Bob Scott's radio voice is one of the most recognized voices in the area. It should be. He has been on the air for more than 40 years now. You have also probably heard his voice on TV commercials but his passion has always been radio.
Bob got his drivers license and first class radio engineering license the same summer he turned 16. He also began what turned out to be a successful radio career.
"I really planned on being a lawyer but I got hooked on radio," he said.
Scott has just about done it all.
"I've been a disc-jockey (we actually played records), sportscaster and newsman."
He started the legendary "Nitewatch" rock and roll program which ruled the area airwaves thru the 70's.
"The station only received CBS singles back then so I took my own album collection in. We were playing the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, and Moody Blues on 100,000 watt KSGM FM before the St. Louis stations."
Scott has many sports broadcasting memories.
"If you asked folks around here to name the first sports program at Valle to win a state championship you would probably hear them say football...and that's understandable considering the success the school has had in football. And almost everyone remembers the year Valle and Ste. Genevieve public both won state football titles. But the correct answer is volleyball and that same year both Valle and Ste. Gen won state volleyball titles."
"Art Schwent called the Valle game at 6:00 and I was in Kansas City to broadcast the Ste. Gen HeadHunters game at 8:00. It was quite a night."
Scott says he has lost track of how many high school volleyball, basketball and football games he has broadcast thru the years.
"When I started it was two-hit volleyball and there was no three-point shot in basketball."
As a newsman he has covered all the major local events through the last four decades.
"The flood of 93 tops the list and there was an ice storm that paralyzed the area for weeks. But I'll never forget describing the approach of a tornado that nearly hit the Chester Bridge. I was in our Chester studios on the third floor of the bank building. I could see the funnel from our windows. When the tornado roared into Chester it took most of the roof off the Randolph County courthouse and slammed it against my building. It was scary. Moments later we lost power. When I ventured out into the street it looked like a war zone. For years I had people walk up to me and thank me for that broadcast. They told me they heard my call to move to a place of safety and it may have saved their life."
Scott handles program director duties at both KSGM and KBDZ and is the station's sales manager.
"It's small market so we wear a lot of hats but that's also what makes it so interesting."
Bob was instrumental in booking the "Charlie Daniels" band as a station promotion at the Perry Park Center in 2000.
Scott says he looks forward to new challenges too.
"Radio and the internet are merging. We want to be one of the innovative companies that leads the way."
"It's exciting because I have talented people all around me to work with."
Brian "Gritty" Snider grew up in Chester listening to KSGM and has now worked for Donze Communications since 1987.
A 1987 graduate of Chester High School, Snider began working for KSGM in September 1987 while studying radio at Broadcast Center in St. Louis. Following his graduation in February 1989, he has been with Donze Communications ever since. From 1989 to 1993, Snider was the nighttime DJ on KSGM AM 980 and served as the station's music director.
He served at the radio Voice of the Yellow Jackets since 1988 until January 2017. But health issues and a change in jobs at Donze Communications led to him leaving the sports booth
"When I first started at KSGM, I was able to work as the nighttime DJ and then also cover the Yellow Jackets," said Snider. "Talk about the best of both worlds. But the Flood of 1993 changed all of that in a heartbeat. I was still able to broadcast the Yellow Jacket games on KBDZ at that time but since KSGM was off the air because of the flooding to the old transmitter site, my dream of being a DJ in my hometown quickly came to a screeching halt."
In November 2016, KSGM changed formats from Mainstream Country to Classic Country and Gritty moved to the host of the Morning Honky Tonk.
"I beyond excited when I was offered the chance to DJ again," said Gritty. "It had been more than 23 years since I played the music on air. But because of health issues, I couldn't do both anymore thanks to the hours. I figured I had traveled all over Southern Illinois chasing the Yellow Jackets for 29 years and it was time to do something else. This (being a DJ) was one of the main reasons I got into the radio business in the first place. I didn't know this opportunity would ever come along again in my life. It did, I made the change and I'm having the time of the my life doing the morning show."
Along with the move to mornings, Snider was also named the Imaging Director for both Classic Country 980 and Classic Rock 93.1 KBDZ.
"Its so much fun to be creative with this," said Snider. "I'm responsible for writing and producing all of the legal IDs, sweeps and drops that you hear between songs on both stations. When I get an idea for something, I have the automatic green light to run with it and produce it. I'm living a dream right now with the morning show and imaging. If this is a dream, don't wake me up. LOL."
In his spare time, Gritty enjoys listening to music, reading autobiographies, hanging out with his friends in Second Life and spending time with his adopted cat "Queenie."
Bryan "Mr. Electricity" Lorenz came to Donze Communications in 2000. He is sometimes called Mr. Electricity due to his affiliation with Citizens Electric.
His primary duties with KSGM is radio producer for Sunday morning church services and executive producer of the station's Friday night high school football broadcasts.
Bryan has lived in Perryville, MO his whole life. He is a 1995 graduate of St. Vincent High School and a 2000 graduate of Southeast MO State.
A way from work he is a true sports fan. Enjoys playing baseball, softball, golf, Cardinals baseball, Fighting Irish football and BBQ'S, Thanksgiving and the BFL, and family gatherings.
Don Pritchard has been handling the morning news and sports duties at Classic Country AM 980 KSGM since 1993.
Before joining KSGM, he was part of the morning news team at KZIM in Cape Girardeau, hosted a talk show at KAPE in Cape Girardeau, was the morning news anchor at KKJO in St. Joseph, Missouri and began his Missouri broadcast career at KCHI in Chillicothe.
During his eight years in the military he was heard on stations at Leavenworth, Kansas; throughout Italy and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He was also heard on WLNA in Peekskill, New York where he worked afternoons and weekends on the suburban New York City station.
Kaylee Emmendorfer has been working with the station since August of 2013. She is trying to act like a sponge and absorb as much information as she can, as she has dreams of becoming a radio DJ and possibly a news anchor.
She currently the host of "Kaylee's Uncorked" which is heard on Classic Rock 93.1 FM.
Kaylee is a 2008 graduate of Perryville High School. She is the daughter of Julie Hayden and Kevin Emmendorfer.
She has lived in Perryville for her entire life and says she can’t wait to travel and see where it takes her!
Lezlie (Lundy) Meyer is a 2007 graduate of Perryville High School in Perryville, MO.
While attending high school at PHS, Lezlie was a member of the student council, Class President her freshmen year, Secretary of her class her Senior year, and was a member of the Lady Pirate volleyball team. She was also crowned Homecoming Queen in the fall of 2006 which was the beginning of her senior year.
With her high school years behind her, Lezlie attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for two years but recently moved back home to Perryville to finish her degree at Southeast Missouri State University studying in Corporate Communications.
At Donze Communications, You might hear Lezlie reading area birth announcements during a newscast or hear her voice during commercials for area businesses.
MORGAN IN THE MORNING has always been a morning person so this job is perfect for him.
In fact, he credits it with keeping his marriage together for 26 years.
His wife says if he was at the breakfast table everyday she’d been out of there long ago. His daughters will second that. The boy does like to talk!
He started waking people up on the radio years ago when he realized that he didn’t have to sweat.
And now ‘Morgan in the Morning’ enjoys misbehaving with his listeners on a daily basis. “The free coffee and internet ain’t bad either”, he says.