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Buddy Johnson

Director: Broadcast & Digital Network
Email: ekjohnson@troy.edu

Buddy Johnson, a native of Pensacola, Florida, is a 37 year broadcast veteran. He began his career at WTBF-AM in Troy as a part-time announcer/Account Executive. After graduation from TROY with a B.A. in Music he served as an Account Executive, on-air personality and sportscaster at WKMX-FM in Enterprise and later at WHBB-WTUN Radio in Selma. In 1979 he moved into television where he worked at WSLA-TV, Selma (now WAKA-TV), as an Account Executive and on-air as a weatherman. Buddy also worked in Regional Sales at WEAR-TV in the Mobile/Pensacola market before assisting in the start-up of WDFX-TV in Dothan where he worked as National Sales Manager. In 1997 he assisted in the start-up of WTBF-FM. He served as National Sales Manager at WRJM-TV from 2000 until 2008 when he joined his alma mater, Troy University, as Director of Troy's Broadcast and Digital Network. He is also the "Voice of the Lady Trojans" basketball team.

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John Brunson

Chief Engineer
Email: jbrunson@troy.edu

John has been walking the halls of Troy University since the late 1970's. You will not hear him on the air often. It is when you don't hear anything that it becomes his job to make Troy University Public Radio heard again. His first radio transmitter operations/ repair experience was with amateur “Ham” radio as a boy. John has a wife, three daughters and five grandchildren. He is active in his local church and spends a considerable amount of his life becoming more adept at classical violin. He is particularly fond of the music of Antonin Dvorak.

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James Clower

Assistant to the Director
Email: jclower@troy.edu

James received a B.S. degree from Troy University in 1970. After graduation, he was employed with the Troy University’s Lurleen Burns Wallace Resource Center as a printer and photographer. After serving as Chief University Photographer for several years, he was assigned as Program Director for TSU-TV. Before retiring in March 2008, he was Director of Radio and Television for twelve years. As a part-time assistant to the Director of Broadcast and Digital Services, he assists with the management of budgets, grants, contracts and FCC matters.

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Wade Giddens

Broadcast Engineer
Email: wgiddens@troy.edu

Wade is a native of Andalusia, Alabama. He is a graduate of Straughn High School, LBW and MacArthur Tech. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Troy University. Wade has worked at radio stations in several southern Alabama towns as a news reporter, announcer, sales representative and engineer. He returned to Troy University as a Broadcast Engineer in 2007. Wade works behind the scenes helping keep the transmitters, studios and microwave equipment functioning. He also works with videoconferencing and classroom audio-visual equipment. Occasionally, he has the opportunity to be a substitute board operator and announcer for Troy University Public Radio.

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Ann Hart

Announcer / Program Assistant
Email: ahart@troy.edu

Ann joined the Troy University Public Radio Network in 1998 as an announcer and programming assistant. She hosts Morning Edition and the Midday Report which provides regional news and weather for the public radio audience. Ann also manages public service announcements for our listening area. Her previous work experience was in commercial radio in the southeast. When she is not working, Ann enjoys spending time with her family which includes her West Highland White Terriers. She is on the board of the Pike Animal Shelter in Troy, Alabama and assists with Westie Rescue Groups in the southeast to transport, foster and find homes for shelter dogs.

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Alfredo Fletcher-Fierro III

Host/Digital Media Producer
Email: afletcher-fierro@troy.edu

Fred Fletcher-Fierro is a host and digital producer at Troy Public Radio. Fred works with Troy Public Radio’s Next Generation Producers program and produces "The Talk of Troy" and "Making Waves." Prior to moving to Alabama Fred worked as a producer at 89.3 KPCC with the national program "AirTalk" hosted by Larry Mantle and a host at 90.1 KBPK in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from California State University San Bernardino in 2006 and a Certificate in Radio Broadcast and Production from Fullerton College in 2016.

Kyle Gassiott

Operations Manager
Email: kgassiott@troy.edu

Kyle Gassiott is the Operations Manager, as well as a Host, and an Executive Producer at Troy Public Radio. He has also worked for NPR, the BBC, ABC News, and Iowa Public Radio. His work as a reporter and producer has been broadcast on NPR's Hourly Newscast, Morning Edition, Good Morning America, and the BBC's Americana. His work has been recognized by the Alabama Broadcasters Association, the Iowa Broadcasters Association, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

David Griffin

Radio Engineer
Email: dgriffin@troy.edu

David came to the Troy, Alabama campus of Troy University via a part-time spot at the Troy University campus in Phenix City, Alabama. David brings nearly ten years of hands on experience to his role. He is a native of Columbus, Georgia where he attended Columbus Vocational Tech and completed an architectural drafting course which gave him the ability to work for himself in a house plan service business. David has a 14 year old son, Nicholas, and is a devoted father. His work includes creating networks for the department and the University's outlaying campus's, developing and maintaining video classrooms, conference rooms and most importantly, maintaining the Alcatel Microwave Radio that keeps the entire Troy University system connected.

Carolyn Hutcheson

Host / Producer
Email: chutch@troy.edu

Carolyn has been in radio for 26 years as a host and producer. She has Bachelor and Master's degrees, with part of her course work for the Master's completed through Troy University. When Carolyn was a toddler, her dad, a civil engineer with FAA, traveled with the family through the northeast on airport projects. People would put the toddler on tables and coax her to talk to those gathered around - thus foreshadowing her career as a radio talker! A high point in her career was having lunch with President Reagan at the White House and broadcasting from the USA Today radio studios. Her daughter lives in Montana with her husband, a county attorney. Carolyn's hobbies include whitewater canoeing and hiking, and she has a great appreciation for her radio guests and the terrific listeners who support Troy University Public Radio in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Cindy Linzey

Operator / Producer
Email: clinzey@troy.edu

Cindy has been with Broadcast & Digital Network at Troy University for almost 9 years. She was born in Dayton, Ohio and has two younger brothers. Her brother John works in Houston, Texas for Boots and Coots while her other brother Phillip manages the Boots and Coots Natural Gas section in Dubai. She has been graced with two children. Michelle, who graduated from Troy University in 1998 with a degree in Business, is the office manager at Troy Animal Clinic. Jacob just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He is currently back at CIA as a teachers assistant.

Shannon Morrell

Media Development Coordinator
Email: smorrell@troy.edu

Shannon Morrell is the University Media Development Coordinator at Troy Public Radio. Shannon works with Troy Public Radio’s Underwriting, & Development.

Prior to joining Troy Public Radio Shannon has worked as an associate news producer for a CBS affiliate & a multi-media sales consultant for both broadcast and digital media companies including Fox Television, al.com, iheart Media, & G/O Digital. She earned an Associates Degree in Art from Enterprise Community College in 2000 & Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations from Troy University in 2002.

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