It’s no trick! Seattle broadcast legend Ichabod Caine reignites the country music scene Halloween with his new program as afternoon host of Classic Country 1520, KXA. Ichabod “Caine,” not to be confused with Headless Horseman Ichabod “Crane,” will ride into AM radios throughout the northern Puget Sound region weekdays from 3-7 pm to feature the music he showcased for 23 years on Seattle radio: Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon.
Caine is among a handful of Northwest radio icons whose life and storied broadcast career is rooted in Washington State. Raised on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks and Port Townsend, Caine’s radio achievements in Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, and Seattle propelled him to earn the title of Billboard Magazine’s “Radio Personality of the Year” three times and serve as host of KING-TV’s (NBC) Evening Magazine. After a four-year hiatus from commercial radio, Ichabod’s back to raise a little…Caine!
“What a treat on Halloween for legions of fans to hear Icky radio all over again! You’ll never guess what he’ll say next, and he’s always thinking about you…not like a stalker, but like your friend,” says KXA General Manager Andrew Skotdal. “Ichabod is the wacky, funny, family friendly neighbor you want with you in the car or visiting while you’re making dinner.”
“Legendary live, local talent like Ichabod is what separates over-the-air Radio from streams of songs mixed by computers” states Chuck Maylin, executive director of the Seattle Area Radio Association. “I don’t know anyone else who’s been a fixture on local Radio longer than Ichabod.”
“Local Radio’s specialty rests in the host’s ability to connect one-on-one with listeners and for advertisers. You can entertain and bond with your listeners in a meaningful way, and have a great deal of fun while you’re doing it,” states Caine. “I’m excited to highlight everything local in the Northern Puget Sound region.”
Seattle veteran and KXA afternoon host “Stitch” Mitchell will move from afternoons to host KXA’s morning show on Halloween from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m.. Mitchell’s career in Seattle radio spans from KUBE-93 to 101.5 to 97.3. Mitchell helped launch Classic Country 1520 KXA and helped establish its sales presence.
Celebrating two years on the air this October, KXA is the Seattle area’s only Classic Country station. The radio station at 1520 AM on the radio dial has developed a significant, loyal following among classic country enthusiasts in North King, Snohomish, Island, and Skagit counties, and is one of two 50,000 Watt AM radio stations operated by the Skotdal family. Classic Country 1520 KXA and Fox Sports 1380 KRKO are the only remaining full-powered, Seattle-area stations that are still operated by and licensed to a local family.