General Manager Ray Rintamaki — has been in the “radio business” for 40 years, 25 of them right here in Fremont County. He says he wouldn’t have it any other way. His love for radio goes all the way back to when he was a child and continues unabated today. Close friends know he has a passion for the outdoors, specifically walleye fishing.
“Nary a week goes by,” he says, that he isn’t “plying the waters of Boysen in search of the elusive ‘eye.”
He also enjoys bringing the outdoors to the internet with his website at www.wyomingoutdoorsradio.com.
Advertising Manager Jim McGilvray — holds an AAS in Media Production from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, graduating in 2005.
Along with guiding the advertising staff, he develops marketing strategies and handles production work for both KVOW/KTAK.
He moved to Riverton in 2001 with his family. He enjoys listening to music, exploring the digital arts and having what he calls “warm weather fun.”
News Director Leslie Stratmoen — writes, produces and broadcasts the daily news and hosts the Chit Chat news talk radio show. News Segments air weekdays at 7, 8, noon and 5 on both KTAK 93.9 FM and KVOW 1450 AM, right after the national news feed.
Locals depend on her to deliver First News each morning at 6:20 on KTAK and hourly updates on both stations. Many of her stories go statewide, regional and sometimes national through affiliation with the Cowboy State News Network, The Associated Press and the station’s website news feed.
The Chit Chat show airs weekdays from 8-9 on KVOW 1450 AM, right after the news. Excerpts of selected interviews are posted on the Chit Chat page. The Chit Chat hour has become one of the state’s top rated news talk radio shows that covers local, state and national issues — named first in the state in 2010 by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. The show features people, issues and events important to the folks of Fremont County and throughout the state.
One day she may be warning residents of encroaching flood waters or discussing the state’s budget with the governor. The next day, she’s bringing the latest advances in medical treatment to her listeners through discussions with nationally-known doctors and nutritionist or introducing her audience to writers, artists and musicians from around the world.
Leslie (Drollinger) Stratmoen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in the late 1970s and began her career in journalism as a production artist and illustrator for a Midwest newspaper chain, based in Iowa. That was in the mid-1980s. She moved up from there to become a staff reporter and lead photographer, then a lifestyle and entertainment editor for a Midwest and East Coast newspaper chain. She went on from there to become an editor/publisher of a regional magazine published in Iowa.
Her career in print journalism continued when she moved to Riverton, Wyoming, in 2001, and started working for the local newspaper. Then, seven years later, in 2008, after spending more than 20 years as a print and photo journalist, she jumped into broadcasting when she signed on as News Director for KVOW/KTAK rivertonradio.com.
It’s the perfect match for her talents, she says, because she’s always been a musician and singer on the side of any journalism job. Her peers, it seems, would agree. Six months into the job, she was named top news reporter of the year by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters and took second place in News Talk Radio for her Chit Chat show. It was that following year, the show placed first in the state.
Advertising Consultant Darla Mason — has been an advertising consultant for KVOW/KTAK for the past two years now, coming into the broadcasting arena after 25 years in the hospitality hotel industry in California.
She’s no stranger to the area, though. She’s a Riverton High School graduate of the class of 1981 and played Rustler Volleyball. She went on to graduate two years later from Central Wyoming College in Riverton, then earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Chadron State College in Nebraska.
In 2003, she married Scott Mason of San Francisco. The couple has two children, 19-year-old Leah and 5-year-old Bryce. They moved to Riverton in 2006.
She says she loves her job and customers and enjoys all outdoors activities.
Office Manager Rebecca Pitt — started her broadcasting career at KVOW/KTAK in January of 2009 after graduating two years earlier with a degree in broadcasting from Central Wyoming College in Riverton. She moved to the area from Ohio in 2005 to become a student at the college.
As office manager, she’s what might be called the cog in the wheel of the station because she handles the radio trafficking, billings, accounts payables & receivables and payroll.
Sports Director Chuck Sebastian – is busy covering all sports up to the national level, with emphasis on local, regional and state.
He’s also the DJ on Wyoming’s Big Country 93.9 FM weekdays from 6 in the morning until 9.