Meet the Staff
Ron Huckeby, Chief Engineer
Title: Network Technical DirectorWhat I do: As I was told years ago: “Broadcast Engineers—Transmitters to Toilets, We do it all!” My current job with YNOP has evolved into maintaining or supervising the maintenance of all transmitting sites (over 40 now); consulting and assisting with studio construction and upgrades; some computer support and maintenance; new installation planning; and FCC paperwork management and filing. I drive about 30,000 miles a year for YNOP. I am so thrilled that God sovereignly landed me in Christian radio beginning with the dream of a station in Butte, MT in 1983 changed and evolved over the years to how I serve YNOP today.
Time at YNOP: I began contract engineering for YNOP in about 1993 when KVCM was first on the air. I was in Havre in 1994 when the satellite uplink went on the air and had the privilege of building the new KXEI studios in 1996 when the network on-air operations were based in Havre, Montana. While I still have some other broadcast clients around Montana, YNOP has become pretty much a full time job by itself.
Family: Married Susan in 1983
Six Children born 1987 to 1996 (Josh, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Lydia, and Andrew)
One grandchild, born in 2009 (Akaya Grace)
Education: Graduated from Rawlins High School, Rawlins, WY, Class of 1976
Graduated from Montana Tech, Butte, MT, BS Mining Engineering, Class of 1982
Member of Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) since 1995
Hometown: Born in Ft. Collins, CO, grew up in Sheridan, Casper and Rawlins, WY.
Favorite Bible Passage: Luke 11:22-34
Favorite Artists: Too many to list Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, Petra, Michael W. Smith, Leon Patillo, Rich Mullins, The Ragamuffin Band and Philips, Craig & Dean to name a few. Current favorites include Mercy Me & Casting Crowns.
Hobbies: Auto repair (keeping my family’s fleet of well used vehicles running—over a million miles between the 7 of them!); remodeling and improving our home (dad, are you ever gonna get the other bathroom finished?); helping maintain our church facility; and visiting friends all over the state as I travel to maintain the YNOP network.