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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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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.[/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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![/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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![/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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.[/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]In the twenty years since graduation I have done sales and marketing in many industries including, major league baseball, technology, medicine, hospitality, and now radio. I have lived in Des Moines, Chicago, New York and Miami and now I have recently come back home. I am beyond thrilled to be back in the community I grew up in and working for such a fun company in an amazing industry. I owned my own business for several years and being a former business owner I have a passion for helping businesses grow. I am excited to bring that experience and enthusiasm to help other businesses grow through radio!

In my free time I am an avid sports fan and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I’m a huge fan of the New York Mets so I don’t take myself too seriously. I am quick with a joke, so if you’re around me be prepared to laugh until your face hurts![/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

I was taught from a young age the importance of hard work, dedication, and delivering more than excepted from the family businesses. I believe radio is the strongest median to get the word out to your clients. The right message with the right frequency equals results.

I like to refer to myself as the chaos coordinator at home. We have 5 children, 2 grand kids and a puppy. When I am not at home spending time with my family we love to go camping. I also enjoy cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes at football season.[/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

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![/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Our stations are locally-owned which a benefit is for our advertisers as the money they spend with our stations is reinvested in our community.

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.[/read]

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=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

I am a little “star struck” when I meet our tenured DJ’s; I’m trying to act cool.

I’m a farm girl that grew up in the area; graduated from Cedar Rapids Prairie and Kirkwood Community College. I currently reside in North Liberty with my son who attends CCA High School. In my spare time I love any live music! I go to at least one concert per month, if not more. I enjoy dancing, singing karaoke, biking, running and spending time with friends and family. I’m looking forward to meeting many new businesses that hopefully will make me your partner in growing your business![/read]