Jessica Balisle

Administrative Specialist/Studio Live

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.

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This episode of Studio Live featured musicians that were part of the Sertoma Chili Cook-off's KSMU Acoustic Stage. Sabrina Deets and Molly Healey kicked things off on the radio with Sertoma's Ken Childers, while Margot and the Kidders played Studio Live Social Hour at our new venue - the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse. 

The Norman Jackson Band joined Studio Live hosts Randy and Jess for a blues show. 

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Jazz guitarist Jin J. X was in the KSMU music studio to share some new songs he has written recently. 

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Shaun Munday was in the KSMU studios to bring us his unique bass technique and soulful vocals. Hosts Jessica Balisle and Randy Stewart talked with Shaun about his musical journey through Central High School in Springfield to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, his debut solo album, and his talent for radio voices. 

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KSMU kicked off its Fall Pledge Drive in style with a musical celebration from the KSMU All Stars: Steve Ames, Todd Balisle, Molly Healey, Mike Henderson, Brett Johnston, Dallas Jones, Kristi Merideth, Jimmy Rea, Melissa Henderson Rea and Toad Wyrick.  The musicians swapped time between the studio and the phone bank taking pledges, then rocking the house at Barley Wheat & Rye Social House for a special edition of the Studio Live Social Hour. Raffle prizes were won and many sipped from their new KSMU Custom Design Pint Glasses that they pledged for at the event. 

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