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KAXE Staff - Scott Hall

ScottHallIt isn't easy to find Scott Hall's desk at KAXE. Scott has to be shoveled out from under a mound of old prune containers, newspapers, mail, faxes, and Speedo catalogues. It's a typical news desk. At the core of the mess a game of free cell is superimposed over a jagged green sound file, glaring from the giant eye of a 21" computer screen. Scott stares at it like a mad man, alternately moving cards in the game of free cell and cutting and pasting sound onto the multi-track. He does both together, the free cell and the editing. The phone rings. Scott keeps working as he talks. He's on the phone a lot.

Scott Hall is KAXE's Community Access Coordinator. His job is to make sure the regional community is represented on the radio in the most effective way possible. Scott looks only slightly frazzled for a guy who gets up at 4:30 every morning, hosts KAXE's Morning Show, and lets himself get pummeled by a stream of incoming information for 8 or 10 hours afterward.

Statistically, Scott Hall looks like this: Bats: B; Throws: R; 5'10½"; 165#. "I once struck out 20 Little Leaguers in a 7-inning game and it's been all downhill from there," says Scott. Scott says his influences are "Stan Musial, Bob and Ray, my grandmother, my parents. My life philosophy can be summed up in three basic tenants. They are 'Onward and awkward,' 'Always paint with a full brush,' and 'Takes one to know one.'" Scott realized late in life that "hockey is a better game than basketball."

Scott believes radio "should entertain and inform in a way that reflects the special place we live." Scott applies his beliefs to the production of KAXE's Morning Show which he hosts each weekday, weaving local features and personality into NPR's Morning Edition like a magician. He's been a radio producer for about 20 years and works at KAXE because he wants to. He knows a lot about radio. In 1997 he was the second recipient of KAXE's Bill McKeever Award for programming excellence and on-air artistry.

Scott can talk around a subject for hours before getting to the point (if he ever does). He is surprisingly opinionated and has a penchant for history and baseball. His failure to enthusiastically embrace Neoepicureanism (see Mark Tarner) is seen by the rest of the staff as a major character flaw. He has an annoying habit of deconfectionizing donuts, pie, and other pastry before eating it. He loves his family and the mess he calls a desk. His favorite musician is Earl Scruggs.
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