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KDJS & KRVY Staff in alphabetical order

doug   ~Doug Hanson~ General Manager/Sales Manager
I live in Atwater with my wife Deb. We have three children: Nichole (TJ) Fetrow of Fridley, Jonathan is a senior at UMD & Justin is a junior at The College of St Scholastica. We also have two grandson's, Connor and Braeden.
I've been in the radio business for the past 26 years. In 2011 I retired from the MN National Guard with 39 years of service. Seventeen of those as a Command Sergant Major (CSM).
I enjoy Kart Racing, hunting, fishing & family outings!
Thanks to our loyal K95.3, KDJS & River listeners. Checkout our streaming.

~Al Sheldon~
I grew up on a farm southeast of Blue Earth, Mn. just on the Iowa side of the border, made it through school and went to Brown college in Minneapolis for radio training, and then...
It was a dark and stormy night, 1974, in Boone, Iowa, when I began my work as a full time radio person.   12 years later, it was time to move on, with radio stops in Lincoln, Nebraska and Zanesville, Ohio, then into a different side of the entertainment biz...Playing drums full time, traveling, seeing the USA and Canada, (and Matamoros, Mexico one dusty afternoon!), and meeting and working with some very very talented people along the way.
When that career landed,  the great state of Minnesota beckoned, and after a month of searching, Willmar became the new home base, and here it is, over 25 years later already!
I fish, I hunt, vacation in mexico whenever possible,  dj weddings and parties, and love being a part of your morning on K95, or the River 97, or AM 1590!  It's your choice where to tune in each day!
That said, welcome to our website and thank you so much for logging in, and tuning in!
or check out my Party DJ page here...




~Beau Standfuss~
I started with K95, The River and KDJS on September 1st 2012.  A little about myself, I was born and raised in Willmar.  Graduated from Willmar in 98 and Ridgewater in 01 with an A.A.S. in Marketing Management.  I am a BIG sports fan.  I enjoy all of the 4 major sports teams, Twins, Wild and T-Wolves.  But I am by far the biggest fan of the Vikings.  I literally bleed purple.  Also you can catch me at the Stingers games in the summer with season tickets.  When I am not watching sports, I try to play them.  I enjoy playing golf, softball, basketball, football and any other sport I'm willing to try.  I also enjoy playing my PS3.  Which this might be a surprise but I play the sport games, mainly Madden football.  I bought a house in town in 2002 and got married to my lovely wife in 2005. We have 2 wonderful children, 1 boy and 1 girl.  There is nothing better then being a father.
Bev Ahlquist  

~Bev Ahlquist~News Director
With 35 years of experience my media career started at the Willmar Tribune where I was family page editor, and then was emoployed by Gary Dahlberg at the New London Times, was in partnership with Dennis Baker in the Times/Free Press for a short while and then worked as managing editor of the Times/Free Press under new management. From there I went to KDJS, K95.3 & The River as news Director. I have been here since 1998.
Keeping myself busy, I also freelance for several newspapers; The Sr. Perspectives Publication, The Kerkhoven Banner & The Raymond/Prinsburg News, mostly writing feature stories. Personally I love to read & spend time with family & friends. When I get time at home I try and catch Criminal Minds and America's Got Talent.

If you have a news story for me you are welcome to call 320-235-2900 or email me.

Listen to my community round table Sundays at 7:30am on KDJS AM 1590
or click right here


~Ciji Baumgartner~ Sales

I was born a Minnesotan and raised a "Space Coast" Floridian. I've always had a deep appreciation and love for music. In my younger days I'd listen to the radio and record it onto cassette tape. Then, pausing every few words, I'd write them down so I could sing along correctly! Though it was a lenthy process, I had to get creative because seach engines weren't available. Growing up in a family of sales and the subject of countless hypothetical real estate and car transactions, my interest has long been in marketing and sales. Pairing that with my desire to communicate effectively and loving stories of how people become their own man, myth and legend, I received an AAS degree from Ridgewater here in Willmar. Though new to my career, I'm extrememly excited for the opportunity to be with KDJS! In my spare time I enjoy time on the lake with my husband Ben, golfing, playing guitar, visiting family and oddly enough painting and yardwork!


~Dean Rivers~ Announcer

I graduated from Mound Westonka high school in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities back in 2001 where I played football, baseball, and was a sprinter in track. I have a passion for most all sports, and is a big reason why I decided to go back to college at the ripe age of 30, and got my degree in radio broadcasting from Brown College in February 2016! I worked in the maintenance field for most of my working life until I started here at KDJS in October of 2015. I have a little boy who I love building forts, Lego's, snow forts, play-do, you name it with. I am truly a big kid at heart. When I have free time I like to go bowling and sing karaoke. I enjoy music from Bing Crosby, Big Frank, Dean Martin and the rest of the rat pack. When it comes to country Allan Jackson tops the list. My favorite sports teams are the Twins/Vikes and the Mets/Jets. I love the simple things in life. I believe that when you can recognize them. They can be the greatest joys you'll have.

~Deb Spaulding~ Sales
I have been with KDJS for about 20 years! I enjoy clothes, shoes, camping and spending time with my family.

~Doug Madrid~Weeknight announcer

I'm a fiercely patriotic American. I served nearly 24 years until I was retired in December 2005. Nowadays, I continue to serve as a member of The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Willmar. 

Following my military service, I worked in Silicon Valley managing the North American distribution network for a Japanese semiconductor company. Then took an exciting position managing the support processes at large flight kitchen an international airline catering company at San Francisco International Airport. During this time, I was also a high demand club and electronic dance music (EDM) DJ playing in venues large and small on the west coast. In November 2009, I started performing on internet radio stations. This lead to my interest in broadcasting and radio. After moving to Fargo in 2011, I started at KNDS 96.3. When I moved to Willmar, I applied at both Q102 and K95...and K95 won. I love our stations, our formats, and more importantly, you, our loyal listeners. 

We have a fantastic life here in Minnesota and in the Midwest. I've lived all over the world and the USA, but nothing surpasses our life here - not even California. I suppose that's why so many people come back. It's sometimes hard to appreciate what you have until you don't have it anymore. I don't want to live anywhere else. I love my dogs, a beagle and a puggle. Both are rescues who really rescued my heart after my beloved 15 year old scottish terrier, Lucy passed away on August 24th, 2014. I enjoy the companionship of these little critters with my spouse of 29 years. We helped raise four foster sons, the youngest of which is now a senior at San Jose State University in California. We are active members at Bethel Lutheran in Willmar. I've lived war and now all I want is peace in our little corner of God's country.

~Jeremy Goulet~ office manager/traffic
I am the Office/Traffic Manager at KDJS.  I grew up in Benson and went to college at the University of Minnesota Morris for Business Administration & Economics.  After I graduated, I worked at KSCR/KBMO as their Office/Traffic Managr until 2008, when I moved to North East Minneapolis.  I eventually made my way back to rural Minnesota and have been here since November 2009.  I like to golf, I love all types of music, and am a fan of all Minnesota sports teams.

~Jessie Holmstrom~ front office/traffic/web design/production
I was born in South Dakota, went to Brown Institute (now Brown College) for Radio Broadcasting and also recieved my Associates in Arts from Bemidji State University. I have been in radio since 1999 and been with KDJS since April 2011. I work the front desk at KDJS where I do data entry, program logs, production and our web page/social media. I love music/singing and the outdoors including camping, gardening and hanging out with family and friends.


~Rob Ryan~Program Director
I have been with KDJS for 20 plus years. I am a handy man at home and enjoy working on my house with my wife Carol. Love spending time with my kids and grandkids.


~Stevie Ray~ Announcer



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