Mike Smith’s career at KSMU began in 1980 as a student announcer when the former Navy Submariner attended (then) SMSU with help from the GI Bill. In 1982 Smith became a full time member of the KSMU family as “Chief Announcer”, responsible for the acquisition, training and scheduling of the student announcing staff. It was also in 1982 when Smith first produced “Seldom Heard Music” a broadcast of Bluegrass which is still heard on KSMU and ksmu.org every Saturday night at 7CT.
Until his retirement in 2006, Smith also served KSMU listeners as the stations Senior Producer and Director of News, receiving a 2005 Regional Edward R Murrow award for “Use of Sound” in a feature. Post retirement in a part time capacity, Smith produces the bi-monthly series Making A Difference Where You Live, and the business segments of KSMU’s quarterly Sense of Community Series.
The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.
Any Given Child makes possible enhanced arts education experiences for Springfield's K-8 classrooms. Mike Smith reports as part of our Making a Difference series.
Nonprofit service organizations in the area, along with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, use data from the Bi-annual Community Focus Report to guide their decision making.
In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?
Lenders tightening up requirements on loan applications make for interesting challenges to enter the housing market.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks encourages us to leave 5% of our estate values to charitable causes in our communities. In the Ozarks alone over the next 10 years, that could amount to 2.3 billion dollars. On this edition of Making a Difference Where You Live, we learn about the Transfer of Wealth and the 5% Solution.
Created by volunteers with $1,500 in seed money in June 1973, Community Foundation of the Ozarks assets today total over 226 million dollars, and since issuing its first grant in 1975, over 2,500 charitable funds have been established with grants and distributions today totalling over 147 million dollars. The CFO turns 40 on this eddition of Making A Difference Where You Live.
In 2005, Greene County voters approved a tax to support services for senior citizens. In 2012, and again this year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks provided matching donor dollars to extend the reach of the tax fund. Mike Smith has the story in this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live
"Watch out for your internet dating, because that's how I ended up homeless."
Patty Watkins dreams of having a home and a job. The Veterans Coming Home Center, The Community Partnership of the Ozarks, and the Council of Churches of the Ozarks are trying to help.