The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

February 13, 2013

Joplin radio station to relaunch with focus on pop music, women

Joplin radio station Star 104.3 FM plans to relaunch today with a new focus: pop music hits.

The station will play the biggest pop hits from the 1980s through today, said Dave Bradley, program director and operations manager for AMI Media in Joplin. Weekend programming will include music video hits from that era on Saturday nights and the original music countdowns of those decades from “American Top 40” with Casey Kasem on Sunday afternoons.

“The music is pop-based, fun, energetic,” Bradley said. “It’s just going to be a much more adult-friendly, kid-friendly, energetic mix of pop.”

Local programming will include a new morning show, “Dave and Kelly in the Morning,” which will air from 6 to 9 a.m. each weekday. Much of the content will be geared toward women, Bradley said.

“She’s unedited; she’s just a ball of energy,” he said of his co-host, Kelly Musick, who runs Dance Universe in downtown Joplin. “She’s got her pulse on not only a business aspect, but the theater aspect. She touches and gets into so many things in this town.”

Musick said she was asked to be the co-host for the show partly to provide a female perspective to women listeners.

“Especially the morning show, the moms are the ones out there driving around, taking kids (to school),” she said. “One of the reasons that I was brought on is, obviously, I’m a woman, and Dave’s really excited about just letting me go. Part of that, too, is knowing the community and knowing what’s out there.”

Musick said she has no radio experience, but she looks forward to tackling her new role as co-host.

“Today, it’s hit me, and I’m nervous-excited,” she said.

Additional personalities include J-Cruze from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and Austin in the Afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Bradley said the new format is a result of common complaints he has heard from listeners: that radio plays only the “good” songs repeatedly or that radio intersperses the “good” songs with music that listeners don’t prefer.

“It’s about the listener,” he said. “Why not create a station that was built by them?”

The new format will launch at 6 a.m. today, and Bradley said he hopes people will like what they hear.

“Call and request and become interactive,” he said, “because that’s what radio is all about.”

Previous programming

THE 104.3 FM RADIO STATION since early 2010 had been called “Laugh Out Loud Radio.” It played the routines of famous comedians, humorous songs and fake commercials.

Text Only
Local News
  • Carthage prepares for Marian Days

    The 37th annual Marian Days celebration will start in two weeks, and planning is well under way for the event that will bring tens of thousands of Catholics of Vietnamese descent to Carthage.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: It’s not Mayberry, but Carthage is close

    When I was a kid, I wanted to live in Mayberry. In a way, I suppose I still want to live in Mayberry, the fictional town featured in the classic Andy Griffith show of the 1960s.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miami council waives fees for barbecue event

    The Miami City Council voted Tuesday to waive $3,750 in usage fees for Miami Elks Lodge No. 1320 for an upcoming barbecue championship at the Miami Fairgrounds.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin couple indicted in child porn case

    A federal grand jury indicted a Joplin couple Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a preceding indictment of the husband for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.

    July 23, 2014

  • Galena council rescinds landfill decisions

    The Galena City Council voted Wednesday to rescind decisions it made two weeks ago regarding a proposed landfill at Riverton.

    July 23, 2014

  • Missouri attorney general defends his support of Amendment 1

    With a large cornfield behind him and campaign signs all around, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster appeared Wednesday at the David Collard farm to tout Amendment 1, an Aug. 5 ballot measure that would make the “right to farm” part of the state constitution.

    July 23, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read


Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter