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

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Officer Chris Laughlin works in the Community Services Section of the Springfield Mo. Police Department, and oversees the city’s Neighborhood Watch Program. 

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In the aftermath of the August 2014 police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown of Ferguson Mo., Governor Jay Nixon directed the Mo. Dept. of Public Safety and the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) to submit by December 1st, new rules to improve access to effective and ongoing training for Missouri law enforcement officers in 3 key areas:  1. Tactical Training, including de-escalation skills.  2.  Fair and Impartial Policing.  3.  Safety, Health and Well-being of Officers.  The goal is to enhance safety for citizens and law enforcement officers alike. 

Judy Billings; Yelena Bosovik
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Making A Difference:  Stories of Hope and Help.  Produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and inspired by NPR’s Story Corps, Stories of Hope and Help share personal experiences of need and generosity in the Ozarks.

Voice of Yelena Bosovik:  “Because I’m the first in my family to go to college, and I’m a first born, I think all that combines to make me very driven.”

Lee Ann Meador Norman

For KSMU’s Sense of Community Series, I’m Mike Smith.

We wind down our week long series of reports on historic preservation in the Ozarks, in West Plains Missouri where what’s become that city’s signature event took place June 19th and 20th.  The annual Old Time Music-Ozark Heritage Festival.  (SOUND: Voices singing I’ll Fly Away)

Todd Shanks is the Community Marketing Director for the City of West Plains, and a member of the 

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For the KSMU Sense of Community series, I’m Mike Smith….

Just south of Branson, in Point Lookout Missouri where I talked to Kansas City resident Joan Scatt about her just completed visit to the Smithsonian of the Ozarks, The Ralph Foster Museum.   “It was highly educational, very informative, very well put together and I enjoyed it very much.  We’ve been in there 2 and a half hours and have to come back.  My favorites were the cameos and the stones, but I’m excited to see a (Rose O’Neill) Kewpie Doll for the first time, and I’m 68 years old”.