Dan is an award-winning saxophone player originally from Kansas. He has performed jazz, Latin jazz, salsa/merengue and R&B music throughout the Midwest in a variety of groups and venues. He studied at the University of Kansas and has degrees in Liberal Arts and Accounting. Dan also has a background in Kansas college radio at both 88.1 KBCU and 90.7 KJHK and has spun salsa music for many of Salsa Central Denver’s events in years past. Besides spending time with family and friends, in his spare time Dan is an avid movie buff and enjoys rooting for his beloved Kansas Jayhawks and Colorado Rockies. Join Dan and other local jazz enthusiasts for monthly ‘Meet Up’ events to explore new venues supporting live, local artists right in your own Colorado Springs backyard!
As a Colorado Springs native, Audrey grew up listening to Classical KCME. Through our relationship with The Bee Vradenberg Foundation, Audrey became an intern with Classical KCME and now hosts a couple of weekend hours on Jazz 93.5 FM. She is an active musician, a classical and jazz pianist, and singer-songwriter.
Tony Exum Jr.
Tony Exum Jr hails from Colorado Springs but was raised in Germany, Biloxi, Mississippi, New Orleans and Phoenix due to his military upbringing. Exum is a national recording artist who began the saxophone at the age of 11. Influenced by the likes of Grover Washington, Jr., Sanborn, Najee, Bird, Dexter Gordon among others, Exum began his professional career at 18 while attending Denver University’s Lamont School of Music. Performing nationwide since 2010, Exum has two award winning CDs and two singles under his belt. Radio began for Exum with occasional co-hosting on Denver’s KDKOradio.com, and KUHS radio jazz shows. Exum now hosts two shows on Jazz 93.5 FM in the “smooth/contemporary” jazz vein; Lagniappe 7pm Mon-Fri and The New Generation of Smooth Jazz, 6 PM Fridays and 1PM Sundays.
David is originally from Virginia, but lived in New York for many years before moving to Colorado. He studied theater at North Carolina School of the Arts and Circle in the Square. While in New York he worked for ABC Radio and The Wall Street Journal Radio Network. He is active in the Colorado theater scene as an actor and singer and is married to local actress Lynne Hastings. They have two children.
Jana Lee Ross, Program Director
Jana Lee, though not a native of Colorado Springs, is a member of one of its largest subcultures—a military brat. “My dad retired here and, after a lot of individual milling about, the whole family has ended up back in the Springs. I guess we all decided it was a pretty nice place to live.” Most of Jana’s “milling about” took place in Boulder, Colorado, where she pursued higher education at the University of Colorado and worked as a church musician, actress, secretary, editor, waitress and cleaning lady, among a lot of other odd jobs; she considers herself to be truly a jack-of-all-trades. After brief (very brief) sojourns to New York and California, Jana settled back in Colorado Springs. In addition to spending time with her large and raucous family, Jana teaches piano and voice and performs regularly as a professional jazz musician.
Gary Sanders was last on the air as production manager at Jazz 88.3, WBGO in metro New York. He returns to jazz radio after a 20 year absence, during which he played bass around the world, living in upstate New York, Florida, Mexico, and Bulgaria, among other places. He has finally come to rest (for the moment at least) in southern Colorado.
Keith Simon, Traffic Director
Keith Simon, a native of Southeast Texas, moved to Colorado Springs with his wife, Melissa, in 1997. A graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor’s Degree is Mass Communication, Keith landed his first radio job in 1984 and has been hooked on broadcasting ever since. When not working on an endless list of projects around his home, Keith’s interests include amateur and shortwave radio, classic movies, and collectible cars. Keith arrived at KCME in 2007 and, aside from serving as Program Director, Traffic Manager and host/producer of the Culture Zone, now enjoys hosting classical music on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, plus the occasional stint on Jazz 93.5.
Mike Van Arsdale, Chief Announcer
Mike Van Arsdale is a native of northeast Ohio. He attended the University of Akron in Akron, OH where he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance and attained his Master of Music Education. In 2011, Mike and his family headed west to Colorado Springs to join the acclaimed Air Force Academy Band as a saxophonist. He retired from the Air Force in November of 2017 and excited to embark on his latest journey as host on Jazz 93.5 and as a member of Colorado Springs’ newest and hottest big band, the Colorado Springs Dream Band!
Teresa ‘Terri’ Cain
Terri was born a military brat in southern California, lived all over and ended up in Colorado Springs in 1989 after a vacationing here in 1988! She loves spending time with her family (granddaughters, kids, parents, siblings and their families) and friends, helping people see just how amazing they are, singing harmony, photographing nature and other things, witnessing new and majestic things and places, great coffee and uplifting music!
John hails from west-central Ohio, where he was placed into formal classical piano training at the age of four as a constructive diversion from playing video games. He studied Communication at the University of Cincinnati, and also enjoyed coursework in the College-Conservatory of Music’s Electronic Media Department there. John started his radio career in 2005 at a small non-profit station near Kansas City, Missouri. Since then, he has worn many “hats” in radio – recording, production, development, hosting, pledge drives, and now underwriting sales for KCME and Jazz 93.5 FM. John lives in Colorado Springs with his wonderful wife and three young children, and when he’s not working he can be found in the rivers and lakes of Colorado practicing his fly fishing, or composing music to accompany contemporary dance productions. John also serves as a host on Jazz 93.5 FM.
Brenda Bratton, Business Manager
Brenda Bratton is a thirty-seven year resident of Colorado Springs. A Liberal Arts major in college she is also an experienced administrative manager who uses her experience to help further the cause of classical music and the arts community. She has worked for Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc. since 2008. Preferring to stay in the background, she may not be known to you, but rest assured that she is working diligently behind the scenes to help foster this valuable community resource.
Phyllis Heim, Director of Development
Phyllis Heim moved to Colorado Springs from the Chicago-land area where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. A native of small-town rural Iowa, she spent several years working in state government before heading West, where she embarked on a career focusing on strategic marketing and helping non-profits invest in their constituents through data driven acquisition/retention and campaign intelligence. Phyllis and her family are pleased to be back in Springs after spending three years in the Milwaukee area, and despite leaving dear friends and colleagues behind, they are proud to once again call the Pikes Peak region ‘home.’
George Preston, General Manager
George Preston joined the staff of Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc, as the General Manager of Classical KCME in 2013 and is now thrilled to hold the title of General Manager for Jazz 93.5FM as well. Coming to us from WFMT in Chicago, he served as afternoon drive host and hosted/produced the internationally syndicated “Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.” Before moving to Chicago, George was at WNYC, New York City’s primary NPR affiliate, where he most recently served as Music Director, supervising the music staff and producing a wide array of live concert broadcasts, festivals, and specials. A native of West Virginia, George holds music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. He accidentally fell into a broadcast career some 29 years ago at WXCR, Safety Harbor, Florida, a commercial classical station serving the Tampa Bay market. He worked at WBUR in Boston for 11 years as a program host and producer, Music Director, and Assistant Program Director. A former singer and actor, George performed operatic roles including Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre work ranges from Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate to Orgon in Tartuffe.