TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
KFRM 550-AM RADIO

1815 Meadowlark Rd
Clay Center, Kansas 67432

Telephone:

Toll: (785) 632-5661
Fax: (785) 632-5662
Toll Free: (888) 550-5376

Internet:

Staff

KYLE BAUER - Sales Manager/General Manager

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 239

ANGIE KOMAR - Production Manager

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 240

JOYCE BECK - Advertising Consultant

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 223

JON LANG - News Director

Phone:  785-632-5661, ext. 238

JAMIE BLOOM - Office Manager, Traffic & Billing

Phone: 785 632-5661 ext. 221

GARLA PIERSON - Part Time Production

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 228

CLAY DALQUEST - Advertising Consultant

Phone: 785-632-5661 Cell: 785-466-0090

ROBIN SHERBERT - Advertising Consultant

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 232

ROCKY DOWNING - Sports Director

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 229

DUANE TOEWS - Farm Director

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 242

JESSICA EBERT – Advertising Consultant

Phone: 785-477-1941

JULIE WALMSLEY - Office Operations

Phone: 785-632-5661, ext. 222

PHIL KASPER - After Hours Director

PHONE: 785-632-5661 EXT. 234

JIM WENGER - Farm Broadcaster

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 230

ROD "COWBOY" KEEN - Operations Manager

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 237

ERIC SAVAGE - Associate News Director

Phone: 785-632-5661 ext. 288

Well here I am….still living the dream by putting my Fashion Merchandising degree to good use as the KCLY/KFRM Production Manager. I worked as the Traffic Manager at two radio stations in Manhattan, Kansas, prior to moving to Idana and working at KCLY. I really enjoy my job! I mean writing commercials is easy; you just sit at the keyboard until little drops of blood appear on your forehead. I have also returned back to host the overnight show “The Night Shift”. My three baby boys, Brandon, Brian & Bradley are all grown up and playing real life soldiers in the Army National Guard. I am enjoying playing Gigi to my sweet grandbabies Bo, Andy, Ben & Nola. Life is good!

Michael “Bernie” Fancella

Sports Engineer, IT

Michael “Bernie” Fancella, came to Taylor Communications in September of 2011. Prior to that, he worked in Computer Technology and as an IT tech. Originally from Alamogordo, New Mexico, Bernie has two grown children and “the usual assortment of other crazies.”

He enjoys playing and collecting board games, with more than 300 in his collection. He also has 12 gaming consoles and plays games in every genre available.

His first memory of working at KCLY is his first live football broadcast, live and without a net, which he described as “tense and exciting.”

A native of Clay Center, Jon first worked at Taylor Communications as a high school student where he helped engineering high school sporting events and working with KFRM’s programming. He later joined full-time in April of 2019, after working at Home Depot in Hays, KS. He also attended Fort Hays State.

Jon is also a member of the Marine Corps Reserves, where he has served for five years.

He lives with his wife, Mara, and their two young children, son Bentley, and daughter Paisley.

Jonathan enjoys family time, kayaking, swimming, and playing video games.

Clay Center native Jamie Bloom has been with Taylor Communications for 25 years. She started working with the company during high school, and then after graduating from K-State with a degree in broadcasting.

Her husband, Caleb, works for Twin Valley, and together they have three grown children, Alyx, Zeb, and Zane. She enjoys music, photography, traveling, and watching sports.

Jamie remembers working at KCLY when it was downtown, above Union State Bank, when she had to spin records and engineer Royals baseball games.

Prior to joining Taylor Communications in 1998, Garla worked as a Physical Education Teacher and raised livestock at her family farm. She now lives on a farm with her husband, Pat.

Together they have six grown children and 10 grandchildren.

Garla enjoys sports, including watching and participating; she’s an avid runner and participates in local races. She loves being a grandma and has dedicated herself to being the best grandma possible.

Her first memories of working for KCLY/KFRM are getting a fast track to writing regularly, often with little information to be included. She gained confidence in writing content, and became a more well-spoken individual as she learned her trade.

Clay began working for KFRM in the spring of 2002 and works out of his home near Council Grove, Kansas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Science and Industry with a Business option. Clay and his wife Lori have two children, Carissa and Cassidy. They along with his parents own and operate Dalquest Farms a cow/calf operation that raises registered seedstock and show cattle.

Robin joined the staff at Taylor Communications in June of 1995, after graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in business.

Originally from Dickinson County, she now lives north of Clay Center with her husband, Mike, where he farms. They have two grown children, Courtney and Colby.

Robin enjoys listening to country music and traveling to warm locations, especially if there is a beach.

Rocky Downing

Station Manager/Sports Director

“Sport Voice Rocky” joined KCLY in 1991, where he began learning the art of live play-by-play on the air. Originally from Warsaw, MO, Rocky moved to the area after managing a video rental store, Movies at Home.

He lives with his wife, Kim, who works for the Kansas State Foundation. They have two grown children and one grandchild, who all live in Kansas. He enjoys golfing and tailgating at Kansas State games.

Rocky’s first memory of KCLY is coming to interview with Vern Yarrow, who he assumed would be a man. He arrived to meet the late Vernadell, who went by Vern.

Jessica Ebert

Advertising Consultant

Jessica grew up on a central Kansas cattle ranch and farming operation. She and her family are a fourth-generation family business, and she hopes one day her boys, Ty and Mason, will be the fifth. They run a commercial SimAngus cow-calf operation and use their spring-calving cows as recipients in a pure bred embryo transfer service. They also assist in the Ahlquist Farms operation with her dad and brother. Jess enjoys helping companies and producers reach their goals by showcasing their products and services to cattle producers and cattle feeders.

Fun fact: Jess and her family recently added Spanish brush goats to their operation. The goats aid in pasture management, and the Ebert family also sells the goats for meat.

Julie Walmsley is originally from Minneapolis, KS, but has worked in Clay Center since 2001. Prior to joining the Taylor Communications team in 2019, she managed a Verizon store for seven years. Julie has three children, Emily, Joel, and Hannah, and enjoys spending time with them and her fur babies, including grands. She likes all outdoor activities, including fishing, swimming, and camping (warm weather only). She is a long supporter of KCLY, having listened since 2002, especially to severe weather updates.

Emma

Service Dog

Emma, 3, is a German Shepard service dog. She was adopted from CCARE by Janet Schnell during the pandemic. Janet began training Emma, then reached out to the program, Train a Dog Save a Warrior (TADSAW), for additional service dog training.

Emma likes treats, and any treat will do; there is not one she has tried and not liked yet. She enjoys saying hello to EVERYONE first thing in the morning, and enjoys getting good morning pets. She also enjoys greeting kids when she is out and about.

Remember, when you see a service dog, always ask to pet. If the owner says no, it’s ok. Sometimes the environment isn’t right and they are protecting the dog and you.

Jim joined the KFRM staff in September of 2006 and operates the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm shift. He also does Ag Perspectives, the afternoon Ag News, and the 9:40 Market Update on sister station KCLY-FM. Jim and his wife Pam were married in 1979 and have one son, Patrick who attends college at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Jim is a transplanted Iowan who moved to Kansas. He graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In his spare time, Jim enjoys attending and watching all types of sporting events, spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.

Rod joined KCLY/KFRM in 1994; he is a native of Clay Center. Most people know him by his nickname, Cowboy. Prior to moving his career to radio, he rebuilt alternators and sold them in the tri-state area.


He has been married to his wife, Dana, for 36 years and together they have four children and five grandchildren. He is an area rep for Fast Lane in Kansas for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. In addition, he loves spending time with family, shooting guns, ham radio (AKA amateur radio), and riding motorcycles.