Jessica Balisle

Administrative Specialist/Studio Live

Jessica Gray Balisle, a Springfield native, grew up listening to KSMU. She now commands the front desk, taking your calls and greeting you at the door. Jessica co-hosts live music show Studio Live and produces arts and culture stories. In 2006, she earned her BA in Applied Anthropology from Missouri State University. When she’s not at KSMU, Jessica plays bass in local bands the Hook KnivesBrother Wiley and the Ozark Sheiks, and sings in Shattered and JM Buttermilk.  She and her husband Todd live with their two cats, CT and Ellie, and way too many house plants. 

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The Hook Knives (Ran Cummings, Mike Henderson, Alisha Schroeder, Jessica Balisle) were on Studio Live with their unique blend of original tunes. The band then played Studio Live Social Hour at the Backlot. 

The Shandies, Shannon Stine and Natalie Wlodarczyk, were in the studio with Randy and Jess to discuss songwriting, musical backgrounds and current projects. Their debut album "Begin Again" was released in June 2017 and the duo performed several songs from the album, as well as new ones that have yet to be recorded. 

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The Ozark Sheiks were on Studio Live with host Randy Stewart. Jess took the day off of hosting by playing in the band. That evening, Studio Live Social Hour was held at the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse.

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This episode of Studio Live featured musicians that were part of the Sertoma Chili Cook-off's KSMU Acoustic Stage. Sabrina Deets and Molly Healey kicked things off on the radio with Sertoma's Ken Childers, while Margot and the Kidders played Studio Live Social Hour at our new venue - the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse. 

The Norman Jackson Band joined Studio Live hosts Randy and Jess for a blues show. 

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Jazz guitarist Jin J. X was in the KSMU music studio to share some new songs he has written recently. 

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Shaun Munday was in the KSMU studios to bring us his unique bass technique and soulful vocals. Hosts Jessica Balisle and Randy Stewart talked with Shaun about his musical journey through Central High School in Springfield to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, his debut solo album, and his talent for radio voices. 

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KSMU kicked off its Fall Pledge Drive in style with a musical celebration from the KSMU All Stars: Steve Ames, Todd Balisle, Molly Healey, Mike Henderson, Brett Johnston, Dallas Jones, Kristi Merideth, Jimmy Rea, Melissa Henderson Rea and Toad Wyrick.  The musicians swapped time between the studio and the phone bank taking pledges, then rocking the house at Barley Wheat & Rye Social House for a special edition of the Studio Live Social Hour. Raffle prizes were won and many sipped from their new KSMU Custom Design Pint Glasses that they pledged for at the event. 

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Distant Relative (Richard Kittleman, Phil Croy, Ray Castrey, David Nace and Bob Runyon) came to the KSMU studios to share their brand of non-traditional jazz. The band shared stories from their 20+ year history and discussed their new upcoming album, which should be out by December. That evening, the band played to a packed house at Barley Wheat & Rye Social House for Studio Live Social Hour. 

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Grandma Strange was in the studio to share their strange and experimental brand of rock with KSMU listeners. The band is Brooke Austen on vocals, Clinton Houseman on guitar and vocals, Ryan Wallace on bass, and Alisha Schroeder on drums. The band is currently in the process of recording a new EP or album, whichever it ends up becoming. 

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The Ozarks Klezmer Orkestr, (Andrew Bishko, Allison Steiner, Donnie Kraft), was in the studio for a Klezmer 101 lesson. We learned about the history of the genre, occasions for certain songs and how the music fits in with Jewish traditions. 

For Studio Live Social Hour at Barley Wheat & Rye, Andrew taught the audience a traditional dance. 

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Kristi Merideth was in the studio to share some of her rarely-heard original songs. Her combo consisted of Kyth Trantham on bass, Paul Price on guitar, Brandon Mezzelo on sax, and Teresa Hornsby on drums.

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Drifters Mile was in the studio to talk about their transitions from Deep Fried Squirrel to the current band arrangement. The band includes Deakin Mooney on banjo, Jake Norman on guitar, Eric Mathewson on fiddle, and Dave Smith on bass.

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The Theorists, (Jared Durden on guitar and Brent Fillmer on bassoon, bass and keys), were in the studio to talk about their brand of bassoon rock, science and their 20+ year musical collaboration. 

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Brother Wiley is no stranger to Studio Live, having played several times over the years. Brett Miller, Todd Mincks, Jessica Balisle and Kenny Wirt were in the studio one last time to look back on their 10+ year music career together as the band gets ready for their last show. The band is calling it quits with Brett leaving town to pursue the Something Gigantic project. The final Brother Wiley show will be held April 1 at Lindberg's. 

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