MEET THE NWKS RADIO TEAM
Meet Chad, a lifelong Kansas resident who's been lost in the radio wilderness for as long as he can remember. In his 28 years of radio mayhem, he's managed to accumulate more roles than a teenager's part-time job at a carnival. Chad's journey began in Colby, where he tried to describe sporting events, all while being a faithful student at Colby Community College. And yes, he was quite the multitasker—painting word pictures of his alma mater's games and brewing his first radio potion at KXXX. After a brief intermission in Great Bend, he decided to try his luck in Goodland. There, he provided play-by-play for games of the week, and covering the Cowboys and Cowgirls. But wait, there's more! Chad wasn't just a play-by-play wizard; he took a wild detour into the thrilling world of sales. Picture this: Chad, the master persuader, selling radio ads like they were golden tickets to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. From Goodland, it was off to Garden City, where he had the Buffaloes and Broncbusters on speed dial for 6 unforgettable years. He eventually decided that multitasking was too easy, so he threw management into the mix, all while hosting the morning show, selling ads, and high-fiving local sports teams. Next stop: Wichita. Chad got to play with the big kids, taking on regional and network roles while still squeezing in time for local college and high school teams. Chad returned to his hometown of Colby 15 years ago, with his wife Carey and their two rambunctious boys, Kendall (3) and Zaiden (5). As a proud member of the Rocking M Media family, he's worn more hats than a hat store during a half-off sale—voice of the Colby Eagles, morning show host, ad-selling machine, and occasional bossman. He takes great pride in his radio family that puts together a tremendous on-air product that informs and entertains the local community. But that's not all! Chad's community involvement makes him busier than a caffeinated squirrel. He's on more committees and boards than he can count, and let's just say he's had more meetings than the United Nations, which is quite the accomplishment for someone who still can't figure out how to program the office coffee machine. Chad's wife, Carey, is in her 15th season as the Head Volleyball Coach at Colby Community College. Together, they're herding two energetic boys through life, and let's be honest, that's a challenge that makes juggling chainsaws look easy. With 27 years of radio experience under his belt, Chad is a true radio jack-of-all-trades. He's a sports guru, a salesman, an on-air announcer, and a management man. If he ever decides to retire, you can bet he'll do it in style, commentating on the most epic retirement party Kansas has ever witnessed! And who knows, maybe he'll even sell tickets to that.
Facilities & Marketing
"I have the opportunity to work across the state for Rocking M Media's radio stations and digital platforms. Manage our facilities which include buildings, towers, equipment repair, installation, and remodel. I work with many passionate people who really like what they do. When I am not driving the state checking on transmitters I get to be creative working on events, graphic design, station promotions and community engagement. I grew up in eastern Kansas and really like the western side of the state these days. Free time is spent trying to keep up with my kids, 1 son and 1 daughter who are in college and another son who has graduated from college. I am still learning everyday..." -Quinn
From Radonda: "My husband, Phil and I have been married for 36 years, we have 12 year old son that we follow all of his sports, baseball, football etc that keeps us busy. I enjoy spending time with my family. I have been at the radio station for 25 years as the business manager. I generate the daily station logs, print billings and a whole lot of other stuff to help make the station run."
On- Air Personality/ Sales
Welcome to another broadcast day… I’m Paul B. Heskett: I’ve been employed at this radio station since the summer of 1983. Actually, my first board shift here was in the fall of 1978 while I was enrolled in the Radio Program at Colby Community College. We started an oldies show in 1983 called” Bop Shop Saturday”. “Bop Shop Saturday” has become an award-winning program that still runs every Saturday morning! I love being on the air and interacting with our listeners and playing good tunes! I’m also involved with severe weather, gathering some news stories and promoting events, including some great concerts. Thru the years, I’ve been involved with over 60 well-known artists (Marie Osmond, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, and Three Dog Night to name a few). Monday through Friday I’m a sales representative for all of our Rocking M Radio stations. I have many clients that advertise on our air waves. I take pride in getting results for them. It amazes me how Radio is so effective, many people today can still sing the Grinnell Locker jingle: one 800- 2-72- 14-11 and it hasn’t been on the airwaves for 7 years! It’s been exciting to see how technology has changed over the years (like all new control rooms and state of the art equipment). Without a doubt, I can tell you that our present staff is the best we’ve ever had on board. I especially appreciate the Miller family that owns our company, and I really do believe I’m their number one son! I have been so blessed in choosing Radio as a career. I once heard that if you find something you love to do and if you can make a living doing it, it will never be a job! Well let me tell you, I have a good gig going! I would like to say “thank you” to our listeners and sponsors, because of your support we keep going and growing. “See you on the radio”
Production Manager/ On-Air Personality
From Joel: "I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and started my radio career at 15 years old in 1985. I've worked in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver ,Colorado, Ames, Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee, Wichita ,Kansas. Garden City, Kansas, and Guymon, Oklahoma. I've been a part of most music formats (except for classical music). I was part of Salem Radio's Word In Music satellite format in the 1990's as a night host on 52 radio stations across America. I was voted Program Director of the year from the syndicated Bob and Tom show in 2002. Career highlights are: starting a classic rock station in Colorado Springs called Mother 96.1, meeting Ringo Starr backstage at Red Rocks, meeting AC/DC, Willie Nelson and others for meet and greets with listeners. I did shots of Goldschläger with Tim McGraw in 1996 at the Delta House hotel bar in Fort Wayne. He had to leave because Faith Hill was mad. Thanks to Bob Zany, I had the chance to speak to Dick Clark. I'm proud I received a Cease and Desist letter from Nirvana's record company for playing a song that hadn't been released. I have 3 great nieces and a awesome sister and parents in Colorado along with Baxter the Dog here with me in Colby. Loaf the Dog stayed in Denver.
"I’ve worked at the KXXX/KRDQ station since September 6, 1998. My first show was Songs of Salvation on KXXX (2001-2022). I have hosted Rock Ride every Friday since 2008, and you can hear the Timson Experience, Monday-Friday on 100.3 The Ride, from 7-9 am, and Monday-Thursday on Hot Country 97.9 from 9-noon. I spent most of my childhood in Atwood, and graduated from the Kansas State School for the Blind. I attended Colby Community College and graduated from the Radio Program. I have been married to my incredibly talented and beautiful wife, Hollie, since 2011. We have two feline fur babies named Blaze and Norah." -Shane Timson
On-Air Personality/ Sales
From Curtis: "I grew up in a small town in Eastern Kansas, and always loved being in front of people. Maybe that included (on Grandpa and Grandma's farm) a flatbed trailer...pickup tailgate..or Grandma and Grandpas big old front porch..I've been interviewing hundreds. (Even though at Grandmas place it was the imaginary guests on my radio or tv show). Now I get paid to do it. Enjoying each fresh day with this job makes it challenging at times, as days are different they all need to be dealt with, one way or another. Being a voice in news or in weather for many Families and Friends now over 26 years in Western Kansas and Northeast Colorado and Southwest Nebraska is an honor as each minute ticks by. We all have a limited number of minutes on our time-clock... and I'll continue making mine the best." Curtis can be heard on your local news and on KLOE 730 during the weekday mornings.
On-Air Sports/ Sales Manger
After growing up in a small farming community in southeast Nebraska Ross went to college at Northwest Missouri State University where he looked to combine his passion (sports) & one of his skills (public speaking). After four years in Maryville he was hired to be the Farm Director & Area sports play-by-play guy in Colby. After five years in Colby, Ross took the Sports Director position in Goodland where he is the voice of Goodland High School athletics as well as Northwest Tech basketball and he hosts the Morning Blitz. He now also helps manage the sales department. Whenever he has time Ross loves spending time with his wife Janessa and children Nora & Banks. He enjoys golfing different courses & fly fishing in the summer months. Whenever he can make it back he loves attending University of Nebraska sporting events to cheer on his beloved Huskers and
Marketing & Social Media Director
Kristina is a born and raised Colby, KS girl and is passionate about her community. With NWKS Radio, she gets to help plan and host events, visit with people all over NWKS, keep people informed on events, weather, and news, and even jumps on the radio once and awhile. She's behind (and in front of) videos, social media, and marketing. She'll be the first to tell you that she has the best job ever! Kristina is crazy about her nephew and neices, her dogs, and live music.
Christian was born and raised in southeast Michigan, where he became a rabid fan of Detroit and University of Michigan sports. After graduating from Northville High School, he attended Hillsdale College where fell in love with sports journalism. He became an editor of the school newspaper and worked as a play-by-play broadcaster, covering every possible sport for the College. After graduating with a degree in history and journalism, he was hired as the Colby Sports Director where he is the voice of Eagles on the Air and co-hosts the Morning Blitz. Outside of work, Christian lives and breathes Detroit sports, as well as those from U of M and his alma mater. He enjoys working out, playing pickup basketball and golf, and gaming with friends.