Julie joined the KMUW crew in July 2013—nearly two decades after having first volunteered as a Saturday morning board operator/announcer during “Car Talk.” Because Lu Anne Stephens had to rescue her too many times (she couldn’t quite get the newfangled technology at 89.1 FM after having memorized the old dial potentiometers at her college station), Julie went on to volunteer and work for several nonprofit and start-up organizations in the community. Her random experiences within the music, desktop publishing, grant research, newspaper (where she had the pleasure of also working with Kate Clause and Jedd Beaudoin), higher-learning, and museum industries have finally come full circle here at the station. Maybe they weren’t so random after all.
A self-described “student of life,” Julie’s passions are life-long learning and “paying it forward” by working with organizations and people who put their money where their mouths are. She has donated to and volunteered with several of KMUW’s underwriters and supporters over the years, and is excited about the active philanthropic community in the greater Wichita area. She believes that Wichita is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets because of its many talented, intelligent and caring people, and hopes to help get the secret out.
Julie’s own not-so-secret personal activities include singing in a classic rock cover band (the “secretary by day, rock star by night” phenomenon), writing the occasional original song of her own, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels (or anything to help her mentally escape a heavy-news day), and pampering her Rhodesian Ridgeback/hound mix “Four-Legged Fur Daughters,” Mocha and Latte. She especially loves Strange Currency and A Prairie Home Companion but enjoys tuning in to all of 89.1 FM’s local and NPR programming—and not just because she works here!
If you’re interested you can follow Julie on Twitter … though she is somewhat of a twit about using it. But she’s going to have Chandra Stauffer help her with that soon!