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Our Staff

*NOTE: This page is for staff members who do not have their own radio show. For profiles of our show hosts, see our Shows page.


Jonathan Westerling – Founder and President

Jonathan-Westerling-150x150(Photo, Marinscope) Jonathan Westerling grew up in the small rural town of Harvard, Massachusetts, a town with literally a single traffic light and more apple orchards per capita than any other town in New England. From this bucolic upbringing, he journeyed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he played the bassoon and earned a Bachelor’s in Musical Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Bachelor’s in Audio Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Jonathan has spent a lifetime in radio. At the age of 7 he started his first radio station called WXYZ using a Radio Shack Mr. Microphone in the living room. In middle school he graduated to working at NPR station WICN in Worcester, Massachusetts and went on to become weekend morning announcer at 50,000 watt WCPN in Cleveland. He has also done air shifts at other stations around the nation including KYSL, WWUH, and WQFS.

He spent almost eight years producing at San Francisco’s legendary KGO (ABC Radio), and was responsible for weekend evening programming on the station. Jonathan founded Radio Sausalito in 2000 to provide the community with an on-air presence that had gone missing since San Rafael’s KTIM went off the air in the ‘90s. Over the years, he has operated the station continuously and provided on air training and broadcast opportunities to hundreds of people from all over the Bay Area.

Jonathan is currently restoring the 1967 Jaguar MK2 previously owned by his friend, the late cartoonist Phil Frank. In his spare time (!) he works as a Program Manager for Google. 

Open Position – Music Director
If you would like to share your musical taste and sensitivity with thousands of people, drop us a line and let us know you’re interested in taking the title of Music Director!

Jeff Macdonald – Vinyl Encoder
Radio Sausalito plays real 33 1/3 records which have been donated to our station. Jeff takes these records and makes sure their music is lovingly added to our library (pops and clicks included) so you can hear these original releases authentically. When he’s not enjoying good music, he works as a CPA and plays hockey. 

Open Position – Radio Engineer / Audio Engineer
Longtime station engineer Mike Larner passed away December 2017. For a tribute, see our former volunteers page. 
If you like playing with audio or electronics, consider contacting Radio Sausalito to become involved with our broadcasts!

Rick Tosh – PSA Announcer
Rick has lived in Sausalito since 2004 and works for the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce. He got his interest in radio growing up in New England and in the early 90’s got a big break at WKSS-FM in Hartford as the prize patrol driver for their morning show. Went on to become producer of the morning show (that replaced Howard Stern!) at WCCC-FM in Hartford. Rick owns a DJ company called “RICK’S GOT MUSIC” and DJs weddings, events, parties, and fashion shows, and is an ordained minister. He has been a regular guest host on QVC and The Shopping Channel.

Squints – the Studio Cat (RIP)

squints2-150x150Photo by Court Mast

Squints oversaw our production studio and facilities, and will always be considered by many to be the heart and soul of Radio Sausalito. He maintained a rigorous schedule — on site 24-7-364, the one exception being Memorial Day when he honored his previous eight lives. He welcomed each host and worker with his signature spondaic greeting, “Meeeeeow,” and maintained a zen-like composure in the studio sometimes punctuated with exclamations of frustration.

Though untrained in the technical side of audio production, Squints had extremely sensitive ears and an uncanny sense of what makes a radio show click. With gentle direction, often a slight nod or blink, he provided subtle comments about each host’s performance. These gestures  communicated the success or failure of a particular passage, giving valuable feedback and encouragement to the grateful host.

Born to a large family, Squints was one of an extremely rare breed — a native Sausalitan. He had a love of all things aquatic, especially fish. Like everyone at Radio Sausalito, Squints received no monetary remuneration for his services, but rather enjoyed the spiritual benefits of the station’s programming, the camaraderie, the sense of community, and the occasional dry cat treat.


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