Sam gained his podcasting skills from working as a volunteer DJ at KDUR in college. He recorded incoming satellite feed news, played music and was the morning voice from 6-9am. Soon after he took over a talk show on that same station and began hosting weekly episodes covering a variety of topics.
After college, Sam became a public high school teacher and in his teaching career, has taught all levels of students from pre-school to college freshman.
While in college and while teaching, he worked as a backcountry guide on rivers and land in the Southern Rockies and on the Colorado Plateau.
While running rivers in the southwest he began asking questions about why the Dolores River was without water. This path led to Sam serving as the Board President of Dolores River Boating Advocates for several years and working as the BLM River Ranger on the Dolores.
Sam grew up fascinated with water and boats in Southern Illinois, close to the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. He lived on a sailboat off the coast of Honduras for a life changing experience at 19. In the years after, he hitchhiked across the mid-west and western United States.
All of those prior experiences began to merge when Sam developed River Radio, a volunteer public radio show. After several years of River Radio, he moved on and created the River Radius Podcast. That has become his full time endeavor. Sam now is deeply honored to be the host of the River Radius, helping people tell their river stories.