Morning Edition Producer
Minneapolis, Minnesota is my hometown, but in the 7th grade, my family
moved to Portland, Oregon, and that's where I "grew up". After high school,
I attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas and earned a Bachelor of
Arts in Music Education. After graduation I taught instrumental and vocal
music in public schools for 6 years. I soon tired of breaking up fights
and receiving very large spit-wads, and launched into the wonderful world
of radio at a local Hutchinson AM station. My involvement with Radio Kansas
began as a volunteer in the Reading Radio Service, where readings of the
newspaper are provided to sight-handicapped individuals.
there were two openings, one for a local Morning Edition
host, and the
other for the host of a brand new show, called Nightcrossings
New Age music. I auditioned for the music show, and was hired for the
news show. At that point I worked at both stations 5 to 9 o'clock. The
mornings at one station and the evenings at another. Thank goodness
Radio Kansas hired me full-time after about six months of working both
assignment is still local host of NPR's Morning Edition
and Arts coordinator.
My task as Arts coordinator is to make a list of all music events in
our listening area and create an "Arts Calendar". I also contact participants
in those events, interview them and include that in the Morning Edition
admit to being able to play trumpet, guitar, piano, drums, and bass
guitar publicly. I've done many weddings, funerals, etc. with guitar
and trumpet. My wife Lois accompanies my trumpet playing as she is
an excellent pianist.
goal hosting Morning Edition
is to seamlessly sound like network and
offer concise 30 second weather forecasts the listeners can understand.
hobby is to improve my musicianship, a never ending battle.