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

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

As the KSMU Sense Of Community Series continues, a continued look at social interaction opportunities for area Veterans, this time through membership in Springfield’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3404, located at Atlantic and National, in Springfield Missouri.

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

June 9th was a warm and windy day in Springfield, and it was the day Kirby Wilcox Memorial American Legion Post 676, hosted an open house and grand opening ribbon cutting celebration at its new location, 2350 North Clifton.  The single story structure is also home to Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri American Legion Post 1214, and the Foxhole Bar and Grill.

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The winner of this year’s KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest at Silver Dollar City is the Russell Clan from Guthrie, Oklahoma. 

The single microphone contest, held Saturday, May 26, during Bluegrass and BBQ at the park, is for bands with members 21 and younger.  Among the estimated 1000 people in the Opera House audience Saturday was Paul Schiminger, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association, based in Nashville.

Mike Smith / KSMU-FM

Ginger Ramirez was going through tough times, a few years ago. The 33 year old and her children live in Northwest Springfield, Zone 1, which has the city’s highest rate of poverty: “Oh absolutely, there was no hope.  I felt like I was deteriorating, that I was falling apart, and my whole world was crashing. I wasn’t able to work anymore because of child care expenses.  I was living off donating plasma every week, making $70.00 a week.  That was my income to raise children and make a living.”

Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2000, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Ash Grove, received 9,000 visitors.  In 2017, 25,000 visits were recorded, as the Center’s special events, programs, and public shooting gained popularity.