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Meet the On-Air Staff

Don Hansen is a native of Shenandoah and some would say he's a native of May Broadcasting! Originally joining the staff while still in high school in 1971 as an evening announcer, Don has spent most of his adult life at May Broadcasting.

Following graduation and Shenandoah High School, (he and Ed May Jr. were in the same class!) he attended Radio Engineering Institute in Omaha, Nebraska to learn more about the broadcast business. He continued as the nighttime announcer until 1976 when he was promoted to Music Director and Announcer.

Don has held several positions within the company including Promotions Director, Programming Director and his current position as Station Operations Manager where he handles all duties of day-to-day KMA operations.

Don is the father of two sons, Beau and Alex. Don and his wife, Sandy (General Sales Manager for May Broadcasting) live in Shenandoah along with their four dogs.

Dean Adkins was born and raised on a farm in Council Bluffs, IA. Of seven children, Dean graduated from Lewis Central High School where he enjoyed participating in music and sports. Dean received his Communications degree from Iowa State University in 1986. He currently serves as KMA's Ag Services Director and lives in Shenandoah where he loves spending time with his wife, Kris, and beautiful daughters; Mikayla, Claire and Sophia.

Mike Peterson has been a news anchor/reporter at KMA since February, 2000. A Fremont, Nebraska native, Peterson graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1986, then returned to the midwest, where he landed his first radio job at KILR in Estherville in 1987. He then joined KSIB in Creston in 1989, and served as news director there for 10 1/2 years before coming to KMA.

During his career, Mike has won several awards in the Iowa Associated Press, Iowa Broadcast News Association and Northwest Broadcast News Association contests. On April 30th, 2011, Mike became the IBNA's 40th recipient of the prestigious Jack Shelley Award. The IBNA's highest honor, the award is given annually to a person who has made "an outstanding contribution to the cause of professional broadcast journalism in Iowa."

Mike's wife Mary is a special education instructor at Shenandoah High School. They have two daughters--Abby and Anna. Off the air, Mike has appeared in several Southwest Iowa Theatre Group and Clarinda Community Theatre productions.

Derek Martin has worked with KMA Sports since September of 2008 and currently serves as KMA's Manager of Sports Operations. Derek started his broadcasting career in high school when he worked part-time at KDSN Radio in his hometown of Denison. After graduating and receiving a degree in communications at the University of Iowa; he once again worked at KDSN Radio as Assistant Sports Director and an Account Executive. After spending a year at KDSN he moved on to KWMT in Fort Dodge and worked in both news and sports calling baseball and softball for the Gaels of Fort Dodge, St. Edmond. Six months later Derek came to KMA to get back to his passion of sports broadcasting. In the past, Derek has worked and written for the Huskers Illustrated website as well as Iowa Preps.

When he's not out broadcasting games Derek enjoys sports, sports, and more sports and spending time with his wife, Morgan, and sons Turner, Hudson and Duncan....while watching sports. He ranks his favorite teams in order as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Kansas City Royals, and the Dallas Cowboys - a combination of longtime suffering and sweet championship bliss. If sports aren't on his television then you'll probably see The Office, WWE Monday Night Raw, or Real World/Road Rules Challenges.

Ryan Matheny joined KMA full-time in June 2015 after serving as an intern/sports color man for two years.  Ryan currently works as KMA's Multimedia Content Manager.  He is in charge of kmaland.com and serves as a news reporter/anchor, as well as co-host of KMA's Friday Night football coverage.

A Shenandoah native, Ryan graduated from Shenandoah High School in 2011 and attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he received a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting with a Communications Minor.  Previously, Ryan served as the General Manager for UNO’s MavRadio where he was also the voice of Maverick Hockey and Baseball.

In his free time, Ryan spends most of his time watching sports, mostly baseball.  His favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Lakers and, of course, the Nebraska Cornhuskers!  Ryan also serves as an assistant baseball coach for the Shenandoah High School team.

Ryan currently lives in Shenandoah with his fiance Kelli and cat Nala.

Brent Barnett initially became a part of KMA in the summer of 2014 as an intern in the news department. Brent joined KMA full-time in May of 2015 as a News Anchor/Reporter and as a producer, but he will tell you that he considers himself a “utility” player.

A Burlington Junction native, Brent graduated from West Nodaway High School in 2011 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Media at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Previously, Brent served as a station manager at KXCV-KRNW public radio on the Northwest Missouri State campus. He was also the football sideline reporter for the Bearcat Radio Network as well as the play-by-play voice for various Northwest athletics for KZLX radio.

In his spare time, Brent spends a lot of time hunting and fishing. He’s also an avid baseball fan of the Kansas City Royals. Brent is also a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (Once a Bearcat, Always a Bearcat).

Brent currently lives in Shenandoah with his wife Regan.

 



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