KMCH Radio announces two additions to its on-air crew – mix 94.7 KMCH

KMCH Radio announces two additions to its on-air crew – mix 94.7 KMCH

Coloff Media Station, Mix 94.7 KMCH, is adding two full-time team members to their on-air lineup.

Justin Roberts has been selected as the new host of the KMCH Morning Show and farm manager and John Swisher will join KMCH full time after working part-time at the company for many years. Swisher will continue as a sports director and theater broadcaster, with a part-time marketing consultant and video editor added to his duties.

Sarah Meyer, station manager, says Justin and John are both a voice and a face you may be familiar with from KMCH. Justin served as host last summer for the “Meet the Champions” entertainment show, which features local video interviews with 4-H and FFA members at the Buchanan, Delaware, and Jones and Lane county fairs. Justin also kept you company on air on Saturday mornings and while filling several shifts, including the KMCH Morning Show, and was a face at many community events around the area. John Swisher has been the voice and face of KMCH Sports for 13 years. During his career, he has received several prestigious awards, including the Iowa Broadcast News Association Award for Excellence in Local Sports Coverage, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Sports Media Award, and the recipient of the IGHSAU School Sportsmanship Award for West Delaware volleyball in the state championship.

Mayer says they were excited to announce it live on KMCH Friday morning.

Justin Roberts grew up near Fayette in northeastern Iowa on a family dairy farm. When he got old enough to start thinking about a job away from the farm, he was bitten by a broadcast bug and the rest became history. He began his on-air career working part-time at AM 950 KOEL in Oelwein in 1999 and was hosting the morning show on KOEL as a high school student on the morning of September 11, 2001. Justin brings many years of experience in weather forecasting and broadcasts the morning news on CBS2 in Cedar Rapids , is behind the microphone at News Radio 600 WMT and you may have heard him host ‘Bumper Brigade’ at the University of Iowa Hawkeyes before every Iowa football game on the Hawkeye Radio Network. A fan of the Iowa Hawks and the St. Louis Cardinals, he is a fourth-class Columbus jockey, and an accomplished pianist and organist. As a child, Justin wanted to be a music teacher, airline pilot, or game show host if broadcasts didn’t work.

After working at the station part-time since 2020, Justin says he’s excited to join the full-time cast of Turning Radio.

Meanwhile, John Swisher began his sports advertising career as a general announcer for Track and Field magazine in 1997 when he was just an eighth grader at Anamosa. John continued to advertise for various events from Little League Baseball, High School Baseball, Softball, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track and field throughout high school and has continued to do PA work for the past 20 years for middle school and high school sports. Events in Anamosa, Maquoketa Valley, West Delaware, Monticello, North Linn, and Ed-Co. He also served as the PA man for the National Volleyball Championships in Cedar Rapids and the IBCA All-Star Basketball Games in Grimes. Swisher started on radio in December 2003 with WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids. He has also played independently for several small radio stations in Iowa, along with Cedar Rapids Titans Indoor Football League, Mount Mercy University for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball, and since 2010 with Learfield Sports and Iowa Hawkeye Radio Network.

After working mostly part-time at the station since 2009, he is looking forward to further involvement with KMCH.

Justin and John will join current KMCH on air, news director and midday host Janelle Tucker and Afternoon host and merchandising/production director Rob Edwards. Mayer says the employee experience will bring new opportunities within the communities the station serves in 2022.

Top image courtesy of Sarah Mayer/KMCH

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