John Simpson

3-6PM AFTERNOONS ON CLASSIC HITS 106.3

John Simpson was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. After "turning his life around" in 1988, he finally went on to pursue his education, graduating from Briar Cliff University in 1996. A "very non-traditional" student, John left BCU with bachelor's degrees in Mass Communication and Speech and Theatre. He was involved in many technical aspects of the Briar Cliff Theatre along with the campus television and radio stations and newspaper. John was Briar Cliff's campus radio station manager for more than a year.

After moving to Yankton to be with his fiancée in September of 2013, he has begun to settle in and adjust to life "outside of Sioux City." John is not a complete stranger to Yankton, as he has "visited" the fair city many times over the last two years, spending time with his fiancée when possible.

John "happened across" the position with Classic Hits 106.3 one morning while listening to the Classic Morning Show with Randy Hammer. "I called in one morning and chatted with him, and he asked where I was from, where I was working. I said I was new to town and looking for employment, unless he knew of a radio station that was looking to hire someone. The rest — so far — is history."

Prior to working at Classic Hits 106.3, John has been employed with FedEx Office, KMEG TV-14 as a master control operator/video switcher, and KWIT FM 90 as a board operator/announcer ... just to name a few.

Jarett C. Bies

NEWS DIRECTOR

Classic Hits 106.3's news director may be new to radio, but he's no stranger to finding the stories that capture life in your hometown. Bies earned his bachelor's degree at the University of South Dakota, where he wrote for the student newspaper, The Volante, then continued his education in English at St. Cloud State University. He returned to his native South Dakota and began an eight-year career at Argus Leader Media where he wrote about everything from cheesecakes to rock climbing.

After stints at both South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota as a communications professional, he joined the Classic Hits 106.3/ESPN Radio 1570 team in May so he could tell the compelling stories that embody life along the Missouri River Valley in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

When he's not interviewing a source, you'll find Bies in the cockpit of a kayak on the river.

Email your story to Bies at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

John Thayer

Sports

Like many young boys, John had dreams of growing up to be a professional athlete. After always being picked first at recess to be the quarterback in elementary, John found his love for cheeseburgers and pizza and ended up a lineman by the 7th grade. Though he played sports in high school, John realized his lack of athletic ability would trip up his dream of furthering his sports career. After years of broadcasting the video games he was playing, John found a love for broadcasting sports. Like all failed athletes and coaches, John has made his way into the sports broadcasting industry.

John is native of Eustis, Neb. While growing up in the town of 401, John worked on a hog farm through high school. He claims if you haven't had to pull pigs or wash out the hog sheds then you haven't truly lived. After attending Doane College in Crete, Neb., John lived in Colorado for a year before moving back to Nebraska until his transplant to Yankton.

He still loves cheeseburgers and pizza and enjoys long walks on the beach or a stroll under a star-studded sky.

Lu Valentino

Lu Valentino 8pm-1am

Lu Valentino has been heard on some of America's great rock stations in Phoenix, Tampa, Orlando and Buffalo. Her Lu’s Locker Room sports feature was a Phoenix staple (Pat Tillman was a regular guest) and she was the voice of the Coyotes and Cardinals. While Lu knows Classic Rock well, she considers herself an entertainer with a passion for pop culture and events. Lu’s love for Improv & stand-up keeps her quick-witted both on and off the air. Her Lu’s Gossip Laptop feature airs on stations nationwide. Lu's covered the Grammy's, VMA's [worked for MTV as their special dance choreographer during the peak 'Spring Break' years in Daytona Beach], The Oscars, etc, and has interviewed stars ranging from Brad Pitt to having dinner with Kathy Griffin during her "Suddenly Susan" days.  Lu’s show features listener interaction, giveaways, artist, comedians, Hollywood star drop ins and engaging benchmarks. 

Find Lu on Facebook under “The Lu Valentino Show” and on Twitter: @LuValentino

Tony Scott

Tony Scott 6pm-8pm

Tony Scott has worked for some of America’s most successful radio stations and networks in a career that spans more than 35 years. He has worked in markets from Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to Denver and L.A. and has held down afternoons here on the Classic Rock format for many years. Tony also pulls weekend and fill-in duty at legendary 95-5 KLOS in Los Angeles, hosts a daily feature for AFN heard in more than 100 countries, and he's the back-up host for Bob Coburn on the long-running live interview radio program “Rockline.” Tony has also been active in radio imaging and narration and chances are you’ve heard him on The History Channel, Discovery, HGTV, TLC and many other networks or even caught him on camera from time to time. Tony still points to radio as his true passion and why not? He’s had extensive interview time with some absolute greats of Rock & Roll.

John Entwistle, Ian Anderson, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore, Stevie Nicks, Thorogood, are just a few of many Classic Rock legends who have spent time on the Tony Scott Show.

Fans keep up with Tony on Facebook at “Tony Scott Radio.”

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