MEET THE GUYS AND GALS OF THE STATION!
Being an active part of the community is what inspires radio stations KIBS-FM (Country) and KBOV-AM (Classic Hits). The husband-and-wife team – Lauren Brandt and Steve Miller – have owned the stations since 2004! They feel it’s very gratifying being part of the communities they serve and enjoy being able to give back. One of their most satisfying accomplishments is their “Coats for Kids” Campaign with the Salvation Army, where thousands of coats have been donated to people in need over the years. Lauren and Steve know that it’s because of their strong KIBS/KBOV family that the stations are so successful. They would like to invite you to meet their team…
Radio legend, John Young was the owner, Chief Engineer and morning DJ at KIBS from 1976 to 1995. He began his radio career as a teenage Rock 'n Roll DJ in his native Texas in the 1950s before obtaining his First Class Radio Telephone License in 1958. John's first Chief Engineer job was at KVOU in Uvalde, Texas where he also held down a DJ position. After moving to California in 1960, he went to KUDU in Ventura where he became known as "Johnny Dallas" because of his Texas drawl. He later worked at KWOW in Pomona and L.A. at KPOL. In 1976 John and his wife, Betty, purchased KIBS 1230 am in Bishop and in 1984 converted it to KIBS 100.7 FM, the am station became KBOV. For 19 years he had the most popular show in the Eastern Sierra and Western Nevada. Although he "retired" from the airwaves in 1995 after selling KIBS/KBOV, John returned to the airwaves on KIBS with his popular Saturday afternoon Classic Country Show in 2008. John passed away on July 18, 2013, less than a week after performing on what became his final radio show.
CLAIBORNE HAS JOINED THE FINE POINTS OF THE STARS – 1958-2021
CLAIBORNE WAS A LONG-TIME NOMAD THAT WAS A BELOVED PART OF THE KIBS-KBOV FAMILY. SHE PASSED AWAY ON THE SECRET SIDE OF THE CALIFORNIA EASTERN HIGH SIERRA, NEAR HER BELOVED WILD GARDEN IN INDEPENDENCE.
LOOK UP TO THE SKIES, SHE'S NOT GONE, RAISE A GLASS AND, AS SHE WOULD SAY IN HER RADIO SIGN OFF...”STAY SOFT AND LOVELY”.
“It’s a whole new career and adventure for me,” says Ken. A lifelong resident of Cardiff by the Sea, he has been a camping and fishing visitor to the Eastern Sierra since age seven. Even as a visitor, he has been active in the Lone Pine Film Festival, and the June Lake Historical Society.
As a stand-up comedian, Ken owned one of the largest comedy traffic schools in the state, holding DMV-licensed classes in Bishop and throughout California. Prior to joining KIBS/KBOV he was a neighborhood news, travel, and watersports reporter for the San Diego Reader newspaper.
By the way, he came to KIBS/KBOV as a package with our account executive Sonya Hernandez.
Other notable bucket list items that Sonya has completed: raising 5 kids, sky diving and catching a bigger fish than Ken ever did!
With over 10 years as on-air talent in the San Diego area, she's bringing a little bit of sass and spice to the Morning Show with Gary Young on the KIBS Chick Block! She enjoys being an Account Executive with the KIBS/KBOV sales team, adventuring with her youngest son and BFF-BF, News Director Ken Harrison, driving a shiny red Camaro, and she absolutely loves living in Bishop!