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George Bisso Passes Away

He was Chief Engineer for Sandusky in Seattle

George Bisso doing what he liked best. Here he tunes a new Nautel HD transmitter at KRKO, Everett, Wash. in February of 2009. Nautel technician Gary Warner is in the background. Photo: Jim Dalke. George Bisso passed away Wednesday.

Bisso was well-known in the Seattle area, according to friends at SBE-16. He was chief engineer for Sandusky’s Seattle cluster.

He was also a contract engineer for many Pacific Northwest radio stations. Andy Skotdal, president and GM for KRKO(AM) new Bisso well and made use of his services often, including a major rebuild of the KRKO plant.

He said, “The two most frequent thoughts associated with George were that he had a golden ear for audio processing and he couldn’t say ‘no’ to anybody … George served as our contract engineer for 13 years as well as the NFL game-day frequency coordinator in Seattle for a couple of years. His life revolved around radio.”

Skotdal added: “George cared for 92.5 KLSY, 106.9 KRWM, 98.9 KWJZ, 880 KIXI, and 1150 KKNW [Sandusky stations]. When the NAB Radio Show came to Seattle, I spoke with two respected out-of-market engineers who were glad the show was in Seattle because they were eager to listen to the KIXI(AM) ‘sound.’ KIXI was arguably the best sounding AM on the West Coast, and at the time it was playing Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and mixing in music as late as the 70s. The bass was rich and powerful, and somehow George also managed to extract high notes with separation, all while maintaining loudness that was unmatched.” Skotdal attributed KIXI’s strong ratings to Bisso’s processing wizardry.

In addition, Skotdal said, “George’s FM audio processing was bright, clean, and powerful as well. His use of processing and understanding of the way different frequencies interacted enabled him to tease out notes and separation in music that other stations never achieved.”

Bisso was also involved in a number of regional RF engineer and technical organizations. In addition, he was a ham radio operator, W7GLB.

A memorium has been set up SBE-16’s website. It promises to provide services information.