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

Dr. Roger Ray

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says the State of Civility in our Community is "Improving, but we need to be watchful."

Last month, when City officials learned President Trump was to visit Springfield, August 30th, one of the first things Burris did, was to shoot off a letter to the editor of the Springfield News-Leader.  Burris asked citizens and visitors to the city, supporters and protesters of the President, to be civil, courteous and polite to each other.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

In May of 2016, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced Marshfield, Salem, and Sarcoxie, as the first 3 Missouri communities to receive CFO’s first ever Economic Development Grants, through the Growth in the Rural Ozarks, grand program.  GRO, as it is known, is designed to promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and economic and workforce development in rural communities.  Growth in the Rural Ozarks is Co-Funded by CFO and USDA Rural Development, and ov

NASA

Missouri State University Astronomy professor Mike Reed, likens his and his students research into vibrations of stars, to listening to a full orchestra play one long note, and picking out the sounds of individual instruments. 

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

Walking  through Missouri State University’s 40,000 square foot eFactory,  a “Technology focused business incubator, and entrepreneurial development center”, its Director, Brian Kincaid,  exclaims:  “One of the interesting things about an incubator  environment, and working with start-up companies, is normal business hours don’t exist.  Our building can be occupied just as much at 1am, as 8am.”  

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

A long standing partnership between Ozarks Public Radio and Silver Dollar City, continues this month when the 16th, KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is held during SDC’s annual  Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival. 

Silver Dollar City’s D.A. Callaway says the theme park is bringing in a bevy of Bluegrass bands to entertain patrons during Bluegrass & BBQ, which runs through Monday, May 29th. “We’ve got a lot of people here, a lot of Bluegrass lovers, 6 stages running every day for 23 days.  We’ve got 62 bands on the schedule, yeah, we’re having a ball.”

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