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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.
 

…You already know that radio is the best way to get your message out.  But why Z? With a bunch of stations out there with a “Pick me! Pick me!” complex-what makes Z so special?Let’s start with our sales team. To put it simply, we’re luckier than the other guys. Spoiled, even. We’re not stressed over making slick deals and pushing our “package of the week” in order to make a quota, while our sales manager dangles our jobs over our heads.The head honchos at Z get it-in order for our sales team to be successful, we need to understand what our clients need and how our station can help them talk to our listeners. We’re here to solve marketing problems for our clients. Through continued education in human behavior, consumer patterns, and marketing strategy, we can assist those businesses that have the desire to.Second, the station for which we sell. We’re fortunate to have a reputation that puts us at an (almost) unfair advantage our competitors can’t touch. Our local owners understand that in order to educate our clients about branding, we need to practice what we preach. We strive to make our presence known in the community as often as possible and in very big ways. Z102.9 vehicles, Z banners and campaigns have been recognized and awarded as excellent marketing tools, and we are always exploring new ways to enhance awareness.How often do you come across a group of people who work for a company they believe in 100% of the way? Rarely. Every single person employed by Z102.9 is an important contribution to the future success of the company. We take pride in our work and the accomplishments we make through the teamwork of both the Sales and Programming departments. Devotion, hard work, and a belief in the efforts is what makes Z102.9 an important part of the radio and advertising industry in our community. sales@kzia.com | 319-363-2061
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. sales@kgymradio.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. sales@kzia.com | 319-363-2061  
Julie Hein

Julie Hein

CEO

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

Shawn Reineke

Shawn Reineke

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

Steve Kane

Steve Kane

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

Colin Sloan

Colin Sloan

Advertising Consultant

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

Jason Blue

Jason Blue

Advertising Consultant

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids and a proud graduate of Washington High School. Once I graduated I moved to the big apple to study Sports Management at St. John’s University. Read more

Jennifer Mason

Jennifer Mason

Advertising Consultant

I grew up in a small town 25 mins west of Cedar Rapids and attend Benton Community High School. I attended Kirkwood Community College and started my career in retail marketing. I have seen many different sides to sales, advertising and marketing in my past endeavors. Read more

Jill Dennis

Jill Dennis

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

Kellie Lala

Kellie Lala

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

Michelle Steines

Michelle Steines

Advertising Consultant

After a 20 year career in lending and management, opening the two branches of UICCU in North Liberty; I decided I wanted to switch my focus from improving my clients finances to helping your business soar! It’s so exciting to work in a locally owned radio station that I have been listening to for years. Read more

Steph Busenbark

Steph Busenbark

Recruiting Specialist & Advertising Consultant

Originally from Dewitt, Iowa and at the age of 18 I wanted to move out West but somehow only made it an hour and have been in the area for almost 10 years. Read more