Ed Dawson

Ed DawsonMy education background includes a 1994 Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and a minor in Journalism from Gonzaga University. I’ve been a broadcast journalist for 15 years, spending 12 in television, before taking a break to be director of the non-profit Benton-Franklin Humane Society. After 6 years, I returned to the airwaves with Cherry Creek Radio, and am the Regional News Director. I’ve covered every kind of news and sports story there is. I enjoy connecting with people, whether it be through the regional call-in talk show I host (Northwest Live) weekday afternoons at three, and by not just reporting the news, but explaining how it impacts your life. Every day is different. Every story is different. Helping keep people informed gives me great satisfaction because knowledge is the key, making all the difference. I’m married to my best friend Melanie. We have two spectacular children, Sierra and Trent.

Jenna Kochenauer

Jenna KochenauerI grew up in the Tri-Cities, and started my radio career at KONA back in 1991, shortly after starting the Radio/TV production class at what was then called the Tri-City Area Vocational Skills Center (now Tri-Tech). I also worked as a reporter at KEPR-TV before heading to Oregon where I was news director for a group of stations in Klamath Falls. After a 15-year break from broadcasting to try my hand at marketing, advertising, and public relations, as well as start a family, I returned to radio at WORD in Greenville, South Carolina, and also did “virtual” news for stations in New York, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington State, and was a regular freelance reporter for Fox News Radio.
I’m so happy to again call the Tri-Cities home, along with my three boys, Thomas, Jakob, and Matthew, and our dog, Roscoe.

Patti Banner

Jenna KochenauerI am originally from the Twin Cities, MN.  However, I’ve lived in many areas of our country, before finally, coming to Tri-Cities, WA.  I reside in Richland, with my husband Jeff, and two cats, Stacy Mama and Koko Kitty.  I’ve pretty much lived my escapades on the air, in a variety of roles and dayparts.  I love doing anything outdoors, from gardening to concerts, to biking and finding great deals.  I also enjoy getting a great deal!  Yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, you name it, if there’s a deal, I’m all in.  I look forward to seeing you out while covering life with News Radio, 610-KONA.  And, if there’s anything you’d like to share with me, please do.

Robb Francis

Jenna KochenauerI have over 20 year’s broadcast experience in cities from Pennsylvania to Washington. There’s a magic in radio which exists in no other entertainment medium. The connection we establish with you, the listener, is the most important and gratifying part of what we do.

Glenn Vaagen

IMG_0442-2I graduated from the University of Idaho majoring in Television and Radio Communications, along with a degree in Elementary Education. I was hired as Program Director for the Washington Ag Network, December 2014. I’m an anchor/reporter for NewsRadio 610 KONA and NewsRadio 560 KPQ as well. Prior to this, I was Program Director and News Director at KBNW-AM/FM and editor of My Central in Bend. KBNW-AM/FM was honored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters in 2009 for reporting excellence, while KBNW-AM/FM’s morning news “Wake Up Bend” was also honored by the OAB. I’m a proud Vandal, having lettered three years in football at the University of Idaho, and was a member of the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl championship team. I love sharing the story of Northwest Agriculture with our listeners on the W. A. N. It’s a privilege to help growers, producers and ranchers start their mornings with the latest information.