Impact 89FM

We’re excited to have such an outstanding staff for 2019-2020.

Read on to see who does what at Impact 89FM!


Station Management and Operations


Joe Dandron, sports directorJoe Dandron | Station Manager | [email protected]


As Station Manager, Joe helping runs the day-to-day operations at the station, manages the directors, runs meetings and helps promote MSU Student Radio. He began his time at The Impact as a DJ before joining the sports department. Joe moved up from Assistant Sports Director to Sports Director and now finally as Station Manager. Joe is also a news assistant at the Lansing State Journal.

“Talk about a dream, try to make it real. You wake up in the night with a fear so real, spend your life waiting, for a moment that just don’t come. Well don’t waste your time waiting.” – Bruce Springsteen


George McNeill | Operations Manager | [email protected]

Media & Information and Communication

George is the least funniest person at Impact. He also helps the Program Director with implementing all content onto the airwaves. In his spare time, George works as an undergraduate researcher studying media psychology and is a producer with MSU Telecasters.

Home is where I want to be / But I guess I’m already there” – Talking Heads


Annie Lively | Office Assistant | [email protected]


Donald Pinner | Media Librarian


Donnie is a senior studying Statistics at MSU. He organizes and adds music to the media library to be played on-air. In his free time he blows minds as the guitarist of Willard Sound Express.

“We’ve got more songs than a song convention” -Mclusky

Rebekah Dobski | Media Librarian [email protected]

Rebekah is a senior in the department of Anthropology with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. As media librarian, she spends a lot of time cataloging music that we receive at the station. This is sort of important if we want to hear any great music on the radio. She also spends time at the front desk as an office assistant printing out whatever the directors need, or trying to transfer calls without dropping them. In her spare time she likes to craft things or play the Wii.

“I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa / Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa” – Eiffel 65



Creative and Support Staff


Maddi Farrell | Marketing Director | [email protected] 


Maddi is studying communication here at Michigan State. As Marketing Director, Maddi is in charge of all the events in and out of the station as well as marketing/promoting the station. She also keeps busy around the station by DJing specialty show “Movie Night,” hosting the “Movie Chat” podcast and hosting “The Final Rose” podcast.  

“It’s the only life you got, so you gotta live it big time” – Big Time Rush


Ethan Youngblood | Promotions Coordinator | [email protected]

Advertising Management

Ethan is a Junior studying advertisement management with a focus in psychology. As Promotions Coordinator he stays in touch with promoters and gets concert tickets to give away as prizes on the air, or for members to promote the station at these concerts. His hobbies include video games, quoting popular movies and TV shows, and putting on imaginary concerts when he’s alone in the car.

“Climb the mountain (what mountain?), swim the sea (what sea?), see what I mean? No!”- Portrait


Michael Thistlethwaite | Website Director [email protected]

Creative Advertising

Michael is a sophomore studying creative advertising, who joined Impact as a volunteer on the Entertainment team in the fall of 2019. He now serves as the Website Director, designing new elements to the website, and troubleshooting any issues that arise. He still enjoys writing about his favorite artists for the E-Team, and voicing his opinions on music during “Hear Me Outs”.

“Get more cheese than Doritos, Cheetos, or Fritos” – MF DOOM


Ryan Collins | Podcast Coordinator

Sports Journalism

Ryan is a senior at MSU studying Sports Journalism, spending is 2nd year on the Impact staff. As Podcast Coordinator, Ryan schedules, edits, and archives all of the Impact Podcast Network. He is a member of the sports team who has previously covered MSU Football and MSU hockey and is the producer for the Green and White Report.



Devon Bosom | Traffic Director | [email protected]





Ally Beshouri | Art Director | [email protected]

Ally is a senior studying Graphic Design and Comparative Cultures and Politics, with a focus in the Middle East. Her preferred pronouns are she / her / hers. She has been with Impact for the last 4 years, and has been working with the graphics team for the past 2 years. As Art Director she works with the other designers on the Graphics team to create content for Impact; from advertisements of upcoming events to concert posters, podcast art to magazines, they do it all!

“Rah, rah, ah ah ah” -Lady Gaga


George Pham | Visual Media Director | [email protected]

Media & Information and English

George is a plucky boy from Grand Rapids that loves filming people doing things and reading about people doing things. George loves literature from the 19th century and past because it is, as he puts it, “very detailed yet succinct, like a freshly baked apple pie sprinkled with a little bit of stardust.” Storytelling has been a part of his life since he was a child, he just didn’t fully understand that until he grew up. He also DJ’s on the side. Upon graduation he hopes to work in the film industry as a cinematographer.

I have fallen in love with the sky” -Acid Bath


Andrew Herner | Photo Coordinator

Andrew is a senior Media and Information major in the college of Communications Arts and Sciences. As photo director Andrew works with all things visual. Whether it be covering local and touring concerts or assisting with the video team,  Andrew always enjoys bringing new and exciting visual content to the station. Outside of Impact and the music world, you can find Andrew losing his mind over his beloved Cleveland sports teams.

“I’m just growin’ up in stages, livin’ life in phases” – Kevin Parker, Tame Impala


Sara Kutchinski | Video Coordinator


Evan Surace | Audio Production Director | [email protected]

Media and Information

As Assistant Production Director, Evan works with the other directors on the audio team making promos, PSAs, bumpers and more! He’s just a boy who likes to make noise. In his free time, Evan enjoys listening to music, mainly hardcore and metal, and also frequents shows, supporting the hardcore scene in Michigan.

“God forgives, N.E.G. don’t” – Never Ending Game


Henry Menigoz | Chief Engineer



Ellison Winterstein | Audio Engineer | [email protected]

Ellison is a senior Media and Information major and Film Studies minor. As an audio engineer at the Impact he… you know, engineers the audio? Yeah, engineers the audio. Mics and boards and stuff. Those kinda things. In his spare time he practices how to ramble vaguely about what constitutes his job.

“Odds are we’re gonna be alright, odds are we’re gonna be alright tonight” – The Barenaked Ladies



Abbi Wynsma | Engineer


Music and Entertainment


Amber Kienutske | Program Director[email protected]

Media and Information & Advertising

Amber helps to decide what music and content is played on the Impact, along with when. She builds the weekly schedule of music and helps in assisting and scheduling all DJs. When she’s not at the Impact, she’s usually at a pop punk show (yikes) or at the lib pretending to study.

“Rock the boat like a one-eyed pirate. Rick James, I got glitter on my eyelids.” -BROCKHAMPTON


Mckenna Lounds | Programming Assistant| [email protected]

Mckenna is studying Apparel and Textile Design here at Michigan State. As Programming Assistant she helps the Programming Director with getting all content onto the airwaves. In her spare time, Mckenna enjoys drinking cranberry red bull and engaging in self-sabotage.

“Le ro lo le lo le” – Shakira



Gia Haddock | Cohost of the Basement 

Gia is a senior Fisheries and Wildlife major who loves salamanders and being the Basement co-host. This role allows her to listen to the sweet tunes of bands from all over Michigan and potentially bring them in for a live studio session. Lots of emails, lots of awkward exchanges with artists before interviews, lots of live music, and lots of great conversations. She loves this job. 

“But I keep on dancing to throw em off” – Tyler the Creator


Berkley Sorrells | Host of the Progressive Torch and Twang

Berkley is a junior in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) with a double major in history. She hosts the Americana music specialty show the Progressive Torch and Twang on WDBM East Lansing, playing roots-rock, alt-country, folk and bluegrass on Tuesday nights from 8pm-midnight. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the viola in the MSU concert orchestra and going to rock shows across the state.

“Let this be my annual reminder that we can all be something bigger” – Craig Finn, The Hold Steady


Sarah Maynard | Co-host of Hourz o Power | [email protected]

Sarah is a senior Marketing major with two minors in French and International Business. 

Sarah co-hosts the heavy metal radio show, Hourz o Power every Thursday from 10pm-2am where she plays all sorts of moshable tunes from thrash to doom and (her all time favorite) sludge. In her spare time, you can catch her creating art or moshing at a metal concert. 

“You can’t kill me, ‘cause I’m already dead” – Hollywood Undead


Mark Demartini

Mark DeMartini | Training Director [email protected]


As Training Director, Mark helps current and new DJ’s learn the ins and outs of how to become a DJ at WDBM. He is also an avid sports fan and is often chatting with the sports team about the relevant topics. 

I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches call it home.” – Panic! At the Disco


Brendan Flum | Airstaff Coach 

Media and Information

Brendan majors in Media & Information, with a minor in Film Studies. As an Airstaff Coach, he teaches DJs how to grow into the best on-air personalities they can be.

“Begin the day with a friendly voice – a companion, unobtrusive…plays the song that’s so elusive and the magic music makes your morning mood” – Neil Peart, Rush


Caroline Nicholas | Airstaff Coach

Caroline is a senior dual-majoring in Economics and Environmental Economics and Management.  She’d love to someday work for the government as an economic advisor or an environmental specialist.  Caroline helps Impact DJs learn to let loose and find their sound and inner confidence while speaking on the radio!  

“If you get confused, just listen to the music play” – Grateful Dead


 Amanda Hackbardt | Airstaff Coach 

Computer Science and Video Game Design

As an Airstaff Coach, Amanda helps guide DJs on their path to awesomeness. This includes giving lots of feedback and fun teaching about the Impact way of life.

“Somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence.” -Fall Out Boy


Nick Quebbeman | Music Director | [email protected]

Chemical Engineering

Nick is a senior Chemical Engineering major at Michigan State University. He is responsible for discovering fresh new music to play on air. He maintains relationships with an extensive group of promoters, labels, and bands to ensure that the Impact is always ahead of the curve in what we play.

“He’s made of you, he’s made of me / Unity” – IDLES


Matt Burdick | Live Music Director[email protected]


Matt is a Music Major at Michigan State specializing in clarinet performance. As Live Music Director, he’s responsible for organizing in-studio sessions and hosting The Basement, which features local Michigan artists. He’s been active in the Michigan music scene for about five years, and his other interests include soup, ‘90s hip-hop, and the movie Hot Rod.

“Is it the chorus yet? No, it’s just a building of the verse, so when the chorus does come it’ll be more rewarding.” – Car Seat Headrest


Josiah Leach | Entertainment Editor | [email protected]

Journalism and Comparative Cultures & Politics

Josiah grew up in Commerce, Michigan and now lives in East Lansing. He is expecting to graduate in 2021. Some of his favorite artists include OutKast, MF DOOM, Kid Cudi, King Krule, Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar and Pink Floyd.

“Smile at the past when I see it” –Caleb Giles



Sarah Beltran | Entertainment Editorial Assistant 

Music Education

Sarah is a senior majoring in Music Education at MSU. She works as the editorial assistant for the Impact’s Entertainment Team, writing and editing music and art content for the website. In her spare time, she likes to sit and stare at trees and think about how many little bugs have made a life for themselves there.

“Teach me how to dougie” – Cali Swag District



Taylor Haelterman | News Director | [email protected]


Taylor is a senior journalism major with a concentration in writing and editing and a minor in media photography. She is also currently pursuing her masters in environmental and science journalism. Taylor hosts the weekly audio narrative podcast “The Undercurrent,” and leads the news department helping the team to produce written and audio content centered around the MSU, East Lansing and Lansing communities.

“I just wanna say something real quick, please shh, listen, I love these scones”  – Hobo Johnson


Haley Sinclair | News Editor | [email protected]


Haley is a senior Journalism major studying photojournalism with a concentration in information graphics with a minor in sociology. As News Editor, Haley oversees content production and editing procedure in addition to filming and editing daily news segments for The State. Alongside the News Director, she helps Impact establish a consistent vision for local news coverage. In this newly created role, she hopes to energize Impact’s multimedia storytelling with enterprise news stories surrounding student life at Michigan State University and the city of East Lansing.

Between the click of the light and the start of the dream” – Arcade Fire


Caroline Miller | News Editorial Assistant | [email protected]


Caroline is a junior at MSU and is studying Journalism with a concentration in writing, reporting, and editing. As News Editorial Assistant, Caroline will be editing stories related to topics covering a wide range of East Lansing Community news and sometimes national news. She is a part of the news team here at Impact89 which writes and publishes their own articles on The State, a new conjunction with The State News. Caroline also assists the News Editor in filming, editing, and publishing daily news segments on The State.

“Oh my God, she got the power, oh look at her, she got the power” -Miley Cyrus


Connie Rahbany | News Producer – Exposure

Connie Rahbany is a journalism major with a minor in broadcasting at Michigan State University. As the News Producer of Exposure, she schedules, interviews, edits and uploads a weekly podcast that features a group, organization or nonprofit in the area. 

Life’s a dance you learn as you go, sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow, don’t worry about what you don’t know …” – John Michael Montgomery


Chelsie Boodoo | News Producer – The Sci-Files

Biomedical Engineering

Chelsie is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at Michigan State University. She studies what happens to the extracellular matrix of cells after they have been stressed. She co-hosts “The Sci-Files” with Daniel Puentes. Together they explore the different topics that MSU students research on “The Sci-Files” at WDBM.


Lacie D Hudson | News Producer – The State

Lacie is a Senior studying Journalism with a concentration in Broadcast at Michigan State University. Lacie’s ultimate career goal is to be a transparent and authentic communicator, she plans on continuing her passion as a reporter in the years to come. Lacie is the host for The State, where she relays local and campus news to students, faculty and staff every week. 

“I dream it, I work hard, I grind til I own it.” – Beyonce


Nick Saba | News Producer – Undercurrent 

Nick is a Junior studying Biosystems Engineering at Michigan State, and is a news producer at the Impact. He works with the news team to create audio and written material for the station, and focuses on the weekly news podcast The Undercurrent. He enjoys creating both serious, and oftentimes lighthearted pieces on East Lansing events and organizations. Satirical pieces are his favorite to create, but he knows the importance of real hard journalism and wants to learn how to make the best audio pieces possible.

“And if time’s elimination – Then we got nothing to lose – Please repeat the message – It’s the music that we choose” – Gorillaz 





Luke Sloan | Sports Director | [email protected]


Luke is a junior journalism major who currently serves as sports director for Impact 89FM. As sports director, Luke oversees the day-to-day operations of the sports department while covering a variety of sports across campus.

“I know you got mountains to climb but always stay humble and kind.” – Tim McGraw 


Trent Balley | Sports Editor | [email protected]

Journalism, Sports Media Minor

As sports editor, Trent edits the articles the sports team produces. He is a very passionate Detroit Sports fan and began volunteering at Impact by co-hosting “The Motown Rundown” podcast. Trent also covers Men’s Basketball and co-hosts the “Impact Izzone” podcast.

“This ain’t no tall order, this is nothin’ to me. Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.” – JAY-Z


Nathan Stearns | Sports Editorial Assistant | [email protected]

Journalism, Sports and Broadcast Journalism Minor

Nathan is a junior at MSU who is currently studying Journalism to go along with a double minor in Sports and Broadcast Journalism.  As the sports editorial assistant, Nathan edits and posts articles, podcasts, and other sports-related content to the main website and on Twitter.  In the past, Nathan has served as a beat reporter for MSU softball, MSU field hockey, and the MSU women’s basketball team.

“I’m going to Carolina in my mind”– James Taylor


Eric Bach | Play-by-Play Coordinator | [email protected]

Journalism/Sports Journalism

Eric does play-by-play on MSU football, in addition to men’s and women’s basketball. He is a co-host of the Spartan Red Zone college football podcast, and appears on the Green & White report to discuss MSU football. He also critiques play-by-play for other volunteers and helps coordinate travel to events for the sports team.

You got to lose to know how to win.” -Aerosmith



General Manager

Jeremy Whiting | General Manager | [email protected]

Jeremy is the only non-student employed at the Impact. He assists the student leadership in forming the overall vision and direction of the station. As general manager, Jeremy also ensures that the Impact follows all FCC guidelines, oversees the directors and paid staff and manages the technical aspects of the operation. He lives in Lansing with his wife, Amber, and three kids, Kate, Ryan and Anna.

“Don’t need money, don’t take fame, don’t need no credit card to ride this train.” -Huey Lewis & the News

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