The Veteran Broadcaster Serves Community Sundays at 9am on Mixx 96.1 FM
Dick with Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum
Dick Pust, who first began his radio career in Olympia radio in the late 1950s and recently ran for mayor of Olympia, has brought his media expertise and passion for the Olympia area to Mixx 96.1 KXXO with a new weekly half-hour community conversation, “It’s Your Community” Sundays at 9am.
Olympia grew up listening to Dick Pust chatting with candidates for local office and representatives from almost every community group one could imagine. Pust returns to what he does best with “It’s Your Community,” talking over the issues facing the Olympia area with the people who know the most about them.
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Mark Couey, director of the Special Investigation Unit for the State Insurance Commissioner, talks about insurance fraud.
Skip Steffan, the executive director of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, explains what his organization does to help the homeless.
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May 12, 2013
Mary Belz, president of Friends of the Library, speaks about the need for a new library in Olympia.
Charlie Barron, president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Major Bill Lum, local corps officer, talk about "rules" at their local homeless shelter.
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May 5, 2013
Olympia Port Commissioner Jeff Davis talks about air traffic controllers, shipping, property development, and the various aspects of Port operation.
Wayne Gruen, co-director of CROP Walk, discusses the world's hunger problem.
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April 28, 2013
Rich DeGarmo and Karen Keller with the Centennial Station talk about the benefits of mass transit such as railroads.
Laura Porter with the DSHS ACE program explains new research on dysfunctional families and how problems in childhood affect the way a person grows up.
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April 21, 2013
Stephanie Johnson, the co-coordinator of Arts Walk, presented by the City of Olympia Arts Commission and Parks, Arts & Recreation department, gives an update on the bi-annual celebration and offers parking and travel advice. www.Olympiawa.gov/ArtsWalk
Ryan Betz, Mo Young, and Terrance Krall with the Boys and Girls Clubs expound on the benefits of the club's youth programs.
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April 14, 2013
Olympia Mayor Steve Buxbaum updates listeners on the affairs of the city and discusses the homeless problem.
White Pass Ski Patrol member, Cory Eckert, talks about safety on the ski slopes.
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April 7, 2013
Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim and Project Zero Manager Jerry Noviello explain their goal of reducing traffic fatalities down to zero.
Jackie Ashley, president of Rebuilding Together Thurston County talks about helping low income families and seniors with free repairs on their homes.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013 Show:
Tamra Marlow and Mike Walsh of the Dispute Resolution Center talk about ways to settle disputes without going to court. Bill Evans and Kevin McMains of the Lion's Project New Hope Northwest discuss Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and other issues of interest to veterans.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 Show:
Lisa Smith with Enterprise for Equity provides needed information to people who might be thinking of going into business for themselves. Hillary Soens and Cherie Reeves Sperr with the YWCA encourage young girls to consider training for jobs currently dominated by men through their "Girls Without Limits" program.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 Show:
Sarah Hannapel of Concern for Animals talks about the proper care of animals and prevention of animal abuse. Sarah Greenwell with the Olympia School District and Maddy deGive with North Thurston Public Schools talk about students who are homeless.
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Sunday, March 10, 2013 Show:
LisaNa Red Bear, a Mental Health Specialist with Behavioral Health Resources (BHR), gives a lesson on "Mental Health First Aid." Carolyn Smith with the State Insurance Office explains the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare").
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Sunday, March 3, 2013 Show:
Andrew Oczkewicz, manager of the USO at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, explains how his organization helps our soldiers. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy talks about how drug court helps people turn their lives around.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013 Show:
Thurston County Treasurer Shawn Myers explains your property tax statement. Scott Schoengarth, producer of Entertainment Explosion's "Really Big Shoe" talks about why the show is more than just entertainment. The charitable event also helps needy school children.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013 Show:
Sarah Patterson, Nancy Deakins, and Gabby Loftues with the Expanding Your Horizons program challenge young women to enter "non-traditional" careers. They will be holding hands-on workshops for middle-school girls at South Puget Sound Community College March 2nd in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. www.starjumper.net
Roxy Caples, president of the Olympia Art League, explains why art is so important to this area.
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Sunday, February 10, 2013 Show:
Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson talks about the many ethnic backgrounds represented in the Olympia area. SideWalk Advocacy volunteer Emma Margraf and chef Karyn Lindberg, organizers of "Love For a Change," present another way to help the homeless.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013 Show:
Michael Endicott, former Secret Service agent and personal bodyguard to President Richard Nixon, talks about public safety and Presidential history. Matthew Drake, director of "Kourageous Kids" explains how his books help terminally ill kids.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013 Show:
Army Major James Ruzicka talks about serving his country in Afghanistan. Former Olympia mayor Mark Foutch talks about a better way to preserve Olympia's history.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013 Show:
Community Youth Services Director Charles Shelan talks about Olympia's homeless kids and helping them cope with the city's new sidewalk ordinance. Sally Beckwith, a heart attack survivor and volunteer with the American Heart Association, talks about heart health.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013 Show:
Olympia Council Member Karen Rogers talks about issues involving Olympia's homeless population and other city topics. James Reddick with the Parks Foundation of Thurston County promotes the preservation and improvement of local parks.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013 Show:
Rani Hong, president of the Troni Foundation, and "one of the world's leading voices in the fight against modern day slavery," talks about human trafficking. Doug Mah, former Olympia mayor, discusses issues facing the city.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012 Show:
Mark Brown, a member of the State Parks and Recreation Commission, warns that, because of budgetary constraints, some parks may have to close. Jim Cooper, executive director of TOGETHER!, talks about school dropouts and kids at risk.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012 Show:
Tumwater Council Member Judi Hoefling reflects on her years in city government. Former Olympia High School teacher Jim Carlson talks about how education has changed over the years.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012 Show:
Vivian Eason with Thurston County Emergency Management discusses ways people can prepare for emergencies. Robert Coit, executive director of the Thurston County Food Bank, and Patty Gregory and Alie Miceli with the Family Support Center, talk about helping families in need and the Holiday Connection coalition of non-profit groups.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012 Show:
Major Bill Lum, local director of the Salvation Army, discusses ways to help Olympia's needy, especially the homeless. Marie Poland with Sustainable South Sound talks about the environmental benefits of "buying local."
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Sunday, December 2, 2012 Show:
Dennis Mahar, local director of the Area Agency on Aging for Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties, talks about services for aged. Damian Gates and Patty Ayala Ross, board members of Sound Learning, talk about what's being done to fight adult illiteracy.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012 Show:
Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston/Mason County Health Officer, discusses the need for immunizations and offers health tips. Tenino Police Chief John Hutchings talks about law enforcement in a small town. He also addresses the special skills needed in dealing with the mentally ill.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 Show:
Lacey Fire Chief Steve Brooks gives tips on avoiding a house fire and Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts talks about what's being done to keep Olympia area residents safe.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012 Show:
John Lee, State Director of Veterans Affairs, talks about the benefits available to veterans and their families. Don Trosper, President of the Tumwater Historical Association, promotes historical preservation.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012 Show:
Tori Fairhurst with the Puget Sound Blood Center talks about why it's so important to give blood. Rich DeGarmo, chair of the Centennial Station Committee, predicts better rail service to Olympia in the future.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012 Show:
Clydia Cuykendall, chair of the Port of Olympia Citizen's Advisory and past president of the League of Women Voters, talks about the current activities at the Port and how the League promotes public awareness of political issues. Dave Hughes with a new non-profit called Healthy Communities has tips on how to stay healthy.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012 Show:
Cherie Reeves Sperr from the Olympia YWCA talks about "Women of Achievement." Ed Echtle with the Capitol Way Heritage Corridor Project points out various forgotten historical sites in Olympia.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012 Show:
Community Activist Larry Watkinson reveals what it's like to get around in Olympia when you can't see. Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock talks about the dangers of texting while driving with a special warning to teenagers.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012 Show:
Olympia Mayor Steve Buxbaum explains the upcoming Public Safety ballot issue. Olympia Fire Marshal Rob Bradley gives fire safety tips.
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September 30, 2012 Show:
Lacey Deputy Mayor Jason Hearn talks about how Lacey may soon become Thurston County's largest city. Downtown Olympia YMCA manager Jake Grater and "Y" Youth Director Tanya Bowers-Anderson explain why teaching a young child how to swim is so important.
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September 23, 2012 Show:
Michael Cade, executive director of the Thurston County Economic Development Council, talks about the local economy. Roger Jones, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, discusses the satisfaction derived from being a Big Brother - and the overwhelming need for same.
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September 16, 2012 Show:
Will Capitol Lake ever be the beautiful lake it once was? Bob Wubbena with an organization called CLIPA talks about that. LOTT manager Mike Strub tells you some things you need to know about waste water.
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September 9, 2012 Show:
Phil Owen with the Sidewalk Advocacy talks about what's being done to help the homeless find housing. Charlie Kirry, president of the Olympia High School Alumni Association, presents some amazing facts about Olympia High.
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September 2, 2012 Show: Judy Reynolds,who has a condition called Sjogrens Syndrome, tells how she copes with the disease and gives hope to others who may have it. Most people have never heard of Sjogrens Syndrome, but several million people in the United States are afflicted by it. Many don't even know it. Judy organizes support groups. Olympia Mayor Pro-tem Nathaniel Jones talks about some of the challenges facing the capital city.
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August 26, 2012 Show: Shelly Lively with the Olympia Kiwanis and Bob Peck with the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association talk about Harbor Days and why it is now being run by the Olympia Kiwanis Club. In the second segment, citizen activist Jerry Reilly gives a progress report on what's being done to develop more park space on Olympia's isthmus.
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August 19, 2012 Show: Kris Goddard with 2020 Vision Olympia talks about what the Capital City could look like in the future. The Evergreen State College Academic Vice President and Provost Michael Zimmerman explains why a liberal arts education is vitally important to a person's success in life.
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August 12, 2012 Show: Brian Wilson and Rob Richards talk about the intent of Downtown Olympia's new Ambassadors Program. Bob Jones and Phil Schulte from the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations discuss the importance of neighborhood associations.
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August 5, 2012 Show: Dr. Richard Brantner and Frank Hensley of the State Medical Quality Assurance Commission talk about what's being done to assure high quality medical care, and Mary Pontarolo, director of Safeplace, tells what's being done to protect victims of abuse.
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July 29, 2012 Show: Jim Kiefert with an organization called "US Too" shares some good news and encouragement for people concerned about prostate cancer. Charles Shelan, director of Community Youth Services, talks about what's being done to help kids at risk.
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July 22, 2012 Show: Olympia Port Commissioner Bill McGregor and Friends of the Waterfront spokesperson Bob Jacobs present their views on Olympia's proposed Shoreline Master Program.
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July 15, 2012 Show: New Olympia School District superintendent Dick Cvitanich tells a little about himself and what he wants to accomplish. TV personality Chef Amadeus talks about why he's coming all the way from Florida to take part in the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival in Lacey.
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July 8, 2012 Show: Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim shares his vision for a family resource center. TCTV (Thurston Community Television) CEO Deb Vinsel discusses Channel 22 and how it works to serve the community.
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July 1, 2012 Show: Olympia Council Member Jeannine Roe explains the "Ambassador" program and how it will make downtown more "user friendly." GRuB co-founder and executive director Kim Gaffi talks about food sustainability and how growing a garden is good for the environment.
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June 24, 2012 Show: Guests include Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, revealing an Olympia building he would like to see destroyed, and Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) executive director George Sharp on the two attractions drawing folks to Lacey.
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June 17, 2012 Show: Guests include Tumwater mayor Pete Kmet talking about some possible uses for the old Tumwater Brewery and PBIA chair Ken Adney on efforts to make downtown Olympia more attractive to shoppers.
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June 10, 2012 Show: Guests include long-time community activist Anna Schlecht on advocating for persons who are homeless and new Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza. Listen to Anna Schlecht:
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June 3, 2012 Show: Guests include Raj Manhas, Superintendent of Thurston County Schools, and Lacey City Councilman Ron Lawson, who supports legalizing marijuana. Listen to Superintendent Manhas:
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May 26, 2012 Show: Guests include John Masterson from Behavioral Health Resources (BHR) discussing homelessness and the mentally ill, and Dr. Christine McCale discussing psychological responses, including her own, to being out of work. Listen to John Masterson:
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May 20, 2012 Show: Guests include SPSSCC president Dr. Gerald Pumphrey and Olympia Timberland Library manager Cheryl Heywood on whether books are in your library's future. Listen to Dr. Pumphrey:
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May 13, 2012 Show: No show on Mother's Day
May 6, 2012 Show: Guests include retired state supreme court justice Gary Alexander on juror pay and Russian immigrant Katya Miltimore discussing life in the USA.
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April 29, 2012 Show: Guests include Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson on being black in a white society, and Jan Teague discussing the light at the end of the economic slowdown tunnel.
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April 22, 2012 Show: Guests include Debbie Mealy, talking about what we can do to end human trafficking, and George Barner discussing his battle with diabetes.
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April 15, 2012 Show: Guests include Olympia mayor Stephen Buxbaum and Jennifer Williamson Forster, executive director of the South Sound Reading Foundation.
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April 8, 2012 Show: Guests include Eric Johnson, president of the Washington State Ports Association, and Lon Wyrick, executive director of Thurston Regional Planning, who will talk about the Sustainable Thurston project.
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April 1, 2012 Show: Guests include historian Dave Nicandri, former director of the Washington State Historical Society, and retired judge Rick Strophy, one of the founders of the Drug Court.
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March 25, 2012 Show: Guests include Jill Severn, an advocate for the homeless, and Joe French, a resident at the Camp Quixote encampment; and Connie Lorenz of the Olympia Downtown Association, who will share some of the reasons one might want to make downtown a destination.
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To contact Dick with comments or topic suggestions for “It’s Your Community,” email him at email@example.com or call Mixx 96.1 at 360-943-9937, the same number to call if you wish to help sponsor the program.