Born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, Ken hosted his first public radio air shift as a jazz host in September of 1988, leading to a lifetime love of public radio. As program director, Ken oversees the programming and operations in Garden City and Amarillo, joining HPPR in May of 2020 after previously acting as Assistant PD/Operations Manager/On-Air Fundraising Producer at St. Louis Public Radio until 2000. In between, he co-designed a software system now used by NPR and over 100 member stations nationwide, consulted on recording studio design and acoustics, and engineered and produced a variety of musical and experimental recordings. Ken was attracted to the blend of music and news programming at HPPR and Connect, and as a musician, to the vibrant arts communities in the High Plains region. When he’s not listening to or thinking about radio, he’s spending time with the family, playing bluegrass music or recording local musicians.