~Aaron Buttenhoff~ Sports Director
Since I started here as the Sports Director in August 2006, I have loved my time...from living in Willmar to my new place in Raymond. I do a little bit of everything for the radio station from weekends on Hot Country K95 to being the voice of MACCRAY Wolverine sports on 97.3 The River including covering many other sporting events around the area and live reports from state tournaments throughout the year. As you may guess I am a big time sports nut! In the fall, its high school, Golden Gopher and Minnesota Vikings football. Winter, I’m at a MACCRAY basketball game or following the Minnesota Wild or St Cloud State Huskies hockey team. Spring and summer its all about baseball whether it be the Twins or Stingers. I also like to go camping, fishing, and I am a whiz in the kitchen since before radio I spent 12 years as a chef and still do work as a cook/chef. I also spent 3 years active duty US Army and the last 12 years in the US Army Reserve including a deployment to the Middle East for a total of 15 years. I am also a big time fair goer. I go to as many of the county fairs that I can and the only time in the past 25 years that I can remember missing the Minnesota State Fair is during my deployment, but I’m sure there is maybe 2 others that I’ve missed. Plus, I DJ weddings, sweet 16 parties, anniversaries and any party you need music to make the night better. Party DJ page here...
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, 20 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~ Sales
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~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
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~Carolyn Mackedanz ~Sales
I'm new to the Willmar area and so far really enjoying the people here! I have a passion for music, writing and performing and have spent many years making a living doing so. I'm excited to be working with KDJS ! Could not ask for a better team to spend my days with!
I've been at K-95 since 2001, doing nights for several years before moving to my
10-3 spot...... I grew up in St. Paul and bounced around the Twin Cities before moving to Willmar......I'm a fan of country(duh), bluegrass and rock.....I'm a huge sports fan too and fantasy sports fanatic....When I'm not listening to music or the Twins, you'll find me on my motorcycle.
I have been with KDJS for about 20 years! I enjoy camping and spending time with my family.
~Doug Hanson~ General 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.
I have been with KDJS for 25 plus years! I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin with my kids and grandkids.
~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 Manager 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
I was born in South Dakota, went to Brown Institute (now Brown College) for Radio Broadcasting and recieved my Associates in Arts from Bemidji State University. I have been in radio for about 5 years and been with KDJS since 2011. I work the front desk at KDJS where I do data entry, program logs and update our web page. I love music and the outdoors including camping, gardening and hanging out with family and friends.
~John Mckenna~ Full-time Night Announcer
I first got into radio while in high school on a "pick your career" assignment given by our guidance counselor. Well... I researched it, and I got my foot in the door part time at KWOA in Worthington, MN. I also found myself attached to the love of all that is "the music world", everything from guitars to studio equipment. I moved into the Willmar area where I started at KDJS part-time in 2004. A couple years later, I became the full-on night jock on K95.3. Between late 2011 and late 2012, I took a small break from week nights, just working weekends here at KDJS. During which time, I became more involved in the music industry on the aspect of the equipment used in today's era, everything from sales to tech support. However, as of Christmas Eve 2012; I’m glad to be back, Right Where I Need to Be (Gary Allan line there): with you on the night shift again!!
On a side note, love sports of all sorts! Huge Vikings and Twins fan. You can also find me out fishin’ year round, open water or iced over. I really love to go snowmobiling, handyman work, playing some video games now n then, and just living life as it comes! I am an equal opportunity music-nut, so not only is country a steady part of my diet, but pretty much everything!! I love to DJ weddings and parties of all types... Need a DJ for a party? Look me up! Any Music, Any Party!!
~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.