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House calls

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Scott Mosby, BS BA ’75, broadcasts one of his home improvement shows from the HBA Home Show in downtown St. Louis on KMOX-AM radio. Photo by Toby Weiss

If you ever encounter a quirky home improvement quandary, chances are Scott Mosby has a solution for it.

For 14 years, listeners have been calling his weekly radio show with their household problems. When it comes to garbage disposal maintenance, replacing bathtubs, strange noises in the ductwork or stale smells in the basement, Mosby has the answers. The Home Improvement Show with Scott Mosby airs Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on St. Louis superstation KMOX-AM.

“I like to think of myself as a general practitioner for the home,” says Mosby, BS BA ’75, of Glendale, Mo. “But more than that, I’m really just applying holistic wisdom to the same problems that have plagued homeowners for generations.”

Mosby’s radio gig is just part of his long and accomplished contracting career. He is also president of the custom homebuilding company his father started in 1947. Mosby Building Arts employs more than 70 carpenters, painters, consultants, designers and architects who work on more than 350 projects annually.   

When Mosby rattles off philosophies that guide him, a theme emerges. “Plan the work; work the plan.” The work covers improving home accessibility, moisture and water management, and architectural master planning.   

Mosby’s St. Louis-based team has garnered national attention. Mosby Building Arts was named the September 2010 Remodeler of the Month by the National Association of Home Builders. Professional Remodeler magazine named the company a St. Louis market leader in October 2010, a title it’s held every year since 2007.

“Awards are affirming,” Mosby says. But for him, the reward comes from pleasing his clients — and callers. “A happy client feels good to me,” he says. “And I think the radio show has done so well because we teach people what they need to know and not just tell them what they want to hear.” — David Earl