Kudos are in order for Mr. Robert E. Schmidt, the man whose name is synonymous with broadcasting in the Hays area. Bob was recently recognized with the Pioneer Award by the Broadcasting Foundation of America. A pioneer is exactly what Bob was back in 1950 when he seriously entered the broadcasting profession.

Bob Schmidt is truly someone to be emulated by today's youth. To do what he has done professionally these past 60 years is nothing short of amazing. He is without question the poster boy for the American Dream.

My first acquaintance with Mr. Schmidt was in 1965 when listening to KAYS radio one day this deep, beautiful voice came over the air. Wow, did it get my attention.

Hays has been so blessed because Bob and Pat Schmidt chose to live here and share their good fortune with the area they love. Their contributions to the growth and beauty of this community are truly legendary.

Congratulations, Bob Schmidt. You are most deserving of this prestigious award.

Bob Lowen