Climbing the ladder of success

Shawn Slawson, former local Greenbush resident, is now employed as a master controller at KVEN-TV in Rapid City, S.D. (submitted photo)

“I believe everyone has a dream and should pursue it. Anything is possible.”

Those were the words of Shawn Slawson, former local Greenbush resident, in an interview in May of 2013 for The Tribune.

At the time he was a broadcaster on radio station Pioneer 90.1 FM at Northland College in Thief River Falls, Minn. He then decided to venture out on his own and focus on interviewing people in the world of entertainment.

The process began in June of 2006 when his first face-to-face interview was with professional wrestler Greg “the Hammer” Valentine who was doing a wrestling show at the Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls at the time.  It was aired via radio. 

On August 12, 2008, Slawson opened a channel on YouTube in which he communicated via peers by voice using a microphone, video by using webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet.

He interviewed well over 70 notables including his favorite interviewee, Henry Thomas, who played Elliot and befriended the alien in the movie, ET.

His last face-to-face interview was in 2012.

In 2013 he moved to Rapid City, S.D.

“At that time I was unemployed.  I decided to take my chances and see what happens,” Shawn stated.  “Since I didn’t have a job I worked at a Safeway grocery store and also at Sonic Restaurant, and then in the Subway portion at the Highway Truck Stop.  In 2014 I got a job working as a wedding DJ for about three months.”

When he first moved to Rapid City, he said he was living with his aunt and uncle and they knew how much he loved to do radio. “So, I volunteered at the School of Mines for their station called KTEQ. I was there for a good year and a half. I did that basically to keep myself busy while I was working these other jobs.”

In October, 2014 Shawn was told about a job opening at the KEVN-TV station. He applied and began employment on Monday, October 25.  He said he has been pretty much there ever since.

To see the complete story, read the July 5 issue of The Tribune in print or online.

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