Harder & Holman

Harder & Holman

ABOUT ROB: 

"I was born and raised in Spokane, attended St. Paschal’s grade school in the Millwood area and graduated from West Valley High School.

My love affair with radio began on Christmas morning when I was 10 years old. My parents gave me a transistor radio that year. I loved the music and especially the funny guys that were playing the music.

I built a radio station out of 2 small turntables and tinker toys in my bedroom, and while other boys my age were dreaming of becoming firemen and policemen I knew I wanted to be a Disc Jockey when I grew up.

While attending Spokane Falls College I got my first taste of actually being on the air at the campus radio station KSFC-FM.

During my second year of college, I landed a job in Spokane at radio station KEZE-FM at the age of 19. I got to read the news once an hour and was actually getting paid for doing something I always wanted to do!

That was my entry into the wonderful world of broadcasting and I became an addict, a radio-holic if you will.

From there I went to 97-KREM in Spokane where I became “Hotdog Harder” after wearing a 6-foot tall hotdog bun on the air and eating an apple pie live on the air in celebration of Spokane becoming the U.S.A.  “All American City”.  Some people still call me Hotdog, a nickname I’ve never been able to shake.

I started getting offers from radio stations outside of Spokane and to further my career I moved on and worked at several stations in other cities including the number one station in San Francisco, KFRC. In the early ’80s I returned to Spokane radio joining the air staff of KJRB, the station I grew up listening to as a kid, a childhood fantasy fulfilled!

From there I anchored the morning show on KHQ-FM and when the station changed its name to 98 KISS-FM, and it’s format to Lite Rock, I was named the Program Director and morning show host. Mark Holman joined me on the show in the late ’80s and together we entertained Spokane audiences for over 23 years and had one of the longest running and highest rated morning shows in Spokane history.

I left the show in 2011 and Mark and I went on to own part of a radio station but we often talked about returning to the station we gave birth to 30 years ago….and now, here we are!!!! Back to doing what we were born to do!"

ABOUT MARK:

"You could say I'm a Spokane boy through and through. I grew up (some would disagree), attended school, and settled down here.

After graduating from Ferris High School, I attended Spokane Falls Community College to pursue a career in radio. That led to several radio jobs around the state, but eventually, I returned to Spokaloo. I spent over two and a half decades working right here on KISS 98.1 during my 40-plus years in radio.

I am married to my lovely wife Bev. Yes, this is the woman that I got hitched to live on the air. She would be one of those who would disagree about the growing up business.

I enjoy summers at Lake Coeur d'Alene aboard our tiny houseboat, playing golf, video games, and rooting for the Zags, Cougs, and Seahawks."

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