KHCC was only five months old in the fall of 1979 when I joined the
staff. Through the years since, I've enjoyed the challenges of building the Radio Kansas network of stations and studios.
Raised in South Dakota and Wisconsin, I was fortunate to befriend
in my high school years a old ham radio operator whose intricate hand-crafted
radio equipment went back to the 1940's or earlier. This electronic
gear, with glowing tubes and dozens of adjustments, sparked my career
interest in radio. So I attended Moody Bible Institute
in downtown Chicago obtaining a 4-year degree in Missionary Radio
Technology. As a part of this, we studied broadcast equipment and
high-powered short wave transmitters. Immediately following graduation
in 1977, I moved to Newton to work at the Anderson stations of
KJRG and KOEZ. It was there that heard KHCC's first transmissions.
I had always listened to Classical Music in my youth. Between
Wisconsin Public Radio's classical offerings and the family's LP
records, I had plenty to enjoy. After moving to Chicago, WFMT provided
the world's finest music for me. At the time that station was also
the epitome of high quality broadcasting. So when KHCC asked
me to join this brand new classical music station in Hutchinson,
I was interested.
A few years after joining KHCC, in 1983/84, I had the opportunity to
fully design our current studios and build them. 1986 brought
a two-year job of building KHCD. This involved system design, all
FCC work, finding property, purchasing a tower and all the electronic
equipment and finally installing it all. 1992 brought the KHCT station
project built after the design of KHCD.
HD Radio arrived in 2006
which required significant installations at all of the transmitter
sites and full upgrades to the network microwave system. In 2007/08
I supervised the purchase and construction of the new 1300' KHCC
tower and moved all transmission equipment to the new site.
HD Radio underwent a power increase that lead Radio Kansas to replace all its FM transmitters in 2012. These new machines, installed at each tower site, brought Radio Kansas again to the front edge of broadcast technology.
In 1994 I completed a Masters of Science in Management at Friends
Interests are plentiful for me. Since high school I've studied the
prototypes and modeled Colorado narrow gauge railroads. I
have a particular interest in collecting brass locomotives and rail
cars. In 2008 I extended my railroad interest to train crew work
running trains at the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. I've qualified as an engineer on their restored steam locomotive, Santa Fe 3415.
I also enjoy music very much, play
several instruments somewhat and lead my church worship teams. Above
all, pursuing my faith in Jesus Christ and serving people through
my church are my highest interests.
I have a wonderful wife, Sandra, three children and 5 grand children.
Eric, the oldest works in Bentonville Arkansas with his family. Larissa, the middle, is married to a Pastor and serving
in Plevna. Joseph, the youngest ran off to downtown Chicago doing web design. Alas, none
are interested in radio or trains...so far.