Kari Bushman was born and raised in Utah County, Utah. The second of seven children, Bushman comes from a large, musical family.  Her geekdom began as early as age 5, when she bought her first record album.

Bushman graduated in 1993 from Payson High School in Payson, Utah. She received her Associates Degree at BYU-Idaho, where she also served as the Director of the campus Dance Office. Bushman continued her broadcasting degree at BYU-Provo, and Weber State University.  At the former she served as the resident DJ for the EFY program, and at the latter worked as both Music Director and Program Director for KWCR in Ogden, UT.  From 1995 to 1997 Bushman served as a full-time missionary for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada .

Bushman began her radio career at KXRK (X96) in Salt Lake City, and has also worked for KAEP (The Peak) in Spokane, Washington as well as KZON (The Zone) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and KENZ (The End) in Salt Lake City. She also worked as the Bushman half of The Smith and Bushman Morning Show on KSNN (Sunny) in St. George, UT, and is currently at KSFI FM 100. 3 in Salt Lake City.

Bushman is an avid fan of the work of Tori Amos.  She has seen Tori Amos in concert over 35 times in 15 different cities, and collects Tori Amos music, books, paraphernalia, and art. She also enjoys live music, karaoke, theater, reading, advocating for persons with disabilities, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

On-Air Experience

Mornings, Middays–KSNN, St. George, UT; January 2008-2009

Middays, Afternoons—KENZ, Salt Lake City, UT; December 2000 to March 2007

Traffic Reporter/Producer—Westwood One, April 2005 to 2007

Middays—KAEP, Spokane, WA; October 1999 to 2003

Middays—KZON, Albuquerque, NM; February 2002 to 2003 (voice-tracking)

Overnights/Weekends—KXRK, Salt Lake City, UT; July 1998 to October 1999

Board Operator—KQMB/KSFI/KRSP, Salt Lake City, UT; April 1998 to October 1999

Mornings—KWCR, Ogden, UT; August 1997 to July 1998

Programming Experience

APD/Music Director—KENZ/Salt Lake City, UT, 2000-2007

APD/Music Director—KAEP/Spokane, WA; October 1999 to 2003

Program Director—KWCR/Ogden, UT; August 1998 to August 1999

Music Director—KWCR/Ogden, UT; January 1998 to August 1998

Other Experience

Social Media/Real Time Recovery Team–JetBlue Airways, October 2010 to present.

Traffic Reporter/Producer—, KUTV-TV (CBS), February 2005 to September 2007


Proficient in Scott Systems, Audio Vault, Adobe Audition, 360 Short-Cut Systems, Selector, Music Master, Cool Edit, Promo Suite, ENCO Systems

Computer Savvy–maintain personal website/blog, have maintained content for station websites, social media savvy.

Organized, Creative, and Detail-Oriented

Promotions Experience—Event Planning, NTR, Proposals, Public Relations,

Passionate about Music and Radio

Extensive Musical Knowledge

Dewey Decimal System


Volunteer—Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; January 1996 to July 1997

Volunteer—Christmas Box House (Children’s Shelter); December 2001

Volunteer—National Diabetes Association; May 2001

Volunteer—Huntsman Cancer Institute; January 2002, 2003, 2004

Young Adult Instructor—The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints; Dec 2000 to 2008.

Participant—Komen (Breast Cancer) Foundation Race For The Cure—May 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Audio Samples

Kari Bushman at Sunny 106.1 (KSNN-FM)

Kari Bushman at 107.5 The End (KENZ-FM)

The Smith and Bushman Morning Show

  1. Toby says:


    It was awesome to see you and your mother at the Macy’s a few months back. I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season and are ready for a wonderful 2010.

    I was doing an on-line search for songs that had lots of cowbells in them and came across your little blog here. I was shocked to listen to your little audio sample and hear my name mentioned as I requested one of my favorite musicians of all time, Mr. Bob Marley…oh yeah!

    Thank you for many years of fabulous music knowledge. Stay awesome whatever you do!

    Take care,



  2. Cordelia says:

    I love this blog and I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do it.

    I’m a music geek after your own heart. 🙂


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