Taryn Daly (’07 Comm.) is the weeknight deejay at 99.9 KISW “The Rock of Seattle.”

She’s known for her on-air energy and enthusiasm as well as love of Rush, local India Pale Ales, and girl-next-door vibe.

Get to know her better.

Here, she shares some of her favorite IPAs, bands, interviews, and Sunday tradition, including her recipe for Swedish pancakes.


Five most favorite IPAs right now

  • Crikey IPA from Reuben’s Brews
  • Lucille from Georgetown Brewing
  • Bastard Kat from Kulshan Brewing
  • Topcutter from Bale Breaker
  • Jackass from Skookum Brewery

Four favorite recent interviews

  • David Draiman of Distributed
  • Taylor Momsen of the Pretty Reckless
  • Lzzy Hale from Halestorm
  • James “Munky” Shaffer from Korn

Favorite interview of all time: Alice in Chains

Top five artists of all time

  • Rush
  • Primus
  • Bad Religion
  • Alice In Chains
  • Grateful Dead

Ten most favorite Seattle bands

  • Heart
  • Alice in Chains
  • Mother Love Bone
  • Sound Garden
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Pearl Jam
  • Nirvana
  • Foo Fighters
  • Mad Season
  • Gruntruck
  • Wyatt Olney and the Wreckage
  • Superfekta

OK, that’s 12. And I could go on and on.

Four to watch for:

  • Ayron Jones
  • Woodshed
  • Bruiser Brody
  • Glenn Cannon and the Damage Done

Favorite moments in radio so far: There is absolutely nothing more exhilarating than a stage announcement at Pain in the Grass! At the very end of the night, before the final band takes the stage, the entire on-air staff will go up together to thank our rockaholics for being the best radio family there is, and it’s a feeling like none other!

Playing saxophone with the KISW New Originals is another memory I’ll always treasure. When the station’s all-cover tribute band told me a few years ago that they needed someone to play “Careless Whisper” for an event, I picked back up the sax some 20-something years later to learn the song.

I’ve had the opportunity to debut the music of three of my friends’ bands during my show over the past few years: Windowpane, Ayron Jones, and Superfekta. I can’t express how honored I felt getting to introduce my friends’ music to the masses. These local musicians work tirelessly and have so much passion. What a thrill to be the one to share that over the airwaves!

Favorite concert experiences: Foo Fighters played Seattle in the summer of 2018, and it was the most energized performance I think I have ever seen. It felt like Dave Grohl and company were shot out of a cannon. They played so hard and so long that Dave lost his voice for the show the following evening.

Seeing Rush at The Key Arena for their final tour was very emotional for me—and probably every other Rush fanatic. (My partner) Brad (Cash) and I ended up with suite tickets due to giving the highest bid during a live auction, and it was so worth it for the hours of power and precision that is Rush.

The day after I interviewed them, Alice In Chains played a super intimate show at The Crocodile in 2018, and I was fortunate enough to be there. I stood in the balcony area next to drummer Sean Kinney’s sister and watched them play an unforgettable eight-song set, singing at the top of my lungs the whole time!

First concert: Boyz II Men at the Gorge. I was 10.

Last concert before the lockdown: Beats Antique at the Showbox on February 29, 2020. Two weeks later we were in lockdown.

Last arena show before the lockdown: The Rolling Stones at CenturyLink Field on August 14, 2019, at 37 weeks pregnant! That show was just pure magic. I think I cried like seven times. So did my dad. It was unbelievable. I could not wrap my head around it.

Favorite large-scale music venue: Definitely the Gorge, without a doubt. I try to get over there at least once a year. It’s just breath-taking. Even when I was 30 weeks pregnant, I went over for the Dead and Company with John Mayer and waddled around the Gorge.

Favorite club: I would say the classic Seattle venue is the Showbox at the Market. On a smaller scale, the Nectar Lounge in Fremont; I probably average ten shows a year there. It’s never a dull moment at the Nectar.

Favorite dive bar: The Quarter Lounge. It’s right on First Hill. There’s no food. There’s good beer and awesome people and it’s nice and dark.

Favorite brewery: Reuben’s Brews in Ballard. I always get the Crikey IPA. It’s one of my favorites.

Favorite winery: Damsel Cellars in Woodinville.

Top five places to take out-of-towners

  • On a ferry ride to Bainbridge or Vashon
  • On a walk around the Seattle Waterfront
  • To Wings Over Washington or the Seattle Great Wheel
  • Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Music Project, or EMP)
  • Out for sushi at Umi Sake House in Belltown—it’s one of my favorite spots to hit before a show in non-pandemic times—and out for brunch at Glo’s Café on Capitol Hill. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall with the best eggs Benedict I’ve ever had in my life.

First stop in Pullman: The Coug. I always call ahead and ask them to get my mug out of storage. I’m a member of the mug club. I didn’t want to take it when I graduated. I’d rather have it stay where it belongs—in what I like to call God’s country.

Easy like Sunday morning: We do Swedish Sundays. Every Sunday, my family makes Swedish pancakes. My dad’s side of the family is Scottish, and my mom’s is Swedish. Her mother was a fantastic baker. I don’t have a baker’s bone in my body. But I can do Swedish pancakes.

Taryn’s Swedish Pancakes

3 eggs
1 cup flour
2 cups milk, divided
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
Toppings of your choice

Beat the eggs, flour and ½ cup of milk until smooth. Beat in the rest of the milk, then add the butter and salt.

Heat your pan(s) over medium flame/heat until a drop of water sizzles when dropped on it, then melt about a tablespoon of butter in each pan. Pour batter into the pan to create a very thin layer. When the edges begin to brown, flip the pancake, and cook another minute or two. Roll it up and add your toppings.

Taryn’s favorite toppings: Lingonberry, powdered sugar, and syrup.