Braden Smith

Ramblin's from the guy you hear on the radio!

Hey it's Braden, catch up with me weekday afternoons from 3pm-7pm. We'll talk country music, country people, life in Fredericksburg, fun stuff, traffic, and weather. Plus I always have tons of FREE stuff to giveaway. See you then!

A little about me... I grew up in Maryland, so bring on the crab cakes and football anytime! GO RAVENS! I started in broadcasting when I was in high school. But I didn't start out in radio... my first broadcasting job was as a weatherman on a local cable station. I spent almost 5 years bouncing around to a couple tv stations, and it eventually landed me in Fredericksburg. I was even offered a job one time at a CBS station! I always had a passion for weather, so it was a great career for me. I was one of the National Weather Service's youngest weather spotters and members of their Storm Survey Team. I studied Broadcast Meterology at Mississippi State University. So how did I get into radio? I started working part-time at Thunder 104.5 on the weekends when I moved to Fredericksburg. When I had a chance to make it a full-time career, I couldn't pass it up! My radio journey has been more fun than I ever imagined. And I have had the chance to do some amazing things and meet some amazing people. And it only keeps getting better!

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Brand new look to Thunder online

by Braden posted Jun 20 2013 2:57PM
Anyone who works in radio wears multiple hats. So beyond entertaining you on the ride home every afternoon, I am also the geeky guy who does all the website stuff. Some of it can be kinda boring, but launch a new site is pretty cool. It was a lot of work from a bunch of people, but the all-new is here!

Some things that are new on this site are that we finally have all the most important information right at your fingertips! Every page you need is on the navigation bar near the top, all our current contest and events are on the rotating image, under that is other important on-going station features, scroll down a little bit and you will find our DJ blogs, concerts, featured music videos, and the latest sports and CMT news. Plus on every page you will find our Community Calendar, facebook and twitter feeds. Oh and don't forget about listening online... the link to listen via the web is at the top of every page and you can find out what song is playing now near the top of the homepage.

Ok, so you saying "well most that stuff was on the old website, why is this one so special?" Well... here's why: This site is called a responsive site. That means that no matter what kind of device you load our page on (tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop), you will see a site that is customized for optimum viewing. No more scrolling left and right because the page is too big for the screen. Our new website custom adjusts to whatever device you are using. And, all the content is the same on every version. So what you see on your iPad will be the same stuff you see on your laptop. Pretty cool, huh?

Hope you like the new look and keep checking back and we continue to build more cool stuff into the site for you. Happy surfing! -B
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