Mark Hyken loves all kinds of music ranging from The Arch song selections, big band, jazz, and 60’s and 70’s obscure tracks. He loves the continuing process of learning about songs and artists. He grew up in St. Louis County and graduated from Ladue High. His first radio jobs were all at college stations. He was playing bands such as The Police and U2 back when they were considered “alternative.” He had a 2 year stint at Mizzou back in the 80’s and just graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMSL. Mark founded his own “music and etc.” store called The Den in Morgantown, WV. He got back into radio around 1999 when the local alternative station needed a programmer and host for their deep track 60’s and 70’s weekly program. With his obsession for music, he was a shoe in for the job. But it wasn’t enough to feed his musical obsession. At one point he was employed by three stations in the area at the same time! After having a child, he decided to move back home to St. Louis. He had no idea that a job at 106-5 the Arch was an option and is very happy about it!
Melanie joined 106-5 The Arch on-air staff in December 2012. Her radio career began in 1995 when she was hired as a weekend host with WFUN Radio, the kids station formerly known as Planet Fun. She was known as “Melanie Mouse” back then and the name has followed her since high school. What high school, you ask? She graduated from Lindbergh High School (Go, Flyers!).
She also attended college here in town, graduating with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from Lindenwood University. She spent several years working at St. Louis TV stations as a news, weather and traffic reporter. She was also fortunate enough to work at TV stations in San Diego, New Orleans and Tucson.
She’s excited about her new position at the Arch and looks forward to hearing from you on the weekends!
Tom Settles was born and raised in a small town in Illinois before moving to the St. Louis area in the early 90′s. He became interested in a radio career after choosing to do a class report on the profession in high school and had the pleasure of interviewing “Radio Rich” Dalton as his subject. After graduation, he attended SIUE to earn my degree in Radio Broadcasting. Tom has been a longtime Blues fan and covers the team on a freelance basis. He’s had the honor of meeting some of the greatest players in NHL history just by doing his “job.”
While developing his on-air career, Tom has worked for a variety of formats from News & Sports to Contemporary Christian and Country to Rock n’ Roll. Ironically, he has worked on the same dial number twice, 106-5 – once in the late 90′s when the format was Country. It was at that station where Tom met his wife…long story short…she requested a song during the station’s Christmas night program and the rest is matrimony! They’ve been married for 12 years with 3 beautiful daughters. Now he’s on the frequency which is The Arch, so it looks like 106-5 is his lucky number!