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Spokane Public Radio Chief Engineer Jerry Olson

Jerry Olson

Chief Engineer

Jerry Olson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his technical career, he is also a musician who has played tuba and bass trombone with the Berkeley (CA) Symphony and numerous other groups, including the Spokane Symphony.  In a previous life, Jerry was a semiconductor engineer in Silicon Valley but in 1989, he and his family moved to Cheney in order to pursue a saner lifestyle.  Results have been mixed ...

Jerry joined Spokane Public Radio during the Gulf War in the mid-1990s. In an effort to gather different perspectives on the war, KPBX bought a special satellite receiver to broadcast the BBC news from midnight to 6 AM.  SPR sought volunteers for the overnight shift.  Jerry offered to do one night a week, but announcer Norvel Trosst had already signed up for every night.  Consequently, Jerry was plugged into a Sunday afternoon shift and started fixing stuff during slow periods.  He has been fixing stuff at SPR ever since.