STAA pair change career paths to pursue passions

(September 12, 2018) Sometimes the road you choose to start your career is not the one upon which you end up traveling the farthest. Two STAA members who recently accepted new sports broadcasting positions are perfect examples. Tanner Barth (pictured) is the new sports anchor at WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC. Kevin Kues is going to work as a producer and talk show host KLMR-AM in Lamar, CO.

Barth is in just his second year of television since graduating from Kansas State University in 2016. While in Manhattan, he was the sports director of the campus radio station and a host/reporter for K-State HDTV.

He started his broadcasting career as a radio sports director in O’Neill, NE. Ten months later, it was onto Colorado for a sport anchor/reporter position at KKCO/KJCT TV in Grand Junction.

Wilmington, NC is renowned as the hometown of Michael Jordan. The opportunity to cover sports in the community was emailed to STAA members on July 26th. Barth will cover UNC Wilmington, high schools and various lifestyle activities like golf, tennis and surfing that are popular in the area.

Like Barth, Kevin Kues has called a career audible. He spent the past 17 months in a variety of news and sports broadcasting roles in Farmington, MO. However, his love is sports talk radio. To pursue that passion, Kues is moving to KLMR-AM in Lamar, CO.

He will produce and co-host two daily programs – a public affairs show and a sports talk radio program.

Kues is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oklahoma. His first job after graduating was as a studio and remote reporter covering travel and destination locations across the Sooner state. During that time, he also worked as a producer and board-op at Sports Talk 1400 in Norman.

The seed for his love of sports talk radio was planted.

Kues joined STAA on August 13th. Three days later, the position in Lamar was emailed to STAA members. Now Kues is taking another step towards his sports talk passion.

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