Don Quilici takes to the airwaves

Carson City outdoors personality Don Quilici will expand his coverage from newsprint, television and Internet to the radio airwaves starting Thursday.

He'll be taping his first two-minute outdoor news segment for KPTL 1300 AM on Wednesday. The segments will air at 7:20 a.m. Thursday and Friday.

"I think I'll be reviewing what happened in the previous week and then tell what's coming up in the next week," Quilici said.

He has written for and designed the outdoors pages for the Nevada Appeal for 18 years. He's been with the paper longer than most employees, having outlasted at least five publishers.

"I'm just a part-timer down there," he joked.

He drove a support vehicle for the Appeal's statewide 10-in-10 Challenge, which won an award for editorial integrity. His wife, Elaine, did the cooking.

He has also directed operations for the Outdoor Recreation Show -- community access television's only live show -- for 12 years. The one-hour telecast runs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and is rebroadcast Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Friday at 8 p.m.

"That's prime time," he smiled.

Hosting the show with him is his son Jim Quilici, a firefighter with Carson City Fire Department who runs a construction business on his days off.

For the last year has been the moderator of the Western forum for the Web site, which has 900 members. Quilici is bringing the group to Carson City in June.

He retired as data processing manager for the Nevada Department of Transportation after 35 years. With NDOT he had 33 employees doing everything from research and development to programming.

Quilici was born and grew up in Carson City. He likes to tell people how when he was a student at Carson High School, the town had as many residents as the high school now has students -- 2,500.

He hunted deer by the Carson river in his 20s and still hunts when he can get a tag.

In 2001 he drew a Rocky Mountain goat tag for the northern Ruby Mountains.

"That's a once-in-a-lifetime tag," he said. "If you draw that one -- whether you're successful or not -- that's it."

He did pretty well, bagging a goat with 9-inch horns. The game warden estimated it weighed 300 pounds, he said.

Quilici said he's not related to all the local Quilicis.

"I think 'Quilici' in Italian, means 'Smith,' he said.

Who: Don Quilici on the radio

When: 7:20 a.m. Thursday and Friday

Where: KPTL AM-1300


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