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KTOE News Director, Anchor, and Reporter Wendy Wilde is a 35 year radio professional who took her first radio job in 1978 as a teenager. Wendy has been News Director / Anchor at WXMX in Columbus, Ohio; News Anchor / Reporter at WHIO in Dayton, Ohio; and News Talk Show Host at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis. She studied Pre-Medicine at the University of Dayton, has a BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota, and a 2010 Project Management Certification from the University of Minnesota.
Wendy has a long history of volunteerism, and was 2002 Volunteer of the Year Minneapolis Parks and Recreation for raising funding to restore childen's summer activities lost due to budget cuts. She and her husband Michael founded and operated a nonprofit volunteer-run teen center in Minneapolis, Twin Cities Underground, that saw attendance of over 12,000 teens from 2001-2007.
Wendy and Michael live in Mankato. They have three grown children.
Wendy Wilde is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Associated Press.
Randall Harder has more thtan 20 years experience in radio broadcasting. As a News Reporter, Randall has won several awards, including a Citation from the National AP Managing Editors Association.
As a sports broadcaster, Harder has called games for the Minnesota State men’s hockey team, the Minnesota Purple Rage of the Indoor Football League and the Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League. He has also done freelance college football. Randall has won awards from the Minnesota Associated Press for his Play-by-Play and sports features.
In 2006 he was the radio voice of the Northwoods League All-Star Game for NWL Radio Network stations, and Randall also was the public address voice for MSU men’s hockey at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center, now Verizon Wireless Center.
Randall Harder is a 1988 graduate of Southwest State University.
He is married and resides with his family in St. Peter.
Pete Steiner - KTOE Show Host and News Anchor
KTOE Show Host Pete Steiner has been with KTOE Radio since 1988. A 35-year radio veteran, Pete Steiner hosts his radio show from 10am-1pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and anchors midday newscasts on those days.
Pete continues to host the award-winning Talk of the Town interview show weekday afternoons at 1:05 on KTOE.
Pete served as KTOE News Director from 2000-2012 and twice won the Associated Press award for Minnesota newsrooms with one or fewer full-time reporters.
In his spare time he plays guitar and writes songs -- he has two self-produced CD's and performs occasionally at local clubs and coffee houses. Pete Steiner also writes "The Way It Is" column for Mankato Magazine, published monthly.
Dustin Wilmes - KTOE Show Host and News Anchor
KTOE Show Host Dustin Wilmes joined KTOE in January 2005 after graduating with degrees in Journalism and Public Relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Dustin started his broadcast career in 2004 as part of the news crew at KMSU 89.7 FM-Mankato. He continues to volunteer there, hosting a show called The Five Count every Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. He's also the founder and editor of Save the Crumbs, a local magazine in Mankato.
Dustin co-hosts the afternoon show with Jack Kolars weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and hosts the show and interviews guests in Jack's absence, as well as anchoring afternoon news on occasion.
Dustin also anchors news during his airshifts on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 6 a.m. to noon.
John Maiers - KTOE Show Host and News Anchor
KTOE Show Host John Maiers joined KTOE in 2003. He can often be heard anchoring KTOE News during his airshifts every other Saturday morning every Sunday afternoon for the ariwaves of AM1420 and 102.7 FM. John anchors morning KTOE News on vacation days, and reports live on election nights.
John launched his broadcast career in 1991 at KVSC in St. Cloud where he hosted a variety of programs including music, sports and news, as well as an occasional call for St. Cloud State University sports. He also worked at WJON and WWJO for several years before returning to Mankato.
John Maiers is a 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a native of lower North Mankato.
KTOE News features interviews with newsmakers conducted by KTOE Show Hosts
Don Rivet and Dan McCargar on the Morning Blend
Jack Kolars and Dustin Wilmes