Meet the new voice of Truckee radio |

Meet the new voice of Truckee radio

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra Sun Dan van Enoo, the new general manager at Truckee's KTKE, sits at the controls during his morning show on Tuesday. Enoo wants to increase community participation with the radio station.

You might recognize his voice from his three decades of Reno radio shows. Now, Dan van Enoo, former longtime Truckee resident, disc jockey and morning show celebrity is the new general manager at Truckee’s own KTKE, 101.5 FM.”There will be more fine tuning than big changes (at the station),” van Enoo said. “We are going to make it a fun community station with a lot of participation, but there won’t be any major changes to the music.”

Among those adjustments, van Enoo said, are possible plans to soften the mid-day song selection to appeal to the ears of local merchants and their customers, and to expand the morning show to include more personalities and voices.”I work better with somebody than all by myself,” said van Enoo, who has been voicing the station’s morning show alone for the past four months. “Right now it sounds a little quiet to me.”And following his past experiences, it must. Before moving to KTKE, van Enoo, now a Verdi resident, was part of a number of top-rated radio shows, including The Breakfast Club with Mitchell and van Enoo on Reno’s 92.1 FM, and the Dan, Dave and Jana Show on Reno’s 101.7 FM.

“He is quite a kick. Not what I would call an old fart, but more of a senior fox,” said former co-host Jana Wyld. “The people at [KTKE] are very lucky because he is a lot of fun to work for. He gave me the happiest years I have spent in radio and media.”But van Enoo put in his time before landing those prime positions. His first gig out of broadcasting school was here in Truckee in 1970 at a tiny station called KTRT. The station was located in a private home in Olympic Heights, and it was there that van Enoo began his career as DJ.”(When I was) in the Navy, people were always trying to guess where you are from and what you do,” van Enoo said. “And, I guess, because of my voice, everyone said ‘Oh, you must be a disk jockey,’ and I thought, ‘now that sounds pretty good.'”

Thirty-six years later van Enoo’s voice has been heard across the country on radio and television stations, where he does voice-overs and announcements. And, through his own company, Audio on Hold, his baritone chords are also heard on company voice messages, those friendly sounding info bites that play while customers are on hold. Van Enoo was ready to retire, he said, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to finish his career where it started.”Radio is a fun business. For one thing you get to entertain and be heard, and then to get paid for it …” van Enoo said. “It has been so exciting for me.”

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