The LockerRoom Show
The LockerRoom with Toby Howell began years ago when Toby and Bob Castle had the idea of a local sports show for Eastern Washington. It isn’t the first sports show in our area but at the time in 2003 there were no sports shows on the air in Spokane. Bob and I decided to fill the hole and thus the LockerRoom Show took to the airwaves on June 3rd 2003 on 790 the Fan. By 2005 I was floating through co-hosts and timeslots on the station. We took the show to mornings for awhile with people like Brian Goldman and eventually Jamie Patrick as the co-host. In early 2006 the show returned to afternoons, which greatly pleased Toby who hated getting up early. In 2006, when Toby left the station, he willed the show to his producer at the time Sean “Slim” Widmer. Widmer turned the show into a solo act in the afternoons for several years and did a tremendous job keeping local sports on the air in Spokane. In late 2009 Toby was re-hired at KGA, under different ownership at this point, and Toby and Bob took to the airwaves once again with the LockerRoom in the midday’s timeslot. By the end of 2009 Bob Castle left the show and we moved the show back to afternoons and then producer Danny Cumming stepped into the co-host chair. It stayed that way until Danny left to become the producer for Mitch in the Morning on KJR in Seattle in September of 2010. At which point the show welcomed MooseJaw Miller to the co-host chair, which is the current lineup on the LockerRoom in 2011. Its Spokane’s longest running Sports Radio show by a couple of years and we appreciate you listening to the LockerRoom with Toby Howell weekdays from 4 to 6p.
Toby started his radio career as an unpaid intern at 1510 KGA in 1998. In 2003, after coming up through the marketing department, he started the LockerRoom Show with Bob Castle on 790 the Fan. That version of the show lasted for 3 years until the end of 2006. In the beginning of 2007 I joined Pro-Active Communications as a programmer and Operations Manager for 2 Spokane radio stations. It only took 2 years for me to drive those stations into the ground so back up the hill I went to what is now Radio Spokane. I did do a quick stint, on the interim, with a show in my hometown of Wenatchee Wa. Couldn’t stand knowing that my Mom could hear every word I was saying so I quit and came back to Spokane quickly.
At Radio Spokane I not only operate KGA Radio and host the LockerRoom Show. I also am the Asst. Operations Manager for all of our 7 stations and handle the Program Director job at NOW 105.7 as well as overseeing our marketing department and some janitorial.
I am a diehard hockey fan, having played most of my life, at least until I became un-athletic. I also carry that same passion for the Seahawks and the NFL. I like to play golf though I’m no good at it. I also like to walk with my best friend in the world—my dog Easton. Who was named after my favorite hockey stick.
I have been married to my wife for 5 years now, Shalaine, and she puts up with all my issues beautifully. She owns her own business in the skin care industry and also does makeup on feature films and anyone else who will let her paint their face. I have a great kid in Taner who is going into his sophomore year at Ferris High School. I have had the enjoyment of raising him since a very young age and you can tell—he has a loud mouth, just like mine. It makes for some interesting dinners at our table. I really could count it as raising two kids if you count MooseJaw.
I love bringing you the local sports action everyday during the LockerRoom but my favorite part of the show is when you, the listener, get involved. So thank you Spokane for letting me “play radio”, as my wife says, every afternoon with you. It makes my day, everyday.