KNKX Enlists Jazz Radio Vet Handley


88.5 KNKX/Seattle-Tacoma, WA, has hired Northwest Jazz radio veteran Carol Handley as its new Director of Music Programming, starting 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 musician interviews. Most recently, Handley was Interim General Manager and on-air host at KBCS-FM at Bellevue College.  She was PD at top-ranked AC station KRWM-FM (Warm 106.9) from 2012-2015, and PD/on-air host at the nationally recognized Contemporary Jazz station KWJZ-FM from 1996-2010.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the wonderful team at KNKX that has been the voice for jazz, blues, and NPR news in the Pacific Northwest,” said Handley. “The work of building community throughout the entire region is something I’m proud to be a part of, and look forward to contributing to.”

“Carol has proven success in building and nurturing teams and on-air talent, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a love of storytelling,” said KNKX Director of Content, Matt Martinez. “With her deep roots in the Seattle music scene, I am confident she will redouble our commitment to supporting this vital and vibrant community.”


  1. Hello Carol, we haven’t meet yet but I am a incoming Jazz Musician recently moved to Hansville Washington from Las Vegas. I would be very interested to meet and connect! I SENT you my information on private messenger. Looking forward to hearing from you, Kirk

  2. Congratulations Carol! So happy for you, and happy for the Puget Sound area that we will still have you promoting smooth jazz , now at our NPR station! You have been The Voice for smooth jazz here. We are thankful to have you!!

    Chris Norlund, long time fan from Tacoma

  3. Carol,
    You presence in our Seattle NW communities will be missed. I too was hoping to hear you on 102 Centralia Jazz station. All the blessings to you in your new position.

    Noel M. Great Fan

  4. Dear Carol,
    Congratulations on you new position as new Director of Music Programing at KNKX! I am assuming from the title that we will not be hearing you on the radio. If that is the case I will very much miss hearing you on your show that you had from 4 to 7 mostly daily during the week. I really enjoyed the music you played and especially your commentary. Thank you for being the special person that you are.

  5. Congratulations
    Too bad you didn’t go to the new FM Jazz station in Centralia. It is so good. Also wish you were still in charge of the Jazz fest at Chateau St Michelle


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