Introducing OPS+ and FIP- in the Big Ten

NCAA Baseball can have sabermetrics, too. The “sabermetric revolution”, or the application of using objective methodology to determine and understand player performances, is swirling all around Major League Baseball. Statistics such as  On-Base Plus Slugging Plus(OPS+) for hitters and Fielding Independent Pitching Minus(FIP-) with pitchers, among many more sabermetrics. All these unique stats determining player … Continued

Chicago Bears Mock Draft

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Iowa Spring Game Leaves More to be Learned

Changes to the Spring Game Don’t Change the Questions about the Hawks By Ben Colin Iowa City, Iowa – Not your typical Friday night lights. First off, it’s a mild spring evening, not a chilly fall night. Second, this was a Hawkeye football game of 16,500 people instead of a local high school. Third, the … Continued

Kris Yambao

General Manager
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I find a lot of enjoyment in sharing stories on-air. I’ve met so many people from so many different walks of life and organizations. All of them have a unique and beautiful story to tell and I get to be the one to help tell it! Ain’t nothing better than that.
My show at KRUI: Dusk to Dawn, Sundays 10am
The last song I want to hear before I die: In My Life – the Beatles
Favorite Quote: “Better sexy and racy than sexist and racist.” -Stephen Fry
Random Fact: I have an extensive knowledge of 18th century breads. Go on, ask me.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Postmodern Jukebox – Englert Theatre

Asa Crowe
Programming Director
Major: Art (plus Geology Minor & Sustainability Certificate)
Hometown: Charleston, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Fame and riches.  And getting to watch all kinds of people spread what they truly care about through the airwaves into all kinds of other people’s ears on a daily basis.  But mostly fame and riches.
My show at KRUI: Crowe’s Nest
The last song I want to hear before I die: No Cigar by Millencolin
Favorite Quote: “I like being weird.  Weird’s all I’ve got.  That and my sweet style.” – Maurice Moss
Random Fact: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Jeffree Star at Wooly’s


Camden Palmisano
Sports Director
Major: Journalism and Sport Management
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Why I love working at KRUI:I love connecting with other staff members and creating memories.
My show at KRUI: Off the Ivy (MLB Show)
The last song I want to hear before I die: Go Cubs Go
Favorite Quote: “I never lose. Either I win or I learn.”
Random Fact: I was named after a baseball field (Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles).
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Zac Brown Band at Wrigley Field

Cassandra Santigo
News Director
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Saint Croix, USVI
Why I love working at KRUI: KRUI gives me the freedom to explore and improve transferrable skills such as writing, public speaking, and being a team player + leader.
My show at KRUI: Sherb Speaks
The last song I want to hear before I die:  I’m too indecisive to choose so I’ll go with silence.
Favorite Quote: “No quiero vivir mi vida enclavizada por mis temores.”
Random Fact: I love watching telenovelas.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Drake at the United Center in Chicago

Charles Rathe
IT Director
Major: Computer Engineering/Computer Science
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: I just want people to get as much joy out of radio as I do.
My show at KRUI: 
The last song I want to hear before I die: In My Time of Dying – Led Zeppelin
Favorite Quote: Steven Hawking once confirmed that the earth could be powered by a black hole, if we made a small one and shot it into orbit
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Miles Davis – Chicago


Jackson Truskowski
Assistant to the GM- Strategic Communications
Major: Journalism/Mass Communications
Hometown: Grayslake, Illinois
Why I love working at KRUI: I have met some of my best friends at KRUI and have gained so many valuable experiences as a result of working at KRUI.  My time in college wouldn’t be the same without KRUI.
My show at KRUI: Center Ice, The Blitz
The last song I want to hear before I die: Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Quote: “Come on, brother!” -Sports Director Austin Bramley
Random Fact: I have gotten a hole-in-one while golfing.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Boston and Styx in Chicago

Julian King
Training Director
Major: Julian King
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: I love KRUI because it gives me a voice!
The last song I want to hear before I die: Brand New by Drake
Favorite Quote: “The best preparation for tomosrrow is doing your best today.”
Random Fact: My favorite color is sky blue.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: PartyNextDoor at House of Blues in Chicago

Justin Allen
Finance Director
Major: Finance
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Why I love working at KRUI: Meeting new people and having the chance to work with some very diverse and passionate individuals
My show at KRUI: Fantasy Football Show
The last song I want to hear before I die: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
Favorite Quote: “Do you wanna do something fun? Wanna go to Taco Bell?” -Karen from Mean Girls
Random Fact: I have a slight obsession or crush on Ariana Grande. My room is covered with memorabilia and I have every song of hers. So you decide if it’s an obsession or crush. Only a matter of time before I date her.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Smash Mouth in Orlando


Katy Stone
Marketing Director
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication/ Sports and Recreation Management (Double Major)
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Why I love working at KRUI: I love being able to work in an environment that allows me to be as creative as I want and has an overall great group dynamic.
The last song I want to hear before I die: I’m not sure, but I have a wide variety of music so whatever it will be I’m sure it’ll be good.
Favorite Quote:  “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, follow your heart kid. You can never go wrong.”
Random Fact: I’ve been kissed by a beluga whale
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Blink-182 with All American Rejects and A Day to Remember, Woodlands 2016

Nic Nelson
Music Director
Major: Cinema
Hometown: Jamaica, Iowa
The last song I want to hear before I die: Frank Sinatra’s recording of “Swinging On A Star”
Favorite Quote: “Whatchou’ know ’bout green eggs and ham!” -Pete Holmes
Random Fact: I was a member of Heartland Youth Choir for 10 years  


Phillip Ricks
Underwriting Director
Major: Philosophy (PhD Program)
Hometown: Denver, CO
Why I love working at KRUI: Connecting with the community, meeting people, and building meaningful relationships with friends, old and new.
My show at KRUI: Smokin Grooves, Fridays 6pm-8pm.
The last song I want to hear before I die: Nina Simone, “Feelin Good”
Favorite Quote: “The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth.” —Chief Seattle
Random Fact: I have planted over 1,000 native trees and shrubs in Iowa since moving here in 2012.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Hard to say, so I’ll just go with Bonobo at the Ogden Theater in Denver. My three favorite shows in Iowa City were Sinkane at The Mill, Yo La Tengo at the Englert, and Shellac at Gabe’s.

Robby Brod
Production Director
Major: Communication Studies w/ English Minor
Hometown: Media, PA
Why I love working at KRUI: It’s a great community of people who all genuinely care about each other and about making the station the best it can be.
My show at KRUI: Boggy FM
The last song I want to hear before I die: “Montezuma” by Fleet Foxes. Makes me wanna die just listening to it.
Favorite Quote: “All I know is that my gut says maybe.”
Random Fact: I had a kidney stone as a teenager. Drink water, children.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: I may or may not have cried upon seeing Björk at Governors Ball 2015 in NYC.
Jack Howard
Operations Director
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: It allows me to work with and learn more about music
My show at KRUI: The Trip
The last song I want to hear before I die: She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
Favorite Quote: “Of a truth too fantastic believed, he retains the meaning.” – Chris Marker 
Random Fact: I collect records and that’s pretty fun.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Sigur Ros in Minneapolis


Tanvi Yenna
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI: Incredible opportunities and the people are okay too.
My show at KRUI: Decolonize Your Mind (4pm-5pm on Fridays).
The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” – Liars
Favorite Quote: “The thing you are most afraid to write. Write that.” – Nayyirah Waheed
Random Fact: Dolphins recognize and admire themselves in mirrors.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where: Lizzo at 80/35 2016.

Zach Johnson
Assistant General Manager and Director of Strategic Communication
Major: Communications
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Why I love working at KRUI:I love having the ability to chase ideas that I come up with, without having to worry that if I fail I’m going to be reprimanded
My show at KRUI: –
The last song I want to hear before I die: You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring
Favorite Quote: “May my first born son have a rich father and beautiful mother”
Random Fact: I have the same name and am from the same city as a Master’s golf champion.
Best Musical Acts Seen and Where:Twenty One Pilots, Lollapalooza 2015