People of IPR
Senior Producer Mark Simmet began working at KUNI over 20 years ago. In that time he has produced and hosted a long-running daily jazz program, as well as weekly blues and world music programs. Mark also was a fill-in/substitute folk music host. He has spent many years perfecting IPR's unique blend of musical styles as the host and producer of Studio One. Mark also reviews all new submissions to IPR’s Studio One library, deciding on CD of The Week artists and maintaining reporting of music aired to record companies, promoters and trade publications.
Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and finds that his creative skills are very applicable to his work sculpting Studio One.
Karen Impola is the host of Iowa Public Radio's The Folk Tree and Classical Music in the Afternoon. Karen began working at KUNI in 1990. Before that, she hosted Folk and progressive music shows at WXPN in Philadelphia, and was a production assistant at NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”
Karen spent much of her childhood and adolescence holed up in her room with a record player. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College, where she also did her first radio show, at 6:00 a.m. on a ten-watt station, to an audience which numbered in the single digits. In her spare time she chauffeurs teenagers and cans tomatoes.
Curt Snook was born in Nebraska during the Truman administration, grew up in Colorado, and earned degrees in music and historical musicology in Illinois and Wyoming. He joined WOI-FM in 1986 as an announcer and producer, moving from KUWR in Laramie, where he was the Cultural Affairs Director and Program Director.
In his role with IPR he has hosted and produced daily classical music programs, the Jazz Department, and The Choral Tradition.
Jacqueline Halbloom, now in her 14th year in classical public radio, currently serves as Iowa Public Radio’s producer and host of Symphonies of Iowa, Performance Iowa and Iowa Arts Showcase. In addition to her on-air duties, Jacqueline serves on the Friends board of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A true lover of music and public radio, Jacqueline is indeed a great advocate for the fine arts in Iowa.
She brings to her work a background both practical and theoretical: Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Education, which she used as a teacher of orchestra students. As a player, she performed in the viola section of the Eugene Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony (now known as Orchestra Iowa). She is adequately familiar with the numerous slanders against the viola versus the violin. (Why is a viola more useful than a violin? Being larger, it burns longer). Even after many bad jokes, Jacqueline remains positive about music and public radio’s ability to enrich the lives of all who listen.
Jacqueline's favorite shows are University Concert and Choral Tradition.