Jack Mitchell | LNK Today Host
Jack grew up from Lincoln, graduated from Lincoln East high and earned a Law degree from the University of Nebraska. After spending several years in civil litigation at a local law firm, Jack decided to act on his longtime dream to be involved with talk radio, and in 2006 he took over the Morning Show at KLIN. In that time Jack has been able to combine his unique perspective on the news as an attorney with his love for making people laugh and his passion for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln into a top-rated morning show.
Jack is married to Meagan Liesveld, who is the Director of Development for CEDARS Youth Services in Lincoln. The couple have a pair of children, Johnny and Norah, who keep Jack very busy as soon as he gets off work with activities including sports, dance, Lincoln Boys’ choir, piano and church groups.
When he’s not at the radio station, Jack loves to spend his time taking his kids to Husker sports events, jogging, cooking (particularly on the grill and smoker), playing cards and fantasy sports and working on his goal of developing a music playlist for every imaginable event or mood.
Kellan Heavican | News
Kellan Heavican returns to Nebraska after working at three radio stations in Iowa as the news, sports and program director. A native Nebraskan growing up on a farm near Schuyler, Kellan has a passion for telling stories with unique perspectives. He started his career when he became Schuyler’s first all-sport public address announcer as a junior in high school. After winning sports writing, play-by-play, and news awards at UNL, he moved to Iowa where he doubled the stations’ news coverage and added 60 games to their sports calendar while helping to bring sports and news coverage awards to the newsroom for the first time in the stations’ history.
In his spare time, Kellan is active in agriculture and the livestock industry after spending a decade showing cattle nationwide. He referees basketball, is active in his church and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Mark Vail | News
A native Minnesotan and a member of a family farm operation, Mark’s broadcaster career began as an ag broadcaster in 1974. He served radio and television markets in Rochester, MN, Wichita, KS and Topeka, KS. In 1991 he oversaw the construction of a new FM Radio station in St. Joseph, MO which was the catalyst for moving into corporate management and eventually overseeing 23-stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
In addition, he was the co-creator of a 126-station agricultural radio network program, AgriTalk which has aired for over 25-years. He’s been recognized by several organizations including the Kansas Association of Broadcasters where he served as Chairman in 2008 and was inducted into the Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013 and by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting where he served as president in 1989 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2017.
At KLIN, Vail serves as the morning news anchor for the awarding KLIN News Team and contributes to LNK Today with Jack and Friends as well as serving as a studio producer for other local KLIN programs.
Karla James | News
Karla is one of Nebraska’s most recognized news voices. Before coming to Lincoln, Karla worked in Omaha for over 20 years. She’s spent time with the Nebraska News Network, was on staff at Midland University and Metro Community College in Fremont, where she taught sign language. In her free time, Karla loves to garden and watch Hallmark Christmas movies.
Michael Reed | News
Michael is a native Nebraskan who has also worked at radio stations in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Kearney and Ogallala. He’s the father of five (soon to be six), which keeps him busy. When he’s not doing radio or parenting, Michael likes to spend time with his wife, play Frisbee golf, hike, travel, and take photos of nature. He is also a HUGE Nebraska football and Syracuse basketball fan.
Kaleb Henry | Sports Director
A lifelong Husker fan, Kaleb was a five sport athlete at Loup City High School before attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on a Track and Field scholarship. After a career ending injury while throwing the javelin, he returned to Central Nebraska.
Kaleb has won multiple awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association while working as a producer, voice talent, news director, and play-by-play announcer in his short time in the industry. When not covering the Huskers, he enjoys watching the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, and any sport on TV. He especially enjoys adventuring with his Australian Shepherd mix, Ella.
Bob Shomper | Program Director
KLIN Program Director Bob Shomper has won nearly every radio award in his career, including National News/Talk Program Director of the Year. Under Bob’s leadership, his stations have won four Marconi Awards for Radio Station of the Year, two Murrow Awards for Best Overall Performance, a national Crystal Award for community , and the prestigious Service to America Award.
Bob has programmed some of the great radio stations in the country, and has worked closely with five Big Ten schools and teams from MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL. Bob was a school teacher prior to his radio career. He’s active in his church, plays drums and has run six 26.2 mile marathons.