Mike Smith

News Producer, Host

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.

Ways to Connect

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

KSMU Producer Mike Smith:  “Earlier today, on the first installment of this week’s KSMU Sense of Community Series, we met David Clark, on the job at SRC Automotive.  David was hired by SRC 2 weeks after graduating from Ozark High School, and after completing 7 months of work force and professional development training with The Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies, or GO-CAPS.”

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

SRC Employee, David Clark:  “When I heard GO-CAPS Engineering & Manufacturing was partnering with SRC, (Springfield Re-Manufacturing Corp.) that’s what really told me, I need to get onto this.  I’m very lucky to get in and do a program like this.  I’ve talked to a lot of people who are a lot older than me, and they all say the same thing, they wish they had a program like this when they were a kid.”

Louise Knauer / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Today on Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a conversation between 2 local doctors.  One is a recipient of a Community Foundation of the Ozarks/Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship, and recently was named to the Foundation's Board of Directors.  The other began his association with the CFO's SGCMF in 1957, and today too, serves on the Foundation's Board:  

Matt Lemmon / Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Celebrated its 43rd anniversary June 18th, and for this edition of Making a Difference; Stories of Hope and Help, the Foundation’s 1st  two paid employees are here to talk about their early days in the office.

Silver Dollar City

AUDIO:  Outlaw Run Wooden Roller Coaster/Silver Dollar City Train Whistle/Screams from Riders of       Giant Swing.

Producer Mike Smith:  “On the NW edge of Silver Dollar City, near where the Silver Dollar City Railroad passes underneath the Giant Swing and the Outlaw Run wooden roller Coaster, sits Silver Dollar City’s largest indoor performance state; the 800 seat Opera House Theater, site of the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.  The 15th such event was held at The Opera House over the Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 28th.”

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