My Country Crew

Nikki Laurence
On-Air Host and Emporia Sales Manager
KISS 103.1 The Deep End: Monday – Friday 3pm to 6pm
My Country 99.5

Nikki has been with My Town Media for 2 years she hosts The Deep End weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, home of the Minivan Mashup and Nikki’s Dinner Dance Party on KISS 103.1. Nikki is also the Emporia Sales Manager for My Country 99.5 and KISS 103.1.

Nikki’s favorite part of radio is of course the music. Music has always been an outlet in her life, because she feels it can express feeling more than words alone, music can alter moods and bring people together. She enjoys talking on the radio because she loves entertaining and being a positive, uplifting voice. Nikki really likes how interactive radio can be, it’s almost magical. Radio stimulates response from listeners, the magic is that what they are told isn’t face to face. Radio is broadcasted from one area and one voice to many areas with many ears quickly, effectively and efficiently. Nikki’s favorite music is alternative and when asked about her favorite song, “I can say with confidence it’s a toss-up between The Used – The Taste of Ink and The Starting Line – The Best of Me. Both songs have stimulated great memories in my life.”

Nikki is originally from Andover, Kansas but also considers Lyons, Kansas her home because that is where she experiences a lot of lessons in growing up. She has 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys all ranging from ages 7 to 16. Her husband her met while working at Applebee’s in Emporia and have lived here ever since. In her free time, she enjoys throwing Disc Golf with her friends and really enjoys playing with her children, camping at the lake back yard grilling, dressing up for special occasions, painting singing karaoke and watching football. “I’m a sucker for professional football and I love the Pittsburgh Steelers. My father is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania so my fate was decided early on in life. Later on, I married into the Chiefs Kingdom, my husband is from Kansas City and “bleeds” Red and Yellow. Together with our friends, we cheer the Chiefs on every chance we get!”

Nikki’s favorite quote, “You owe it to yourself to become everything you’ve ever dreamed of being.” – author unknown

Colby Ericson
On-Air Host and Production
Stations: My Country 98.3, 99.5, 93.5, 102.9

I’ve have been with My Town Media for a Just under 2 years. I’m the afternoon guy, I’m on from 2-6 Monday thru Friday, and on Friday’s bring you 35 South! I love the listeners and meeting them, I also love sharing Red Dirt music with the state of Kansas. I play Golf, love most sports, and My Daughters play Volleyball. One in College and one in High School, so I’m usually watching them play. I have a lot of “favorite” songs, and my favorite genres are Red Dirt and 80’s rock.

I have two daughters, one in college and one in high school. We also have a dog in our house, her name is Trixie, and she’s amazing. My favorite sports teams are Chiefs, Bears, Royals, Cubs and Shockers!!

When asked about his favorite quote, The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” -Gary Player
I’m a military brat that grew up around the country. I went to 8 schools in 12 years, before graduating from Claflin High School. I joined the USAF 14 days after my 18th birthday, spending time in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Japan. I then went to Fort Hays State University and graduated in 3.5 years. I started my Radio Career while in College starting in Great Bend at KHOK, then off to KRSL/KCAY in Russell, back to Great Bend and KZLS, then to Dodge City, transferred to Hutch and in 2000, Wichita. I’ve worked for KFH and KEYN at Entercom, KFDI/KFXJ and KICT at the Journal Broadcast Group, KVWF/KIBB at Connoisseur Media Wichita, KVWF/KIBB/KKGQ with Rocking M Media, and now I’m with the My Country brand while programming it as well for KQZQ, KKDT, KHDL, and KBIK. For the last 9 years I’ve been hosting the award winning 35 South Radio program, showcasing and promoting Red Dirt music through out the state of Kansas.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have won the CMA Award for Medium Market Personality in 2007 as part of the Dan Tooker in the Morning show. I’ve also been honored by the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards 7 times 4 times for Out of Region Station of the year and 3 times for Out of Region Personality of the Year. I have also received KAB Runner-up and Honorable Mention awards for 35 South.

So that’s Me in a nutshell.