Written by Erren Harter
Saturday morning on our SportsTalk show we honored Greg Rahe for 30 years of outstanding work as our Sports Director.
As a testament to his good work Greg was surprised by about a dozen coaches and collogues who braved the rain to come to the KVOE studio to congratulate Greg and another group who called in for the same purpose. It was an amazing display.
Most radio stations have Sports Directors, but few if any have one like Greg. His dedication to covering every sport and every result often in person is legendary.
Greg is the voice of the Hornets too and that means trips to places hours away often twice in the same week. Greg often arrives back in Emporia and goes directly to the station and starts his work day. You’d think he was on probation.
Ron Thomas pointed out a fact that is pretty amazing. In over thirty years at KVOE he doesn’t think Greg has ever taken a sick day!
Now for the rest of the story: Greg Rahe is amazing and his efforts are legendary and his work ethic without peer, but he isn’t unique in many respects at KVOE. Our entire staff possess many of the same attributes Greg has.
Ron Thomas was here when we purchased the stations in 1986. He actually left Emporia for a year or two. When he returned in ‘91 he took over as Program Director and later became our fourth General Manager. If Greg Rahe needed a role model Ron Thomas qualified!
Tim Miller has been with KVOE since October of 1988 – almost 29 years. He leads our Sales Team and has been the Voice of Emporia High Sports for almost 29 years.
Steve Inwood has been his side kick on EHS coverage for most of that time and also has been an account executive for nearly 20 years.
Listen to these other time of employment numbers and you’ll see things don’t change a lot at KVOE.
Karri Kimberlin – 19 years; Terry Bontrager 17; Scott Hayes 16; Sean Thornton 14; Erren Harter 13 years.
Chuck Samples just left us after 14 years. Roger Hartsook had 2 hitches at KVOE so adding his time up is difficult, but he was with us just short of 30 years. And Jeff O’Dell, Lee Schroeder and Lea Firestone each logged at least 2 decades here.
We now have more “newbies” than normal – folks employed less than 8 years. We actually have 5 with less than 2 years here. They are all earning their spurs and doing well.
I hope you get the picture. KVOE people seem to like what they do and stay for a long time.
Greg Rahe is exceptional and this week he is our Poster Boy at KVOE where working hard and smart is the norm as we serve our community and do our best to keep it informed.
Thanks for listening, I’m Steve Sauder.