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Ken Kunze – General Manager

Kenneth Kunze has been in the radio business since 1947. After serving in the Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1946 as a Radio Operator aboard many ships he went to Val-Tech Institute in Valparaiso and graduated with a degree in broadcasting. Once he got his degree he went back home to Port Huron, MI and built WTTH. 11 years later Ken decided to venture out on his own and built WERT in Van Wert, OH. and then a couple of years after that he built WMVR in Sidney, OH.
In 1964 Ken and his wife Jeanne came to Plymouth and started WTCA and two years later they built and created WTCA-FM.
Ken retired in 1998 but still serves as the Chief Engineer for the WTCA transmitter.
Kathy Bottorf
Kathy Bottorff – Station Manager

Kathy has grown up in the radio business watching her parents; Ken and Jeanne Kunze build WTCA-AM 1050 in 1964.  Her radio débuted was in a commercial for a local dairy in 1965 when she asked her father “Daddy, Where does milk come from?”

Kathy has had a variety of jobs over her many years at the station.  Her first job was cataloguing records…kids these days don’t even know what a record is.    As the years went on she answered phones, typed commercial logs and then moved up to traffic, keeping track of when the commercials air and their billing.  When her father retired in 2000 she stepped into the manager’s position.

Currently her duties include director of local news, attending many meetings weekly and writing articles for the station’s local news broadcasts and the radio station’s website.  She also is founder and co-host of the popular local talk show, “What’s Your Opinion,” and handles the daily operations of the station.

Married to the station’s sales manager, Jim, they have three grown children, a son ready to graduate from high school and 9 grandchildren.  In her spare time Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren participate in various events and competitions.  She also enjoys camping, traveling, racing and working in the yard.

 

Jim Bottorf
Jim Bottorff – Sales Manager

Jim joined the WTCA staff in 1989. Jim is the sales manager and oversees the sales department, creates various sales packages as well as production work including creating commercial copy, recording single and multi-voice commercials, board operator for remotes and assists in setting up equipment for live remotes and sporting events.

In his spare time he helps out at Plymouth Speedway and loves mowing his yard. Family activities are also important to Jim as he follows his son and grandchildren around the country as they participate in a variety of sporting events. He also loves camping with his wife Kathy.

 

 Rusty Nixon
Rusty Nixon – Sports and Opinion Show Host
Rusty began his broadcast career in college right here on WTCA covering the Bi-County basketball tournament with the legendary Rick Derf and Corky Lingle. From there it was on to overnights and hosting the pre-game show on Bethel College basketball broadcasts at WHME-FM in South Bend, and eventually spending eight years covering sports and as the afternoon drive personality at WFRN/WCMR in Elkhart.
He has been the Assistant/Pitching Coach for the Ancilla College Chargers baseball program for the past 6 years and spent 12 years in the same position at Plymouth High School. He worked for 10 years as Sports Editor at The Pilot News and has done free lance work for them as well as the South Bend Tribune.
He and wife Maggie have five sons; Jake who lives and works in Indianapolis, Elijah, Nathan, Ben and Zephan all students in Plymouth Schools.
Brian Kunze
Brian Kunze – Lead Boys Basketball Broadcaster

Brian Kunze is a third generation broadcaster at WTCA.  His grandparents, Ken and Jeanne Kunze started the radio station in 1964 and his father, Jim has served in various positions over the years with engineering being him main focus for 40 years.

After graduating from Plymouth High School and Manchester College, Brian accepted a position as a Government and US History teacher at Wheeler High School.  While attending college, Brian was a summer intern with WTCA and built three new studios, and handles the company’s technology needs.  He currently serves as the Voice of the Big Red Basketball for the boys varsity games.

In his spare time Brian enjoys the quiet solitude of hot air ballooning as chief commercial pilot of his balloon “Skittles,” with Michiana Balloon Rides.  He also is a timer a Plymouth Speedway and fills in announcing when needed.  Brian is engaged to get married in 2015.

Carol Anders – News

Carol Anders serves as a correspondent for our News Department.
She has been with the station for more than 13 years, working part-time.
She covers a number of city and county meetings, school boards, court cases, and special events for both WTCA and the local newspaper.
In addition to reporting local news, she has been a speech and debate coach for over 16 years starting with Plymouth High School and now with Canterbury High School in Ft. Wayne.
Carol is a volunteer for CASA for children (Court Appointed Special Advocate) through Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division.
With meetings to attend almost every night of the week and weekends, spare time is unheard of for the most part. She does make time for her five grown children and eleven grandchildren.