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.
From $1,000 in "seed money" to form the organization, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has grown its membership to 43 affiliate foundations across southern Missouri, and just announced it has awarded over 100 million dollars in grants and distributions over its 38 year history. Mike Smith has the story on this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live.
KSMU's Mike Smith looks at the use and value of Historic Preservation Tax Credits in downtown Springfield development.
KSMU's Mike Smith takes a look at the use and value of Historic Preservation Tax Credits and possible cuts in state funding.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced March 16th, that it has surpassed the $100 million mark in grants and distributions. Mike Smith has the story:
For nearly 40 years, Gordon McCann has travelled across the region recording traditional Ozarks music. His audio and written account of these sessions, recorded in a variety of venues, was recently digitized and presented to Missouri State University for public access at Meyer Library. The collection includes nearly 4000 hours of traditional tunes. Mike Smith has this profile of Gordon McCann for the KSMU Sense of Community series.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks hosted its annual Youth Philanthopy Conference October 14th at Drury University. The conference drew together nearly 200 students and advisors involved in CFO's 31 Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) chapters. KSMU's Mike Smith was there and files this report for Making A Difference Where You Live.
This Sense of Community report was produced by Mike Smith and originally aired 21 Sept. 2010. It features an interview with Jack Hunter, Director of The Career Center at Missouri State University.
This Sense of Community report was produced by Mike Smith and aired the afternoon of Sept 21. It features interviews with Shirley Lawler, Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs at OTC; Lisa Gardner, Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts Department Chair at OTC; and Paul Trout, Certified Executive Chef/Culinary Arts Instructor at OTC. Lawler spoke to KSMU by telephone from her OTC office. Gardner and Trout were interviewed at “Scallions” a restaurant operated by OTC Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts students whose work there gives them valuable perspectives into their chosen careers.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Mission Related Investment Program produces a "Double Bottom Line" of returns. Mike Smith has more as Making A Difference Where You Live continues.
An important figure in Bluegrass music with close ties to the Ozarks passed away Monday August 2nd in Columbia. Mike Smith has the story: