Meet the Directors

Programming Director

Name: Tony “Tone Bone” Andrys

Position: General Manager

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Swisher, IA

Why I love working at KRUI: The ability to play two hour Neil Young/Animal Collective bootleg sets at 2 AM and receiving nothing but encouragement from listeners.

My show at KRUI: The Alter-Nineties, Thursdays from 6-8 PM on 89.7 FM. Primarily 80s/90s alternative rock– If it was ever on SST, Touch and Go, or Matador, and it was good, you’ll (hopefully) find it here.

The last song I want to hear before I die: “The Diamond Sea” by Sonic Youth


89.7 Programming Director

Name: Abby Thomas
Position: 89.7 Programming Director
Major: Journalism and English
Hometown: Waterloo, IA
Why I love working at KRUI: The freedom of expression here is insane. I dare you to listen to a radio show on 89.7 and not come out the other end with a cool new song that is unlike your usual taste.
My show at KRUI: Abby and Ian Show, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10am
The last song I want to hear before I die: The Stable Song by Gregory Alan Isakov or Umbrella Beach by Owl City
Random Fact: I was born with a hole in my heart that closed up before I needed surgery.

Technology Director

Name: Ian Brauer

Position: Technology Director

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Why I Love Working at KRUI: The music is great and the people are even better!

My Show at KRUI: Ian and Abby show

Last Song I Want to Hear Before I Die: “The Big Sleep” by Streetlight Manifesto or “The Winter” by Balmorhea

Random Fact: I play the harmonica when I walk around the city. If you hear me say hi!


Editor-in-Chief of Online Content

Name: Alex Restrepo

Position: Editor-in-Chief  KRUI.FM, Director of Online Content

Major: Journalism & Mass Communication

Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

Why I love working at KRUI: The awesome opportunities I have within the music industry and the very cool people that KRUI brings along with it.

Last song I want to hear before I die: “Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]” by Green Day (Pun intended).

Random Fact: I’ve been to over 40 concerts in the past 5 years.



Sports Director

Name: Joe Rajchel

Position: Sports Director

Major: Political Science and Journalism/Mass Communications

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Why I Love Working at KRUI: Not only has the station given me amazing broadcasting opportunities, it has allowed me to meet and learn from people with so many different backgrounds. My experience in the sports department is that we all love sports, but we all come at them from a different angle, which is just brilliant.

My Show at KRUI: The Morning Drive, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 AM and Center Ice, Wednesday 12 noon.

Last Song I Want to Hear Before I Die: All Star by Smash Mouth. Greatest song of all time? Yes.

Random Fact: I binge watched Game of Thrones in four days.

Best musical act I have seen live: Weird Al Yankovic  


Underwriting Director

Name: Joe McGuire

Position: Training and Production Director

Major: BA English, BBA Analytics

Hometown: Wheeling, IL

Why I Love Working at KRUI: The station fosters a lot of creativity and enthusiasm, as well as a healthy dose of rebelliousness. We get to play music others can’t, cover sports with deeper analysis, and discuss ideas that might have been forgotten or outright dismissed by other media. It’s a diverse and enriched conversation.

My Show at KRUI: The New Deal, Fridays at 10AM.

Last Song I Want to Hear Before I Die:  “Born Under a Bad Sign,” by Albert King.

Random Fact: I love the National Park System and therefore am a National Parks Voter. “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”.

Best Musical Act I’ve Seen Live: The Roots. By Far.




Name: Alyssa Bovinette

Position: Music Director
Major: Violin Performance & Journalism and Mass Communication
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Why I Love Working at KRUI: KRUI is one of the few places on campus where you won’t be asked to explain yourself.
My Show at KRUI: Third Place and Staff Infection
Last Song I Want to Hear Before I Die: Get Dancin’ by Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes
Random Fact: Farm animals and old people make me crack up
Best Musical Act I’ve Seen Live: Little Ruckus…so much booty!

Name: Ryan Smaha

Position: Finance Director

Major: Finance, Management, Certificate in Leadership Studies

Hometown: Johnston, IA

Why I Love Working at KRUI: The people. Really, I’ve never worked in a more collaborative setting in which everyone genuinely cares about producing quality programming. Anything you need information on, you can find someone in KRUI that either knows about it and is passionate about it, or knows someone who is.

My Show at KRUI: Hawkmerica, Wednesdays from 4-5 pm; Soccer Hour, Sundays from 3-4 pm.

Last Song I Want to Hear Before I Die: Back In Black. Go Hawks.

Random Fact: I have an elbow that won’t straighten completely. It’s weird, but also really cool.

Best musical act I have seen live: Karaoke at Blue Moose on Thursday nights. Because I’m a troll.


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