Meet the Voices of KVNO
Who's behind those dulcet tones?
One of Classical 90.7 KVNO's greatest strengths is the team of talented, dedicated individuals you hear on the air. Many of our hosts are active performing artists, educators, and experienced broadcasters. This rich variety of expertise will enhance the experience for even the most discerning listener!
Otis Twelve, aka D.V. Wesselmann, has enjoyed an eclectic career that includes stints as a trainee Benedictine monk, a stand-up comedian, a radio host, a T.V. critic, and a concert narrator.
In September 2002, he took a break from his 25-year stint in radio and turned his attention to writing fiction full-time. He has written for newspapers, radio, television, advertising, symphony orchestras and the stage and has won awards for essays and journalism.
Twelve enjoyed a great deal of recognition in a short span of time. His first nove,l “On The Albino Farm,” was shortlisted for the 2003 British Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. The sequel, “Sometimes A Prozac Notion,” was similarly on the short list for the 2004 British Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. Also in 2004, he won $10,000 in “The Power Of Purpose Awards” essay competition for piece called "The Goodness of Trees."
In March 2005, “On The Albino Farm” was voted the winner of the Second Annual Lit Idol contest in the UK in March 2005, beating four finalists and over 1000 entries. Twelve also finished second in competition for the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize with his story "Life Among the Bean Bugs," which appeared in that summer’s issue of the “North American Review,” whose past contributors include Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Joseph Conrad, and Kurt Vonnegut himself.
Twelve returned to radio as KVNO morning host and writer in the fall of 2006.
Clifford grew up in Huron, South Dakota, a town of 12,000 in the center of the state. As luck would have it, the public schools had a very good music program and he participated in band and orchestra in schools.
After graduating from high school in Huron, he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Augustana is a Lutheran liberal Arts college with an strong music program. Clifford received a B.S. in music education and after graduation, taught music in suburban Chicago. While he was in the Chicago vicinity, he had the good fortune to study privately with one of the members of the Chicago Symphony.
Clifford hosts “Nocturnes” on KVNO, Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
"It is a pleasant way for me to spend my nights and I try to make it relaxing for the listeners as well," he says. "Outside of KVNO, most of my time is spent as a member of the Omaha Symphony where I have been a doublebass player for more than 34 years."
Michael Moriarty, host of Evening Classics got his start at KVNO back in the late 1970s as the voice for a short campus news blip that was aired in the evening. He has a B.S. degree from UNO and a M.S. degreee from Kearney State College.
"I have had an interest in broadcasting since childhood," Michael says. "KVNO was and is a great way to use my interest in classical music; particularly sharing it with others!" Outside of radio, Michael tutors K-6 elementary students at Mt. View School in Omaha.
"The kids help keep me young, as does reading Mad Magazine and watching Warner Brothers cartoons," Michael says. "But seriously, my job here at KVNO is a continual learning process; there is always something new to learn about classical music, its composers and performers. Where else can you get this type of information and music?"
In addition to hosting and producing Going Beyond Words every Sunday on KVNO, Stanley Schmidt is founder and president of Clarion Records, a choral arts label premiered in 2001 and dedicated to the preservation of the choral arts and providing a showcase for today’s finest ensembles. He was president of CollegiumUSA, and distributed the recordings of John Rutter and The Cambridge Singers for more than 20 years.
A music educator for 27 years, and a church musician for 44 years, Schmidt holds a BME from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa and an MA in music from the University of California at Sacramento. He has studied with such distinguished choral conductors as Norman Luboff, Roger Wagner, Elmer Iseler, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Dr. Craig Jessop, and John Rutter. His studies have taken him to Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, Stuttgart and London. He has been guest conductor for many choirs, including the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
From 1982 until 2002, Schmidt served as artistic director of the Clarion Chamber Chorale. During this time, the Chorale sang at two North Central ACDA conventions, appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and achieved top-ten performance recognition from the Omaha World-Herald. During Schmidt’s tenure as Artistic Director, the Omaha World-Herald recognized the Clarion Chamber Chorale as “one of Omaha’s premiere chamber choirs.” He has also served as artistic director of The Voices of Omaha from 2003-2008, which annually presented Handel’s “Messiah.”