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.

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Sense of Community
4:45 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Nancy Dornan, A Fixture at Maschino's Since 1952

Nancy Dornan is President of Maschino's
Credit Mike Smith / KSMU-Fm

Merry Christmas Everyone! I’m Mike Smith for the KSMU Sense of Community Series.  Today, as we continue this A Day in the Life theme of our series, a profile of Nancy Dornan, President of Maschino’s. 

“My grandfather in 1903 had the first Maschino Hardware, Schaffer Maschino Hardware, on Commercial Street.  Later it was moved to Campbell just a little south of Walnut.  The hardware store was where my father grew up.  My grandfather died when my father was 19.”

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Sense of Community
7:45 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Steve Ames Sells Beer By Day, Sings At Night

Steve Ames Leads the Beer Wine and Cheese Dept. at Mama Jeans Natural Market
Credit Mike Smith / KSMU

“There’s a program called the Cicerone program, and a Cicerone is essentially equivalent to a Sommelier in the wine world.  It’s someone who’s trained and certified as a Beer expert.  I’ve achieved the first level of that which is a certified beer server, and I’m studying for my Cicerone certification.  Hopefully I’ll finish that in the spring.” 

Today, our Sense of Community Series shadows Steve Ames, who’s aiming toward earning that Cicerone certification to put to use in his work at Springfield’s three Mama Jeans Natural Markets. 

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Sense of Community
4:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Baby Boomer Retirements Affect City Operations

Credit KSMU Archives

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and this segment of our Sense of Community Series looks at the boom of Baby Boomer retirements and its effect on the City of Springfield. 

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Sense of Community
7:30 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Silver Dollar City's Silver Haired Citizens

Silver Dollar City Official Greeter Gene Bortner
Mike Smith KSMU

“Older workers have an excellent work ethic.  Everyday we’re scheduled to be here, we get up, clean up, dress up and show up. ” That’s Jack Farrow, a retired educator and school administrator currently living in Cassville Mo. Jack commutes daily from his home to Silver Dollar City’s   McCaffey Homestead, where as Frisco Jack, he sings songs and tells tales to the tourists who gather round.

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Sense of Community
4:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Joplin Business Used as Shelter Following 2011 Tornado

Even though everything around it on 20th&Conn. was flattened in the 2011 Joplin tornado, The Edward Jones Building remained standing, and was used to shelter victims.
Credit Donald Swanson / Edward Jones

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O’Brian has an answer for those who might question the town’s business community ability to bounce back from the EF-5 tornado which struck Joplin Sunday May 22nd 2011, killing 161 persons and destroying or damaging thousands of homes and businesses.

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