Dan Balla joined UNT as KNTU's General Manager on September 1, 2020. He has worked in commercial radio for most of his career, and today retains an ownership stake in a radio company.
He has been a Texas certified teacher since 2007, and taught science and social studies in the Frisco ISD.
Balla began his radio career in high school at a small town station in Michigan. He later attended Central Michigan University, where he received a Bachelor's of Science degree. His early career included jobs in news, on-air DJ, and morning show host. He has been a program director in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Lansing, Michigan; Oklahoma City; and Houston. He also held positions with Clear Channel and Cumulus Media as Operations Manager for radio clusters in Columbia, South Carolina, and Mobile, Alabama. While teaching in public schools, he moonlighted as a news anchor in Dallas at KRLD and Metro Networks.
In 2008, Balla ventured into radio ownership as president and majority owner of Falls Media, LLC., based in Wichita Falls, Texas; the company owns and operates KWFB and KXXN. He served on the Executive Board for the Media Arts Department at UNT starting in 2011. He also served as a board member with the Texas Association of Broadcasters.