October 21, 2014

Rick Fischer

 

Holding a B.A. degree in Theatre and English with a strong backround in Communications from Iowa Wesleyan College, in Mount Pleasant, IA, Rick Fischer has been with KMEM since the day the station signed on the air, March 29th, 1982.

Over the years Fischer began his duties as an on-air personality who moved on to become News and Programming Director.  Fischer also does commercial production and color commentary for high school football.

KMEM now offers local news, weather and sports on www.kmemfm.com, so even folks far from home can keep up to date on local events.

Fischer also has stated that , “While those of us on-the-air receive the most recognition from the public, there is also a hard-working team of dedicated professionals who work behind the scenes who are basically the ‘heart and soul’ of KMEM.  They are the ones who do the really important stuff that makes a radio station work.”

While Fischer did color commentary for Clark County Indian Football since the late 1980′s, this year will bring some changes, as Fischer will be joining Kelly Swearingen at times in the booth for Scotland County Tiger football, along with Terri Slaughter. Fischer has made the change due to the fact that he has a grandson Matt Jenkins, who will be playing for the Davis County (Iowa) Mustangs, and Fischer will be enjoying watching Matt play from time to time on Friday nights.  Fischer’s other grandson Marcus Jenkins spent a considerable amount of time playing third base for the Scotland County Tigers last spring, and the Tigers are looking to return a number of baseball starters in the spring of 2014.

While every year has been exciting, the 2008 football season was a very special one for Fischer, with the Clark County Indians going 15-0, as the Indians set a record for consecutive wins that year and won the Missouri Class 2A football state championship  by defeating the Maryville Spoofhounds in an exciting 10-7 victory at the Edward D. Jones Dome in St. Louis.   At that time, Fischer was doing color commentary for the Indians, and that was an experience he will never forget.

Fischer has also had the opportunity to help train a couple of major professionals working in the broadcast industry, including Clark County High School and Mizzou Alum David Hunziker, who is now the voice of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Kim Ray, who went on to broadcast network jobs in New York and in the Kansas City market.

Fischer enjoys working with the public, meeting the athletes and their parents.

Fischer is frequently asked to speak to students at career days on the high school and college level for those interested in a career in communications and journalism.  While he has served in various capacities at KMEM over the years, Fischer now focuses more on news coverage, attending a number of meetings and public events.

Fischer is proud to have been a part of KMEM’s award-winning success. Fischer has been recognized by the local Rotary Club as thier Outstanding Citizen and Community Volunteer, and Fischer and KMEM General Manager Mark Denney were also recognized  by Rotary for KMEM’s continuing support of Rotary efforts over the years.

Fischer serves as News Director at KMEM FM in Memphis, hosts a daily award-winning community affairs program called “Coffee Break” on the road weekdays Monday through Friday in various communities at 8:30AM on 100.5 FM.  Fischer has also received  three honorary FFA memberships from different schools due to his support of their FFA programs, and Fischer received a very prestigious honor not long ago by being named by University of Missouri Vice Provost Dr. Michael D. Ouart to the Extension Leaders Honor Roll for his long-term commitment and support of University of Missouri Extension programs.

e-mail Rick at rfischer@kmemfm.com

This article comes from Real Country 100.5 www.kmemfm.com