Like many folks, Hadfield got into radio on a whim. What is unusual, though, is he’s only had about six radio jobs, all in one market.
Marty’s first experiences in radio were in Explorer Scouts on a boat where his Third Class Radiotelephone Operator’s permit allowed him to be a ship’s radio operator. From there he eventually gained his First Class ticket.
While attending the University of Washington while majoring in electrical engineering,
Hadfield helped a friend whose radio station needed a transmitter babysitter due to loss of remote control lines at the Cougar Mountain site.
After graduation in 1976, he became assistant and subsequently the chief at KIXI AM-FM in Seattle for about six years. Then he went to SRO Broadcasting, also in Seattle. In the mid-‘80s, he worked at RF Specialties designing FM boosters. His next stop was Fisher Broadcasting, as a special projects engineer primarily evaluating coverage from various transmitter sites.
Entercom hired Marty in 1990 in the company’s early growth years. He began as CE in Seattle, then became DOE for the market before attaining his current position 16 years ago.
One of his first projects for Entercom was devising the move and then managing the re-location of KMTT’s transmission equipment from a mountaintop near Mount Rainier to its current West Tiger Mountain site in Seattle.