The Tom Sumner Show
Old Fashioned Radio for a New Generation
Tom Sumner’s three-hour radio show features a quirky blend of humor, music, public affairs interviews and more with a cavalcade of cohorts from coast to coast.
Tom Sumner was born and raised in Flint, MI. He was Executive Director for the Center City Association of Greater Flint, The Flint Children’s Museum and New Leash On Life in Los Angeles. Tom traveled the Midwest in the 70’s and early 80’s as a full-time musician playing drums in small concert venues for recording artists “The Diamonds.” “The Drifters.” “Freddy (Boom-Boom) Cannon,” “Del Shannon,” and many others. Tom took to the air in the 1990’s as a classical music host at Flint’s public radio station, and as media spokesperson in TV PSA’s for mid-Michigan Crimestoppers. He was a regular on-air host during pledge drives for Flint’s public television station. Sumner returned to Michigan in 2007. He hosted a morning show at Kettering University’s student run radio station WKUF 94.3 FM called “Off The KUF” before launching The Tom Sumner Program on Flint’s News Talk 1470 WFNT.
Rhonda Groves Young
Rhonda Groves Young is a many-degreed jill-of-lots-of-trades. Rhonda holds degrees in interior design, English, communications, and teacher education. She graduated as a Maize and Blue Scholar from UM-F and was speaker at her commencement in 2000. She is a former public school teacher, teaching everything from first grade through adult education. She has extensive backgrounds in theatre, radio, art, public speaking, writing, and just plain living. She co-hosted briefly with Tom Sumner on his show Off the Kuf at Kettering University. Rhonda also is an author of the self-help book, A Personal Season. Rhonda’s recent main occupations are travel, writing, creating art, teaching Empath survival courses, doing interior design, and spending time with her seven Sacred Grandchildren. She recently launched a new YouTube channel called Stir The Imagination. Rhonda likes living a busy, magickal life.
For as long as he’s known what a radio was, Sean Cantwell has known he’s wanted to be on the air. He has spent the last few years playing with bands in and around the Flint area, and it was a chance musical encounter with Tom Sumner that eventually led to a recurring role on the program as Lapeer’s premier political pundit, and eventually as the show’s emergency fill-in co-host, one of few instances where his insomnia worked in his favor! As news director and associate producer of The Tom Sumner Program, Sean is something of a jack-of-all-trades, helping wrangle guests and handling various technical duties in addition to serving as a third voice on the program.
Dan Kurin is an engineer/entrepreneur with a passion for how companies work from the inside out. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 2011. During his co-op education he worked in assembly line automation, photovoltaic research and development, and management/engineering consulting. For 3 years after graduating, Dan worked in the telematics division of Laird Technologies, a wireless systems company, but in 2014, he founded Swiftlet Technology, a Home Automation and Engineering Services company based in Flint, MI. Dan serves as the Chief Engineer for The Tom Sumner Program, ensuring that all of the bytes go to the right places.