Management

John Nasukaluk Clare, CEO and General Manager

John Nasukaluk Clare is the first Native American to lead an all classical station. Named CEO & General Manager of Classic 107.3 in St. Louis in 2019, Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked at radio stations in Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania. He is the weekday morning drive host on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall heard on satellite radio from 6am to noon eastern. His voice work includes narration and acting from holiday concerts as Santa Claus, to Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals, to an original ‘Inspector Treble’ for educational concerts.

In 2005, Clare earned the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for radio broadcasting, citing his championship of living composers on ‘20/20 Hearing’. Having performed with famed tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli in Las Vegas, John has worked with the Lafayette Symphony, Mozart Festival Texas, Mid Texas Symphony, Nevada Chamber Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and Wichita Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber music lover, John founded the Las Vegas Chamber Music Society in 2004. He has also served on the boards of The American Music Center (now New Music USA), the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, and Tippecanoe County Chamber Music Society.

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Linda Shedlofsky, Development Director

Linda has 35 years of corporate experience at Fortune 500 companies, as well as eight years in development between Washington University and the station. Linda is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter) and the Grant Professionals Association of St. Louis.

Linda’s love of classical music began at the age of nine, when she attended her first concert at Severance Hall and heard the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of George Szell. Her first jazz concert happened shortly thereafter at the Blossom Music Center, where she heard Dave Brubeck. Music continues to be an important part of Linda’s life as she enjoys attending jazz clubs, community concerts, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts at Powell Hall.

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On-Air Hosts

Kathy Lawton Brown, Host

Classic 107.3’s midday host, Kathy has been a professional singer since she was 17 and was one of the first female members of The United States Air Force Band’s “Singing Sergeants”. Since the service, she has been a featured soloist with choruses, orchestras, concert bands and chamber ensembles in the United States, Canada and China. Kathy has served for many years as principal contralto and soloist with the baroque ensemble American Kantorei.

Kathy has served on the boards of many local arts organizations, including the E. Desmond Lee Music Collaborative, Artist Presentation Society and St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Proving that you can take the girl out of the Air Force but not the other way around, Kathy is fascinated by vintage aircraft.

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Julie Schuster, Producer/Host

Producer, weekend host, and social media maven for the station, Julie has a journalism background and has written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and other newspapers and worked as the Publications Coordinator for the Chicago Botanic Garden; she joined the staff of Classic 107.3 about six months after the station went on the air.  Julie can currently be heard throughout the day every Saturday. In addition, she produces and hosts Aisle Seat, a themed blend of classical, Broadway, and other genres that airs Sunday afternoons at 5pm.

Julie has served on the board of the Artist Presentation Society, the Ladue Education Foundation and RISE Collaborative. She sight-reads antique piano music, sings show tunes in her car, and spends her free time volunteering for her sons’ schools and other charitable causes.

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Tom Sudholt, Program Manager/Host

Classic 107.3 afternoon’s host, Tom knows classical music inside and out. He was one of the principal voices and music architects at KFUO for 24 years, serving as the weekday morning drive announcer and host for Friday Morning with the Arts as well as Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Tom’s encyclopedic knowledge of music history encompasses all the major periods, repertoire, recordings, individual performing artists and groups.

Tom is also an audio producer and technician, and in his spare time, labors over iconic classical recordings to improve their sound quality for broadcast at Classic 107.3.

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Staff

Brandon LaMew, Production Director

As Production Director for Classic 107.3, Brandon is able to utilize his creativity, skills and deep recordings knowledge to the utmost. He learned many “tricks of the trade” working at KFUO and on albums for his own signed band.

Brandon was a musician at a young age, studying music theory and composing for guitar. He gained professional experience by producing an album that he wrote and engineered, which landed his band a recording contract and national tour. Brandon is also a free-lance film critic and has written essays and reviews for Netflix and Ladue News. A perfectionist by nature, he strives to imbue Classic 107.3 with an elegant sound that is unique to the St. Louis airwaves.

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Carol Commerford, Education Director

Carol Commerford most recently served as the Director of the Community Music School of Webster University, but she’s worked as a music school teacher for preschoolers, elementary and middle school students. As Classic 107.3’s Education Director, Carol will oversee programs like Musical Ancestries™ and create new educational offerings for our youngest listeners.

Carol has been a member of the After Hours Community Band since before it had a name, and now serves as co-conductor (and a member of the flute/piccolo section).

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Patti Ruesch, Sales Manager

Patti is an accomplished sales and marketing professional who loves to collaborate with clients large and small to create exciting, fun, targeted ad campaigns. She has a degree in journalism and communications and has over 25 years of media sales experience. Patti is a great conversationalist and has found media sales to be a rewarding way of life!

Her sales career began in Kodiak, Alaska, as Sales Manager for KVOK/KRXX. Her industry experience includes radio and travel magazines in Hawaii, Asia, and the Midwest; local arts programs in Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia; and national social and digital media.

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Sandra Richason, Development Officer

Prior to joining the team at Classic 107.3, Sandra volunteered and worked for various St. Louis nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, and Joe’s Place for more than 30 years. Sandra earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter) and the Grant Professionals Association of St. Louis.

Sandra, her husband Craig, and their two children enjoy living near Forest Park and exploring the arts in St. Louis.

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