Meet the Classic 107.3 Team

Jim Connett, General Manager/Host

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After KFUO left the airwaves in 2010 to the sounds of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Jim harnessed his 40 years of radio experience to bring classical music back to Saint Louis – and building a radio station from scratch proved to be the most challenging task of his career.

Now Station Manager of the “Voice for the Arts” in St. Louis, Jim works to weave relationships throughout the St. Louis cultural landscape; spread awareness of the vital community asset that is Classic 107.3; and secure local and national programming to enhance our listeners’ experience. An avid arts patron, he enjoys the symphony, opera, golf, and summers in Prince Edward Island.

Jim Doyle, Host

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The morning host for Classic 107.3, Jim got his start in radio while working on a journalism degree in college. Many listeners might remember him from his days as the afternoon drive host and music director for KEZK or as a morning host and director at the former WMRY.

In his 40 years in the business, Jim’s spent the majority of his time in St. Louis, with a couple of left turns in Osaka, Japan and San Diego, California. He likes mountain bike riding and hanging out at Soulard Market, and firmly believes that Bob Dylan is Antonín Dvořák reincarnated…

Brandon LaMew, Production Manager

 

As Production Manager for Classic 107.3, Brandon is able to utilize his creativity, skills and deep recordings knowledge to the utmost. He learned many “tricks of the trade” working at KFUO and on albums for his own signed band.

Brandon was a musician at a young age, studying music theory and composing for guitar. He gained professional experience by producing an album that he wrote and engineered, which landed his band a recording contract and national tour. Brandon is also a free-lance film critic and has written essays and reviews for Netflix and Ladue News. A perfectionist by nature, he strives to imbue Classic 107.3 with an elegant sound that is unique to the St. Louis airwaves.

Kathy Lawton Brown, Host

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Classic 107.3’s midday host, Kathy has been a professional singer since she was 17 and was one of the first female members of The United States Air Force Band’s “Singing Sergeants”. Since the service, she has been a featured soloist with choruses, orchestras, concert bands and chamber ensembles in the United States, Canada and China. Kathy has served for many years as principal contralto and soloist with the baroque ensemble American Kantorei.

Kathy has served on the boards of many local arts organizations, including the E. Desmond Lee Music Collaborative, Artist Presentation Society and St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Proving that you can take the girl out of the Air Force but not the other way around, Kathy is fascinated by vintage aircraft.

Gary Lewis, Sales Manager

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Gary began his radio career in sales in Detroit before moving to St. Louis in 1984. He worked for Clear Channel Radio, Gannett, Emmis and CBS Radio (KEZK, KYKY and KMOX) as a General Manager and Sales Manager before joining Classic 107.3 in August 2017 to develop the station’s array of advertisers.

A musician for more than 20 years, Gary plays classical clarinet and jazz tenor sax. He attended Michigan State University and is still recovering from the team’s Final Four loss in April. Gary rides his bicycle on weekends and enjoys Marvel movies.

Julie Schuster, Producer/Host

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Producer, weekend host, and social media maven for Classic 107.3, Julie started as a part-time announcer just six months after the station went on the air. Currently, you can hear her on Sunday mornings and late weeknights; her Sunday Matinee on Broadway program airs every other weekend.

Julie sight-reads antique piano music, sings show tunes in her car, and spends her free time volunteering for her sons’ schools. Currently she serves as the President of the Ladue Education Foundation & Alumni Association. Since 2002, Julie has been a volunteer for the Minnesota Radio Talking Book/State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, recording a weekly radio program on the subject of parenting. (Her best piece of advice? Expose your children to the arts!)

Linda Shedlofsky, Development Director

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Linda has 35 years of corporate experience at Fortune 500 companies, as well as eight years in development between Washington University and the station. Linda is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter) and the Grant Professionals Association of St. Louis.

Linda’s love of classical music began at the age of nine, when she attended her first concert at Severance Hall and heard the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of George Szell. Her first jazz concert happened shortly thereafter at the Blossom Music Center, where she heard Dave Brubeck. Music continues to be an important part of Linda’s life as she enjoys attending jazz clubs, community concerts and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts at Powell Hall.

Tom Sudholt, Program Manager/Host

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Classic 107.3 afternoon’s host and Program Manager, Tom knows classical music inside and out. He was one of the principal voices and music architects at KFUO for 24 years, serving as the weekday morning drive announcer and host for Friday Morning with the Arts as well as Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. Tom’s encyclopedic knowledge of music history encompasses all the major periods, repertoire, recordings, individual performing artists and groups.

Tom is also an audio producer and technician, and in his spare time, labors over iconic classical recordings to improve their sound quality for broadcast at Classic 107.3

Pam Thomas, Office Manager

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As Office Manager for Classic 107.3, Pam draws upon her 30 years of radio experience every day. Her career started at KMOX in St. Louis and led her to the CBS Radio Network in New York City, where she and her staff provided hundreds of affiliate stations with program and content schedules. Then Pam joined Westwood One Radio Networks as their Director of Affiliate Sales, where one of her duties was hosting clients at the Grammy Awards, so she knows many more famous musicians than anyone else at Classic 107.3.

In 2012, Pam returned to St. Louis to be near family and work for iHeartRadio before joining Classic 107.3 in July 2015. Pam is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and often can be found bonding with Julie Schuster over their shared love for musical theatre.

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