KIWA Staff

Tom Traughber

Program Director | Music Director

Tom was born and raised in Spencer, where he was bitten early by the radio bug. He started his radio career in 1975, while still attending high school. Following a brief and unheralded stint as an Opera Performance Major at Simpson College in Indianola, he made his way through other career paths before returning to his first love, Mary Jane Schm………I mean, RADIO!!! After working at various spots up and down the radio dial, he came to KIWA in the spring of 1987. He has, at various times, served as Announcer, Sports Director, Chief Engineer (where he got to wear the cool “railroad hat”), and Advertising Representative.  In addition, Tom is a Certified Firearms Instructor, and teaches Concealed Weapons Permit Classes.

Tom and his wife, Kathy, live in Sheldon. They are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where Tom is a member of the Knights Of Columbus.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys fishing, hunting and the shooting sports, and telling children to “Get off my lawn!”.  He is widely known for his lack of a sense of humor, and his fondness for bacon.


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