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Staff

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.
Jim Kunze
Jim Kunze – Engineer/Opinion Show Host

At the age of 13 James Kunze went to radio school in Chicago for 6-weeks and obtained his First Class radio operator’s license.  A graduated from Plymouth High School in 1970, Jim worked for WTCA and WZOC while attending high school as a board operator and assistant engineer. He returned to WTCA/WZOC in 1985 after working as the lead technical writer for Heathcraft/Zenith and as an engineer writer for Martin Marietta in Orlando, FL.   Kunze is currently the Station Manager for WZOC and engineer for WTCA.
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.

Sherina Bottorf
Sherina Bottorff – Receptionist

Sherina Bottorff started working part time at WTCA in the spring of 2009. She is the receptionist for the office and handles the phone lines assisting listeners and customers. Sherina is in charge of the Bulletin Boards and types city and county police reports. She actively listens to the police scanners at work and also takes photographs for the web news.  Sherina was born and raised in Plymouth.  She has two daughter’s Breann and Alexis.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children and family.  She also enjoys listening to Country Music and watching Nascar Racing and frequently visits the local Plymouth Speedway Dirt Track.

Phillip Kersey
Phillip Kersey

Phillip Kersey is a 2009 graduate of Plymouth High School.   He has been with WTCA since 2008.
Phil’s duties include WTCA equipment manager for football & basketball seasons.  He also is a board-op
for numerous events aired on WTCA.   Phil’s hobbies include fishing and messing with Tony during
gameday set-up.

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.

Susan Eggleston – Traffic Manager & Account Executive

Susan Eggleston first began working for WTCA in 1982.  Over the years she has worked in nearly every aspect of the Radio Station.  She is currently the Traffic Manager which includes the tracking and scheduling of commercials for daily broadcasts, and as an Account Executive she enjoys promoting special monthly programs for advertisers, helping them plan their calendar for broadcast advertising during the year, and the creation and production of their commercials.  Susan is also on hand for Remotes as needed and has taken her turn as radio D.J. and assisted with the gathering of local news over the years.

She is a lifelong resident of the beautiful city of Plymouth, married to Stephen Eggleston and they have two grown sons and two granddaughters.  In her spare time she enjoys writing, interior decorating, reading, walking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

 

Andrew Banas

After returning from Viet Nam, Andrew Banas first entered the broadcast market in 1970 for KLCB Radio in Libby, Montanna.  From there he came to Indiana and joined the staff at WFLM in Crown Point, and first joined the staff at WTCA in 1972.  Throughout the years he has done many things for the station, including sports and production, but he has always been a terrific on-air personality and loves his morning show on WTCA from 6-8 am each Monday thru Friday.

Since Andy’s from the 60′s era he loves to play the music and shares his memories with all his listeners.  Often he will do a special tribute to a particular artist during his morning show and it always manages to remind his listeners of a special time in their lives.

In his spare time he loves to travel, loves oldies music and walks eight to ten miles a day.  In the summer he hits the beach as often as possible and enjoys model railroads and has a great collection of his own.  Andy resides in Plymouth, and of course we would be remiss if we did not mention Andy’s two cats, they are his children and loved and cared for with the same affection.