Robert Bruce was born and raised in New Jersey – but please don’t hold that against him! He received a music degree from CU, Boulder and later obtained a Masters in Library Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all the while appearing in various productions of plays, musicals, and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. A life-long passionate enthusiast of classical music and opera, Robert is also a lover of classic movies (as well as the not-so-classic) and a reader of fantasy and horror literature.
In early 2010, Robert left New York City, where he had worked at The Juilliard School library for some years, to come to Colorado Springs to pursue a long dreamed-of career in Classical Radio. He is now extremely happy to serving as the Librarian at KCME, as well as sharing great music with KCME listeners on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Michael Campion, popular host of Classics for Kids, Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs and Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Concerts, holds a B.A. in piano performance with graduate work in music theory undertaken at Northern Illinois University.
Michael hails from Chicago, where he worked as a private piano instructor and classical music buyer for a retail compact disc chain. He has been a writer, reviewer and teacher in the Colorado Springs area for the past nine years and has worked as program annotator for the DaVinci Quartet, the Thursday Night Recital Series, the Rocky Mountain International Amateur Piano Competition and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Michael has also appeared in numerous theatre productions in the Chicago and Colorado Springs areas.
Fred Kormos, Sunday afternoon host, has been with 88.7 KCME-FM since early in 1991, his previous radio experience being with a commercial AM station in the late sixties.Fred is a first-generation American; his father is Hungarian and his mother Italian. As a child, he lived in a number of places including Maine, Massachusetts, Italy, France, Delaware, and Rhode Island. He was drafted in the early 70s and, rather than be conscripted into the army, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. His military career took him to California, Italy, Washington DC, West Germany and finally to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Happily for 88.7 KCME-FM, he and his wife decided to settle in Colorado Springs when he retired from the Air Force.
Fred and his lovely wife Kathy, have been married more than twenty-five years and share their home with two very loveable cats.
“The brains in the family went to my brother and my father, both of whom are engineers,” says Fred, “and the musical talent went to my mother, who had a beautiful singing voice.” Fred might not be musically talented, but he developed an enormous love of music at an early age from listening to his parents’ recordings of Arturo Toscanini. “Also, I had a very kind and generous aunt and uncle living in New York City who afforded me many opportunities to hear live concerts there.”
Jana Lee, though not a native of Colorado Springs, is a member of one of its largest subcultures—a military brat. “My dad retired here and, after a lot of individual milling about, the whole family has ended up back in the Springs. I guess we all decided it was a pretty nice place to live.”
Most of Jana’s “milling about” took place in Boulder, Colorado, where she pursued higher education at the University of Colorado and worked as a church musician, actress, secretary, editor, waitress and cleaning lady, among a lot of other odd jobs; she considers herself to be truly a jack-of-all-trades. After brief (very brief) sojourns to New York and California, Jana settled back in Colorado Springs.
Jana is KCME’s Music Director, and in addition to spending time with her large and raucous family, Jana teaches piano and voice.
Keith Simon, a native of Southeast Texas, moved to Colorado Springs with his wife, Melissa, in 1997. A graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor’s Degree is Mass Communication, Keith landed his first radio job in 1984, and has been hooked on broadcasting ever since.
When not working on an endless list of projects around his home, Keith is an active amateur radio operator, old movie fan, and collector car enthusiast. One of his greatest pleasures now is bringing great classical music to KCME listeners each weekday evening from 4 until 10 pm.
Mike Pennington was born in the Texas panhandle and raised in Oklahoma. Mike studied speech and drama at Texas Tech in Lubbock, leading to his first of a dozen jobs in radio. After leaving broadcasting and living in California for a few years, a series of happy accidents found him in Colorado Springs, where he is still experiencing an ongoing case of Rocky Mountain High.
In addition to his interests in the arts, Mike reads extensively and spends time in pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. 88.7 KCME-FM listeners can hear Mike on the air every week day from 6 am to 11 am.
Born and raised in Southern California, Quinn Riley occupied most of her time going to the beach, acting in theatre productions, playing the flute, taking dance lessons, and working at Disneyland.
Quinn moved to Colorado in 1994 and began her sojourn in radio doing traffic reports and voiceovers for various Colorado Springs stations.
Before joining KCME in 2009 as an on-air host, Quinn knew nothing about classical music, except that listening to it made her happy. Other things that make Quinn happy are being at home with her husband Chris and ragdoll cat Aubrey, reading good books, writing stories, watching movies, and spending time in nature.
KCME listeners can hear Quinn every weekday from 11 am to 4 pm, and on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm for Dinner and a Movie.
Jennifer Azadmanesh, Jennifer originally hails from New York but has been living and working in the Pikes Peak region for close to two decades. With a background in non-profits and the arts. Jennifer has found her niche at KCME as a Office Manager/Creative Stradegist. “I am delighted to be part of an organization that supports and celebrates the arts and culture of Colorado Springs”. Jennifer has her B.A. in Visual Communications/Management. You will also find her on the faculty roster at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Bemis School of Art, where she teaches various art classes, most predominately painting, her private passion. Jennifer has shown her paintings not only on the front range of Colorado but throughout the country.
Brenda Bratton is a thirty-seven year resident of Colorado Springs. A Liberal Arts major in college she is also an experienced finance/office manager who uses her experience to help further the cause of classical music and the arts community. She has worked at KCME full-time since February of 2010, but prior to that worked as the contract accountant for almost two years. Preferring to stay in the background, she may not be known to you, but rest assured that she is working diligently behind the scenes to help foster this valuable community resource.
Sarah Fitzsimons, is a recent resident of the Springs, having just relocated in May of 2016. She is originally from North Eastern Ohio but in the spirit of “living life to the fullest” has moved around quite a bit. Her background is in office administration and finance, though it was her love of radio and the arts that brought her to KCME. When not working Sarah and her children; Coral, Colton and Cross enjoy hiking and enjoying nature as much as possible.
Phyllis Heim moved to Colorado Springs from the Chicago-land area where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. A native of small-town rural Iowa, she spent several years working in state government before heading West, where she embarked on a career focusing on strategic marketing and helping non-profits invest in their constituents through data driven acquisition/retention and campaign intelligence. Phyllis and her family are pleased to be back in Springs after spending three years in the Milwaukee area, and despite leaving dear friends and colleagues behind, they are proud to once again call the Pikes Peak region ‘home.’
George Preston joined the staff of KCME as the General Manager on June 17, 2013. He came to KCME from WFMT in Chicago, where he served as afternoon drive host and host and producer of the internationally syndicated “Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.”
Before moving to Chicago, George was at WNYC, New York City’s primary NPR affiliate, where he most recently served as Music Director, supervising the music staff and producing a wide array of live concert broadcasts, festivals, and specials.
A native of West Virginia, George holds music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. He accidentally fell into a broadcast career some 29 years ago at WXCR, Safety Harbor, Florida, a commercial classical station serving the Tampa Bay market. He worked at WBUR in Boston for 11 years as a program host and producer, Music Director, and Assistant Program Director.
A former singer and actor, George performed operatic roles including Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His theatre work ranges from Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate to Orgon in Tartuffe.
Mr. Charles S. Katz, “Charlie” to anyone who knows him, joined the staff of KCME as Corporate Sponsorship Sales Associate in January of 2015.
Most Recently, Charlie was President of Charlie Katz Consulting (charliekatzconsulting.com) – specializing in building, developing, growing and managing relationships between the business community and the learning community.
Charlie has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. John’s University, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of Colorado Society of CPAs.
As Director of Corporate Engagement for the National Academy Foundation (NAF), a non-profit educational foundation based in New York City, he was responsible for recruiting, developing and managing national business partner relationships to increase the number and quality of corporate volunteers nationwide. In doing so, Charlie expanded business support for NAF Academy programs throughout the country and assisted Academies in recruiting, developing, enhancing and maintaining high quality local business Advisory Boards.
Prior to joining NAF, Mr. Katz was Vice President of Education for Citistreet, a subsidiary of Citigroup, Inc. Charlie was also President of University Research Associates, an educational division of the Citigroup, which specialized in writing pre-retirement and personal financial planning materials, as well as presenting educational seminars to employees of Fortune 500 clients. Charlie has developed and given over 1,500 presentations, including numerous train-the-leader seminars, on the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s future financial independence.
Charlie lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife and two dogs. They have three adult sons, three grandsons and four granddaughters. When not working, Charlie can be found on his bicycle in and around El Paso County, or on his skis in Summit or Chaffee County.