Jerry Geehan
Broadcasters (2005)  

Jerry Geehan was born on November 14, 1913 and passed away on September 28, 2001.

He graduated from Lincoln High School inn 1930. Considered to be the dean of sports broadcasters in the Tacoma-Pierce County community, after attending the College of Puget Sound for two years, he began his broadcasting career at KVI Radio in 1932.

In 1937, he became the first broadcaster for the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League. In 1938, he joined KMO Radio as Tacoma’s first play-by-play broadcaster handling WIL baseball and PLC and CPS games. He also had a daily sportscast.

Geehan became KMO’s sales manager in 1943, and two years later moved up to the station’s general manager post. In 1952 he served as general manager of Channel 13 TV. He was owner and general manager of KTAC Radio from 1952-69 and was Chairman of the Board of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters.

Many of Tacoma’s great sportscasters got their start under Geehan, including Clay Huntington, Rod Belcher, Doug McArthur, Bob Robertson, Don Hill, Art Popham and Bill O’Meara.

Jerry was married to Dolores for 62 years and they had one daughter, Victoria Loney Shilley. He also had three brothers, Dr, John Geehan, Walter Geehan, and Charles Geehan of Milton, Wash.