Making Waves

Making Waves is a weekly program on LakeChelanNow hosted by Steve Byquist and Dennis Rahm. Listen to past programs here. New episodes are released every Thursday.

Episode 36: December 20, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis talk with Lucas Green, the President of Echo Valley Ski Area, about 60 years of the locally owned family friendly ski hill and the upcoming season.

Episode 35: December 13, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis are joined by Ray Dobbs and Jerry Isenhart – four old radio guys – who reminisce about Christmas Past and Santa’s presence in the Lake Chelan Valley throughout the years.

Episode 34: December 6, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis talk with Manson Chamber President, Jeff Conwell, about the community’s desire to purchase Leffler Field.

Episode 33: November 29, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis talk about upcoming holiday activities in the Lake Chelan Valley – including the arrival of Santa in Chelan and Manson.

They also interview Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, from Washington D.C. where she is lobbying for additional federal wildland fire fighting support.

Episode 32: November 22, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis conduct an in-depth interview with Assistant Fire Chief, Brandon Asher, about the regional need for volunteer firefighters and support crew.

They also share information about Thanksgiving weekend activities and a provide a preview of Chelan & Manson winter sports.

Episode 31: November 15, 2018

This week on Making Waves, Steve and Dennis continue to recap the recent 70th Anniversary celebration of Lake Chelan Community Hospital, including visits with Alice Killian, who heads up the “Comforters” program and former Clinic Administrator Bob Gervais.

Dennis also gives a rundown on last weekend’s State Volleyball Tournament that featured appearances by the Chelan and Manson teams.

Episode 30: November 8, 2018

Lake Chelan Community Hospital recently had a 70th Anniversary Celebration. This week on Making Waves, Dennis and Steve talk about the event and visit with long-time hospital foundation member, Emmet Aston.

In addition, Steve shares some stories about Emmet that you may not have known. And you’ll also hear about Steve’s recent trips, that included a cruise to Quebec and a few days in the big apple.

Episode 29: November 1, 2018

This week on Making Waves we talk with Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett and Sargent Chris Foreman as the two recently visited Chelan for a community chat and coffee event at the Vogue. This was the first time the Sheriff’s Department has tried this type of community outreach in Chelan and according to Sheriff Burnett there will likely be more to come. Items of discussion included Marine Patrol enforcement and the local fire season.

Episode 28: October 25, 2018

Lake Chelan Community Hospital received news this week that a long awaited USDA loan to help pay for construction of a new hospital has been approved. This week Making Waves welcomes Hospital Board Chair Mary Signorelli who details what’s next for the hospital and gives an update on the search for a new Hospital CEO.

Episode 27: October 18, 2018

This week, Dennis Rahm talks to Gene and Pat Kelly about the 60 year anniversary of Kelly’s Hardware, and the iconic presence of the Smiling Irish in downtown Chelan.

Episode 26: October 11, 2018

This week on Making Waves we look back on last weekends Mahogany and Merlot, looks ahead to a special business anniversary and visits with Judy Phelps of Hard Row To Hoe Winery about Crush and the local wine industry.

Episode 25: October 4, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk about this weekend’s Mohagany & Merlot event, featuring an interview with the Executive Director of the Hydroplane Museum, and then introduce you to a local man who has created the Grandpa Project.

Episode 24: September 27, 2018

Making Waves dives into the Holden Mine Remediation. Phase 1 of the project has been completed at an estimated cost of $500 million. Dennis offers his perspective from a recent tour of the site while Steve talks about his hands-on experience working on the project for several years.

Episode 23: September 20, 2018

This week, Dennis chats with Mayor Mike Cooney about an upcoming Town Hall Meeting, which will seek public input on the City potentially purchasing nearly 1,000 acres of land on the Chelan Butte for public open space.

Episode 22: September 13, 2018

Steve and Dennis reveal their favorite time of the year, which includes sailboats, classic cars, and this year, a new version of the Old Bridge.

Episode 21: September 6, 2018

Dennis interviews longtime Chelan physician, Dr. Jay Waszkewitz, about his upcoming sabbatical to New Zealand.

Episode 20: August 30, 2018

Dennis and Steve visit with Chelan Fresh Sales Manager, Tim Evans, in a fascinating look into the marketing and sales of apples and cherries. They discuss popular varietals, the effects of tariffs and more on this edition of Making Waves.

Episode 19: August 23, 2018

Dennis Rahm is flying solo this week but still “Making Waves” on episode 19  with an in-depth conversation with Superintendent Barry DePaoli just a few days before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Episode 18: August 16, 2018

Dennis is back, and Steve joins him to discuss recent Tyee Fire deja vu, the ever-present smoke in the Lake Chelan Valley, and to pay tribute to fellow broadcaster Scott Brundage, who passed away on August 4, 2018.

Episode 17: August 9, 2018

This episode focuses on the burgeoning cider industry in the Lake Chelan Valley. Loni interviews Ben Barnes of Steelhead Cider, Anna Koenig Caddey of Rootwood Cider, and Cynthia Flynn of Chelan Craft Cider.

Episode 16: August 2, 2018

It’s a Rahm Family Affair as Loni interviews Rod Cool about the Lake Chelan Rodeo and Jenna interviews Arturo Zavala about the Windermere SUP cup.

Episode 15: July 25, 2018

Dennis chats with Shai Newaz and Kelsey Guy, a young couple who are bringing top notch comedy to the Lake Chelan Valley with their company Rotten Apple Crew.

Episode 14: July 12, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk with Cappy Peterson about the Lake Chelan Boating Club’s Annual Poker Run, highlight Lake Chelan Bach Fest, and discuss the U.S. Open/Canadian National Paragliding Competition held here in Chelan.

Episode 13: July 5, 2018

Dennis is joined this week by his wife and business partner, Loni. Together they talk about the Stormy Creek Fire, 4th of July and starting a new business together.

Episode 12: June 28, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk fire and fireworks as we prepare for the 4th of July Celebration.

Episode 11: June 21, 2018

Bridges and basketball are the topics in this week’s episode of Making Waves.

Episode 10: June 14, 2018

Steve and Dennis are on location in downtown Chelan for this episode of Making Waves.

Episode 9: June 7, 2018

Dennis interviews Leo Miller about his classic car museum grand opening and talks with Chamber Director and State Representative, Mike Steele.

Episode 8: May 31, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk about Memorial Day Weekend and the affordable housing initiative.

Episode 7: May 24, 2018

World’s largest surf attraction and affordable housing are part of this week’s episode of Making Waves.

Episode 6: May 17, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk Manson Apple Blossom, lake levels, and a City Councilman’s conversation about water safety that may include moving the no wake zone farther uplake.

Episode 5: May 10, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk about last weekend’s Apple Cup Regatta Hydro Race, the upcoming Manson Apple Blossom Parade, and the recent sister region visit by a delegation from Kyrgyzstan.

Episode 4: May 3, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk hydros with second generation drivers Mitch and Mark Evans.

Episode 3: April 26, 2018

Dennis and special guest co-host Jerry Isenhart talk about the recent loss of two prominent community members, interview Shawn Sherman to learn more about his efforts to clean up the lake, and chat about Jerry’s new online venture with

Episode 2: April 19, 2018

Steve and Dennis talk affordable housing with Mayor Mike Cooney and interview local U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee “Airborne” Eddie Ferguson.

Episode 1: April 12, 2018

The premiere episode of Making Waves! Steve Byquist and Dennis Rahm have over a century of broadcast experience between them…and they’re still figuring it out.