Friday, January 30, 2015



Greetings and Salutations,

Slater’s the name! I'm a sagittarius who enjoys karaoke, pro wrestling, game shows, junk food, and long walks on the beach. I was born and raised in the Quad Cities, but my radio travels have taken me to Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina before landing in Cedar Rapids.

A little more about me: First off, I’m a HUGE sports fan. Seriously…it’s probably a little unhealthy. I played baseball, soccer and tennis as a kid and quickly realized that I was awful, so I decided to talk about sports instead! I did play-by-play announcing during high school and college and sent a demo to ESPN and Big Ten Network with hopes of becoming a famous sportscaster (you can see how well THAT turned out).

Secondly, I've been obsessed with performing ever since I was a me, my mom has videos to prove it! While attending college, I majored in theatre with hopes of becoming a famous actor. I've been in more than 30 plays, and someone even decided to cast me in a few movies; I've actually been a PAID extra...twice! I’ve also auditioned for "American Idol" THREE times with hopes of becoming a famous singer (again, you can see how well that turned out).

Thirdly, I love to travel and explore new places. Some of my favorite places include Italy, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. One of my "bucket list" items is to visit all 50 states before turning 50.

I’m VERY excited to be a part of the amazing crew here at Z102.9! I love being out and about and meeting new people. So, if you happen to see me stylin' and profilin' along the streets of Cedar Rapids, feel free to say hello...just don't try to beat me up and take my lunch money...

I bring 100,000 watts of happiness through your radio every weeknight from 7 'til Midnight! Thanks for listening!


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Every weeknight at 8pm, I debut a new song for your listening pleasure. Maybe you've heard it, maybe you haven't...either way, I want to know how you feel about it! You can always vote on Twitter and Facebook, as well by texting 423-9201. Here's what you've had to say so far!

Gwen Stefani - "Spark the Fire" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Axwell ^ Ingrosso - "Something New" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

James Newton Howard - "The Hanging Tree (ft. Jennifer Lawrence)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

Olly Murs - "Wrapped Up (ft. Travie McCoy)" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Tiesto - "Light Years Away (ft. DBX)" ~ YOUR RATING: 6.5/10 

2 Pistols - "Redonkulous (ft. Jason Derulo) " ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Tove Lo - "Not On Drugs" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Kalin & Myles - "Trampoline" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Weezer - "Da Vinci" ~ YOUR RATING: 6.5/10 

Nicki Minaj - "The Night Is Still Young" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Natalie La Rose - "Somebody (ft. Jeremih)" ~ YOUR RATING: 5.5/10 

Bastille - "Of The Night" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Kanye West - "Only One (ft. Paul McCartney)" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Kid Ink - "Body Language (ft. Usher & Tinashe)" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

The Magician - "Sunlight" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Ellie Goulding - "Love Me Like You Do" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

The Weeknd - "Earned It" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Kelly Clarkson - "Heartbeat Song" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Maroon 5 - "Sugar" ~ YOUR RATING: 7.5/10 

Knife Party - "Begin Again" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Echosmith - "Bright" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Nick Jonas - "Chains" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Ingrid Michaelson - "Afterlife" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Tove Lo - "Talking Body" ~ YOUR RATING: 8.5/10 

Sia - "Elastic Heart" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10

Andy Grammer - "Honey, I'm Good" ~ YOUR RATING: 7.5/10 

Jessie J - "Masterpiece" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10

Drop City Yacht Club - "Whatcha Gonna Do" ~ YOUR RATING: 5/10 

Rihanna/Kanye/Paul McCartney - "FourFiveSeconds" ~ YOUR RATING: 6/10 

Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman" ~ YOUR RATING: 8/10 

Charli XCX - "Doing It (ft. Rita Ora)" ~ YOUR RATING: 7/10 

9 O'Clock Most Requested



Monday, 1/26/15

#5 Tove Lo - "Talking Body"

#4 One Direction - "Night Changes" 

#3 Taylor Swift - "Style"

#2 Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)"

#1 James Newton Howard - "The Hanging Tree (ft. Jennifer Lawrence)"

Tuesday, 1/27/15

#5 5 Seconds Of Summer - "What I Like About You"

#4 One Direction - "Night Changes"

#3 Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)"

#2 James Newton Howard - "The Hanging Tree (ft. Jennifer Lawrence)"

#1 Taylor Swift - "Style"

Wednesday, 1/28/15

#5 Tove Lo - "Talking Body"

#4 One Direction - "Night Changes"

#3 Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)"

#2 Taylor Swift - "Style"

#1 James Newton Howard - "The Hanging Tree (ft. Jennifer Lawrence)"

Thursday, 1/29/15

#5 Tove Lo - "Talking Body"

#4 5 Seconds Of summer - "What I Like About You"

#3 Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)"

#2 James Newton Howard - "The Hanging Tree (ft. Jennifer Lawrence)"

#1 Taylor Swift - "Style"

Friday, 1/30/15








A version of "All About That Bass" made it to this year's edition of Kidz Bop, but it definitely sounds more inappropriate than the original. Scroll to the 1:25 mark...the lyric you're SUPPOSED to hear is "bringing it all back," but that is definitely not what it sounds like to me! So dirty!!!

Scot Pankey is a Theatre Arts teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas, TX. And now he is my favorite teacher ever! He helped organize a school-wide dance party set to "Uptown Funk"! Where was this dude when I was in high school???

Ellie Goulding's new song, "Love Me Like You Do," is featured on the "50 Shades Of Grey" soundtrack. Check out the video here:

It's official! Katy Perry is performing during the Super Bowl 49 halftime show. And if this promo is any indication, it's going to be AMAZEBALLS! #Unicorn #EdibleGlitter



 Here are the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Picture



American Sniper

The Imitation Game

The Theory Of Everything

The Grand Budapest Hotel



Best Actor

Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"

Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory Of Everything"

Best Visual Effects

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

"Guardians Of The Galaxy"

"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes"

"X-Men: Days Of Future Past"


The OSCARS air Sunday, February 22nd on ABC. Get the full list of nominees HERE.






So, I'm kinda-sorta obsessed with social media. I may need a 12-step program to kick my habit. You can follow me here:

FACEBOOK: Slater on Z102.9 || TWITTER: @slatenite || INSTAGRAM: @slatenite




Here's a list of the teams that have my undying devotion...and some that have cost me LOTS of rounds of drinks:



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