Thomas McFarland

Producer/Announcer

Tune in as students from Rountree elementary update the community on events taking place on campus.

Daniel Dossey
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When he’s not on stage or rehearsing with Branson’s Million Dollar Quartet, drummer Daniel Dossey is often listening to KSMU. He says the experience can be an adventure.

“So when I hear something new, my brain just really perks up,” says Dossey. “And I do go down that rabbit hole and try to hunt down these - and so I’m constantly on these little NPR, KSMU quests, like what was I just listening to? That was incredible!”

Listen in as students from Rountree Elementary update the community about what's happening on their campus. This week, paper cranes for the Japanese Fall Festival, a community blood drive, hurricane relief, and Ozarks food harvest.

Tom McFarland / KSMU

For Pamela Weiss, KSMU is the first thing she hears in the morning.

“It wakes me up,” she says.

And it’s often the last thing she listens to before bed. Pamela will even tune in overnights to the BBC if she’s up then. She finds many of the stories on KSMU engaging, and vividly recalls a news segment that transported her mind to North Africa.

“The words took you there, and you heard the birds, and you heard the streams, and you heard the rocks crunch under his [reporter’s] feet,” she said.

Kass Leer, Zealand Gentry Leer,
Tom McFarland / KSMU

Public radio isn’t just for adults. And while it’s not uncommon for youth to listen to KSMU, donating to the station may not come until later. Not for Zealand Gentry Leer, who at age 5 hand-delivered her contribution to staff at the KSMU studios.  

“She got really excited about donating to KSMU,” her mother, Kass, recalls. “And we made a big deal of it, we counted the days before we went, we got in the car, and she decided she wanted to hand the money in in person.”

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