Greg Jensen's Bio:
Being a resident and Business owner in Freeborn County all of my life, I take great pride in this community's potential and am always in search of ways to help it grow, stand apart and prosper.
I grew to love the radio business being a part owner of 1450 AM, 94.9FM and 102.7FM a few years back. Then, my partners and I were approached by Three Eagles out of Lincoln Nebraska and sold these stations to them. Not only was I sick about selling out of a business that I grew to love, but realized what a disservice I had done to my community by helping the extinction of locally owned radio stations and adding to the growth of corporate radio. I quickly went to work on Cumulus Broadcasting to purchase the Freeborn/Mower County territory of POWER 96. After four years I finally succeeded in bringing back a locally owned radio station to Freeborn and Mower Counties of December 2001.
We have worked hard to make P96 truly a locally focused, full-service radio station for our community. We are commited to an honest business here to serve the community, entertain the listener and bring them valuable information in a timely manner.
Several years later we acquired KQAQ, AM 970. Classic Country Legends and have not looked back. The response to the KQAQ format of True Classic Country has been overwhelming. We maintain the same focus on both of these Radio Stations where local and the listeners are #1.
Nothing makes me prouder than hearing how much the people of the community love POWER 96 and KQAQ finding out that business prospers from promoting their product or service on these stations. It makes me feel like my hard work, efforts and investment were all worth while.
Anna Rahn's Bio:
I've lived in Albert Lea all of my life and love it here! I'm very proud to be part of HOMETOWN BROADCASTING.....the Only LOCALLY OWNED media in the area, that operates two CLASSIC Radio Stations. KQPR-FM Power 96 Classic Rock, and KQAQ 970AM Classic Country. With the best darn music in Southern MN and Northern Iowa! We also own & operate the Austin Home & Vacation Show that takes place every Spring.
Locally Owned & Managed Radio Stations are nearly extinct....so Freeborn, Mower and surrounding Counties are VERY lucky to have their own Locally Owned Radio Stations right here! Locally Owned....truly caring about the Success of Local Business, and the Communities we live in.
I believe everyone should take every opportunity to LIVE, LAUGH and HAVE FUN! And because we make that our #1 priority,
our Stations are INFECTIOUS, and Our Listener Base on both stations Grows Daily! Giving Advertisers a Great Return on their Investment with Us!
Our Stations are very Interactive with our Audience. Daily Contests & Giveaways, Fun Promotions, along with the most immediate local News, Sports, Weather, Farm Markets, and Public Service information to serve and benefit the people of our community.
Just Remember, if you're a ROCKER we don't care what your favorite position is...as long as it has a 9 and a 6 in it! And if you're one of many True CLASSIC COUNTRY LOVERS......you're welcome! I'm told on a Daily Basis, that we nailed it! Giving people something they can't get on any other dial in the area!
Ron Hunter's Bio:
Life as we know it continues to change and Ron doesn\'t miss a trick. The Ron Hunter Showgram is the brainchild of a demented mind that grew up in large market radio and Ron has been chasing down that dream ever since. Working in video and radio since high school, Ron has been fine tuning his skills as an effective communicator and psychopath in radio for many years.
Ron\'s last stint was at an Alabama cluster !)*%*~ that included many different formats including AC, Country, Talk, Urban and Top 40 as well as the Alabama Radio Network that broadcast news and sports to 90 stations across the state. Ron was an established Talk Show Host, however the pull to get back to the Midwest and people with teeth that dated outside their own family was too much for him. Ron left \"Market 57\" and brought his talents, hobbies and twisted mind with him to Power 96. In addition to pulling the evening drive air from 2 to 6 PM, Ron is the Program Director of the station.
In his copious amounts of free time, Ron enjoys upsetting P.E.T.A., after all; we didn\'t get to the top of the food chain by a fluke. Ron also enjoys going out and hanging with listeners of the Showgram, as well as doin a little bit of Karoake and goin fishin with the guys. Eventually Ron would like to make enough cash to stop the bad habit of dumpster dining and serving up nutritious dishes at his own road-kill cafe.
That\'s it for me, This Monkey is Outta here! You should be too! Get back to work!
You can follow me on Twitter @RonHunterRadio and you can search me on Facebook as well!
Jay Paul's Bio:
I can’t believe I’m “old school” now. I’ve always been the up and coming guy that made everyone keep their skills up. On May 1st, 2013 I’ll have been at Power 96 for 10 years and in the radio business for 31 years! I turn 50 just before that on April 26th!! That can’t be right. I still feel like I’m about 35.
It’s been a great decade here at Power 96. I’ve married a local beauty, Kristi Swalve, and we have two little girls together, Ferran turned 2 in October and Paisley turns 1 in March. I also have a 22 year old daughter, Kayli, from my first marriage and a 14 year step-son, Ian, from Kristi’s first marriage.
We also run an Alpaca ranch between Albert Lea and Austin. Actually we have a zoo with 15 alpacas, 1 llama, 8 barn cats, 3 dogs, 3 turtles and a talking African Parrot.
April Habana's Bio:
A.K.A. Auction Queen
I was born in California and moved to Albert Lea when I was 4. I currently live in the big town of Hayward with my husband Troy and 2 wonderful children. Kadie-20 loves college, dance and music. Kasey-16 enjoys school but is very active and really enjoys sports. I enjoy camping, reading, spending time outdoors, and pretty much just having a good time.
Tammy Swenson's Bio:
I have lived in Southern MN. all my life. I live in Albert Lea with my husband Darryl. We have 2 wonderful boys, Blaine and Jake. I've been in the radio business since April 1990. I love music, Summertime, Boating, Skiing, Swimming, Golfing, Walking, Reading, watching the Vikes & spending time with family and friends.
Kathy Stuart's Bio:
Hometown Broadcasting is a fast paced & very interesting place to work. Not only do I get to work with some of the funniest people (Jay, Ron, Steph) but where else can you work and listen and sing to great Classic rock and Classic Country Music?? I was born here in Albert Lea, moved to Las Vegas & then Nebraska & finally came back home where I belong. I have 2 beautiful children, Justin & Kaitlynand also granddaughter Karsyn whom I Love VERY much! Have a great day everyone. Kathy
Steph Helleksen's Bio:
Steph Helleksen lives for radio! And his wife Adele! In radio over 28 years(Including college) He’s been on air(LateNight, Nights, Mid Days & Morning shows-On Air) In programing, sales and as a computer technician. He lives in Albert Lea with his lovely wife Adele, son A.C. and daughter Adele (Pronounced Ah-Day Lah) in a modest home with running water. Steph feels there is no better medium than radio. He says it is in everyone live’s almost daily and Hometown Broadcasting is like a family member to the community's it serves. He love’s to play mind games on his young son and daughter including everyone named Adele, he also plans on never going back to jail for cow graffiti (spray painting cows "GOT MILK?") enjoy’s music of all kinds, and is a computer trouble GEEEEKK. He say’s being in this business has changed a lot in the last 28 plus years but Hometown Broadcasting is almost like old school radio (being locally owned). He say’s working for Hometown Broadcasting is by far one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done in his life.
KQAQ and KQPR are the BEST!
Sindi Fulton's Bio:
I grew up and graduated from Alden-Conger High School, am the youngest and favorite of six children and a proud Aunt to 36 nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews…apparently my family took the verse from the bible “Be fruitful and multiply” a little too seriously.
I believe in radio and Hometown Broadcasting has the two best stations for any music lover to enjoy…Power 96 Classic Rock and KQAQ Classic Country.
I go above and beyond when it comes to helping my clients and working with them to provide a marketing plan that will provide them with success and would love to work with you. Here’s my number 373-9600…so call me maybe!
Donald Throlson's Bio:
I Can’t Sing or Play Guitar but Do a Little of Both. I Have Had a Love of Music My Entire Life and after Managing Restaurants for Most of My Career, I Can’t Believe I’m Now Working at Two Stations That Play My Favorites: Classic Rock and Classic Country Legends!
Jerry Viktora's Bio:
Born & raised on a farm in southern Minnesota. Graduating in 1979 out of Albert Lea. Listening to the Hair Bands while sitting on tractors & doing chores. So, working in Radio has been a perfect fit for me. I have worked in Sales the last twenty plus years & enjoyed every moment. Meeting so many great people & the challenges that go with it has been truly exciting and am Looking forward to many more.
I've Been married now for thirty plus years to my wife Shelley. We have two daughters, Jessica, who is married to Brent our new son-in-law. And Sarah our youngest daughter who has blessed us with our two year old Grand-Daughter Alexa. We live south of Ellendale, MN on a forty acre hobby farm. I am also a Supervisor to a Federal Credit Union & Trustee to our church. Enjoy the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing, wild life watching & even a hot cup of coffee to relax once in a while!
Hope to Hear you on the Radio.
Tom Fry's Bio:
If you knew a never married, childless man with two cats, you might be inclined to make some assumptions. But Tom Fry defies every stereotype. He’s a native Detroit rocker and sports fanatic hell bent on squeezing every last ounce of freedom out of adulthood. Tom graduated from Indiana University which explains his Hoosier basketball passion. When he’s not jamming on his Fender Telecaster he’s planted in front of a flat screen watching the Lions, Tigers or Pistons. You might enjoy hanging out with Tom and now you can, late nights on the station. Just leave a few cold ones in his fridge before you go.
Tony Scott's Bio:
Whoever your favorite rock star is you can bet that Tony Scott has interviewed them, met them or done both. Those are some of the perks of a lifetime in rock and roll for a guy who makes being a DJ sound effortless. When Tony isn’t working the phones on the air or giving away a ridiculously huge grand prize, you’ll often find him at the concert by the artist that he played earlier that day. Tony’s passions include raising champion Golden Retrievers. He's also an admitted Broncomaniac who continues to put his doctorate in mixology to good use at tailgate parties. When it's time to unwind Tony heads for the slopes where he still believes he missed his calling as an Olympic downhill skier...oh well...we all still dream of what might have been !!
Tom Collins's Bio:
Robbie Knight's Bio:
I'm a lifetime NRA member and I donate to Greenpeace. The way I grew up, that's not contradictory. Dad was a game warden. I was an avid backpacker and mountain biker for years, but I'm a SPAZ and I've got lots of injuries so now I car camp. I take care of myself and I enjoy Chinese exercises like Qigong (Taekwondo got me hurt, Ju Jitzu hurt even more). I hate jam bands (except for the old school ones). Allman Brothers, “yes”, String Cheese, “no”. My Mom raised me on classical music (mostly the Germans) and she knew everything about the great composers, so I got hooked on reading rock trivia. Rock and roll saves teen lives, it sure did that for me.
Lu Valentino's Bio:
When Lu Valentino isn’t making new fans on the radio, chances are she is pampering her two tiny Yorkshire Terriers, LuVee and Cherish. She’d be a crazy cat lady too, if she weren’t allergic. When you meet Lu you’ll realize she’s a hot, tough East Coast chick (mob wife, not The Ramones). Because she’s lonely and single, Lu spends inordinate amounts of time on social networks (The Lu Valentino Show on Facebook and @LuValentino on Twitter). Her extensive background in comedy and improv has helped her make some famous friends and enemies. It’s just one of the things that makes her something totally different in the evening. Check out What a Mouth every Friday night too, as Lu is joined by comedienne Jill Bryan (who just happens to be Jimmy Kimmel’s sister). Get to know Lu on Facebook at “The Lu Valentino Show” and on Twitter: @LuValentino.
McKenzie Rae's Bio:
McKenzie is easy to hang out with, which helps explain how she’s met legends like Ozzy, Dio, George Thorogood, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Kip Winger, Heart, Tommy Shaw and even Mr. T...You can catch McKenzie during the midday. She looks forward to the music and taking your calls. Don’t let the hot ‘girl next door’ look fool ya, she’s really a mouse that roars! [Just ask anyone at the radio station!] She looks forward to a Mt. Dew every morning and donuts on Fridays. After entertaining on air, she's off to spend the rest of the day with the love of her life, her daughter Samantha and all of her exotic critters. If she has any spare time left, she’s out spending money and looking for her new Mr. Right.