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Ric Jung
Ric JungDirector of Engineering

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 University.

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, and three young adult children. Eric, the oldest lives and works in China with his family. Larissa, the middle child, is married to a Pastor and serving in Plevna. Joseph, the youngest found work in downtonw Chicago doing web design. Alas, none are interested in radio or trains...so far.