Katy Kruze is an exuberant celebrity media personality based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the co-founder of LumiVid, a creative video production house. She has worked in the radio industry for over 15 years, in shows such as KSHE 95 spinning rock and roll, 97.1 The Dave Glover Show, K-hits 95 and KPNT 105.7. Katy can also be seen hosting local television shows and has appeared in several commercials. At St. Louis she is known as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll and she also hosts the Beau & Katy show at Westplex 100.7 FM. You can imagine how happy I was when Katy agreed to do an interview with me. Also I declare with pride that Katy Kruze had interviewed me in-studio on a live radio show, during my Coma Story book release.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome on OpenBeast. Could you describe yourself with just three adjective?
Mother, Friend, Motivated
How and when did you get into radio and DJ business?
I was actually “discovered” by a station back in 1990 called Hot 97. I was doing guided tours on a Riverboat, the station was doing a broadcast, and they said, Hey, you should come work for us. It ended up only being an internship as they closed their doors just as I was offered a paid position. Typical for the crazy radio business. However, I got a call 11 months later from the jocks that were fired from Hot 97, they had landed at a station in Warrenton, Mo., V100, I joined their team and spent 3 years there until I was picked up by KSHE. I now do the Morning Show on Westplex 100.7 with Beau Vighn, formerly of 93.7 The Bull.
What are your personal strengths and how did those help in your professional success?
I have always been a people person. I have an ability to communicate with people on a personal level that has always felt very natural to me. I suppose that has played into the fact that I have been able to do radio now for over 20 years.
Tell us about your video production house, LumiVid.
We are a full service production company that specializes in not just video production, but putting together at complete strategic social video marketing plan to help businesses strengthen Brand awareness and get their clients/consumers/customers socially engaged.
Any upcoming projects or initiatives you would like to disclose via OpenBeast?
We are actually working on a few big projects including internet television broadcast of SIUE sporting events and one I can’t disclose just yet (smiles)
What is the one exciting moment, on your live radio show, you would like to recount?
I have been so lucky to have many exciting moments. One that pops to the top, is getting caught in a storm with Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, and he used my name and our rain soaked time in an acoustic version of ‘Ridin’ The Storm Out’ that he performed live on KSHE. Pretty fantastic!!
If given all the power, what one thing would you like to change in the radio industry?
I would get it back to what is started out to be. Simple, fun, and free not run by the Big Corporations. That is how we do it at Westplex 100.7 and it is a breath of fresh air.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
I have two, my son Jagger and my daughter Gabrielle ‘Elle’
I have seen you at many charity events. What is the best fund raising event you have done so far?
Best is so subjective when it comes to charity. Any Charity event that is hugely successful is the best to me.
What are your favorite leisure time actives?
It seems I am busier these days than I have ever been, so just sitting down to watch a movie is one of my favorite things. I also love getting out and seeing live music. There is a band new to St. Louis called Platinum Rock Legends, they are my favorite local act right now. Throw some good friends in the mix of any leisure time, and that will top the list.
Would you like to add anything?
Yes, a big “Hello” to everyone reading this, and a Thank You to OpenBeast for the time!! Rock on!