Don Rivet is co-host of The Morning Blend, one of the longest morning show hosts in the country – over 35 years and counting! He is a graduate of Brown Broadcasting (Class of ’77) and landed his first job at KWOR in Worland, Wyoming after that. Don joined KTOE in February of 1979. Don has been married for 40 years to his beautiful wife, Dianne. He loves to have fun and make people laugh to start their day. You will always catch him wearing a hat!
Dan McCargar joined KTOE in the fall of 1981. He began doing color analysis of high school football games with Barry Wortel and they worked together for 19 seasons. He also did Play by Play for basketball games along with pulling a regular board shift. Dan left the station after 20 years, but rejoined as a member of The Morning Blend upon the untimely death of Red Lewis. Dan is the Color Commentator for MSU Mankato Hockey Television Broadcasts. Dan has been married to his high school sweetheart Anne since 1983. They have 4 children. Danny, Emily, Ellen, and Madeline.
Pete Steiner has been with KTOE since 1988, a 35-year radio veteran! Pete and his wife, Jeanne, have two grown daughters, and now enjoy reading and traveling. In his spare time, Pete likes to play guitar and write songs. He also writes a monthly column for Mankato Magazine. Listen to Pete as he hosts his radio show Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. As well as his award-winning Talk of the Town interview show weekday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Guests include civic leaders, politicians, authors, health and economics experts, entertainment figures, and more.
Barry Wortel has been with KTOE since April 1973. He started broadcasting ball games in September 1975. Barry began on-air Sunday mornings, then weekends, then full-time in 1976 along with his Program Director duties. He has a strong passion for radio. He thoroughly enjoys the trips taken with listeners to Twins’ games, as well as past trips to Branson and Alaska cruises! Barry is addicted to fantasy football. Married to his wife Kathy for 39 years, they have 3 grown children: Dan, Tess & Robyn. Barry is on “The Morning Blend” plus reports the sports on-the-hour. Barry also sells advertising the rest of the morning and is back on the air from 1:35 – 3 pm weekdays with his own show. Then Barry is back on air from 6:10 – 7 pm with Barry & Friends. Last but not least Saturday morning’s “Benchwarmer Show” at 9:10 am with the area coaches.
Dustin Wilmes started his broadcast career in 2004 at KMSU 89.7 FM-Mankato/KMSK 91.3 FM-Austin. He continues to volunteer there, hosting a show called The Five Count every Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Dustin joined Radio Mankato in January 2005 after graduating with degrees in journalism and public relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Dustin likes food, grandmothers, professional wrestling, and long walks on the beach. He dislikes potholes, scrambled eggs, squirrels, and John Mellencamp. Listen to the Dustin Wilmes Show weekdays at 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. & Saturday noon to 6 p.m. The Dustin Wilmes show features a healthy dose of current events, interviews with people of interest, entertainment news, music, and random observations. Some people say he’s too charming for his own good. They may be right.
Annette Weston is a veteran journalist, with a career spanning several decades and many states. A Michigan native, she’s a huge University of Michigan Wolverines football fan (Go Blue!), tries to put as many miles on her V-star Classic as the Midwest weather allows, and is mom to four grown children and step-monster to a teenage girl. She loves camping with her long-time love, good music, great food, and decent people with a better-than-average grasp of spelling and grammar. She’s a former diversity instructor and her greatest wish is that we all just learn to get along.
Like many who get their start in radio, Brandon Lewis started at the bottom of the totem pole. His first job was as a board op and weekend DJ at KILR Radio in Estherville, Iowa while attending Iowa Lakes Community College. Lewis has previously been an Assistant News Director at KILR and News Director at KSIB in Creston, Iowa. With ten years in radio, Lewis has also covered collegiate athletics as a broadcaster for the University of North Alabama and the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League.
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