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.
Missouri Department of Transportation Maintenance Supervisor Nick Capra talks with KSMU's Mike Smith about the dangers MODOT Maintenance crews face when working on Missouri's roads, highways and interstates.
Working in terrible weather conditions 60 feeet above the ground, surrounded by high voltage electricity, Springfield City Utilities Linemen and women have a difficult task in keeping the power on for Springfield's homes, business and industry. Line Foreman Randy Ursino talks with KSMU's Mike Smith about his work for the KSMU Sense of Community Series.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks commits 2 percent of its assets toward direct investments for "Community good." Mike Smith has the story on this installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.
A Sense of Community, December 5th 2011.
Dr. Keith LaFerriere describes his recent visit to Vietnam as part of the humanitarian surgical exchange program Face To Face.
The Learning Community, the newest initiative from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, trains non profit organizations to be better at what they do.
On this edition of the Sense of Community Series produced by KSMU’s Mike Smith, in his own words, Staff Sgt. Dennis Chambers reflects on his military service pre and post 9/11, (including the 1stof 2 tours in Iraq) the dynamics of a military family whose spouse is deployed overseas, and on the benefits of being born on the 4thof July.
One day after a deadly and destructive tornado hit the city of Joplin, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks established the Joplin Recovery Fund to support long term recovery efforts.
KSMU's Mike Smith has this follow-up of a May 2010 Making A Difference report on the Ozarks Teacher Corps.
We want to make sure the entire business base is stable and in a position to move forward in the years ahead.