stops include 12 years at 104.9 the River (WCVO) Columbus, OH,
Radio U, & WNZR.
1. You just recently joined
KWND as PD... tell us how that came about?
Station Manager Chalmer Harper and I
have been friends for several years. When a mutual friend let me
know about the PD position, had to investigate. As Chalmer and I
started talking about the opportunity we both felt it was the
2. Have you made any changes
at KWND since your arrival?
A few minor tweaks, I'm very
fortunate to inherit a station from a great line of programmers.
3. What advice would you
give to a programmer who is new to a station?
Take time to listen and ask
questions before making changes.
4. How important is KWND's
heritage in the market?
It's everything, there are so
many deep relationships within the community that's only
possible because of the station has a long term track record of
5. What is the most
memorable promotion you have been involved with since you've
been in radio?
Home for the Holidays at the
River, it was amazing to be able to be a part of reuniting
families and friends.
6. How do you keep KWND
local in sound?
That goes back to heritage, we're
so involved in family oriented events in the Ozarks that it's
7. In your opinion what are
the biggest obstacles facing KWND?
We're a small staff, sometimes
it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
8. What do you do to keep
the KWND air staff on track and focused?
Very little, I'm very fortunate
to be surrounded by such a talented staff. They are eager to
hone their craft.
9. What is the one thing
you've accomplished in your Christian radio career that you're
most proud of ?
I've been very fortunate to be
part of great teams that have positively impacted their
community. And it has been a privileged to learn from great
folks like Todd Stach, Tate Luck, John Frost & Alan Mason to
name a few.
10. Where do you see Mike
Russell in 5 years?
Celebrating 5 years at 88.3 The
Wind, I like to make long term moves.