AM1240 – Life at a Small Town Radio Station, was born.

Printed locally at Gorham Printing in Centralia, Pust’s 328-page book is filled with real stories about real people and took six years to write. It includes more than 500 photos and the names of nearly 600 people. His original printing of 200 hardcopy books sold out quickly.

“Initially I thought this was a project just for me, so I didn’t have a lot printed. Now that I understand the interest in the subject, I am printing a second edition in paperback,” said Pust.

When asked to identify his favorite story in the book, Pust said it was impossible to name just one. He highlighted the interest the public typically has about his time as MC of the Bob Hope Show when it came to St. Martin’s Pavilion. But what he really values are the stories about his 46 years behind the microphone and his beloved listeners. “The people I worked with were my family.”

For Additional Information
am1240book@comcast.net

LYNN CASTLE

Capital Mall Unveils Large-Scale Art Mural

Capital Mall makes a big statement with the installation of a 1,400 square-foot outdoor mural between Century Theatres and Old Navy. Representing Capital Mall’s commitment to the local community, this mural, appropriately titled “Water & Land,” highlights the bountiful natural resources found in Thurston County. Specifically, the South-facing wall depicts ingredients found in water (oysters, halibut, salmon, kelp, etc.), and the East-facing wall depicts ingredients foraged from the land (strawberries, mushrooms, honey, etc.). This imagery is illustrated in loose, gestural graphics, patterns and overlays, with an organic, handmade “makers” feel. The colors are bold, bright and modern, yet refined to a limited color palette with slight vintage feel. The composition relies heavily on layering and interaction as the artist wanted to reflect its vibrant Pacific Northwest-theme.


Washington state native, Sarah Robbins, designed and painted the mural in early September. “Art has a huge role in a building community. I think there’s ways that it can bring people together,” explains Robbins about the project. With the launch of the center’s LIVE LOC-OLY initiative, Capital Mall’s goal is to highlight locally owned stores, showcase restaurants using locally sourced ingredients, and provide space for unique uses such as the recent grand opening of the newest branch of Timberland Regional Library. This community focused mural colorfully aligns with that vision.

“We are listening to our local community and their needs,” explains Stefanie Cicerello, marketing and business development manager at Capital Mall. “We love providing shopping and dining opportunities to our community and constantly strive to make that experience enjoyable. One of the ways we can do this is to showcase local artists and take a holistic approach to our role in the community. This mural celebrates the agriculture and flavor profiles of Olympia and the surrounding area.”

About the Artist:
Sarah Robbins is an illustrator, painter and designer living and working in Seattle, WA. As a Jill-of-all trades when it comes to art, she is not tied to any particular style or medium. She uses imagery, patterns, typography and color to create work, and strives to make something unique and custom for every project. Sarah prides herself on making classic pieces that can work on multiple levels straddling the line between specificity and ambiguity, often allowing room for people to interject their own thoughts and experiences into the work. Sarah believes it is important to create pieces that can amplify the voices and stories of others, not just her own.

For more information
Website: https://sarah-robbins.com
Instagram: @sarah_robbins

For more information about Capital Mall, visit our website at www.capitalmallolympia.com.