Daryl McQuinnDirector of Technology
Daryl McQuinn is a 35-year veteran of radio engineering, having worked at stations and radio groups in Texas, Illinois and Missouri (including, coincidentally, a couple of years in the 1990s at KMST-Rolla, now part of St. Louis Public Radio). Early in his career, Daryl realized that that radio was rapidly evolving from tape players and vinyl records to computers and hard drives and has since made it his mission to stay on top of the latest and greatest technology. With the help of his team, his goal at STLPR is to keep the state-of-the-art equipment and computers in top shape, so that the rest of the staff can do their jobs without frustration. He’s happiest when everything is working properly!
In his free time, Daryl enjoys listening to and playing music; he started learning the guitar when he was eight years old and played in bands throughout high school, college and beyond. He still likes to perform and is keeping his skills up by currently teaching himself the electric upright bass. When not working, playing music, attending concerts or mixing music that he records in his “laboratory,” Daryl likes to travel with his wife Liz; they have visited more than 40 countries as far-flung as Greenland, Bali and Antarctica. He also likes to edit their travel videos down to something someone would actually like to watch. They really like living in the St. Louis area and the city’s many cultural institutions, especially the Missouri Botanical Garden, which his father-in-law headed for many years. He also likes helping others with their audio projects, most recently volunteering with the International Institute to help them with their broadcasting initiatives.
A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Daryl graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College with an associate’s degree in radio and TV technology and then earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and music from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. As a student, he worked at the university’s public radio station, WSIE, in a variety of roles, from music librarian to on-air announcer. He is delighted to have come full circle back to public radio.