Wayne "The Mound of Sound" Cody, 65, pioneered sports-talk radio in Seattle. He debuted locally in the early '70s on the old KTW-AM, after a couple of decades working his way up from small-town stations in the Midwest. When KTW folded in 1975, he moved to KIRO-AM and stayed there until 1996. From 1978 to 1992, he also served as KIRO-TV's chief sports anchor, covering everything from the Sonics' first and only NBA title in 1979 to the Mariners' rise to respectability. He peppered his broadcasts with a boisterous, goofball sense of humor he'd learned from his ex-vaudevillian parents (and which can forever be viewed in his cameo bit with Sonics player Xavier McDaniel in the movie Singles). A man who spent his career celebrating other men's physical achievements, Cody was unable to reshape his own body. He weighed 325 pounds at the time he started his TV gig; a highly publicized "Watch Wayne Disappear" publicity stunt, in which he promised to lose 75 pounds, was quietly shelved far short of that goal. He later lost the feeling in his feet due to advanced diabetes, with which he struggled to the end. But he remained active with his full broadcast schedule, personal appearances, and outside ventures (one of Seattle's first comedy clubs, a restaurant in Tacoma). After his official retirement, he hosted a weekly call-in show for two years on NorthWest Cable News.
His final TV appearance came on May 24, as part of the KIRO-TV special honoring retired station weatherman Harry Wappler. Cody died June 7 in a Renton hospital, following a heart attack five days before.
Walter R. Hundley III, 73, was one of the first prominent African Americans in Seattle city government. A former minister and social worker, he ran Seattle's part of the federal "Model Cities" civic-improvement program in 1967. He was then named the city's budget director in 1973 by Mayor Wes Uhlman. In 1975, Hundley ordered major cuts in the fire department's budget. The firefighters' union demanded that Uhlman fire Hundley, Uhlman refused, and the union started a recall campaign against Uhlman, which voters rejected by nearly two-to-one. From 1977 to 1988, Hundley led the Parks and Recreation department. In that role, he took out Woodland Park's kiddie rides to make room for more zoo space, supervised the openings of the Seattle Aquarium and Magnuson Park, and helped integrate what had been a nearly all-white parks workforce. Hundley died June 6 from kidney disease.
Correction: Our item last week about the end of singer Julie Cascioppo's weekly gig at the Pink Door restaurant gave the wrong date for her next show. It's really this Sunday, June 16, at the Rendezvous.