Jindra receives Business Award

(left to right: Linda Sutton, Rep. Elaine Bowers, Joe Jindra, Sen. Mark Taddiken, )

Joe Jindra, president and owner of Concordia Radio Stations KNCK-AM 1390 and KCKS-FM 94.9 received the Kansas Small Business Development Center Existing Business of the Year Award for 2006 at a presentation March 8, in Topeka.
Jindra said that the award was accepted on behalf of his team of professionals.
Jindra worked at the radio station part-time while in high school and then went full-time after graduating from Cloud County Community College. He also worked at stations elsewhere in Kansas and eventually become co-owner of radio stations in Missouri and Arizona. In 1989, he and his partners purchased KNCK/KCKS.
The business has evolved in 17 years from a small community radio station to a highly successful 1000,000 watt FM regional powerhouse. The KNCK/KISS-FM team was recognized for their outstanding contributions to the economic growth throughout the nine-county NCK region and cutting edge cooperation with area businesses that also encompasses South Central Nebraska.
The Programming has been modernized to include use of sound bites in local news; covering city, school board, and college board meetings in person; including live election reports directly from the courthouse; advanced severe weather coverage; the addition of a popular Coaches Corner program; and live coverage of all Concordia High School games.
Jindra said the key to his success is to, "hire only positive people who have a passion for what they do, then I stay out of their way and let them do their job." He also states that he, "seeks advise on a continual basis from people who have already been there."
The KNCK-AM 1390/KISS-FM 94.9 team includes Peggy Zachary, office manager; Toby Nosker, news director; Chris Andregg, production coordinator; Marvin Hoffman, engineer; Dallas Nading, Linda Blanken and Deb Rogan, marketing consultants. "This award would not have been possible without the many contributions of Marilyn Bowman who passed away in April 2006 after 34 years of service to the company," said Jindra.