Matt Swaney was born and raised in Bloomington-Normal, IL.
During his childhood, Matt was constantly exposed to both the radio and television industry through his father, and, as most aspiring radio people do, created his own 'radio station' in his basement. With the advent of streaming technology, his station turned from a childhood plaything into one of the most popular internet radio stations on iTunes radio.
For most of his adult life, Matt was on a different career path, starting with 9-1-1 dispatching, and eventually into law enforcement. In 2004 he was hired as a patrol officer in Normal, IL, however an injury at the academy kept him from continuing his academy training. Matt returned to the familiar surroundings of the broadcast industry.
Matt has worked as a Webmaster, a Creative Media Developer, and freelance voice talent and graphic designer. In addition to his web and interactive experiences, Matt has been involved in the writing and production of award-winning and and outside-the-box commercial and production audio. As recent as June of 2008, Matt's work was winning statewide awards for creativity and excellence.
Matt is active in his community where he has served as an Illinois State Fire Institute certified Firefighter II for Carlock Fire Protection District since 2000, and also worked with Bloomington Police Department as a Law Enforcement Explorer, where he earned the prestigious Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Career Achievement Award, which is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award in Law Enforcement Exploring program.
Matt is employed as a Fire Inspector and Public Education Officer for the Town of Normal Fire Department, and also acts as the department spokesman.