Cambra Ward, Station Manager
Cambra could be considered a KRVM rookie when compared to our volunteer staff, since she’s been onboard for just a few years. Prior to joining KRVM, Cambra spent thirty years in the local television industry.
During Cambra’s student days at South Eugene High School, she was known to keep a small television in her locker — an early clue that broadcasting was in her blood. After graduation, Cambra attended both Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Armed with a degree in Broadcasting and Visual Design, she began as an intern operating studio cameras at KMTR-TV. After fourteen years in a variety of roles and departments, Cambra was promoted to General Manager of KMTR and two other company-owned stations (one in Bellingham, Washington and the other in Fairbanks, Alaska).
Though her background is television, Cambra has thoroughly enjoyed her time at KRVM, learning more about music and working with station staff and volunteers and with Sheldon High School’s radio broadcasting students.
Cambra has served on the board of directors of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and she’s currently involved with EARS – Eugene Area Radio Stations.
In her off hours, Cambra enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and watching Duck sports. She volunteers at many of the local major track and field events, and one of her most rewarding achievements was hiking to the base camp of Mt. Everest in 2011.
Stu Allen, Program Director
After an extended (35+ year) career in commercial radio, Stu Allen finally figured out that public, community radio – specifically KRVM – is where he belongs.
He’s been a “radio guy” since the age of 16… and never did find his way to the “Real Job” his Grandmother dreamed of… though he believes she would approve of this newest endeavor.
It all started for Stu at KRSB-FM in Roseburg. His Eugene radio adventure began shortly after moving in 1980 to attend LCC and the U of O (BBA in Management ’84). After getting his foot in the door at KZEL and 1280 KBDF (now KRVM-AM) as a college intern, he was quickly hired to work evenings at the AM Oldies station… and that eventually developed into a full time position producing commercials and station promos for both entities, and on-air at KZEL. He jumped to KMGE just after it signed on the air to do the same sort of activities for a few years… and after that was the Program Director of KNRQ. Most recently, he was at Bicoastal Media handling production, news, and programming-related duties. Now – at last – he’s found a home at KRVM.
If you’ve been in Eugene for any length of time, Stu’s voice will probably sound familiar to you… from radio, TV – and maybe even the on-hold message at your Doctor’s office.
In his spare time, Stu’s happy place is on his bike, riding by the river. He’s attempting to re-learn how to play guitar after a three decade hiatus, and every once in a great while he wanders into the hot shop at the EMU Craft Center for an attempt at glass-blowing.
Stu says “I’ve enjoyed training people of all ages in the basics – and the finer points – of radio over the years. My mission is to continue the wonderful variety of music programming on KRVM, and help students and volunteers alike learn and polish their radio-related skills… Plus, have a whole lot of fun in the process!”
Clare Kolakowski, Membership Coordinator
Clare was welcomed into the KRVM family in January 2005 as a volunteer helping at the station for a couple of hours 3 days a week labeling CDs, painting shelves, stuffing envelopes and doing whatever else needed doing. The following year she was hired as Membership Coordinator.
Clare is impressed with the level of love and support that KRVM receives from the community and is committed to helping this unique station continue its dual mission of presenting quality music programming to listeners and radio broadcast training to area students.
In her free time, Clare enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, biking, birding, camping and anything else that has to do with spending time outdoors.
Paul Schwartzberg, Development Director
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Paul considers himself a product of the Minneapolis punk scene of the early ’80s. Paul’s first experience in radio was at WMCN the Macalaster College radio station in St Paul, Minnesota. Thanks to Paul’s large record collection, a friend invited him to assist on Rockabilly Rumblings. This experience led Paul to pursue a career in broadcasting, which led him to KPSA, KNMZ, and KMOO radio stations in New Mexico and, eventually, to KNND in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Paul worked at the station from 2000 to 2005, then in 2005, Paul bought the station and ran it from May 2005 until June 2013. After selling the station Paul decided to step away from broadcasting and took a job with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, where he worked for 2½ years before deciding he was ready to return to the broadcast industry. Paul is overjoyed to have the position of Development Director at KRVM, a station that aligns perfectly with his ideals and concept of what good radio is. Paul also serves on the board of Friends of KRVM.
John Etheredge, Underwriting Representative
John grew up in East Texas and in Southern California. As a youngster in East Texas, he lived for the nighttime, when he could listen to rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues on distant radio stations in Chicago and New Orleans. John began his radio career at KLCC in 1970. He then served as Program Director and on-air personality at a half-dozen Eugene area radio stations, before assuming the Program Director position at KRVM in 1980.
When John came to KRVM, the station was on the air only six days a week, as little as eight hours a day, only during the school year. John’s greatest pride is his central role in developing KRVM’s volunteer recruitment and training program, and in guiding the station’s expansion to full-time operation.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Film at UO. In 1993, he left his position as KRVM Program Director to pursue a Master’s Degree at OSU, with the goal of becoming a full-time classroom teacher. Since 1998, he’s been teaching at Marcola Elementary School and Mohawk High School in the Marcola School District.
In addition to remaining very active at KRVM, John enjoys being a member of the Rainy Day Blues Society, and he’s much in demand as a special events MC or DJ. He and his wife Candy never miss a chance to hear any of their favorite “oldies” artists in concert, and he regularly shares his interviews with these artists with his KRVM audiences.
Jonathan Ward, Underwriting Representative
Jonathan Ward began his broadcasting career in public radio at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his Broadcast Journalism degree. He’s held positions in commercial radio news, production, and sales.
Jonathan has covered the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, interviewed the president of the United States, covered local government news, and worked the police beat. He’s sold advertising and written and produced spots for local Eugene radio stations, and for KMTR television where he was promoted to local sales manager.
Later, Jonathan owned and operated a direct mail advertising agency before changing careers and becoming a teacher. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and taught for nine years at the middle school level.
Jonathan is active in local theater and has a recurring role as the foley artist in Fred Craft’s Radio Redux at the Hult Center. He also hosts Tropical Beat every Friday night on another local public radio station.