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Full-time Staff


Dave Dennis is the Radio Department's Chief Engineer and Budget Manager, as well as the Chief Engineer/ Operator of the Department's FM radio station, WCRX. Dave has over 25 years of experience teaching at Columbia. He has been a full time staff member at Columbia for 10 years, becoming the Chief Engineer for the Radio Department in 2002. Dave spent 10 years as a freelance audio technical engineer, consultant, and production engineer, before coming to Columbia full time.


Nick Hoeppner has been a full-time engineer for the Radio Department since 2005. He graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois with a degree in Engineering. Over the past nine years, he has worked as a Remote Broadcast Engineer for stations in Chicago and across the country including WBBM-AM Chicago, WSCR-AM Chicago, WXRT-FM Chicago, and KMOX in St. Louis.


Tom Joyce is the Radio Department's Internship Coordinator/Studio Center Coordinator/Web Master and is a 1993 graduate of Columbia College. As a student he became involved with the school radio station, WCRX 88.1 FM, as Sports Director and Alternative Music Director. While attending school and shortly thereafter, he worked as a Voiceover Talent and Production Assistant at All My Features and Connor Communications in Chicago.

Cheryl Morton-Langston has been the Director of WCRX Radio for the past six years. She has worked as Operations Manager for WMAQ- News Radio in Chicago, Program Manager at KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Operations Manager and News Director at WIND in Chicago, Producer for WFLD Television and co-host of a political talk show on WVAZ Radio. Langston has won numerous awards for talk, news and sports coverage from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and several Peter Lisagor awards.

Mary Mattucci began her career in the department as an Administrative Assistant. For most students Mary is the first person they see when they enter the office in Suite 700. She is an expert troubleshooter who can navigate students through any obstacles they may face. Now, as Office Administrator, faculty and staff rely upon Mary's expertise for everything from Event Coordinating to academic procedures.

Carlos Mendez (picture forthcoming) is the Supervisor of WCRX Radio. He is the former Content Director for WRTE-FM Radio Arte, and a Sports Producer for WGBO-TV 66 Univision Chicago, where he covered the 2005 Baseball World Series. He also worked for WKSC, 103.5 FM Chicago, Total Traffic Network Chicago, Navteq Traffic Operations Chicago, Big City Radio Chicago, and Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation. He is a proud graduate of the Radio Department of Columbia College Chicago.


Gus Olivares has been a full-time staff member of Columbia College since 1993. Upon graduating as an Audio Major from Columbia College, he was hired as Studio Center Coordinator for the Audio Department. From 1993 to 1998, he oversaw the Audio facilities at 676 N. LaSalle. After leaving the Audio Department in 1998, Gus returned to Columbia College in 1999 as an Assistant Engineer for the Radio Department.