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Personalities

Nathan Puhl

Nathan grew up in the small town of Chatsworth, Iowa, six miles between the towns of Akron and Hawarden. During his high school years at West Sioux in Hawarden, Nathan wanted to be an English teacher in his early high school years. But Nathan's love for sports changed his mind to pursue a career in the radio industry. Nathan attended the University of South Dakota in 2010 and while at USD, he worked for the college student radio station, KAOR 91.1 Coyote Radio, for four years. Nathan worked in executive staff positions that included the Station Manager, Sports Director, and Productions Director of Coyote Radio. After graduating from USD in 2014, Nathan was hired by KILR Radio as an Account Executive/Sports Play By Play Announcer. Nathan's parents are Cliff and Irene Puhl and he has three siblings, Lisa, Tyler and Derek. Nathan is also an uncle to Grace, his sister’s child. Nathan is a die-hard Packers fan and enjoys watching and broadcasting sports games.


On-Air Schedule
Monday 11:00am - 12:00pm 11 to Noon with Nathan Puhl
Tuesday 11:00am - 12:00pm 11 to Noon with Nathan Puhl
Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00pm 11 to Noon with Nathan Puhl
Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm 11 to Noon with Nathan Puhl
Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm 11 to Noon with Nathan Puhl

Ed Funston

Ed Funston joined KILR as News Director in September 2002, bringing with him more than 20 years experience in radio broadcasting. He previously worked as news director at radio stations in Osage City, KS and his hometown of Emporia, KS.

After growing up in Emporia and Topeka, KS, Ed went on to attend Kansas State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio-Television in 1985.

Ed and his wife Kristy, a teacher at Guardian Angel Pre-School, have two daughters, Brittney and Claire and two grandchildren, Zeke and Joscelyn.


On-Air Schedule
Monday 12:00pm - 01:00pm News Hour with Ed Funston
Monday 05:00pm - 06:00pm Prime Time Drive Time News Hour
Tuesday 12:00pm - 01:00pm News Hour with Ed Funston
Tuesday 05:00pm - 06:00pm Prime Time Drive Time News Hour
Wednesday 12:00pm - 01:00pm News Hour with Ed Funston
Wednesday 05:00pm - 06:00pm Prime Time Drive Time News Hour
Thursday 12:00pm - 01:00pm News Hour with Ed Funston
Thursday 05:00pm - 06:00pm Prime Time Drive Time News Hour
Friday 12:00pm - 01:00pm News Hour with Ed Funston
Friday 05:00pm - 06:00pm Prime Time Drive Time News Hour

Dave Van Roekel

Dave Van Roekel began his 2nd stint at KILR in September of 1997. Dave serves as the stations Sports Director and Morning Disc Jockey. Dave calls the action on approximately 100 athletic contests each year. Dave enjoys the competition and the life lessons athletics gives to student-athletes. Dave's wife Lynae is a part time employee at KILR and they have three children, two grandsons and one granddaughter. Their oldest daughter Natalie and her husband Andy live in Gruver with their two sons Keegan 14 and Liam 10. Their son Tyler calls Estherville home, while their youngest daughter Whitney and her husband Wade and their daughter Emma call Brandon, South Dakota home. Dave also has a passion for the game of golf, and uses that passion to coach the ELC boys golf program.

Dave Van Roekel's Pages:

On-Air Schedule
Monday 06:00am - 11:00am Wakin' Up with DVR!
Tuesday 06:00am - 11:00am Wakin' Up with DVR!
Wednesday 06:00am - 11:00am Wakin' Up with DVR!
Thursday 06:00am - 11:00am Wakin' Up with DVR!
Friday 06:00am - 11:00am Wakin' Up with DVR!

Laurie Olson

Laurie started in radio right here at KILR while attending college to pursue a 2-year AS Degree in Broadcasting at Iowa Lakes Community College. Since then she has worked for radio stations in Spirit Lake and Spencer.. and has now landed back at KILR.. returning September 2013.

She works behind the scenes for KILR, printing the daily commercial logs for the AM and FM stations.. along with writing and producing commercials for on-air advertisers.

Born and raised in Estherville, Laurie enjoys spending time with husband Kory, and their two daughters, Hannah and Kylie. Along with her interests of running, scrapbooking, waterskiing, and reading.. as a family the Olson’s enjoy going camping, snowmobiling, watching auto races, attending Timberwolves and Vikings games, and taking familiy vacations.



Roger & Barbara Jacobson

Roger began his broadcast career in 1971 going to work for the legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Frosty Mitchell at KGRN Radio in Grinnell, Iowa August 25th, 1971. Barb was a Medical/Surgical nurse at Grinnell General Hospital until their first daughter, Angela Nicole was born on September 25th, 1973. At this time Barb became a stay at home mom. During their stay in Grinnell their other two daughters were born, Kara Suzanne and Amber Noelle. In 1982 Roger and Barb up-rooted their little family and moved to Estherville, Iowa where they purchased the Radio Stations, KILR AM & FM from Governor Robert D. Ray and the Dan Sanderson estate. Barb is in charge of the financial end of the business and Roger manages the stations and is an account executive, helping businesses tell their story to the KILR listening audience. In 1989 Roger & Barb purchased the Emmetsburg Radio station and then sold it in 1996 to devote all their time and energy to KILR. Roger and Barb still own the KILR stations. Their three daughters are married and have blessed them with three grandaughters and two grandsons. Roger and Barb say, "God has indeed blessed us greatly!"



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