He’s the Chief Executive Officer of Augustana College owned-and-operated WVIK-FM in the Illinois Quad Cities. Jay also is a member of the NPR Board of Directors and has been a broadcaster for nearly 45 years dating back to when he was a student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Jay is Mr. Everyman as well; he’s been a past president of his Lions Club, an active volunteer with the River City Music Experience, and an influential member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Jay will be a regular Simon Says guest on the topics of broadcasting and journalism.
He is the Senior Vice President at KeyBank in Cleveland and Director of Equity Research. Rob is featured on CNBC as an contributing analyst. For many years, Rob also was an accomplished bowler who averaged over 220 in tournament and league play with 300 games and 800 series to his credit. Simon Says assures you that Rob strives to feature investments that are as high as those bowling scores!
Steve is the Executive Director of the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri-non-profit organization that works to grow industry and jobs in the state. He was appointed to the position in 2017 after spending a career in industrial business, most notably with Pittsburgh Corning Corporation (with manufacturing operations in Sedalia, Missouri) and H.B. Fuller Construction Products. Steve is a graduate of Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He and and his wife Anna have two adult children and live in St. Louis with their two golden retrievers. He’ll be a regular Simon Says guest, on the topic of travel where he is an expert after more than 3,000,000 miles flown ion his business career to all points of the world, and occasionally will update the activities of his non-profit organization effort to create industry and jobs in Missouri.
Jay Kersting and Scott Simon share a lot of common things. Like Scott, Jay started college at one school but got his degree at another, the University of Tennessee. Like Scott, they both earned communications degrees. They met and worked together at WNOX-FM, Knoxville. They both worked as radio broadcasters in Missouri. Now they both live in Las Vegas and will team up for two topics on Simon Says, Las Vegas Travel Tips, and the benefits of Doterra Essential Oils. Jay and wife Kathy have two adult children, Alex and Ben and they are big fans of the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA.
Paul Brown grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, the site of massive unrest in 2014 after a police shooting. He celebrates 25 years as a St. Louis news reporter in 2018 after starting his career as a television sportscasters. He began his broadcasting career at WSIL-TV in Harrisburg, Illinois before moving to WPSD-TV, Paducah, Kentucky. In 1993, he was in college studying business when he signed on as an intern at CBS-owned KMOX radio. The Flood of 1993 on the Mississippi River was a break for Paul when the station needed as many people to cover the once-in-500-years event. His reporting earned him a staff position, then in 1997, he returned to television in 1997 at KDNL-TV. After station ownership dropped airing news, Paul returned to radio, as a morning host at KTRS and now occasionally can be heard on KFNS. A few years ago, Paul completed the journalism trifecta with a move into weekly newspapers, as a lifestyle columnist for The Ladue News. He’ll be a guest on Simon Says talking about news issues of the day. Paul has two daughters and his oldest, Natalie, has her father’s performance bug, studying acting at Belmont College and has appeared in stage productions at the Muny Opera in St. Louis.
Nick Kasoff lives in Ferguson, Missouri and is a rental home businessman, and IT specialist and consultant. He witnessed the unrest in 2014 after the shooting of Michael Brown which was seen worldwide. Nick already was involved but because of that incident, he became more active in issues, not just in his town, but in St. Louis County, where he is a Libertarian candidate for St. Louis County Executive. Nick will be a Simon Says guest talking about how government too often restricts personal freedom and business growth
Ben McWhorter is a retired radio broadcast advertising and marketing executive, and for many years was the Sales Manager of legendary country station WIVK-FM in Knoxville. He still consults when called upon and was one of the first in the country to host his own website, www.benmac.com. I had the pleasure of working in the same building with Ben when I was the program director at co-owned Big Talker WNOX-FM. I wrote this knowing Ben would like that, because he convinced his station manager to hire a local copywriter to make their commercials ear-catching. Ben gets results and he’ll deliver on great content for Simon Says.