88.5 KNKX / Seattle-Tacoma, WA, has hired Northwest Jazz radio veteran Carol Handley as the new director of music programming, effective August 20. Handley comes to KNKX with decades of music programming, management and on-air experience in the Seattle market. . In 2011, she created Carol Handley Presents, a concert production company, online jazz radio station, and website with podcasts featuring interviews with musicians. Most recently, Handley was Interim Managing Director and on-air host of KBCS-FM at Bellevue College. She was PD on AC station KRWM-FM (Warm 106.9) from 2012-2015, and on-air host of nationally recognized contemporary jazz station KWJZ-FM from 1996 to 2010.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the wonderful team at KNKX who have been the voice of jazz, blues and NPR news in the Pacific Northwest,” said Handley. “I am proud to be a part of the community building work across the region and look forward to contributing. “
“Carol has a proven track record in building and developing teams and on-air talent, an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of storytelling,” said Matt Martinez, Director of Content at KNKX. “With her deep roots in the Seattle music scene, I have no doubts that she will redouble her commitment to supporting this vital and vibrant community. “