(June 15, 2011) Radar O’Reilly from the TV show M*A*S*H put Ottumwa, Iowa on the map. Jay Sanderson is hoping to also put his stamp on the community. An STAA client, Sanderson is joining Ottumwa Radio as Operations Manager and Sports Director.
The Ottumwa Radio family of stations includes AM news talk and FM classic rock, new country and adult contemporary. The job responsibilities will be very similar to the job Sanderson is leaving at KLOE-KKCI-KWGB in Goodland, Kansas with one major exception.
“The Ottumwa job is basically what I have been doing in Goodland without the sales,” Sanderson grins.
In addition to the administrative responsibilities of his new job, Sanderson will produce sportscasts throughout the day for all four stations and will serve as play-by-play voice for Ottumwa High School athletics.
The new gig did not come quickly for Sanderson. He first saw it posted on the STAA job forum in early February. He emailed the link to his STAA Talent Page and sent a hard copy of his demo and resume.
“I applied almost immediately,” Sanderson says. “I had spoken to [General Manager Greg List] informally once and formally twice. I had pretty much given up on it when he called last week to request an in-person meeting.”
“It was quite a lengthy process, and for someone like myself who is not the most patient individual it required some patience, but it most definitely paid off.”