Mike Gastineau has been a fixture in the Seattle sports community since his arrival in June of 1991. In a business where loyalty and longevity are rarely used in the same sentence his 21-year career at KJR Radio screams out both. For 19 of those years (1993 to 2012) he anchored KJR’s afternoon drive time slot working both solo and with partners. That stint included a memorable 14-year run as half of the wildly popular Groz with Gas show.
In December of 2012 Gas resigned from KJR to pursue other interests. To date those interests include a book on the launch of the Seattle Sounders FC in MLS. The book, entitled Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece is available now.
Since April of 2013 Gas has been a regular contributor to Pearl Jam Radio on Sirius XM channel 22. He does long form interviews with athletes, musicians, and other special guests. In July he originated a pre and post concert program before and after the band’s show at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
In 2015 Gas worked as a media and marketing consultant for the Boeing Classic. He also is on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Literacy Foundation and The Jim Marsh Classic.
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 McKagen - author, columnist for the Seattle Weekly, rock musician of some note
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.