How is Ozarks Public Radio a Part of Your Life?

We're honored to serve the Ozarks' region through a collection of local news and music and national programming. As we build upon our more than 40 years of thoughtful reporting and engaging content, we welcome the chance to learn about and share your listening experiences with the masses!

Through the years, we've periodically heard the voices of some listeners about why they tune in to KSMU. Now, we hope to grow that feedback, and better understand your "listening environment." We'll be periodically adding testimonials to this page, which you can read and listen to below.

Do you listen in the car, while making dinner, or at work? Is your radio on in the morning, afternoon, or on the weekends? Tell us how Ozarks Public Radio is a part of your life and why you're #TeamKSMU!

Email scott@ksmu.org so we can tell your story.

Lillian Stone
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Not only is Lillian Stone a big fan of KSMU, so is her dog Turtle.

“He has a really laid back little personality and I think that’s why he is so into the classical music programing,” says Stone.

The Boston Terrier’s snorts and grunts are signs of affection for KSMU’s music, according to Stone.

“He likes to ride in the car and let the air conditioner blow in his face and listen to classical music—it’s like his favorite thing,” Stone says with a laugh.

Daniel Dossey
Ryan Welch / KSMU

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!”

Brian Wright
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Since the sixth grade, Brian Wright has been a frequent public radio listener. Even while living in Europe and serving in the Air Force, he adjusted his schedule to catch the morning news.

“Morning Edition is obviously six o’clock in the morning – Belgium and Germany are six hours ahead of us so I’d listen to them at noon,” Wright says.

Now back in southern Missouri, Wright consistently has his dial set to KSMU to catch the latest news and music. The Reeds Spring instructor listens to the station in his living room, in the car, and at work.

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.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Meet Paul and Debbie Rollison, both longtime KSMU listeners. We counted seven mugs and pint glasses containing the KSMU label – new and old versions – on a recent visit to their Springfield home.

It’s there that Paul introduced us to his “Old Harman Kardon receiver that I bought in the early eighties.”

Paul, a native of Great Britain, lived in Champaign, Illinois before moving to Springfield in 1987. He brought the audio receiver with him, and soon after the Harmon Kardon was introduced to KSMU’s FM frequency.

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