By Kyle Siegel
Many people are familiar with the name Bob Milner, and many of those that are not are familiar with his voice. Milner was a staple of local radio for 11 years before retiring from radio in 2003.
Milner was born in Carrollton, Illinois and he graduated from high school there.
Milner went on to attend Illinois State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree of Political Science and History.
“I had a double major,” Milner said.
Milner was asked if he had always been interested in politics before deciding on his major.
“Even as a lad I can remember the 1960 election of Kennedy and Nixon, and I can remember the controversy. I have been a big history buff as long as I can remember,” he said.
Milner was asked if ended up working in his chosen profession in political science.
“Unfortunately I kind of bounced around with careers for a while, until I started in radio in the mid eighties. I went to broadcast school in St. Louis in 1984.
“I got my first job in that business in 1985. I started in Freeport , Illinois. I was there for 18 months, and I came down here,” Milner said.
“I took a job for at KSIS. I was at KSIS for 11 years, and I was the university for three-and-a-half years. I had a job at Carrollton, Missouri for 18 months,” Milner explained.
Bob was asked why he made the decision to leave radio after a lengthy career.
“Radio was changing a lot, and my temperament was changing. You move on from things, and I thought it was time to move on to something else. I did enjoy it while I was doing it,” Milner said.
Milner was asked what he has been doing, since leaving radio, to keep busy since 2003.
“I went to work for the Pettis County Community Partnership for about three year.
“I have been at Wine and More since they opened in September of 2008. My favorite part is the customer service area. I like getting to know my customers,” Milner said.
He added, “I have learned a lot about wine. My boss down at Wine and More, Turf Martin, has taught me a lot about various grapes and regions.”
When not busy at his job, Bob also serves as the president of the Kiwanis service group here in Sedalia.
“I am finishing up my second year. I will be a member for a while. I was invited back in 2005 to be a guest speaker for the Kiwanis. That really got me involved,” Milner said.
Bob also served as the chair for the Community Santa Campaign.
“I was with them for two years. It was so much fun doing it. I got a lot out of it,” he said.
Milner also finds time to run a business of his own on the side.
“I have a business that I call Captured Memories. It is a personal history business. I help people preserve their story through video. I also do audio ones.
“I get paid to do it, but I enjoy it so much I would do it anyway,” Milner explained.
Bob was asked if is involved with any other activities.
“I do the video for the Mid-MO Outlaws. It is my third year. This is my second summer with the Feed the Kids program down at Emmanuel United Church of Christ. I cook for them. They have been averaging 70 people a day. It is very good for me and I enjoy doing it.”