Jessica Balisle

Administrative Specialist

Jessica Balisle, a Springfield native, grew up listening to KSMU. She now commands the front desk, taking your calls and greeting you at the door. Jessica co-hosts live music show Studio Live and is heavily involved with the station’s membership office. In 2006, she earned her BA in Applied Anthropology from Missouri State University. When she’s not at KSMU, Jessica plays bass in local bands the Hook KnivesBrother Wiley and the Ozark Sheiks, and sings in Shattered and JM Buttermilk.  She and her husband Todd live with their two cats Cory And Trevor and Elle Driver.

Ways to Connect

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Distant Relative (Richard Kittleman, Phil Croy, Ray Castrey, David Nace and Bob Runyon) came to the KSMU studios to share their brand of non-traditional jazz. The band shared stories from their 20+ year history and discussed their new upcoming album, which should be out by December. That evening, the band played to a packed house at Barley Wheat & Rye Social House for Studio Live Social Hour. 

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

Grandma Strange was in the studio to share their strange and experimental brand of rock with KSMU listeners. The band is Brooke Austen on vocals, Clinton Houseman on guitar and vocals, Ryan Wallace on bass, and Alisha Schroeder on drums. The band is currently in the process of recording a new EP or album, whichever it ends up becoming. 

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

The Ozarks Klezmer Orkestr, (Andrew Bishko, Allison Steiner, Donnie Kraft), was in the studio for a Klezmer 101 lesson. We learned about the history of the genre, occasions for certain songs and how the music fits in with Jewish traditions. 

For Studio Live Social Hour at Barley Wheat & Rye, Andrew taught the audience a traditional dance. 

Jessica Balisle / KSMU

Kristi Merideth was in the studio to share some of her rarely-heard original songs. Her combo consisted of Kyth Trantham on bass, Paul Price on guitar, Brandon Mezzelo on sax, and Teresa Hornsby on drums.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Drifters Mile was in the studio to talk about their transitions from Deep Fried Squirrel to the current band arrangement. The band includes Deakin Mooney on banjo, Jake Norman on guitar, Eric Mathewson on fiddle, and Dave Smith on bass.

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