These are the faces (and voices) of KDRU. This hand picked, close knit team works together to make KDRU the best that it can be. Show us some love by tuning in and interacting with us via our social media accounts or studio line (both readily available in the sidebar).


Meet our foot soldiers. They create, plan out, and host programs for all to hear.

Maddie Bennett

As heard on: Funky Fresh FM

Show Theme: A location in the sound space where one enjoys and discovers the funkiest and freshest songs around. highlights local bands and musicians in Springfield, incorporates local band interviews on show, experimental show, underground music, plays the genres you would most likely not hear on the radio.

Show Hours: 2-3 PM on Mondays and Fridays

Major: Environmental Biology

Fun Fact: Jazz night lover, an avid mosher, I love to go to the local underground shows and music venues (outland, hovel, rockbottom, etc.), aliens could listen to Funky Fresh if they got a big radio receiver!

JP Godwin

As heard on: LateNightMidwest

Show Theme: Various rock genres.

Show Hours: 10-11 PM on Mondays and Fridays

Major: Cyber-Risk Management, Business Management

Fun Fact: An avid skater who enjoys filming and editing.

Avery Mercer

As heard on: Sonic Sentiments

Show Theme: N/A

Show Hours: 7-8 PM on Mondays

Major: Strategic Communications Major

Fun Fact: I have always been interested in music production and play guitar and drums.

Saige Strodtman

As heard on: Sounds of Seoul: Bringing Kpop to the Ozarks

Show Theme: Kpop

Show Hours: 4-6 PM on Wednesdays

Major: Dual major in Political Science and Multimedia Productions and Journalism.

Fun Fact: I placed top 20 in the nation in Extemporaneous Debate at the 2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Louisville, KY.

Phillip Ebker

As heard on: KDRU Radio

Show Theme: News

Major: Organizational and Leadership Communication Major

Fun Fact: An avid Sun Drop soda fan

Quinn Vonder Haar

As heard on: KDRU News

Show Theme: News

Fun Fact: A member of Tri Delta

JC Waggoner

As heard on: Ballads and Ball

Show Theme: N/A

Show Hours: 12-2 pm on Wednesdays

Major: Majors are Political Science and Strategic Communication

Fun Fact: On the Women’s Soccer team

Jonathan Groves

As heard on: #FridayHappyHour

Show Theme: New Themes Every Week with community input.

Show Hours: Fridays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Fun Fact: Also our Station Advisor (scroll down).


Jim Terry

As heard on: History of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Show Theme: Classic Rock

Show Hours: Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Fun Fact: Jim Terry is Our resident community DJ!


Two words. Tech. Wizard. This guy sets up, maintains, and spit-shines all of our equipment so that all of this is possible. No small feat, that job.

Kent Otto

As heard on: Electricity Radio

Current Job: Owner and founder of / Electronic.Vegas

Graduated with: Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Marketing

Favorite EDM Artists: Odesza, Chris Lake

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The liaison between the university and us, as well as the one to got us on FM, meet the ‘father’ of KDRU. (fact: he’s been to more rock shows than he can count on both hands. That’s at least ten.)

Jonathan Groves

As heard on: The Friday Happy Hour

Current Job: Chair of the Communication Department, Professor

Passion: Journalism and how it continues to evolve in todays world

Favorite Rock Show Experience: “I have  a few different favorites. I saw Pink Floyd (sans Roger Waters) in the 80’s. Also saw The Who on the 25th anniversary of Tommy. But I would have to put seeing Van Halen in their prime in 1982 (Diver Down Tour) up there.”