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Marty Riemer

Nominated for: BEST Local Radio Personality

Marty Riemer 1100 Olive Way, Ste 1650 Seattle WA (800) 676-1037

Born to German immigrant parents, Marty didn't speak much English until he was six years old, so radio was a perfect career choice. As the son of a Boeing engineer, it seemed as if Marty would follow in his dad's footsteps -- he even got a masters degree in electrical engineering from UW – but he'd been fascinated by radio since the age of 13, when he weaseled his way into weekend work at KGRG, the radio station at Green River Community College in Auburn.

For three years he perfected his craft there after school and on weekends, until the fateful day when a shrewd campus administrator caught Marty cruising without a license through downtown Auburn in a college ("For Official Use Only") van filled with his little junior-high hoodlum friends. Later, part-time jobs at KZOK and KJR financed his college education; he then spent six years at the legendary KXRX, where he was literally the first person in the world to break the sad news about Kurt Cobain's death, thanks to a phone tip from an electrician who'd been working in the singer's house.

After the demise of "The X", Marty developed his own TV/video production company, where his projects have included an outdoors series with hydroplane racer Chip Hanauer that's aired in more than 40 countries. Now he's your morning host on The Mountain, preserving commuters' sanity on the sometimes dreary ride to work. And as you'll notice, his English has gotten quite good.

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Jen S. on October 12, 2013

Marty always delivers the best & funny
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Bill.in.LakeStevens on September 10, 2013

Just like the blurred line between "cable" and "network" TV, there's a similar blur between "radio" and "podcasting." Listen to some amateur podcasts and you'll quickly hear the difference. Marty puts on a quality show, properly engineered for both audio and video--and he does it from his basement. Don't kid yourself, Marty's still a player in local broadcasting. And he's better than an iPod...

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Amy S. on September 9, 2013

Marty has some of the best podcasts and interviews with a bit of a twisted sense of humor, not one to offend, he gets to the bare bones of what you want to know.

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Bill.in.LakeStevens on September 25, 2012

This man is a GENIUS and if you vote for him you can be one too...!

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Tony N. on September 10, 2012

Go Marty! Go Mountain!

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Kathy L. on September 27, 2011

I am so glad he is back on the Mountain!

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Jodi on September 27, 2011

Seattle loves Marty!

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jpacunski on September 25, 2011

Hands down, Marty is the best!

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Wendolyn H. on September 21, 2011

God Bless you, Marty Riemer. So many days you gave me my only laugh w/ your 7:20 a.m. & 5:20 p.m. funnies. In the darkest days of years of driving to & from Children's Hospital you kept me on the road of hope, that one day my daughter would share a laugh w/ you & I. And it has come true, this dream! Thank you for letting the laughter get to us.

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