Mike Gastineau is a freelance writer, author, broadcaster, and communications consultant.
His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, SportspressNW.com, The Washington Athletic Club Magazine, Lindy’s College Football Magazine, and The Grand Salami. He has authored two books.
In 2013 his book “Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece” was published. The regional best seller details the story behind the Sounders successful launch as a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2009.
In 2009, he teamed up with Art Thiel and Steve Rudman to co-author “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists”.
In 2015 he worked as a communications and media consultant with the Boeing Classic Champions Tour golf tournament in Seattle.
Mike worked as a sports talk show host at KJR Radio in Seattle from 1991 to 2012. In 2013 he began working as a contributor to Pearl Jam Radio on SiriusXM hosting long form interviews with athletes and celebrities.
Mike is on the Board of Directors for The Northwest Literacy Foundation, The Jim Marsh Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and the Morris Trophy.
Prior to his arrival in Seattle in 1991 he worked in radio in Montana, Nebraska, and Virginia. He is a 1982 graduate of Indiana University.
Mike and his wife Renee live in Seattle with their dog Chico.
Gastineau made his radio mark in hosting public discussions around Seattle’s sports-facilities developments, from KeyArena to Emerald Downs to the baseball and football stadiums, and lately the campaign to create a new basketball/hockey arena in SoDo. As much for his quick wit and rational thinking, Gastineau is also known as a prolific fundraiser for charity.
Art Thiel - longtime Seattle Post Intelligencer columnist and founder and columnist of sportspressnw.com
Gastineau always has dwelled on the common denominator, the one thing – the only thing, really – that draws all of us together. Sports.
John McGrath - Tacoma News Tribune
Not only has Mike been a trusted voice and advocate for our sports teams, he’s thrown his support behind veterans, kids, the Ronald McDonald House, local rock bands, crab fishermen, and dogs.
Duff McKagan - rock musician (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded.) Author.
Gastineau glides through the verbal mine fields [of sports talk radio] with a silky grace that reminds you of Gale Sayers on an end sweep; so quick, so effortless.
There is a rhythm to his show. He intersperses information with humor. He appeals to a bigger cross section of listeners than any other KJR host.
In a departure from the bombastic tone taken by most sports-talk people Gastineau relies on a more relaxed style. He also combines an appreciation for the rich history of sports with a perspective that it is, after all, just sports.
For Gastineau, sports radio requires understanding the moment. Sensing the community’s’ heart beat.
Few personalities in the market communicate their enjoyment of the work with the success of Gastineau.