Melissa got her start in radio while studying music education and classical guitar at the University of Omaha, Nebraska. She began hosting in her hometown of Omaha as an intern, and eventually worked her way up to music director and afternoon host. Most recently, Melissa worked for American Public Media as a national host and as producer of a podcast for kids.
Melissa's first musical loves were Julie Andrews and Paul Simon. She’s really interested in continuing to learn how music can help us live fuller and more fruitful lives of purpose. She loves singing, writing, practicing Pilates in her free time, and finding new stand-up comedians to make her laugh.