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William (Wm.) Mark Simmons has had a varied career as an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, musician, and entertainer. 

MUSIC

As a musician, he has played the trombone, E-flat tuba, double B-flat sousaphone, piano, 6 and 12-string guitars, and ukelele.  A classically trained vocalist as well as a folk and filk-singer, he has performed in auditoriums and concert halls as well as restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses.

TELEVISION

He produced, hosted, and performed on a weekly cable television music program while getting his degree in Mass Communications.

VOICE WORK

His voice-work has extended to narrating soundtracks for commercials, films, and multi-media presentations.

THEATRE

As an actor, he has appeared in such productions as The King & I, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Man for All Seasons, A Thurber Carnival, Stories of America, God's Favorite, and The Devil & Daniel Webster.

RADIO

In radio, he has worked as a producer, announcer, and/or commentator in Classical, Jazz, New Age, "Music of Your Life", and News Talk formats.  He has worked in both commercial and public radio as a Station Manager, Program Director, Operations Manager, Music Director, Director of Production, Music Librarian, Volunteer Coordinator, Interview Host, Disc Jockey, and News Reporter.

JOURNALISM

As a journalist he was twice awarded by the Missouri College Newspaper Association for his weekly political and social commentary newspaper column.  He served as editor for "The Leader's Digest" and Associate Editor of "The Neighbor" magazines for the Independence Neighborhood Councils Association.  He was the Associate Editor of the KXTR Program Guide and Editor of the KRPS & KEDM Program Guides.  He also served as Editor of "Acts" magazine for Harvest House Ministries.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

He has written, edited, and produced sales materials, commercials, promotions, public service announcements, narrative scripts, and underwriting “spots” for product and service promotions.  Developed marketing campaigns and strategies for radio stations and individual clientele.  Developed Community, Regional, and National Funding for KEDM Public Radio through Membership Drives, Planned Giving Campaigns, Special Events, and Grants Development at the local, state, and national levels more than quadrupling previous income and funding levels in a four-year period and winning the coveted National “Best Overall Development & Marketing, First Place” Award from National Public Radio, VisABILITY, PRADO and The Development Exchange in 1998.  He has won “Addy” Awards from the American Advertising Federation every year from 1995 to 2005 for writing and producing promotional materials and campaigns for KEDM Public Radio.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

He served as a Community Organizer and "Process Facillitator" for The Neighborhood Councils of Independence.  He was a former Host/Emcee for Monroe Symphony Orchestra Pops Concerts and a member of the Monroe Symphony Board of Directors.  A Host/Presenter for the Rivertown Awards of Excellence and a Telethon Co-host for Habitat for Humanity & The Children’s Miracle Network in Northeast Louisiana.

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE

As a college and university instructor, he has taught Fundamentals of Speech Communications for Labette Community College and the Mass Communications Practicum courses at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  As a community organizer he Taught Civic Leaders skills in Community Organization and Process Facilitation for the Neighborhood Councils of Independence.  At the management level he has trained Announcers in all aspects of Radio Announcing, Music Programming, Audio Production, 3rd Class License Engineering requirements, and Language & Pronunciation skills for KBEA-AM, KXTR-FM, KRPS-FM, KEDM-FM, and the RADIO KANSAS Network.  He has taught First-Aid certification classes for The Red Cross.

AUTHOR

His first novel, In the Net of Dreams, was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and made Locus Magazine’s “Best List” in 1991.  To date he has published seven novels and one novella in the United States with translations in Russia and the Czech Republic.  His unique blend of humor and plots that unfold "like an origami sculpture designed by M.C. Escher" have won him the title of “master of twisted humorous fantasy and horror.”

CURRENTLY

Mr. Simmons makes his home in Hutchinson, Kansas, not far from the world famous Cosmosphere Space Museum.  He is the Music Director for Radio Kansas and can be heard as the network’s morning Classical host throughout nearly half of the Sunflower State.  A member of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), he is represented by Lucienne Diver of the Knight Literary Agency

 

THE BASICS

William Mark Simmons was born in 1953 and spent his formative years in Independence, Missouri, the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and fantasy author Jim Butcher.

Mark currently resides in the town of Hutchinson, Kansas, not far from the world famous Cosmosphere Space Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Climbing Circa 1980

KRPS-FM Circa 1990

KRPS-FM Circa 1990