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Mike Russell

Program Director





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Mike's Career Capsule
-previous 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 right fit.


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 service.


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 natural.


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.





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