In 1974, Eliot Keller and Rob Norton crossed paths and discovered a similar passion-the power of radio. Through hard work, creativity, compromise, and a true understanding of what it takes to think outside the box-they developed a unique business partnership that remains to this day-hence the birth of the company which now owns and operates Z102.9, KGYM and Smart-FM! Local ownership may not seem like a big deal to some, but let us explain why it is. Our owners are a part of the community. They’re in the building with us everyday. Our management is tuned into what’s happening in the market from a local perspective and not halfway across the country. No other commercial FM station in our market can say that! From HD Radio, to city bus boards, to toasting more than thirty years of local ownership, we set the bar for quality radio nation wide. Another perk of local ownership? We’re here! That means your advertising dollar stays in our community, thus strengthening the growth of your business while our stations continue to serve the community. Contact us.
If you’re looking to talk to sports fans, this is the place! With ESPN programming like “Mike and Mike in the morning” and “Russillo and Kanell” flanked by our great LOCAL team in afternoon drive, we’ll cover all the local and national sporting events. We also air play-by-play for:
- High school football and basketball in the CR Metro and the South end of the Corridor
- Various NFL games each week, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl
- MLB, including the playoffs and World Series
- Minnesota Twins
- National IRL races
- ISU Cyclone football, men’s basketball and select women’s basketball
- NCAA Bowl Games
- NCAA Basketball Tournament
We added 106.3FM in Iowa City and 107.5FM in Cedar Rapids to cover even more sports. Our local hosts are out in the community talking sports—maybe you’ll see us at Lunch Box Heroes or Tailgate Tour or a local sports bar—and often there’s an opportunity for our clients to be there too. We’d love to talk to you about how our awesome listeners might be a match for what you’re selling. email@example.com | 319-363-2061
SMART ROCK. What is Smart Rock? Well, it’s thinking man’s rock & roll. The music you’ve loved your whole life and have forgotten about. Classic Pop Rock Hits. Live Cuts. B-Sides & Forgotten Favorites. One Hit Wonders. That’s Smart-FM. For anyone who enjoys the great rock & roll they grew up on. We have the largest library of music out of any radio station in the entire Cedar Rapids/Iowa City listening area. Which means you no longer have to hear “Don’t Stop Believing” every day to get to the songs you miss. That is Smart-FM! Own your own piece of Smart-FM, sold :30 or :60 seconds at a time! Seriously, we have a team of smart marketers ready to help you spread your message every day, and a brand strategist that we share with our clients one week each month. firstname.lastname@example.org | 319-363-2061
Thanks for stopping by our site. I’m wicked-proud of all the folks that work to make Z102.9, KGYM and Smart-FM so important to listeners and advertisers. It’s a rare and special place to be.You’re probably here because you’re thinking about advertising and radio. Read More
We work hard to make sure we understand what’s going on with you. We want to know where you are, where you want to go and how you want to get there. Your strategy, your brand, your sales message–we love talking about that stuff. We’ve helped a lot of people accelerate their growth, and we’d love to help you too.If there is ever anything that you’d like to discuss with me, please holler (319-363-2061 Ext:108).
By the way, I do most of my office work from a treadmill desk. Some people stare, some laugh. I walk about 5 miles most days.
Director of Sales & Administration
Hello and thank you for listening.
One of my favorite pieces of advertiser feedback has been, “you know what, you guys are great at motivating people to do stuff.” Yes, we have a pretty big mouth, but what makes 1000’s of listeners tune in each day? Read More
The KZIA secret sauce? People who LOVE what they do. Ask any of us, it’s a blast to connect with listeners and help advertisers connect with listeners too. Our goal isn’t to make a sale, our goal is to make a difference. We work our hardest at that goal.
And when I’m not at work, I enjoy games with my fam, the top 3 are Balderdash, Jenga and Scrabble. Give me a shout, I’d love to learn about you!
General Sales Manager
Greetings and salutations, as one of our founding partners used to say. I’m happy you stopped by! Oftentimes clients are curious about what makes this radio thing tick – and without a doubt it’s people. From our on-air staff to promotions to our street team, this is without a doubt the largest collection of talent in Eastern Iowa. Read More
Of course, the sales team is my pride and joy. Trust is earned where we come from, and helping your business get more of what you want drives us. We believe every business has a memorable story to share. We also believe in training for the day our paths cross so you get our best work. We’re ready when you are!
Originally from Illinois, my love for Iowa City and the Hawkeyes kept me coming back until I finally moved here in May of 2018. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a degree in entrepreneurship and business. Read More
After interning at a marketing agency in Chicago, I knew I wanted to work somewhere where I could interact more with the community and local businesses, and see the impact of my work to promote those businesses. KZIA, KGYM and Smart-FM truly brings that idea to life. I believe—without a doubt—that with the right strategy, message and frequency, we help local businesses achieve their goals!
On a personal level, my favorite station is Smart-FM, I love to play guitar and ride my bike, and prefer a baseball game over any sport out there.
Senior Advertising Consultant
I’m an Iowa City native. I grew up here, my parents grew up here and their parents grew up here. That’s extremely native. I love it here and I’m deep rooted in our community. When I’m not working I’m spending time with family, friends, and my son. I do a lot of bicycling and running in my free time. Read More
I began my sales career in retail and in 1992 started my career in radio. Not on air (I would be petrified!) but behind the scenes in advertising. I meet people every day, I’ve made new friends and have loved every bit of it along the way. I love to help businesses BOND with their core customer and show them how to make more effective, lasting impressions. I believe that radio is incredibly powerful in delivering that message. I feel very privileged to be a part of this locally owned KZIA, KGYM and Smart-FM team. I’m proud to say that our radio stations offer 24/7 entertainment and timely news information. We operate every day with integrity and support our community. Let us help you BOND with your current and potential customers!
Senior Account Manager
Hi! I worked in retail for 13 years prior to joining the sales staff at Q103 radio in April, 1992. I tell people that I “sell puffs of air” for a living! I have a huge commitment to Z102.9, KGYM and Smart-FM and radio is a super fun industry. Every day is a new adventure! Read More
We employ over 50 awesome people too! I believe deep in my heart that radio can help to grow a business if the advertising schedule and the message are on target. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. I graduated from Kennedy High School (go Cougars!), Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University with Business and Marketing degrees. I have a passion for travel and enjoy big and little trips whenever I get the chance. I have been supporting the Tumaini Junior School in Tanzania since my first visit in 2005. I do a variety of fundraising throughout the year and my friends call me the “Oprah of Cedar Rapids”. I am a lifelong and active member of Noelridge Christian Church where I serve as a Trustee and Elder. I currently volunteer at Theatre Cedar Rapids, Brucemore, and serve on the Mount Mercy Alumni Board. My personal motto is “Enjoy life! This is not a dress rehearsal”. If you are interested in learning more about how radio can grow your business, give me a call at 319-363-2061. I love finding new friends.
Originally from Fort Madison Iowa, my very first job at sixteen, was one of the overnight disc jockeys on KBKB 101.7. My on- air name was Nicholas Powers and I still contemplate a legal name change to this day. Read More
I am a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps and there was a mantra I learned when I joined. That mantra is Honor, Courage, and Commitment and I still approach life with the same intonation. I truly hope to take my love and knowledge of the sales industry and parlay that into my role as an advertising consultant. KZIA is so chock-full of incredible personality and talent, there is no way we can’t succeed!
Raised in eastern Iowa, I feel like I know someone regardless where I go and that is a great feeling. Iowa nice is a thing! Read More
I like to help others better themselves and I feel that I can do that by helping their business grow and bring in new faces. I have been in sales for over 20 years know in various industries so I know that I bring some really good experience to my role here at KZIA and getting you the best results for your marketing efforts!
In my spare time you can find me usually with my wife and daughter. I just started coaching her 4year old soccer team and I never knew what it was like to REALLY herd cats until now! My personal hobby is smoking meat and I enjoy having friends over when doing so.