Dave Baker

KALA Operations Manager

Baker takes pride in helping students tackle new and existing media, which prepares them for the competitive and ever-changing Communication career field. When not at KALA, he enjoys time with his family.

Tunes follow Baker at work and home because he is an avid listener of all kinds of music, especially from vinyl records. He's also been an amateur radio operator since 1980 and enjoys talking with people all over the world using this global technology.

Education and Training

  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Communication


  • The Semper Fidelis/Iowa Association of Colored Women's Clubs (IACWC) Excellence in Media & Communication Award, 2011
  • Hola America Award, 2005
  • The Doris Pierre Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, 2005

Previous Work Experience

The former Leader (Dispatch-Argus) newspaper


KALA-FM - started as a student

1988 - Galvin Fine Arts Center, Marketing Director; Assistant Operations Manager, SAUtv

1993 - Operations Manager, KALA-FM

Freelance Work

Citadel Broadcasting
WBAP (Dallas, Ft. Worth)
The USA Network
WLRZ Radio (now WBZG, LaSalle-Peru, Illinois)

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