People

  • Producer for New Letters on the Air

    Angela Elam, producer/host of UMKC's literary radio show New Letters on the Air has worked in public radio since 1988, but she got her start as a reader for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany in 1981.

    Elam...

  • Host/Contributor

    Brian Ellison is substitute host of Central Standard and Up To Date and has served in a variety of roles at KCUR...

  • Host, The Fish Fry

    In 1984, Chuck Haddix aka Chuck Haddock joined the staff of KCUR as a jazz producer. The next year, he began producing the Fish Fry.

    He is also the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 350,000 historic sound recordings...

  • Host, Central Standard

    Gina’s background combines print and broadcast journalism, live event hosting and production, creative nonfiction writing and involvement in the arts. Early in her career, she followed a cultural beat for The Pitch, where she served as...

  • Afternoon Announcer

    Laurie Arbore became KCUR’s Afternoon Announcer in late 2013 and loves working at her favorite radio station! Prior to joining our full-time air-staff, she worked for KCUR as a part-time announcer and producer of “Cyprus Avenue.” 

    Known...

  • Midday Announcer

    Linda Sher became the Afternoon Drive Announcer on KCUR-89.3 FM radio in 2000, after completion of a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  With a background in music and theater, a Bachelor...

  • Host of Night Tides

    The voice heard on KCUR on Sunday nights belongs to Renée Blanche, a native of Detroit, Michigan.  She stumbled into radio after ending her military career in El Paso, Texas. Her skills as a volunteer announcer were honed at community radio...

  • Weekend Announcer

    Shawn Harrel teaches music and digital media in the Lee's Summit School district. A Kansas City native, Shawn returned to his hometown after completing his master of music in jazz arranging and composition at the University of North Texas –...

  • Host of Up to Date

    Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from...