WHO Radio News

News

Department

 

Iowa's largest radio news team covers the top local and national stories with experience and dedication.  WHO Radio News.  

Newsroom:  (515) 245-8887  Email:  News@WHOradio.com

 

Tom NollerTom Noller - Anchor 5am-9am

Tom@WHOradio.com

Tom is the Morning News Anchor on the Van and Bonnie Show on WHO. He also is Anchor for 100.3 FM The Bus Morning News..

Tom's resume includes Afternoon Drive at legendary KOMO Seattle, Weather for KOMO-TV, and Morning Drive at WTIC Hartford.

Tom says: "At age 14, my dad took me along to see his friend who was working an evening shift at an FM station and when we walked through the door, I had my epiphany and knew from that moment on what I was meant to do.  I was going to be a broadcast engineer!  The qualification is one must be good at math and my abilities in that subject were, and are, equivalent to what a hen knows.

When I did get my first job in radio I was the Chief Engineer's helper and I remember his words to this day: "Kid, you better find another way to make a living."  Back then I was making a dollar an hour and now, forty plus years later, I'm worth ten times that.  Seriously, I'm honored to be working for the station on which my dad sang many years ago on the Barn Dance Show."

Tom and his wife Jannelle have three grown children and seven grandchildren, including quadruplets born in early 2016!

Tom Noller is a Methodist Hospital volunteer. He enjoys playing guitar, gardening, and restoring vintage cars in his spare time.


Gary BarrettGary Barrett - Capitol Reporter and Anchor

Gary@WHOradio.com

Gary Barrett brings more than 40 years of experience to Reporting and Anchoring at WHO.

Gary is also Morning Drive Anchor for Davenport, Iowa Newsradio WOC.

Over the year, Gary Barrett was morning News Anchor and Statehouse Reporter in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and then ran the nation’s first Internet radio station dealing with politics in Davenport.

Gary was Statehouse Reporter for WHO Radio News in the mid 1990's, and returned as Afternoon Anchor in 2007, before stepping up to provide his experienced reporting on the Iowa State Capitol again in 2017.

Gary says high points in his career include covering every major Presidential campaign in Iowa since Ronald Reagan; live coverage of the 1993 floods in Des Moines; and either participating in or moderating candidate debates on WHO Radio and TV.

 

Wilde Wendy 350 borderWendy Wilde - Anchor 9:30am-1:30pm

News Director

Wendy@WHOradio.com

Wendy is WHO Radio News Director and Midday Anchor. 

Her 38-year radio career includes top-rated radio stations and shows in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Dayton, Baton Rouge, and Chicago.

She has been a Radio Program Director, Music Director, Copy and Production Director, Talk Show Host, News Anchor/Reporter and News Director. Wendy has won numerous national, regional, and local news awards, including five Best Newscast Murrow Awards in the highly competitive Region 4.

Wendy has a BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota; studied Pre-Medicine at the University of Dayton; studied Marketing and Marketing Research at the Carlson School of Management; and holds a Project Management Certification.

In Minneapolis Wendy and her husband, Michael founded and ran a 501(c)3 nonprofit teen center for more than six years. They also founded a start up niche company making custom computers for senior citizens with sales across the U.S.

The couple has three grown children.

In her free time Wendy enjoys figure roller skating, bicycling, paddle boarding, gardening, cooking. 

 

Sue DanielsonSue Danielson - Anchor 2:00pm-6:30pm

Assistant News Director

Sue@WHOradio.com

Sue is Assistant News Director and Afternoon anchor.

She produces the weekly WHO Focus Public Affairs Show that airs Sundays at 6:00 a.m. 

Sue Danielson has been a part of the WHO-Radio staff for nearly three decades serving in a variety of capacities in the news and programming departments.

A general assignment reporter and newscast anchor, Sue has won state, regional, and national broadcast news awards for her coverage of major stories, from severe and breaking news, to crime, politics, features, including Iowa State Fair reports.

Sue and her husband Darwin reside in Urbandale. They have two children.

She says enjoys hearing from and meeting with WHO-Radio listeners and hearing their stories.

 

Karla James - Anchor 7pm-Midnight

News Director

KarlaJames@iHeartMedia.com

Karla brings 35 years of experience in news and agriculture to  WHO Radio.

Karla was Associate Agriculture Director at WOW Radio, and has been News Anchor, Reporter, and Agriculture Director at KFAB in Omaha for 19 years.   She has won numerous awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Associated Press, and the Omaha Press Club.

She has a BS Degree from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, and is certified in American Sign Language.

Karla James grew up on a family farm near Minden, Iowa  and raised reindeer with her significant other, until his passing.

Karla has two grown daughters, and lives in western Iowa where she enjoys gardening, and junking - repurposing used or useless items into art.  She is involved in a number of philanthropic organizations. 

 

Steven AnthonySteven Anthony - Anchor 1am-4am

Steven@WHOradio.com

Steven Anthony is an Iowa News Correspondent for 24/7 News, the iHeartMedia national news service. He came to WHO in September 2015 after graduating from the University of Missouri with a Degree in Journalism. 

Steven anchors overnight news from 1 to 4 a.m., helping to expand our local news coverage and keeping listeners informed about national and international events. 

While in college, Steven covered the Missouri Legislature for two years with Missouri Digital News, which served Newsradio 1120 KMOX in St. Louis and other stations/newspapers around the state. 

Steven was born in southern California and raised in Dallas. Steven is a huge Dallas sports fan and can usually be found watching a game. Steven loves to travel and that includes a goal to visit every ballpark in Major League Baseball.

Saturdays and Sundays 

The News Department staff rotate weekend shifts, expanding WHO Radio local news coverage to Saturdays and Sundays.