Who We Are
KVWJ brings many folks together, not only over the airwaves but also behind the scenes. Here is who we are:
Friend Weller has worked
professionally for over four decades as a radio announcer, producer, and
engineer in both commercial and public radio. He
is a member of the Society of
Broadcast Engineers holding the rank of Certified Radio Broadcast
Engineer. KVWJ is the culmination of a life-long dream - to own and
operate his own radio station. He is the father of eight and enjoys all
things radio - and has several widely-varied side interests. He'd
"...rather be on the radio than on anything else."
Alissa Weller is the patient one in the operation. She
offers sage advice, a listening ear, and tolerates that other fellow
who has been blathering on about radio for the last 50 years. She loves
her eight children and five grandchildren, is an award-winning pie
maker, and out of her love of sewing & quilting, she works
at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop in customer support. She has been the
unwavering support of the idea of "...the little radio station around
the corner and up your block."
Ken Andersen is the real brains here. He keeps our computers computing and the file servers serving. Ken is a Systems Administrator at Utah State University. He lives in Hyrum with his wife Ruth and their seven children. He loves the beauty of northern Utah and especially Cache Valley. He also loves to play basketball and any other sport he can convince others to play with him.
Kirsten Swanson makes her home in Logan with her husband and three
children. She works in machine embroidery, as a radio announcer and producer, home
educator, and voice artist. She enjoys gardening, wordplay, story songs,
and dancing. Radio is her happy place. Kirsten is the host of KVWJ's children's program "Into a Child's Mind" heard Saturday mornings at 8.
Monica Marquez is a Los Angeles native with a background in law, the League of Women Voters, an avid drummer, and, in a former life at Pomona College, the General Manager of FM radio station KSPC 88.7....and she’s always believed that radio is way better than TV!
Roch Bordenave has gigged as a disc jockey, morning show producer, program director, copywriter and promo producer in locations from Colorado to Florida. His list of credits runs from work with the Department of Energy to video narrations, live stadium announcing and more. He also plays valve trombone in the Steely Dan tribute band, Dr. Wu. Today, Roch works from his home studio in West Los Angeles and is a friend of KVWJ.
Jim Wellings is a senior classroom and AV systems designer and programmer at Utah State University. He started his career in technical theatre, specializing in lighting design, media, and live audio. Entertainment production still influences his approach to all AV and media, and years of live sound mixing has lowered his tolerance for bad audio, much to the occasional rolled eye of coworkers. In addition to being a full-time AV nerd, in his spare time he engineers live sound and freelances in broadcast television production.