Mike Shanin’s been hosting Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has also served as Managing Editor.
A veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, Shanin has 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. He 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.
Dr. Christopher Kuehl (Ph.D.) co-founded Armada Corporate Intelligence in 1999 and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years, making nearly a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the U.S. and overseas. Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.
Mary O'Halloran created her media and communications business after years in public office, political leadership and community service. Mary served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and was apointed by the President to head the Department of Energy Midwest Region. She co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, served on the Mainstream Coaliition Board and the Kansas City Human Relations Commission. Mary is a former KMBZ radio talk show host and nationally recognized speaker and commentator. She was a former Catholic nun and teacher.
Born in Portland, Maine, educated (or, at least, instructed) in Kansas City, Missouri public schools, Westminster College, University of Missouri School of Law. USNR, 1967-1969. Practiced law in Kansas City with Rogers, Field, Gentry then with Stinson Morrison Hecker from 1972-2003. Founded Cozad Company, LLC, in 2003. Chairman, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, 1985-1991; Member, Board of Curators of the University of Missouri System, 1991-1997; Chairman, Missouri Republican Party, 1995-1999.
Tony Botello is writer/publisher behind the controversial blog Tony's Kansas City (www.tonyskansascity.com), a widely read online diary of Kansas City politics and culture featuring one of the most active, uncensored and unfiltered community forums in the metro area. After nearly 10 years of publishing, Tony's Kansas City has earned widespread notoriety throughout regional media and politics.
Enrique Chaurand, Public Relations and Communications
Marcus Leach is a partner with Leach Public Solutions, a strategic communications firm located on the Plaza. Leach has eight years political, private sector and non-profit leadership experience, including a history of success designing and executing targeted communications that resonate with audiences for his clients. A native of Kansas City, Leach graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Howard University School of Law. He is a hobbyist photographer, avid Sporting Kansas City supporter, and active board member of Friends of Art (Nelson-Atkins Museum) and Debate Kansas City.