KINZ Crew

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Larry Pierce: lpierce@mytown-media.com
Operations Manager, Account Executive, AM Show host. Started in radio in 1987 in Liberal, KS. while attending SCCC. Moved home to Houston in 1991 and started my own mobile DJ service doing weddings, parties and other events as well as in clubs. Got out of the business in 1997. In 2000, decided to go back to school to get back into radio, so I attended American Broadcasting school in Tulsa and started back in radio at KBEZ doing the overnights, then moved to the famed KVOO in Tulsa doing part time as well as doing traffic reports for the clear channel stations in Tulsa. I just couldn’t seem to get that full time job I wanted in Tulsa. I was offered a morning show at KITO in Vinita, OK. in 2004. Starting in August of 2012 I started my own on-line station as well as an on-line video sports channel for the local sports and events in the area. I ran for Mayor of Vinita in 2015, lost by 190 votes, and was then offered the job with My Town Media in April of 2015.


Mark Patton: mpatton@mytown-media.com
My first stint in radio came at KKOY as a Lincoln School reporter at age 11 in 1978. In 1984 I was hired by Mr. Dale McCoy and got an actual job with the station playing commercials during KC Royals/Chiefs games as well as spinning records like America’s Top 40 on weekends. After 4 years in the USAF, I moved back to Chanute and started working as the Morning Guy on KKOY while attending NCCC (and working with another future MTM man Brian Cunningham). I was known as Swap and Save Man and other non-printable names before I headed off to Grinnell College in Iowa where I graduated in 1994. After working at the Pink Elephant Car Wash in Anchorage, Alaska I taught English for 2 years in South Korea. I then returned to radio when I came back to Chanute to help Radio Legend Mike Sutcliffe start up his own radio station KINZ. After 2 years of Mark and Rob (Olson) in the Morning and then Mark and Matty’s (Kevin Matlock) Two Dog Morning, I left radio to run a place called G. Willikers for nearly two years. From there I worked leasing land for oil and gas in two separate projects before moving to Sedona, AZ. I spent 7 years in Sedona and part-time in Los Angeles chasing my other dream of being a screenwriter. I went through a few managers, got some smaller movies made, placed highly in some big screenwriting contests, and optioned numerous scripts. Still, radio was the only job I’ve ever missed. I moved back to Chanute in 2010 and volunteered on KINZ’s Radio Classifieds with Mike Sutcliffe for 2 years. Finally, in 2019, I approached My Town Media and asked if I could join their team and finally get back to my other passion — full time radio. I feel fortunate to be able to do radio again while continuing to follow my other dream of writing and being close to friends and family.


Sara Hegwald | Marketing Consultant: shegwald@mytown-media.com
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri (don’t hold that against me), I moved to Southeast Kansas when I was 16, and landed in Chanute in 2008. For the last 12 years, I’ve made Chanute my home and it’s where I have raised 2 beautiful daughters with my awesome husband. We do everything together and spend most of the summer camping and fishing. When it gets cold outside, we get grumpy and curse the days until it’s warm again…
I have worked in sales most of my adult life, and though I went to school for just about everything under the sun, I never figured out what I wanted my diploma to say, so, I always returned to sales. I really enjoy it because I love to learn. I learn something new every day and my favorite thing about my job is meeting new people and TALKING. I’m pretty good at that, I could do it all day long… so I do. Ultimately, I want to learn about you — where you came from, where you are now, and where you want to be in your business. In my line of work, I set a goal for myself, and my goals aren’t met until your goals are met first.
Specifically, It’s MY job to help you reach your goal by converting MY listeners into YOUR customers, and once we reach your goal by developing a successful marketing strategy together, we will set new goals to attack and dominate. There is always room for improvement, and no matter what business you are in, and it’s my job to make us BOTH better in our line of work… or play… whatever pays your bills.