Jonathan (or “Jon,” as he goes by off air) grew up in South Hutchinson.
He previously worked as a staff announcer and reporter for almost three years at 88.1 WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, where some of his more notable coverage included campaign stops of Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump in the 2016 primary election, as well as President Obama’s visit to Elkhart. Jonathan honed his announcing skills as host of All Things Considered a few times a week, filling in on other shifts when necessary, and operating the board during breaking news and live special coverage.
Jonathan majored in Communication Arts at Bethel College in North Newton and had a weekly radio show on 88.1 KBCU, where he played music recorded in live settings, from rock to bluegrass. He also served as a play-by-play announcer for home soccer games.
But his true public radio calling did not occur in Elkhart or even in college. It happened when he was placed behind a microphone during a pledge drive at the station where his father hosts Morning Edition. He says, “Nobody could make the phones ring like a four-year-old reciting the telephone number!”
When not working hard at the station, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and their nieces and nephews, smoking meat, homebrewing beer and cider, acquiring and listening to vinyl records, playing disc golf, and following mediocre sports teams, like the Minnesota Twins and the German soccer club 1899 Hoffenheim.