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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Tuesday May 5th from midnight –midnight, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, along with its affiliate foundations in communities across southern Missouri, will host the inaugural Give Ozarks/ Day of Giving, an online only opportunity for donors to contribute to a favorite non- profit CFO managed fund.   In this, the first feature in a series of Making a Difference reports leading up to and following the May 5th event, producer Mike Smith has a brief history of Giving Days, and talks with a representative of the Knight Foundation about its role in supporting them.  You’ll also hear from

Silver Dollar City

The annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival at Silver Dollar City runs May 5th-25th and will feature 44 of the Nation's best Bluegrass bands each performing multiple sets in a variety of venues at the Branson theme park.  A fan favorite highlight of the festival is the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, which began in 2002.

Bela Fleck spoke to KSMU from New Orleans La., where he performed his Banjo Concerto with the Louisiana Philharmonic Saturday, January 10th.  Bela Fleck has earned 15 Grammy Awards, and has 30 nominations in the most musical categories in Grammy history.  Bela Fleck’s latest CD, recorded with his wife, is titled Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and was released by Rounder Records last October. 

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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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“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.