Have you ever been driving down the road listening to your favorite radio station and say to yourself, "I wish I could see what they are doing?" Well, now you can!
Lou (Sipolt, Jr.), formerly of KGGO radio, along with Jackie Schmillen, formerly of KCCI and popular Des Moines meteorologist, Jason Parkin - have brought radio to television. It's a Great Day on KCWI 23 - LIVE weekdays from 6:00am - 9:00am. The show is hosted by Lou, Jackie and Jason, along with various co-hosts such as Michele Beschen & Suzet Nelson. Tune-in and watch special guests, animals, comedians, music and of course the videos you've always wanted to see! Great Day includes just enough news, weather, sports and traffic conditions to keep you informed and entertained each and every week day.
Catch everything you need to know to make every day a Great Day starting at 6am each weekday, only on KCWI channel 23.
Lou Sipolt, Jr
Lou Sipolt, Jr began his broadcasting career at KRNL Radio at Cornell College in the fall of 1978. In the span of 2 ½ years, he went from hosting a once a week Late Night Radio Show to becoming GENERAL MANAGER. Lou Graduated from Cornell College with a degree in Biology & Psychology as he attempted to get into Veterinary School.
Iowa State University was Lou’s next stop for Graduate School Classes as he continued to aim toward Veterinary School. Lou said he would "Stay Away" from Radio and concentrate on his studies. That lasted only a few months before the Rude Awakening Morning Show was born on KPGY Radio at ISU...And, within two years, he was back as GENERAL MANAGER of what was now KUSR radio. During that time, Lou wrote a Computer Program to help with Music and Content/Format rotations for the radio station that helped take the station to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!
After hearing about the computer program he created for KUSR, Lou was asked to create a COMPUTER PROGRAM for KGGO radio to help with music rotations for the Program Director. Within a couple of months, he was working part time as a DJ on the Weekends as Late Night Lou. After filling in on a somewhat regular basis for a member of the KGGO Morning Show, a spot was created to accommodate his studies and the radio show in the morning...One thing led to another and by February 1989, THE LOU & LARRY SHOW aired for the first time! The HIGHLY RATED and VERY SUCCESSFUL show lasted a DECADE and continued to DOMINATE local radio in the morning.
When Larry retired from radio, Comedian Steve "The Roundguy" Pilchen moved into his position and Heather Burnside was brought on board to create yet ANOTHER Powerhouse Morning Show on KGGO. The show lasted almost 13 years and was ALWAYS one of the top rated shows in Des Moines.
Lou & Heather were moved to the Talk FM Station when the KGGO Morning Show was dissolved in December 2011. Both signed off for the final time in February 2012 as they sought different careers. Lou's run on KGGO lasted almost 27 years, one of the LONGEST in Des Moines Radio History.
After that monumental departure, Lou was approached to do A NEW KIND of show…THIS TIME ON TV...Lou has been HOSTING a NATIONAL TV SHOW for the Great American Stockcar Series (Seen on Fox Sports Network) for the past two seasons...The next thing you know: Great Day had been created!
Jackie Schmillen joined Great Day in January 2013. She came from KCCI-TV, where she had done traffic for two years. Prior to that she was at KPTH-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.
Jackie is an Iowa native who loves to be involved with the community. She helped transform KPTH-TV into one of the most community–active stations in the area. Here in Des Moines, she was named 2012-13 Celebrity of the Year for her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Schmillen enjoys performing in musical theater and singing the national anthem at local events.
Meteorologist Jason Parkin has worked on-air for KCWI-TV, KCCI-TV, WHO-TV, KGAN-TV, KCAU-TV and WeatherNation TV for a total of 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, to which he still owes vast sums of money. Jason lives in Urbandale with his wife, three boys and trusty beagle. By night, he fights crime.
By A www.autson.com