The Friend of Those Who Want No Friends, Rich Daneker passed away at a Seattle Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The local radio legend began his 44 year career at KGHO in Hoquiam in the early 70’s, and was broadcasting up to his final years on the harbor.
His most recent home on the airwaves, Grays Harbor Radio, reports Rich started broadcasting at KXRO/KDUX, in 1982, where he most recently performed afternoon drive on KDUX and occasionally mornings on KXRO. Rich was also well known for his razor clam recipe, which is still featured on the Department of Fish and Wildlife website under Rich’s Broiled/Baked Razor Clams.
Cards of condolence can be sent to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen, who is handling the arrangements.
The Grays Harbor PUD Commissioners have picked their new Community and Government Relations Director and they picked someone who has already excelled at both on the harbor, Ian Cope.
Cope said after his first meeting on that side of the table yesterday “It’s great to come back to the harbor, and I look forward to working with everyone here to do everything we can to let people know what’s happening with their power system, why things are happening, and why it’s important.
Former News Director for Grays Harbor Radio, and most recently Broadcast Coordinator for the Senate Democratic Caucus in Olympia, he said his experience spans the issues of public power. “I’ve seen a number of the committee hearings and heard a number of the bills go before those committees and seen how important they are and how passionate people are about it. There’s a lot of education that needs to take place, people need to know what’s being done here and I’m looking forward to being the person to do that.
Cope said he looks forward to working with his predecessor Liz Anderson, she also held both positions and now holds a similar position with the Washington PUD Association. Cope lives in Montesano, and never really left the airwaves – he announces high school sports on another radio station who’s name escapes me.
The 15th Annual United Way Gala was a huge success thanks to the support and generosity of the community. There were well over the 300 people at the event. “The Gala raised over $75,000 for programs that reach thousands of people throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties each year”, said Nora LeBlanc, Executive Director. “We were honored to have so many special guests including President Fawn Sharp, Congressman Derek Kilmer and our speaker Coach Dana LeDuc.”
Every dollar that is raised is used for local people to help our children succeed and thrive, meet basic needs and ensure that people are safe. United Way invests in twenty-two programs that helps people as they strive for a better life.
“It was a fantastic turnout and we are so grateful to everyone that came to support United Way,” said Donna Rosi, President of the United Way Boards of Directors. “And we want to thank all the sponsors of this year’s Gala, Presenting sponsors Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships, Jodesha Broadcasting; Platinum Sponsor; The Quinault Indian Nation; Silver Sponsor, Timberland Bank and the table sponsors Coastal Women’s Health, Harbor Pacific, Westport Properties, Coca-Cola, Behavioral Health Resources, Comcast & Comcast Spotlight, Hanner Enterprises, Bank of the Pacific Real Estate Division, Masco Petroleum, Robert Torgerson, the Daily World, Grays Harbor Radio and Pasha Automotive.”
The annual Gala and Auction is the largest fundraising event for United Way. United Way of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is funded solely through private donations from individuals, businesses and workplace campaigns.