Editor’s note: A version of this story first published on the Lake Chelan website earlier this year.
Longtime local broadcaster and civic leader Jerry Isenhart joined a prestigious group when he was honored with the Hall of Fame Achievement Award from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University in April.
The award honors and recognizes outstanding achievements of select graduates that includes the likes of celebrated sportscaster Keith Jackson, Far Side creator Gary Larson, familiar Seattle news anchors Bill Brubaker and the late Kathi Goertzen, and many others.
Isenhart learned of the award several weeks before a film and interview crew from Northwest Public Broadcasting was sent to Chelan to produce a piece that served as his introduction when the award was officially presented during the April 4 ceremony as part of the annual Murrow Symposium on the campus of WSU.
I caught up with Isenhart, who indicated he was both honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award.
Isenhart was interviewed by NPB in the KOZI studios about the award immediately after his appearance on the local talk show “Second Cup of Coffee” with Jay Witherbee on KOZI Radio. Jerry was owner of the radio station for 30 years and it seemed appropriate for him to be interviewed on the popular talk show that he and Steve Byquist created in the early 1970s.
Isenhart, a 1967 WSU graduate, owned and operated KOZI Radio from 1969-1999. He later developed and launched the former community-based website GoLakeChelan and now operates the webcam focused website lakechelancams.com.
A Chelan resident for nearly 50 years, Isenhart has also led an active public servant life having served as mayor, city councilman and school board member, as well as serving on the boards of several community and professional organizations.
Congratulations to Jerry and thank you for your dedication to this community.
Dennis Rahm is a friend and colleague of Jerry Isenhart.