Local Broadcasting Veteran to Retire
After 31 years working devotedly as a Vice President and General Manager at KFMO/B104 Radio stations, Larry Joseph, a resident of Desloge is set to retire on September 27th, 2018.
Larry Joseph, 65, joined MKS Broadcasting in February 1987 after beginning his broadcasting career in 1973 in Phoenix, AZ. During his time at MKS Broadcasting, he was very involved in the Missouri Broadcasters Association, serving in many capacities, including, Chairman of the Board. He was awarded the Distinguished Broadcaster Award by the Missouri Broadcasters Association in 2009. He has served as a Director on many local Chamber of Commerce Boards through the years, such as Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bonne Terre Chamber, and Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce and has served as President of the Board on Bonne Terre and Park Hills-Leadington. Currently, he is a member of the St. Francois County Rotary Club joining in 1989.
Joseph and the entire radio station staff are believers in giving back to the community and through the years have made contributions, hosted fundraisers, and given to local charitable organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Association, Camp Hope, Pet Adoption, and many more.
“I will miss all of the great broadcasters that I have gotten to know. Not just in Missouri but nationally. And also my current and past employees of the radio stations who were and are a part of making KFMO and B104 what it is today. Also, I can’t forget all the many businesses over the years who believed in allowing us to market their products. I am honored that the St. Louis Cardinals will honor me on Saturday, September 15th by throwing out my retirement pitch. In the future, I plan on staying active in our communities and enjoy time with my grandkids and family. And of course…ride the rails!”
A farewell event is to be announced.
Chelley Odle will serve as General Manager upon Joseph’s retirement. Odle has been with MKS Broadcasting as General Sales Manager for the past 20 months. Odle has 19 years sales and marketing experience with nine of those years in broadcast media. Odle is also very involved in the community. Currently, she is serving as Second Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the Park Hills- Leadington Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for the Park Hills Downtown Association. She is a past board member of ten years of the Desloge Chamber of Commerce.
“I am thrilled about what the future holds for our radio stations. Larry has been a staple in our community with much success. I want to continue that success with new, fresh, and innovative ideas that benefit our listeners and advertisers. There is so much potential for growth for our stations. This company is blessed with an amazing staff of people who love what they do and are excited to charge forward to be the best we can be for our listeners, our advertisers, and our communities.”
Chuck Odle will assume the General Sales Manager position. Chuck is no stranger to broadcast media as he has 23 years’ experience with the Shepard Group and Digity Media. A resident of Desloge, he has been involved with several local Chambers of Commerce including serving on the Board of Directors and past President of Desloge and Park Hill’s- Leadington.
“I am excited about being back in radio. Radio and advertising has been my passion for over 20 years and I look forward to being able to work with business owners and community leaders again, helping them grow their business and getting involved in the communities we serve.”
About MKS Broadcasting
Established in 1947 by Oscar Hersch, KFMO was the first radio station in St. Francois County. KFMO was purchased by M. L. Steinmetz and MKS Broadcasting in 1992. B104 was purchased the following year and combined with KFMO to form MKS Broadcasting. KFMO is a News/Talk format and B104 is a Classic Rock music format. MKS Broadcasting is committed to providing the best in local news, sports and weather to the Parkland. You can learn more by visiting www.b104fm.com and www.kfmo.com and www.kfmosports.com