Robert Bruce | On-Air Host / Music Librarian
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 serve as the Librarian at KCME, as well as sharing great music with KCME listeners on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Michael Campion | On-Air Host
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 | On-Air Host
Fred Kormos, Sunday morning 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.”
Mike Pennington | On-Air Host
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.
Quinn Riley | On-Air Host
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.
Jana Lee Ross | Music Director / On-Air Host
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 performs regularly both locally and nationally.
Keith Simon | Program Director / On-Air Host
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 across the Pikes Peak region and beyond.
Dylan Tyler | On-Air Host
Dylan Tyler was born in Colorado Springs and has had the privilege of living in the Pikes Peak region for all of his life. He graduated from Widefield High School and earned a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. An avid cellist, Dylan got his start playing with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and has since gone on to perform with the Pueblo Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.
John hails from west-central Ohio, where he was placed into formal classical piano training at the age of four as a constructive diversion from playing video games. He studied Communication at the University of Cincinnati, and also enjoyed coursework in the College-Conservatory of Music’s Electronic Media Department there. John started his radio career in 2005 at a small non-profit station near Kansas City, Missouri. Since then, he has worn many “hats” in radio – recording, production, development, hosting, pledge drives, and now underwriting sales for KCME and Jazz 93.5 FM. John lives in Colorado Springs with his wonderful wife and three young children, and when he’s not working he can be found in the rivers and lakes of Colorado practicing his fly fishing, or composing music to accompany contemporary dance productions. John also serves as a host on Jazz 93.5 FM.
Brenda Bratton | Business Manager
Brenda Bratton is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs. A Liberal Arts major in college she is also an experienced administrative manager who uses her experience to help further the cause of classical music and the arts community. She has worked for Cheyenne Mountain Public Broadcast House, Inc. since 2008. 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.
Phyllis Heim | Director of Development
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.’
Robyn Sedgwick | General Manager
Robyn is an experienced leader and broadcasting executive who loves to see the transformative power of music in the community. Robyn received her B.A. in Communication from William Jewell College, continuing her music studies while pursuing her degree in Communication. For the last 5 years, she has served as the General Manager of the KTLF network of three radio stations consisting of over 40 Class A stations and translators. During which time she built the third station in the network. Prior to KTLF, Robyn was a Marketing Director for Fairchild Air Force Base, Hilton International and Red Lion Hotels.
Born in St. Louis, Robyn has lived internationally and throughout the US, moving with her husband as he served as an officer in the US Air Force, landing them in Colorado Springs. Robyn and her husband Chris, have 3 sons and 1 precocious Yorkie, enjoying life in beautiful Colorado Springs.