Mike Shanin has moderated Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has taken on the additional role of Managing Editor. Before that, Mike was a regular panelist on KCPT’s “Kansas City Week in Review”, which began in 1992.
Shanin is a veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, having worked as a talk show host, political analyst, news anchor and in management. Since leaving radio in early 2012, he’s done freelance pubic speaking and commercial radio and television projects.
A graduate of both Northwest Missouri State University and Park University, Shanin’s academic emphasis was on Political Science, Social Science, and Public Administration. Mike served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast and Information Specialist between1968 and 1970, stationed initially at Ft. McPherson, GA., and later with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam.
KCPT’s weekly food-for-thought fight over the news of the day and the trends of the times.
Ruckus is back — with a new look and format and new panelists along with familiar faces. Host Mike Shanin kicks off most shows with a headliner guest interview and Roasts & Toasts are 100% audience-generated.
Yael Abouhalkah is a columnist for the Kansas City Star and a member of the paper's editorial board.
Gwendolyn Grant, president & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, is a strong advocate for social and economic opportunity for African Americans and other minorities. Out of the office, Ms. Grant serves in leadership roles on various community boards.
Aimee Patton is a two-time Midwest Voices columnist for the Kansas City Star and a writer for her blog, “Pleasantly Eccentric”. She’s been featured in CNN Online and Crooks and Liars and is a regular guest on Darla Jaye's program on KMBZ. She works in advertising, lives with her 8 year old daughter in Overland Park, Kansas and can be found on Twitter, where she shares her opinions on just about everything.
Ron Freeman is the author of "Game Changer: Setting Your Mind To Win", a book on personal development. A professional speaker with Visionary Impact and a Kolbe certified leadership consultant, Ron is a game changer in his own right. As a former political analyst, radio talk show host, professional athlete and Urban Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he brings a unique, conservative perspective to Ruckus.