Meet the Team
Our team members listed below have been part of many of our events and efforts over the past five years including our Trivia Night and Hall of Fame inductions, archiving history, promoting local artists, documentaries and musical events.
The Society moved it's home base to Crestwood, MO on November 7, 2017 and since then we have continued to grow. We now have nine commercial-free internet stations with over 46,000 unique tracks in combined rotaton. Last fall, our membership surpassed 300 individuals. And, we continue to seek out new ways to have events, even during Covid-19.
The Society's mission - "to preserve, promote and honor St. Louis' unique classic rock heritage and its place in music and pop culture history" - has never been stronger. The committment of our members to that cause, and to our local musicians and others in the entertainment field shows that.
Below, please "meet" our team members for KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS, and join with us to help as many individuals as possible.
In 1977, Tom started working at McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing. His career began in astronautics, and now he works as a manufacturing engineer with fighter aircraft specializing in titanium on the F-4, the Harrier, the C-17, the redesigned F-15 and F-18. He was music minister at Carsonville Baptist Church from 1980 to 1982 and married his wife Donna in 1980, now going on 41 years. They have three children and one grandson Aidan.
He has been a big sports fan - especially the Cardinals and Blues - and has coached Little League Baseball through American Legion Baseball from 1990 to 2014. He is a KSHE KLASSICS Facebook administrator since 2015 when the group had 7,000 members. The group have grown immensely and are now the largest St. Louis-based music fan page with over 17,000 members. KLASSIC Rock has been Tom's outside passion since KSHE-95 began its rock era on November 7, 1967.
Tom became involved with Ron Stevens and many other old school KSHE and music folks from his youth after not seeing them for over 40 years in 2017. All this was possible with the premiere of NEVER SAY GOODBYE: The KSHE Documentary. This has been a great outlet and hobby as volunteers to help the St. Louis Classic Rock community and to "Keep Live Alive Saint Louis" whenever time allows.
Co-Executive Producer of the world-wide BLUE MAN GROUP – Megastar World Tour
Executive Vice President and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment's (now Live Nation) Latin American division.
SVP/General Manager of Clear Channel Entertainment’s Special Events division in St. Louis, Greg's areas of responsibility, including serving as the Executive Producer of one of the single most watched NFL Super Bowl Halfime shows –- the critically acclaimed performance of U2 in New Orleans.
As co-founder of Contemporary Productions (now Live Nation) award-winning marketing division, Contemporary Marketing, Inc. the agency created and executed national awardwinning consumer promotion programs for Fortune 100 clients including Anheuser-Busch, Nestle Purina, Unilevera and The Coca-Cola Company.
Greg served as Senior Vice President and partner of St. Louis based Contemporary Productions (now Live Nation). At the time, Contemporary was one of the top five producers of live entertainment and event marketing programs in the United States. While at Contemporary he headed up the company's consumer marketing and promotion efforts for the 750+ events produced each year along with the company’s portfolio of concert and entertainment venues including the consistently top-rated 20,000 capacity venue, Riverport Amphitheatre (now Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre) in St. Louis.
Greg is currently with St. Louis-based Contemporary Productions. The company develops and produces some of the most creative and dynamic live and virtual events for corporate America.
Greg is also on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society.
Payton is an Eagle Scout with Troop 484, located in Festus, Missouri. He is also the on-air host of "Payton's Picks" a classic rock radio show at Webster University's student-run station, The Galaxy Radio.
Gayle started her career at the Checkerdome in 1983 working on family shows and NCAA sporting events. She promoted Sesame Street Live in multiple cities and was the road manager for the national tour of Voltron Teamforce Live. She helped open the St. Charles Family Arena and also worked for a short time at Kiel Center.
Ken has spent his entire life in the entertainment field. As his school's first two term Student Council President, he booked and produced his first rock show, Ted Nugent and Head East. That was in 1975. From that point forward, the die was cast.
Ken continued working both on stage and behind it until retiring from a successful performing career at age thirty-three. He was immediately hired by Contemporary Group, by then one of the nation's leading entertainment companies, where he learned the ropes and progressed to the role of national talent buyer and promoter. During this time, he also hosted a weekly radio show on KDHX, showcasing local original music. After a stint in the event marketing business, working as production manager on projects for VH1, Cartoon Network, The Family Channel and other entertainment outlets, Krueger returned to his first love, music.
In September of 1997, he formed his own concert and event production company, K Square, Inc. K Square provides complete event services including theme development, creative design, talent buying and production.
Ken was the executive producer and talent director of Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival, a multi-million dollar, four day extravaganza. The festival featured "A" level acts and garnered national exposure, and Krueger's company took it from inception to market. He was also behind the creation of a complimentary web radio station, Phases of the Moon Radio.
Ken brings that same high level of enthusiasm and expertise to every project on which he works.
Ken was inducted into the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame in 2018 as a recipient of the Jerry M. Cook Memorial Award and is on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society.
Born and raised in St. Louis, and growing up as the kid of a Gaslight Square alumni, no less, music is as much a part of our - and her - lifeblood as growing up on the Mississippi.
As a board member of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society, she has contributed to NEVER SAY GOODBYE: The KSHE Documentary and A Long Way From Neverland - A Conversation with Pat and Danny Liston as well as the numerous Classic Rock Trivia Nights and Hall of Fame inductions.
As keeper of the footprint of St. Louis' influence on music ranging from Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, R&B/Soul, StLouisClassicRock.com's natural progression was to form St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society. Whether growing the community of other passionate music officianado's, holding special events, helping area musicians "furloughed" due to the pandemic, recognizing and preserving St. Louis' passion for music and the live entertainment industry is a life-long endeavor - one in which Sue is happy to serve and proud to represent.
During the mid 1980s David served as the phone bank coordinator on the annually televised Sammy Davis Variety Club Telethon - a volunteer assignment that he found to be extremely rewarding and allowed him the opportunity to meet some very interesting people.
Some of David's most recent notable projects include:
- Producer, Historian/Archivist, and Subject for the film documentary Gypsy: Rock and Roll Nomads
- Associate Producer, Classic Rock Historian and Subject for the film documentary NEVER SAY GOODBYE: The KSHE Documentary
- Associate Producer and Camera for the film documentary A Long Way From Neverland - A Conversation with Pat and Danny Liston
In 2015, David joined the board of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society. Since then, he has displayed a genuine interest and desire to assist in the preservation of the rich musical heritage that has existed in the St. Louis area for all these years.
David was inducted into the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame in 2019 as a recipient of the Jerry M. Cook Memorial Award.
After Contemporary, Cindy did stints with JS Touring (Jerry Seinfeld), managing sponsorship ticketing for the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill and Dierks Bentley tours for Anheuser Busch, and Kicking Cow Productions, an experiential marketing company working with great clients like Nestle Purina, Hallmark, and the Pilsner Urquell Blues Traveler Tour.
In 2007, Cindy became Executive Director of INOBTR (I Know Better) a 501(c)(3) charity aimed at protecting children and families from the dangers of the Internet. INOBTR was awarded over $2 million in Federal grants to create a nationwide bi-lingual multi-platform program. Working with law enforcement, schools and community groups, INOBTR reached over 110 million children and families. INOBTR also produced radio & TV PSAs and events with recording artist Nick Lachey including Internet Safety Nights in St. Louis (Busch Stadium- Cardinals) and Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium-Chiefs). A big shout out to St. Louis radio and television for their support as media sponsors!
As a St. Louis native, and, like Mr. Block, as someone who dabbled in bands and instruments, John has always had an ear for local history and the music that accompanied it. By day, he is the Manager of Financial Reporting at Thompson Coburn LLP, and by night...if he's not listening to music or archiving local artists going back to the 1920s, he's trying to play it. "Trying" is the key word there.
John currently lives in Crestwood, MO with his wife Angela and dachshunds Nugget and Noël (RIP SLCR mascot Noob). They live in the house his grandparents had been original owners of (since 1965). Besides the Society and its involvement in Crestwood, he is also locally involved with the Thomas Sappington House Foundation, Christmas in Crestwood, is on the Crestwood Public Works Board, and is a candidate for Alderman of Crestwood's Ward 4.
Their work reached from Los Angeles, to New York, to Europe, Australia and even Saudi Arabia. Prior to syndication, Ron was program director of what is now the longest standing rock station in the world, KSHE-95, in St. Louis. The amazing story of KSHE is told in the documentary recently produced and directed by Ron, called NEVER SAY GOODBYE: The KSHE Documentary.
Ron and his wife Joy also hosted a morning radio show on New York's HOT 97, wrote for network television and released two comedy albums as Stevens & Grdnic.
Past and current clients include Amoco, Anheuser Busch, AT&T, Citibank, Discovery Channel, Emerson Electric, ABC/GMA, History Channel, Image Technologies Corp., Kaufman Broadcast, Monsanto, National Geographic, Nestle USA, Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hired Gun Creative, Big League Productions, Fox Sports, ESPN, The St. Louis Blues, Cardinals, Rams and VH1.
Jack was inducted into the St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Fame in 2019 as a recipient of the Jerry M. Cook Memorial Award and is on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society.