Born: Shreveport, LA
Years living on the Space Coast: Stationed here (USAF) 1964-1971. Returned in 1978 and has lived here since.
Favorite artist: Mozart
Born: Colon, Panama
Years living on the Space Coast: 28 years
Favorite musicians/artists: Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Keith Jarrett, Vladimir Horowitz, Arsenio Rodriguez
As a multimedia specialist, Michelle reports on and produces on-air and online features, often with a cultural or environmental focus. She also serves as contributor to WFIT's website.
Michelle was born and raised in sunny Florida. Before joining the WFIT team, she spent time living and working nomadically in remote locations across the country. She has zigzagged the U.S. traveling out to the redwood forests of California, over to the tip of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and many places in-between.
Eventually Michelle found her way back to Florida. She wandered into WFIT one fateful day, beginning her career at the station as a volunteer. She was thrilled to join the staff in early 2011. During this time, she began producing WFIT’s International Student Spotlight, an ongoing series dedicated to celebrating college campus diversity. Working with the students on this series has provided Michelle with glimpses into cultures of such far flung places as Ethiopia, Brazil, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad. Her work on this series earned WFIT a 2011 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award in audiovisual communication.
Another highlight of Michelle’s career at WFIT was her coverage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. She hiked along with expedition members at different points throughout their journey, back country camping and experiencing wild Florida.
Michelle has fallen in love with the creative storytelling process and looks for any opportunity to evolve as a reporter/producer. In 2012 she was selected among ten other up-and-coming public radio reporters to participate in Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) reporter training at WHYY in Philadelphia. She also regularly participates in NPR training webinars.
Michelle has a passion for traveling and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.
Born in Hartford, CT George was surrounded by music from the get go. His dad, being a high school band director by day and professional jazz pianist by night, would bring home instruments for George to explore. By the time he was a high school student, George was often called upon to fill in sections of the band on different instruments. The drums were definitely George’s calling and at the age of nine he joined one of the many ‘fife & drum’ corps popular in the North East. Through his teen years George played with many a band in the local Connecticut Club scene.
George attended University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music to round out an already career player and had the privilege of taking lessons from jazz drummer extraordinaire Bob Moses. Back in the day, George spent many hours in the studio, having the honor of recording demos with such talented musicians as Frank Previte, song writer for the movie Dirty Dancing and leader of Frankie & the Knockouts; touring and recording with Paul Carney, son of actor Art Carney and a host of others too numerous to mention.
Relocating to Central Florida from Connecticut in 1983, George continued performing in the Central Florida music scene. After embracing digital technologies, George began composing radio jingles for local companies like Ron-Jon’s, Copiers Plus, B.E.T. telephone and WIRB T.V. station I.D.’s. Bitten by the advertising bug he returned to college for marketing advertising and landed a career in radio sales at WA1A . In 1999, George became Senior Underwriting Executive for WFIT.
Barbara Bingnear has served as Director of Gifts and Outreach for WFIT since June, 1998. She oversees funding for WFIT from individual listeners, develops and implements new giving programs, maintains a specialized donor database, creates and sends a monthly e-newsletter and handles reservations and payments for special events.
Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
She is on the Board of Directors of VegFund, an organization that provides worldwide funding for outreach activities that inspire people to choose a vegan lifestyle.
Barbara and her husband, Francis, have resided in Melbourne since moving from St. Croix, USVI in 1988. They share their home with their cat, Pepper, and their dog, Brandy.
Originally from Boston, Todd Kennedy began volunteering at WFIT 89.5 FM in 1992 as a late night jazz DJ. In 1998 he was hired as Director of Operations and in 2004 he became Program Director.
As Program Director, he is responsible for formulating the sound of the station. His daily duties include managing broadcast communications, operating satellite services and broadcast automation systems. He is also in charge of overseeing all studio productions and digital editing.
He also plays an important role in coordinating fundraising materials, outreach events and underwriting activities. He trains and supervises community volunteers and on-air hosts, and has been seeing doing a little plumbing and vacuuming on the side.
Todd’s energy and great passion for music can be enjoyed every Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sound Waves, the show he has been hosting since January 2006.