Ruthie Hart

Hi, I'm Ruthie Hart, your Queen of the Midday (or as Jack lovingly refers to me Mad Dog Ruthie).

Working with Jack, Charlie, Chris and Jeff is a tough job but someone has to do it and I have been given that pleasure every day. I also have the pleasure of taking you through your work day with the best rock music ever. Thank you for that opportunity, too.

Born and raised in St. Louis, I was a "starving artist" performing in local and regional theatre, dinner theatre, television and radio commercials along with modeling. Moving to Sedalia, in 2004, I worked with my husband Gerald in his photography studio until he "retired".

I wasn't ready to retire yet so, here I am hanging out with you every day.

I enjoy my life with my husband, our children and two cats. I'm into bird watching, fishing, paddling, wine and working out.

Favorite artists: Beatles, Rolling Stones (my first concert), John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, Monet Degas and Van Gogh.

Favorite quote: "Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world." -George Bernard Shaw

Favorite books: Chronicles of Narnia and anything by Hemingway

Some things I still want to do: Play the harp and paint with watercolors

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Charlie Thomas

I used to be confused with Freddie Prinze ("Chico and the Man") when I was younger.


My favorite quote: "Some folks are wise, some otherwise."

The last TV show that choked me up was "The Rifleman."

The first thing I bought with my own money was a 1961 Ford A picture is worth a thousand words, just look at Ruthie.

I started in radio in 1977 at KBBI in Homer Alaska after our rock band produced the station jingles. I did a big band show as a volunteer then moved back to Oklahoma and started to work at KOTV as a master control operator and voice over talent for the station for the next 13 years before moving to Missouri and working for Benne Media at Mix 92.7.

I attended Columbia College and then was offered a position at KDRO AM.

I then moved to West Virginia to create a station for Bob Denver (Gilligan).

I stayed there until I returned to Sedalia to do mornings at KDRO, a position I still occupy while rocking you on the "Night Train" at Power 97.7

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels In The Morning debuted on Classic Hits Power 97.7 in 2008.

August 1st is his 10 th anniversary!

Jack was born in Fayette and grew up in Hannibal where he got his first radio job on KHMO. Jack was 14-years old and the fact that his father was the station’s Assistant General Manager probably helped.

Jack has worked at a number of Missouri radio stations and did a short stint at a station in Hartford, Connecticut. Jack spent several years at a radio station in Ft. Smith, Arkansas where he also did a daily TV show.

Jack and his wife Teresa have three kids and five grandchildren. Jack enjoys playing the stock market, has an extensive coin collection, and has been a freelance whiskey taster since college.

Jack was referenced in the “Encyclopedia of Great American DJ’s." Contrary to the book, he never dated Raquel Welch but did get a hickey from Mary Tyler Moore. And he absolutely never, ever stalked Sarah Palin.

At his 40 th birthday party Jack did a 40-minute solo version of “Stairway To Heaven.” Two months later his wife sold his guitar at her spring garage sale…for 5-bucks!

Jack is developing a high-carb diet with a heavy emphasis on red meat, fried foods, and beer.

One of Jack’s favorite quotes is “Life is what you make of it.”
Yes, he knows Eleanor Roosvelt first said it. Of couse, today, even she would be a Republican!

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Jeff Spaulding

News Director

At the University of Missouri School of Journalism, while studying broadcast journalism, I realized I had a face for radio, not television.

I moved to west-central Missouri, and worked about six years doing local news. I then got out of the business for a decade and a half. In 2003 I came back to radio as News Director for Power 977 and sister station KDRO. I love living in this area, it offers so many opportunities for fun, Kansas City Chiefs football, Mizzou football and basketball, and outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and camping.

1. What is the most played song on your phone or other device? Hotel California

2. Favorite quotation? "You bring your own weather to the picnic." --Harlan Coben

3. What is your favorite time of day? Sunrise, watching the world come to life.

4. What movie made you cry or tear up? Forrest Gump. When Jenny dies, forget about it.

5. If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be? WASSSSSSUPPPP?