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Rainier Avenue Radio is an independent media resource which provides opportunities for the communities of Rainier Valley to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment.

Rainier AVENUE Radio Staff

Tony Benton
Station Manager

Tony B. has been heard over the airwaves on several different radio stations in the Seattle-Tacoma region.  Whether he was hosting community affairs shows, like KUBE 93’s “StreetBeat,” or covering sports topics on SportsRadio KJR AM’s “Get in the Game,” Tony’s shows are known for being open, honest and thought-provoking.


He has received several awards for his contributions to music, youth and community organizations, in addition to serving on boards of organizations such as Thrive by Five Washington, Seattle Public High Schools Radio/TV Advisory Committee, the Northwest chapter of NARAS, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and Crosscut.com.


Tony is a founder and Station Manager of a new radio station super-serving communities of Southeast Seattle, Rainier Valley Radio.  Rainier Valley Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day-seven days a week amplifying the diverse narratives and voices of Southeast Seattle’s communities.  Tony is also the founder and Director of the Creative Arts Digital Media Academy.

Kevin Gardner is an artist and producer born in Seattle.

He is mostly self-taught with a keen ear, and has been playing gospel and jazz since age 8. His music can be best described as Future Soul Hop, as it blends soul, hip hop and electronic dance music. He has released several videos online as an independent artist. He has production credits with E-40, B-Legit featuring Daryl Hall and the Eriam Sisters. Kevin's music has been placed in several movie 

and television projects. Kevin's music has positive lyrics with messages similar to classic soul songs, but with a modern production twist. His feel-good music blends the best of both worlds. Kevin is also the music supervisor at Life Change Church.

Kevin Gardner
Musical Director

A University of Washington alumnus, Rick is a 10-year talk radio veteran. Rick’s radio career started as the executive producer of the original sports talk radio show on KJR, “Callin’ All Sports in 1989. His 8-year career at KJR included co-hosting multiple shows and serving as pre-game reporter for KJR’s coverage of Husky Football.

Rick was also the narrator of FOX Sports Northwest’s Emmy Award-winning Washington Football Experience weekly television show, and on-air host of the network’s Husky Football Dawg Days of Spring television special. Rick is currently the Director of Community Partnerships at Seattle Academy (SAAS).

Rick DuPree
Sports Director

Karen "KZ" Zammit is the backbone of communications with RainierAvenueRadio, bringing her experience as an employment facilitator, social justice activist, and local music advocate to RainierAvenueRadio.  She is also proud mom of a grown daughter living her best life in NY.

You'll see Karen working at RAR events, and hear her on updates between programs to keep you informed of family-friendly community and educational events across the Greater Seattle area.   KZ is also co-host of #MoJamMondays.

Karen Zammit
Communications, Account Management

D Money started his career as a student DJ at KCWU 88.1 FM hosting a rotation show before taking over the station's long- running Burg Beats while winning awards for best personality and specialty show.


He brought a new focus to the show of showcasing newly released quality hip hop & r&b before other outlets began spinning them eventually impressing a guest of his and earning him his management role at Juice Radio along with the re-imaging of Burg Beats into what we know today as #FreshJuice.

Daniel Belles
Producer / Assistant Programming Director

Deedric is a proud Seattle native, born and raised current RV resident.  Creative Arts Digital Media (CADMA) Lead Instructor. Journalism, Adult Computer Literacy, Photography, Audio Visual Production, Blogging and Website Creation are just samples of our ever-expanding Curriculum.  Courses available in junior and senior high schools and in our offices on an individual or group basis.

Deedric Prince
CADMA Lead Instructor

James Gerde is a Northwest native raised in Edmonds. He's an aspiring artist with skills ranging from audio production to videography. James is also a musician and writer, hoping to grow his knowledge of the arts while attending Shoreline Community College for audio engineering. James also hosts the Rainier Avenue Radio shows #TrafficJam and After Dark.

James Gerde
Head Producer/Lead Engineer

Paul is a music journalist, musician, and producer/host of the R&B retro show Star Time. Paul's writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle Times and The OlympianHe's currently a regular contributor to the music site Treblezine.com, and co-hosts the podcast Talking About Thinking About Music. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, where he served as music director and a variety music show producer for community radio station KAOS. He's also worked in music marketing, website content creation, and artist interviews. In addition to Star Time, Paul produces the freeform music show Status Update: and other mixtapes on the Mixcloud platform. After living in Columbia City with his family for 10 years, Paul currently resides in the greater Olympia area.

Paul Pearson
Digital Media Manager
Cole Miller

Colton (Cole) Miller is a full-time artist whose focus lies in Music. He has traveled the US studying music and art and is currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Seattle where he is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Audio Engineering.

Kongo Bamanayi

Kongo Bamanayi was born to a Zairean father and Kenyan mother on June 15, 1976 in Nairobi Kenya. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1990 and relocated to Seattle in the summer of 1992. Kongo is a music promoter and audio producer after working nearly a decade in the music and events promotions with Pack Pros. Kongo gained a lot of experience learning learning skills on the DJ Funk Daddy and Amir T. Kongo enjoys sports, barbecuing, listening to music, and most definitely chilling with the grandson. He is a humanitarian, an activist, and just loves life.

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