KBUN Sports Radio - 104.5FM - 1450AM - Bemidji, MN

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Joel Hoover - KBUN Sports RadioJoel Hoover

Lumberjack Radio Network Play-By-Play

Host of High Noon

Joel Hoover is the play-by-play announcer for Bemidji High School sports on the Lumberjack Radio Network, the host of High Noon on KBUN-FM 104.5, and the midday host on KZY FM 95.5. He has been with Paul Bunyan Broadcasting since July 2015.

Joel originally grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2011 and enrolled at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA later that year with a major in journalism and a minor in sport management. Joel’s major focus of time in college was pursuing a career in play-by-play sportscasting.

In addition to hosting his own sports talk show on the campus radio station, Joel broadcasted for Messiah’s men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and national champion men’s and women’s soccer teams. His experiences included traveling to Massachusetts and New Jersey (twice) for “March Madness” Division III tournament games and calling the action of several NCAA Division III soccer tournament games.

Following his graduation from Messiah in May 2015, Joel moved to Bemidji to take on the opportunity to become the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” and broadcast high school sports on the radio. He is continually impressed by the sense of community in both Bemidji and the entire North Country, and loves talking about a variety of sports stories from the entire listening area on High Noon. He also greatly enjoys “spinning tunes” every day on KZY and weekends on KB101.

In his spare time, Joel enjoys helping with the Compass young adult church ministry in Bemidji, as well as finding time to play and watch soccer—his favorite sport, and one he has played since age 5. He loves riding his bike or driving his car around the lake, boating and tubing with friends, as well as watching all kinds of different sports and broadcasters as a spectator and observer. He enjoys watching most of the Philly sports teams (Union, Phillies, Flyers, Sixers), Manchester United, and…the Green Bay Packers, who he has been a fan of since age 4.

Kevin Jackson - KBUN Sports RadioKev Jackson

KBUN SportsRadio Operations Manager

Host, Fishin' Paul Bunyan Country

Co-Host of High Noon

Kev was born in San Bernardino, CA. A future surfer dude was dashed with his dad decided to move back to Minnesota where the family settled into the tiny hamlet of Red Lake Falls. After high school, it became apparent that he had no future in the two things he loved: athletic competition and musical performance. Then as he listened to the hits on WLS (at night of course), KKKL in Grand Forks and KQWB in Fargo, he realized he could play music and talk sports for a living. So a passion for radio was born.

Kev attended Bemidji State University for four years, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Mass Communications. He then did some part time radio work before getting into his first full time job in Roseau at KRWB, where he did sports, news, on-air "deejaying" and even sales.

While at Roseau, he met the love of his life, Nicole, and brainwashed her into marrying him. Shortly after that, Kev got the opportunity to move back to Bemidji and become the play-by-play voice of the Lumberjacks. He's been back since 1987.

After a dozen year of following many Lumberjack teams to exotic locales all over our great state, Kev became (and still is) the Operations Manager and Morning Show Co-Host with the legendary Tom Lucas on 95.5 KZY when it signed on in 1999. He also roams the hallways and does sports updates on all of the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stations. He continues to serve as Operations Manager of The Bun Sports Network and joins Joel Hoover on "High Noon" weekdays.

Kev and Nicole have three children (Jake, Kaila & Mollie), a daughter-in-law (Ashley) and one grandson (Sebastian).

Scott Williams - KBUN Sports RadioScott Williams

Lumberjack Radio Network Play-By-Play

Contributer, High Noon

I started my broadcasting career at Bemidji State University. At first it was a few play-by-play baseball games after my playing career had ended. During my junior year at college I became the Sports Director at the campus radio station KBSB FM90. It was at this time I started working at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. I started out as a Sports Engineer, working the board for the Twins, Vikings, Monday Night Football, etc. I think I pestered Kev Jackson long enough that he finally allowed me to broadcast play-by-play for the local High School sports teams. After College I was hired as the DJ for Afternoon Drive on the new 95.5 KZY in June of 1999. Then, we learned that Paul Bunyan Broadcasting was acquiring KLLZ and in January of 2001, I moved to Midday's on Z99, and now the Morning Show with Jack and I love it!

 I still cover Lumberjack Baseball on KBUN, and help out with Lumberjack's sports. Additionally, I've assisted with the news when possible. Although, since becoming Jack's side kick on the Z99 morning show, my news duties have decreased.

 Another passion of mine is Bemidji State Athletics. I've had the privilege to be the play-by-play voice of KBSU Channel 17 coverage of Beaver Sports since 2001 and since Lakeland Public Television took over the hockey broadcasts in 2010.

 I married a local girl in 2003 and Tracy and I love the Bemidji area. Sports has always been a big part of my life, instilled from childhood. My father had season tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, that’s as spoiled as any child from Canada could be. I played baseball for Bemidji State, and junior hockey in Canada and still play some Softball, Golf, and Hockey and enjoy canoing with my family.

TJ Melcher

Lumberjack Radio Network Play-By-Play

Contributer, High Noon

Information about TJ is coming soon!

Curtis Joe - KBUN Sports RadioCurtis Joe

Lumberjack Radio Network Play-By-Play

Studio Host

Curtis Joe is the Studio Host and Producer of Lumberjack Sports on the Lumberjack Radio Network, as well as one the BUN's play by play guys.

Curtis graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek High School, MN in 1997. After high school Curtis attended Northland Community & Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN and majored in Broadcasting. While attending NCTC, Curtis worked for the college radio station 90.1 FM. After completing his time at NTC, Curtis got a job at KMAV in Mayville, ND where he worked for 5 years doing announcing, working the board for games, play by play, and sales.

Curtis took a break from radio for the next ten years. During this time he worked in residential services taking care of people with varying disabilities.

 In 2007, Curtis moved to Bemidji with his soon to be wife Jacqui. They got married in August 2008. Curtis has one daughter Samantha. He also has two pets, Mollie the dog and Snuggles the cat. After many years of listening to Curtis talk about his love for working in radio his wife and father in law grew tired of hearing him talk about it all the time. They both thought he would be a good fit in the radio scene and told him to go for it and get the word out that he wanted to get back into radio. Some friends from church connected Curtis to the legendary Kev Jackson and Curtis became a member of the KBUN team in November 2011.

Curtis is a sports fan through and through and supports his local sports teams, the Bemidji Lumberjacks, Bemidji State University Beavers, and the IFL team, the Bemidji Axemen. He also enjoys watching the Minnesota Vikings, Timberwolves, Twins, Wild, and Gophers. He attends games whenever possible and when he is not working the board at KBUN. When not at a game, you will usually find Curtis in front of the TV watching a game, listening to a game on the radio, or constantly checking his phone for sports updates. He does not like to miss anything going on in the sports world.

Tom Lucas - KBUN Sports RadioTom Lucas

Lumberjack Radio Network Baseball Play-By-Play

Tom Lucas is a Chicago-area native and 30 plus year radio survivor, on KZY since 1999. He has degrees in English, Psychology and Speech Communications from St. Cloud State University, and took a respite from broadcasting to teach high school English and American history. He is currently the Head Coach of the Bemidji High School Speech Team, and holds a position on the Board of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Tom says he is definitely a "morning person", as he tends to get cranky and contrary after work.

Tom's eclectic musical tastes run from Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, plus the great song writers He lists "Good Thing Going" by Sinatra among his favorite songs, "The Verdict" and "Casablanca" among his favorite movies, and "Lancelot Link" and "Me and the Chimp" starring the Great Ted Bessel, among his favorite TV shows.

Since Tom is a Viking and Cub fan, he believes all professional sports are "dumb" and "probably rigged."

Tom spends his summers fishing, landscaping, golfing poorly, and gardening moderately.

 

Rick Allen

Lumberjack Radio Network Studio Host

Information about Rick is coming soon!

Shawn Campbell

Lumberjack Radio Network Studio Host

Information about Shawn is coming soon!

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