Kathy Flerx is Sales Manager for WSIC. In addition to providing leadership for the sales team, Kathy enjoys meeting face-to-face with clients to help them customize advertising solutions that grow business. Starting her career as a part-time on-air personality at WXCF in Virginia, Kathy learned the business from the ground-up. She went on to work in numerous sales and management roles including her first appearance at WSIC between 1999 and 2006. “It was a lot of fun,” says Kathy of her first stint at WSIC and WFMX. “I’ve always loved radio. It’s a wonderful and rewarding thing to help a business grow and prosper. There’s no better way than radio to accomplish that!” Outside of work, Kathy enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, DIY projects around her house, and spending time with family.
Mark Sanger was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and became an owner of WSIC in June of 2006 after being approached as a possible investor. Before he became an owner of the company, Mark’s experiences included radio sales, teacher, experiential exhibit sales, licensed real estate broker, investor, and also a volunteer fireman. He attended Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan and Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. His degrees include one in Applied Fire Science and another in Radio and Television Broadcasting(B.A).As President and CEO of the company, Mark is responsible for the entire operation. His work is done behind the scenes – planning for the future to expand the station’s reach and effectiveness. Mark enjoys all aspects of the radio industry and feels that it is a privilege to be part of a station with a great audience that loves to be involved. He says that the Lord has blessed the station with professional and personable employees who are fun to work with and be around every day.When Mark is able to get away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy and their four children. And, when not busy playing with the kids or doing things for his wife, Mark enjoys fishing, basketball, and building or fixing things. Concerning his favorite sports team, Mark says it depends on who’s live on WSIC at the time. Mark and his family are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. You can connect with Mark on Linkedin, just search for him.
Pat Shannon was born and raised in Iredell County, and first started working for Statesville Broadcasting in 1960 while at Troutman High School. After graduating from Troutman High School in 1961, and attending Mitchell College for a year, Pat joined the Air Force and was trained as a military broadcaster. With the exception of a year break in service, during which he returned to Statesville and WSIC from 1965-1966, Pat served 23 years of active duty in the Air Force with 16 years overseas in Armed Forces Radio and Television in Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Azores, Iran and Guam. While stationed stateside, Pat made training films for the Air Force and handled advertising and publicity for the Air Force Recruiting Service.Now, being semi-retired, Pat enjoys spending time with his wife, Sonja, and his two animal companions Scruffy and Mia. Pat also enjoys time spent on his boat “The Mulligan,” and playing golf. He has two daughters, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. With the exception of trying to retire once, Pat has hosted the Home Ad show (and for a period of time, the morning show as well) since 1986.
Tim Sherrill, a native of Statesville, is one of the station’s longtime employees, first starting in 1978 when WFMX was still part of the company. As Traffic and Continuity Director, Tim plays an important part in WSIC’s mission of connecting businesses and the community. Tim ensures that commercials are on the station’s “log,” or schedule, each day and ready to play. He also handles public service announcements, and the community calendar. Tim enjoys working with the staff at WSIC, and feels that they work well together to get the job done correctly. When he’s not working, Tim is an avid car guy and enjoys attending car shows, classic car cruse-ins, and NASCAR races. His favorite driver is #14, Tony Stewart in the Sprint Cup series.
Kim Wasson started at WSIC in October of 2017, helping clients with their advertising campaigns and marketing plans. Kim was born and raised in Statesville, NC. Kim has two amazing children, Preston and Katianna, and the proud grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters, Jordyn and Paylen, along with an intelligent and outgoing grandson, Karter. Kim has an Associates degree in Business Administration and certificates in early Childhood Education and holds a NC insurance license. Kim enjoys volunteering with youth in our community in a mentoring capacity and planning events with non-profit organizations. She started the Angel Wings Foundation and is a member of the Circle of Giving and Juneteenth planning committee. You can often find her attending sporting events, especially basketball and football games. Her family and friends will be close by and you might even catch her enjoying the Hallmark channel.
Niakeya James is from Cleveland, North Carolina and holds a degree in journalism and mass communication with a minor in marketing from North Carolina A&T. It was in college that she gained her interest in radio. Niakeya started at WSIC in January of 2019. She handles all aspects of production including writing and recording of commercials and on-air programs.
When Niakeya is not working, she is most likely reading a novel. Her favorite pastime is reading outside in nature while journaling. She also considers basketball a hobby.
Bryan Starrette is an on air personality hosting some of our weekly shows including Health Talk and Our Town. A Statesville native, his family goes back four generations locally, and he is a graduate of West Iredell High, Pfeiffer and Duke Universities. Bryan and his wife Gina reside in Statesville with their pomeranian Cali and cat Bentley. Gina is employed at Mitchell Community College. He has two daughers–Emily lives in New York and works for the Child Mind Institute, and daughter Sarah resides in Los Angeles with her husband Dustin. Sarah is a photographer and Dustin is with Disney Corporate. Both are from Bryan’s first wife who succumbed to cancer after 25 years of marriage. In addition to radio, Bryan participates in Theatre Statesville as an actor and is a regular emcee at Carolina Balloonfest. When he is not entertaining on air or onstage you may find him enjoying a mountain hike or a local concert, and documenting his travels with photography or videography. To keep up, his favorite workout is a good run! He is also a Board Chair at the Statesville YMCA and attends Grace Baptist Church in Statesville.