Wally Nelskog showed an early interest in radio, and held FCC amateur and first class radiotelephone licenses by the time he graduated from high school in Everett. He was stationed in Anchorage with the Army Signal Corps during World War II. In 1946, while honeymooning with his wife Anne in New York, they secured a Muzak franchise for Spokane, which he operated until 1949. Radio work brought him back to Seattle, and he started his “Wally’s Music Maker’s” program on KRSC in 1950. It was soon the number one program in its 2:00 to 6:00 PM time slot. In 1955, he moved himself, the show and “all of the audience” to KJR, where he recorded a local audience 50% share - a Seattle record that has never been matched. He was later an important radio station owner in the Northwest, and operated Seattle's KIXI for many years.