2018 Show Information
Phil Shafer aka Sike Style, channels his creative energy in many ways. For 17 years, he has run his successful art business Sike Style Industries while working full-time as a designer for the Kansas Life Science Research Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His creative practice includes fine art paintings, 2D design on walls and print graphics. Recently, his love of street art and graffiti has lead him to community engaged projects as a muralist. Murals allow Shafer to transform bland or vandalized surfaces with colorful, positive and uplifting imagery that inspire pride in the nearby communities. Shafer has been awarded commissions from: Qdoba Restaurants , the Kansas City Art in the Loop foundation & the Kansas City Royals and is a featured artists in the 2016 Kansas City Collection. He earned his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2000 with a major in photography and new media.
Artist, Jennifer Janesko earned her BFA in fashion design and went on to create fashion illustrations in the commercial art world for several years. Her commercial work soon transitioned into a 20 year career in fine art. Her roots in fashion never left her and in 2011 she began creating jewelry designs, which became the foundation of JANESKO, LLC.
Janesko's fine art background allows her to apply the fundamentals of art to each design, focusing on balance, composition, color and texture. Her education in fashion design and styling provides her with the experience to transform an abstract concept into a wearable piece of art.
Janesko’s own aesthetic reflects an appreciation for minimal shapes that display unexpected details. Each design is created with the thought of accessories first, clothing second. Minimal in line but grand in gesture, Janesko accessories tell a story that immediately communicates the idea of classic lines, with an elevated sensibility.
The artist and designer continues to create in her home studio and travels the world to find inspiration.
Artist, Peregrine Honig has lived in Kansas City since she was 17 and is an artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. Honig appeared on season one of Bravo’s artist reality television show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which aired from June 9–August 11, 2010. At age 22, Honig was the youngest living artist to have work acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art.
In 1997, Honig started Fahrenheit Gallery, an artist-run space in Kansas City's industrial West Bottoms, where she showed artists with national and international reputations and inspired other young Kansas City artists to do the same. Honig is represented by Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri. She owns a lingerie and swimwear boutique, Birdies, which opened in 2003, and is located in the Crossroads. She currently lives and works out of the newly renovated Greenwood Social Hall - a private space dedicated to small public projects in Kansas City.
Ali Stephens q104
Ali; Happy Enthusiast, Kindness & Love Activist, Kitchen Master, Shop- a- holic, Tequila & Champagne Drinker, Mexican Food & Pizza Addict, Royals Chiefs and Mizzou Supporter, Country Music Devotee, Disney Nut, St. Jude Advocate, and America lover.
Ali was born on September 10th, 1985 in Sacramento, California. Family, friends, Andrew (hubby), and dog KC May mean the WORLD to her!
Ali is a proud country music fan, her favorite country artist is Kenny Chesney! Ali has spent over a decade in the radio broadcasting world working in both Top 40 and Country Music that has taken her through Sacramento California-KDND, Jacksonville Florida-WAPE, and Columbia Missouri-KCLR & KTXY.
You can reach Ali by emailing her anytime! Feel free to shoot her an email at Ali@Q104KC.COM
Catch Ali on the Midday show on Q104 from 10am-3pm.
Teresa Maxwell MIX 93.3
Mix 93.3 Morning Show’s Teresa Maxwell has been on the air since moving to Kansas City in 2000. She and her family live in Shawnee, KS.
Catch her on the Rocket and Teresa Morning Show, weekday mornings from 5am to 10 am on Mix 93.3.
MIKE WICKETT KMBZ
You can hear Mike Wickett middays from 10-2 on 98.1 FM KMBZ along with his partner, Jayme Monacelli. He spent 16 years doing sports talk in Milwaukee and Ann Arbor, before joining KMBZ in Kansas City in 2016. Mike loves sour candy, red wine and Game of Thrones but he hates cats and people who don't return their shopping carts. He recently married his wife, Leigh..and along with their dogs, "Rivers & Bowie", they love living in The River Market!
Jayme Monacelli KMBZ
Jayme Monacelli co-hosts Midday with Jayme and Wickett, alongside Mike Wickett, weekdays 10-2 on 98.1FM KMBZ. Jayme has been in Kansas City since 2007, except for 2014, when she road-tripped alone all over the country. Jayme is known for her love of Irish whiskey, travel, and country music, and her total contempt of musical theater and the city of St. Louis. Her worst fear is that her shoe will get stuck as she walks off an escalator. If you see her take a giant, awkward step off one, that’s why.
Leanne Lee, aka “The Diva of DIY” is a junk-lovin’, dumpster-diving, curb-shopping wife and mother of 3 boys. She owns a successful contracting business in Kansas City Missouri. Lee is anything but your typical blogger. She is a public-speaker, philanthropist, and a broadcast/media personality whose passion for transforming the world’s discarded items into cherished possessions is contagious. Her ability to open the eyes of an audience to the creative possibilities before them is inspiring. Add to that the fact that Leanne is generous in sharing not only her ideas, but the steps and tools needed to create them; well…that is what makes her unique!
Long before she was creating online buzz with her spunky style and passion for Upcycling, Leanne was turning homes into masterpieces. As one of the leading contractor’s in Kansas City, Leanne has built a reputation for “rekindling” spaces so her clients can “fall in love with their homes all over again“.
With the increased media exposure through TV and personal appearances, the appetite for Leanne’s creative designs has increased. The online world has provided the perfect vehicle for her to reach an audience beyond the confines of her hometown of Kansas City, and teach the skills that solidify her brand, the “Diva of DIY.”
Derek Donovan The Kansas City Star
Derek Donovan is The Kansas City Star's community engagement editor and a member of the editorial board. He came to The Star in 1995 working in the newsroom library, and became the public editor (a role previously called readers' representative) in 2004. He is the author of the book "Lest the Ages Forget: Kansas City's Liberty Memorial" and has a particular interest in the history of Kansas City and The Star. He lives in Weatherby Lake
KARLI RITTER AND ABBY EDEN FOX 4
Karli Ritter joined FOX 4 in March of 2007 and forecasts for FOX 4 News from 4:00-9:00 a.m.
Karli’s passion for weather started at a young age while she was growing up in central Florida.
Since moving to Kansas City, Karli has become involved with many charities around town including Heroes for Hospice, which she co-founded. She also earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in November 2007 from the American Meteorological Society. Karli also enjoys storm chasing but has scaled back now that she has a daughter to chase instead.
When she’s not in the FOX 4 Weather Center, Karli enjoys honing her new mom skills, traveling, cooking, fishing, yoga, running (three marathons and counting!), spending time on a boat and playing or watching any sport.
Abby Eden anchors the Fox 4 News Morning Show Monday through Friday from 4:30 until 9. Abby is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She’s had the news bug since she was a little girl, always watching the local and national news, studying the reporters and anchors.
Her first reporting job was in Tyler, Texas. She produced and anchored the weekend news in Tyler and reported for the evening newscasts in both Tyler and Longview. After three and a half years in Texas, Abby came back to the Midwest and to Fox 4. She started as a Multimedia Journalist working primarily in Lawrence, Kansas. Then she anchored the 10 p.m. news with Phil Witt for nearly six years. After getting married, Abby made the switch to the Morning show to spend more time with her new husband. Abby and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in May 2018.
Kerri Stowell and Michelle Bogowith Fox 4
Kerri Stowell is an Emmy-nominated Traffic Reporter/Producer, News Reporter at Fox 4 News. Kerri moved to Kansas City in August 2010. Since then, she’s reported live from breaking news and covered numerous community events. Before coming to WDAF-TV, Kerri was a Weekend Anchor at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska and worked as a reporter at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.
Kerri is a regular guest speaker at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Park University and Johnson County Community College. She also volunteers at local organizations, including St. Mary’s Hospital’s Butterfly Ball and Child Abuse Prevention Association’s Black & Orange Bash. The Pitch (alternative newspaper) named Kerri Kansas City’s 2nd Best Local TV News Personality in 2012.
Michelle has been fascinated with weather since she was a girl. She followed her dreams and headed to The University of Missouri to pursue a Meteorology degree. She graduated from the University as a double major with a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and Communications in 2008. And in December of 2011, she completed her master’s in meteorology.
Michelle’s career started at KOMU-TV 8 as a fill in weathercaster and moved up in the ranks to serve as the Evening Meteorologist in Columbia, Missouri. During this time, she was recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and won Best Weathercast in 2010 and 2012. In addition, Michelle won several reporting awards, including an Edward R. Murrow and a National SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award, for her hard work and efforts in Joplin, Missouri following the May 22nd tornado.
In September of 2012, Michelle joined Fox 4 as the Mid-Morning and Noon Meteorologist. You can catch Michelle at 9 am and Noon Monday through Friday, in addition to filling in for Mike, Karli, and Joe. Away from the green screen, Michelle enjoys watching sporting events/concerts with my husband Gary, volunteering in the community or running around town with her Doberman Dakota!
Kim Byrnes and Nick Vasos fox 4
Kim Byrnes anchors and reports the FOX 4 news at 9am and noon. Kim came to FOX 4 in 1997. She began her career here as a general assignment reporter before getting promoted to anchor.
In her spare time, which is rare, she loves to hang out with her three kids, shop, travel and fish. One of her proudest moments is reeling in a 25-pound king salmon in Alaska, which she showed off to fellow travelers at Kansas City International Airport upon landing. The baggage claim area has never quite smelled the same.
Kim loves Kansas City and plans to call it home for a long time to come.
Nick joined FOX 4 in 2002 as a General Assignment/Traffic Reporter. A thrill of a ride flying in SKYFOX covering breaking news and traffic conditions around the region for several years.
In 2011, Nick moved to the anchor desk, to FOX 4 News at 9 a.m. and our Noon broadcast.
Nick says, “If there is one constant in news, it’s change. No two days are the same, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Proud to call Kansas City home.
Mark Alford Fox 4
Mark Alford co-anchors FOX 4 News at 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. with Abby Eden.
Mark knew he wanted to be a news anchor when he was in FIFTH grade in Baytown, Texas.
His passion for news and entertainment was evident early on, exemplified by his love for his two TV heroes, Johnny Carson and Walter Cronkite.
As morning anchor for the Fox 4 Morning show since 1998, Mark has gotten to live out his dream, logging more than 20,000 hours on air!
He’s busy outside FOX 4 as well. Mark not only comes into Kansas City area homes through the television, he is also a realtor and owns a custom clothing company.
In his spare time Mark enjoys riding Harley Davidson motorcycles with his wife, Leslie, and vacationing with his children.
Kelly & Mackenzie - 94.9 KCMO
Mackenzie is thrilled to be reunited (and it feels so good!) with Kelly Urich. A KC girl born and raised, Mackenzie got her first big break as a singing cocktail waitress. From there, she went on to radio where she met her match in Kelly. Together, they have broadcast from around the globe, and supported local organizations like Children's Mercy Hospital and Union Station. Named Radio News Reporter of the year, Mackenzie loves working with kids and animals. When she’s not behind the microphone, you might find her volunteering at Great Plains SPCA or walking her foster poodle, Dieter. Mackenzie is married and hopes to launch her teenage sons into the world soon. She plans to turn their rooms into her own private Zen space.
Kelly Urich has been a part of Kansas City radio for 28 years. A two-time Kansas City Radio Personality of the Year, Kelly is the only radio personality to ride a bicycle while broadcasting into a helmet
microphone from Royals Spring Training in Phoenix to the home opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Every square inch was ridden to raise money for Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Whether it’s broadcasting from an aircraft carrier in Hawaii, the Olympics in Australia,
or upside down in an Air Force jet, Kelly has done it all!
94.9 KCMO is excited to have this dynamic duo on the air with listeners
weekday morningsfrom 6am to 10am!
Slacker - 101 the fox
What makes Slacker consistently the number one personality in Kansas City? Well, maybe it’s because he has now been in the business almost 28 years. Or, it’s because he is one of the most passionate people in radio, making him one of the most in-demand product endorsers to be had. Or maybe, it’s his continued effort to give back to the community. Consistently participating in several charity events throughout the year (Cars for Heroes, Alzheimer’s Society and the National Kidney Foundation), or maybe, it’s his wry sense of humor. Whatever the reason, KCFX has been extremely fortunate to have him seated in the Morning Drive Position. For the past 12 years, 101 the Fox listeners have become accustomed to starting their weekday mornings with Slacker to be entertained and enlightened on the important facts in both Kansas City and the rest of the world.