Mike Gastineau is a freelance writer, author, broadcaster, and communications consultant.
His current clients include KJR Radio, Anthony’s Restaurants, the Washington Athletic Club, and the Seattle Mariners. Past clients include the 2018 USA Special Olympics Games, Negroleagueshistory.com, the 2016 Copa America Centenario Games in Seattle, Tatoosh Distillery, The Boeing Classic, and Pearl Jam Radio.
His written work has appeared in SportspressNW.com, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Mariners Magazine, the Washington Athletic Club Magazine, Lindy’s College Football Magazine, and The Grand Salami. He has authored three books and consulted on a fourth.
His latest book, Mr. Townsend and the Polish Prince, was published in December of 2018 and tells the remarkable story of Joe Purzycki, the first-ever white head football coach at a Historically Black College, and Nelson Townsend, the athletic director who had the courage to hire him.
In 2015 he consulted with adventurer Stephen Trafton on Trafton’s book At The Edge, a story of Trafton’s adventures in the Arctic, his world-record high speed driving at Bonneville, and his colorful banking career. Gastineau wrote the first draft of the book and conducted most of the interviews for stories that were used in the book.
In 2013 his book Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece was published. The critically acclaimed regional best seller details the story behind the Sounders successful launch as a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in 2009. The book was published in Brazil in 2015.
In 2009, he teamed up with Art Thiel and Steve Rudman to co-author The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists.
He worked full-time as a sports talk show host at KJR Radio in Seattle from 1991 to 2012 and currently appears on the station regularly in a fill-in role.
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 on Whidbey Island with their dog Chico.