Friday, October 31, 2014

Other Voices

MEET BUDDY LEE

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Buddy Lee here rockin’ your speakers on Saturday nights.

Been with Z since the summer of ’08. Started out as an Intern and started on the street team that fall.  Next thing I know I’m pushing buttons so you can sing in the car or shower and I have been doing it ever since. You can also find me on the morning show every so often being the cute little butterfly in Scott’s Scouts, snapping risqué photos of Chewbicka for the calendar, or various other things I’m not proud of myself for actually doing!

I am a lover off all music and huge fan of the 90’s.  My passions are Hawkeye football, Cubs baseball, Hunting, golfing, and being with my friends.  I spend a lot of time playing recreational sports, playing with my dog Jax and making sure my wife knows I love her every day!

If interested in seeing a day in the life of Buddy Lee follow me on Twitter @buddyleez1029.
  

MEET CASSY

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Hey there! I started with Z way back in the summer of 2004 as one of the original street teamers. It has been a blast to promote the station and meet all of the listeners over the years. I grew up in Marion and graduated from Wartburg College in communications where I met my husband Matt.

Outside of Z events, I work at our church, Stonebridge and coach high school girls’ soccer. I enjoy running, dancing, baking and hanging out at local coffee shops. Another fun fact about me is that I own a commercial size espresso machine and love to make my own lattes at home!

I love radio, especially local radio and all of the staff at Z102.9/1600 ESPN. Hope to see you all out there at our next event!

  

MEET DANCIN' ERIC HANSON

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The original ‘intern!’  I was doing stunts and tricks for 102.9 FM way back in the day as “Danger Boy.”  Anyone remember the human hot dog at the old Kernel’s Stadium or reading passages from the “Bridges of Madison County” to inmates at the Linn County Jail? 
 
Now they let me hang around on the weekend to play today’s hits and stay hip on what’s happening in the Corridor.  If you don’t find me here, check the KGYM studio, behind the JIF keyboards, playin’ sax in the Multiple Award Winning Schulte and Swann Marching Band, Kinnick Stadium, the Cedar Rapids Farmers Market, or holding hands with my wife Shannon while we walk our dogs CJ and Kingston.
  

MEET JAMES

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Hey there! My name is James(A.k.a. Pick), and I was one of the class of 2013 interns here at Z102.9. I'm currently a senior at the University of Iowa, and my major is (it's a mouthful) “Interdepartmental Studies- Business Studies track, Arts Management Emphasis, with an Entrepeneurship Certificate.” I had an awesome internship here, and the wonderful people here decided to let me stay on as a street teamer, as well as host some over-nights!

I grew up in Marion, Iowa, and graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 2010. When I'm not working I work as a Church Music Director at Noelridge Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, and sing in a Metalcore(screamo) band named “Noah”. (www.facebook.com/wearenoahband)

I'm around at plenty of events, so if you see me, make sure to say “Hi!”

MEET JAYME

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Hey! My name is Jayme Lambeau. Most of you may know me as former intern Lambeau--- but I have now earned my real name back. I am also no longer an intern or street teamer or on-air personality---The Big Guns here at the radio station decided to hire me on full-time and now I am the Promotions Director. You might occasionally hear me on the air every now and then though.
 
My job at this place is basically the best job out there. While half of it is spend sitting in my office making sure all the interns are doing what they need to be doing the other half is spent socializing at station events!
 
If there is one thing you should know about me it is that I am a huge Green Bay Packers Fan! My current fiance doesn't know this yet, but he is one of my three husbands I plan to have. Aaron Rodgers is my second and Clay Matthews will be my third. Life can't get much better ;)
I also love to play fantasy football and root on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
 
If you want to be an intern at this awesome place hit me up at jayme@kzia.com and I will see if you can handle it!
 
PEACE!
  

MEET JAZZY

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I interned during the summer of 2013 and was named Jazzy for all my crazy energy, and the name just stuck! You’ll see me out and about with the station and filling in on-air over the holidays. I also am part of the Schulte and Swann Marching Band’s Color Guard during parade season (which face it, is ALL year long!) When I’m not with the station I’m attending school in Des Moines at Drake University. I’m refining my skills in the School of Journalism at Drake to be even better for you when I come back during the summer.

Some other stuff you may want to know about me is…

I graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 2012.
My hometown is Marion, IA.
I love to craft and am a self-proclaimed Pinterest-junkie, so nothing is safe around me!
I love to bake and create crazy looking treats. I love all things colorful and sparkly (and even my headphones are PINK!)

MEET JOHN WIEBEL

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Hey! I'm Just John. I'm not entirely sure what I do here. It seems as though I can just show up and someone will give me a job to do, which is totally cool by me. I've gotten to try a lot of different things while working for this incredible station--everything from commercial production to holding an early-morning funeral for a turkey on Collins Road. I just started making Hits Happen during the weekend overnights, which makes me very happy. I've wanted to DJ most of my life, I love staying up all night, and I can crank the music as loud as I want when I am alone in the building!

I graduated from Iowa State (don't be a hater) back in 2013. I majored in advertising, which I've always had a very odd fascination with. I've never been very athletic but I do excel at pinball and reading.

I love terrible movies, 80s music, King of the Hill, breakfast food, darts, golf, and of course Z102.9!

MEET JON

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Dearest Z Listeners,

I would assume this is the section that I put all this glamorous information about myself and how I started, but that's a story for a different time...actually, I think this is that time to tell you. My bad.

So I started out as a young little intern here at Z in the Fall of 2012. I found very quickly that it is sink or swim around here, so I bought a boat, well, because I guess you could call me lazy, but I think of it more like being smart.
 
ANYWHO, First things first, the intern nickname. mini-he. No capitals (get it, cause its mini, and.. well yeah.. bad joke, sorry). Did this name fit me or what! I drive a Mini Cooper, I have some miniature horses, some mini goats, and I like on a “mini” farm! The he, well, that should explain itself.

Luckily, I supposedly fit right in to what they were looking for, and BOOM! Here I am. Part time On-Air Talent as I like to call it. I am a “mini” celebrity (so many mini jokes).

I've been told I am a fun guy to talk to, and my personality is outgoing. Make sure you check me out when I am on sometimes!
 
Hope to talk to you all soon!! (Don't be afraid to stop by my Facebook or Twitter to say hi!! facebook.com/kardos1 and twitter.com/jkardos1).
 
Sincerely, Jon (aka mini-he)

MEET KAROL KELLY

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Most people shoot for 1 full time job - I go for 3 :) Z102.9 is the reason that I've made Cedar Rapids my home for the last 10 years, when I got the call to become the full-time afternoon personally back in October of 2003. Now I just hit the airwaves when I need to get away from my 2 boys - Easton and Dawson.
 
 Originally from Clinton, I come from a long line of radio personalities including my dad and two brothers (as much as I tried, I couldn't get away from the radio bug). A graduate of The University of Iowa in Marketing, I now work for the local professional indoor football team, the Cedar Rapids Titans.
 
 I also dabble a bit in the television field, and you can catch me on 2 local tv shows (It All Adds Up! and Newsleaders) on the Mediacom Connections Channel 22. So the worst thing you can say to me is that I've got a face for radio. 
 
Interesting Facts about Karol:
- Check out the show "American Pickers on the History Channel" - Mike Wolfe used to be my landlord when I lived in the Quad Cities.
- I've seen Nickelback 6 times in concert and met them 3 times.
- Put "Going To Lollapalooza" on your Bucket List - it's an unbelieveable experience for any music lover
- I worked with Jennifer Garner when I was 12 at a theatre in Mt. Carroll, Illinois in the play "Fiddler on the Roof"
- Biggest regret is giving up the chance to work at Disney my freshman year of college - I got accepted but my parents thought it was too early to take time off from school.
- I will always be a lifelong Hawkeye, so if you ever get tickets to a sporting event, let me know and I'd love to join you!
  

MEET LISA

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Hey everyone! My name is Lisa but I spent my summer 2013 as Intern Katniss here at Z102.9 (You can call me either name, I will respond to both). I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I majored in electronic media communication. This internship was my final stepping stone. So, I have graduated and earned my degree! I liked all the people and Z102.9 so much I decided I didn't want to leave, and they were gracious enough to let me stick around.

If I'm not working at Z you can find me at my other job, watching hockey, or deer hunting (which is one reason I got the name Katniss). I suppose you could find me doing other things as well, but, hey! I work a lot of Z events so I hope to see you around!

MEET MICHELLE STEELE

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Hi! “Life Long Eastern Iowan,” “Life Long DJ” Michelle Steele here. I've been in radio since my college days at the U of I and can't imagine a more entertaining or fulfilling career choice!  I "retired" my full time radio days to stay at home with my ever growing tribe of "Steelettes"!  Until I can figure out how to get my own program on TLC to showcase MY huge family, I will continue to toss my "Super Mom" cape aside on the weekends and come out to play on Z! 

Who needs Calgon when you've got a microphone, a hot pair of headphones and an endless supply of Today's Hit Music? 

  

MEET MITCHELL JAMES

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Wait… Who is this Mitchell James you speak of?
 
*cue awesome movie announcer voice*
A birth in Southern Minnesota started a story of a boy with a dream.  A dream so big, it would consume him.   It would drive him.  It would be his only source of inspiration to get through his early years.  That dream of knowing that someday all of his hard work and training would finally land him the opportunity to do something… meaningful.  Something… profound.  Something… awesome.  
*end awesome movie announcer voice*
 
…. sounds riveting, doesn’t it?   All fiction usually does!  
 
Hello!  Good to see you!  It is truly an honor to be one of the ZJs here at Z102.9.   (ZJs… cool huh?  Awesome AND Creative… you’ll love me!  I just know it!)  I currently moonlight as a ZJ as much as the radio powers that be allow me to while working a full time job making tomorrows and stuff at Transamerica here in the City of Five during the week.  It’s a great opportunity to come and play at Z!  My main stomping ground will be on the weekend.  I hope you tune in and listen!  If all else, you’ll always have the hits playing… unless I hit the wrong set of buttons.

MEET MO HOLLAND

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Konnichiwa! Watashi wa Mo! (That’s pretty much all the lingo I retained from my year living in Japan).

When I’m not filling in for other vacationing Z Voices or handing out unsolicited advice to Schulte and Swann,  I’m busy in my (some have described it as ‘cell-like’ due to an unfortunate choice of paint color) office performing death-defying acts as the Commercial Services Director for Z and our brother station The Gym.

I am a makeup and fragrance ‘enthusiast’  or ‘hobbyist’ or whatever ‘ist’ you feel  is appropriate.  Need a foundation with a natural finish and light to medium coverage that matches your skin’s undertone? How about the perfect black gel eyeliner that you can smudge but then it won’t budge? Or are you wondering  what a fragrance ‘flanker’ is? I’m your girl!

Thanks for hanging out with me—let’s get to the Hits, shall we?

MEET MONICA

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Though I grew up in rural South Dakota, I made my way to Eastern Iowa right after high school.  I graduated from the University of Iowa and spent a few years doing mortgages.  You've heard me on the radio in one form or another for the better part of two decades. 

Once I gave birth to my boys Owen and Finnegan, I completely lost any influence over them.  They're ALL boy.  They give the best love, though sometimes it hurts. 

 I'm keen on fuel efficiency. On the other hand, I'd rather fly than drive.

  

MEET SCHIZZLER

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Hey everybody! What’s going on?  My name is Schizzler, but you can call me Schiz.  If you ask me how I got the name I’ll tell you honestly that I don’t remember.  My sister gave it to me a long time ago and for some strange reason it stuck.  

Anyway, if you’re looking at this you probably want to learn something about me, so let’s get to it.  I’m Cedar Rapids born and raised.  I graduated from Jefferson High School in 2003 and then went on to Iowa State where I received my degree in 2008.  As part of my schooling, I had to complete an internship and I thought what better place to do it than Z102.9!  After a yearlong internship I was asked to become a street teamer/on-air personality and the rest is history!  

I can genuinely say that I love everything about my job, but the two things I love most are getting to play music that makes people feel good and also getting to meet all of our amazing listeners.  So if you see me out and about make sure you say hi!

  
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