VOICES

At Z102.9, we actually hire living, breathing people who live and play in Eastern Iowa. These people just happen to know how to make great local radio.

SCHULTE & SWANN

SCOTT SCHULTE

SCOTT SCHULTE

Schulte/"Schulte & Swann"

Scott has been with KZIA Radio since before KZIA Radio existed.  (Try to wrap your head around that one.)  The Schulte in Schulte & Swann is active in the Cedar Rapids community and at home as some guy named Dad.  Scott has lived in Cedar Rapids his entire life except for one year he lived in Puerto Rico where he met his wife. They have three boys.  For fun, he plays his guitar or rides his motorcycle but never at the same time.
RIC SWANN

RIC SWANN

Swann/"Schulte & Swann"

Ric Swann has been with KZIA for a long time.  He knows more about what happens at Z102.9 before 9 a.m. than most other people know about.  Ric Swann is still on the lam even though he is heard on the radio every weekday.  This speaks volumes about the state of our national security.  Ric loves British Anime and spends hours with the Lifetime network.  Ric credits the Patty Duke classic “Not Without My Daughter” as one of the entertainment world’s “bright spots.”
CLARE THE PRODUCER

CLARE THE PRODUCER

Uh, The Producer

Clare is the Morning Show Producer.  She’s been with Z since her summer internship in 2007 and has loved every minute of cramming eggrolls in her mouth, roller skating, and running around town in an orange jumpsuit!   Clare loves spending time with her hubby, Poor Poor Nick, and her daughters, Audrey and Cora.  She loves old movies and reading.  She’s the perfect combination of classy and street.

WEEKDAYS

LADY J

LADY J

Weekdays/11a-3p

Well hi there, I’m Lady J. I entertain the Z airwaves weekdays from 11am-3pm. I often speak in obscure movie quotes and my noggin is filled with a plethora of trivial knowledge, so…you never know what you’re going to hear!

JENNY VALLIERE

JENNY VALLIERE

Weekdays/3p-7p

Aloha!! No, I am not Hawaiian, but everyone seems to think so! I am, however, your voice on the Afternoon Drive weekdays from 3-7 p.m.! Find out my real ethnicity and get to know more about me by clicking HERE!
KARDOS

KARDOS

Overnights/12a-5:30a

Hey there! Kardos is the name, overnight show is the game?? I think. Anyway, I am the resident weekday vampire in the building, and I keep the hits flowing through the overnights! Want to stay up and take a listen? Of course you do! You can catch me on Z102.9 from Midnight till 5:30am!

JUST JOHN

JUST JOHN

Weeknights/7p-12a

Hey, I’m Just John!  I host Just John’s Cover-Charge-Free Nighttime Radio Festival And Good-Time Fun Center weeknights from 7-Midnight!

WEEKENDS/STREET TEAM

MICHELLE STEELE

MICHELLE STEELE

Weekend Air Personality

Hi! I’m Michelle Steele. I love to run long distances. I also love to follow that statement up with a pause long enough for you to make a Forrest Gump joke. I have a big family. There is no pause long enough for all the jokes that follow me mentioning 6 kids.  My dog’s name is Bruno but he’s not named after Bruno Mars. Long story. I have long hair.  Oh, and I’ve been in the radio biz a long time.

LEXIE

LEXIE

Weekend Air Personality

Hey! My name’s Lexie and I’m one of the newer voices you’ll hear on Z! I’m a senior at the University of Iowa. (GO HAWKS!) If I’m not working you can find me watching Chicago sports (especially the Blackhawks, Toews is bae!), traveling and spending time with my family and dogs. If you see me at an event, come say hi!
RAMI AMR

RAMI AMR

Weekend Air Personality

Rami grew up in Marion, Iowa listening to Z and was a 2011 graduate of Linn-Mar High School.  He is a senior at Coe College majoring in Communications Studies.  After his internship at Z, we liked him so much we hired him on as a member of the Z Street Team.  When Rami isn’t hard at work, you’ll find him playing Ultimate Frisbee or reading Marvel Comics.
JERAMIE

JERAMIE

Z Street Teamer

Hey everyone! I am a simple kind of man, doing and being all that I love and understand. There are three things that consume a majority of my time: my family, my friends, and the Green Bay Packers — not necessarily in that order! I also enjoy going to local events, the Cyclones, reality television, and long walks on the beach. I bet you are all cooler than the flipside of my pillow – so don’t be afraid to say hi! Until then, get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’!

CASSY

CASSY

Z Street Teamer

I’m Cassy. I started as one of the original Z Street Team members in the summer of 2004.  I work part-time at a local coffee shop and love spending time with my husband and son. I thoroughly enjoy meeting you all out at events like the Farmer’s Market, high school tailgates and any place that Z shows up!  I also love dancing, cooking and going on a walk or run.  See ya on the streets. 🙂

MO HOLLAND

MO HOLLAND

On Air Personality

I’m Mo. I can never decide if I prefer super-fine point pens or really fat point pens.  “LED” stands for Light Emitting Diode, I’ve known that since I was 6.  My middle name begins with  ‘R’ but people rarely guess it right.  I think clocks that update themselves are brilliant. Salsa is my kryptonite.  I’m an unsuccessful imperfectionist.

BUDDY LEE

BUDDY LEE

Weekend Air Personality

Buddy started as an intern at Z in 2008.  Buddy has served at the pleasure of Schulte & Swann and has been seen and heard on and off the air at many Z events.  A lover of all things 90’s, Buddy loves the Hawkeyes, the Cubs, golfing, fishing and hanging with friends.

DEREK

DEREK

Z Street Teamer

Howdy! My name is Derek Steffen! I’m originally from the Iowa City area (Go Hawks!) and I’m currently a Junior at Iowa (Go Hawks x2!) studying Journalism & Sports Studies. When I’m not studying or working, you’ll usually find me obsessing over Iowa Football or Chicago sports. I’m an avid Bulls fan, and I’m a die-hard Bears fan, unlike the many Packers followers here at Z (boo). Catch me at one of our events and say hi!

MITCHELL JAMES

MITCHELL JAMES

Weekend Air Personality

Hey there… I’m Mitchell James! It’s my birthday! No, it’s not! But I still look good though! High comb hot! I bet you want an autograph for you and your friends! Gotta do it in the studio, that’s where I keep my pen. Join me most weekend nights, 7 p.m. – Midnight!

BEN

BEN

Weekend Air Personality

Hi! My name is Ben Graesser and I am one of the newest additions to the Z Street Team! I grew up in Amana and graduated from Clear Creek Amana in 2015! When I am not at events for Z, I like to hit up other local events and try to track down as many celebrities as possible. I also enjoy watching dumb criminals on COPS. I can’t wait to see you all out at our events!

JAMES

JAMES

Weekend Air Personality

James here! When I’m not busy slinging hits on the weekend, You can either catch me at my day job, or playing some music!  A resident singer and guitarist at Z102.9,  I’m occasionally called upon to wear sparkly clothes and impersonate Bruno Mars. Tune in weekend afternoons, and if I’m at an event, come say Hi!

DANCIN' ERIC HANSON

DANCIN' ERIC HANSON

Weekend Air Personality

People always ask me if I’m a good dancer. Nope – Dancin’ Eric Hanson just sounded good because it rhymed! But two dogs, lots of local volunteering, Schulte and Swann marching band and morning updates on KGYM keep me on my toes. Love the Hawkeyes; tolerate my Cyclone friends. Thanks for listening!

DESTINY

DESTINY

Z Street Teamer

Hi, I’m Destiny! Some people might call me a smurf because I have a bad addiction to Blue Powerade. I also have an addiction to Full House. So you might hear me around town saying, “you got it dude.” The dog in my picture is my best friend and sometimes I think we are the same people. His name is Charles and just like Reese Witherspoon I love to carry him around in my purse. Incase you were wondering; they nicknamed me Rah Rah because after cheering in both high school and college I am now on the coaching staff for Kirkwood Community College.  If you see me at an event don’t be afraid to come say hi! See you out there Cedar Rapids. !

KAROL KELLY

KAROL KELLY

Promotions Director

“I know you from somewhere” is a common question I hear, and it’s probably because I wear lots of hats. Figuratively of course. The name is Karol Kelly, but you can also call me mom to 2 adorable boys, Easton & Dawson, TV personality on Mediacom, PTO President at my sons’ school, volunteer for Cub Scouts Pack 555, and what am I missing?? Oh yeah! Promotions Director here at Z102.9! Whenever you see Z102.9 or KGYM out and about or giving away FREE STUFF, I usually have something to do with it. So the next time you see me, be sure to say HI!

JAKE AKA STAKE

JAKE AKA STAKE

Z Street Teamer

Hey I’m Jake Truemper aka Stake from ClareBoyant  I’ve decide to spread my wings and fly on over to the street team and see the other aspects that make Z102.9 so awesome. I really enjoy acting and camping, traveling, and just living and doing random things with life, and of course I’m always proud to live in Iowa. Go Hawks!

WON

WON

Z Street Teamer

Street Teamer / Unofficial photo & videographer for Z102.9 (your favorite radio station) / papparazi for Schulte & Swann. Won of a kind guy, and lover of puns. (I am being held against my will to write this bio. Send help!)

DAVID

DAVID

Weekend Air Personality

Hola Z listeners! My name is David Schulte, I’m a part of both the street team and the on air staff. You can hear my somewhat familiar voice on weekend overnights from midnight to 6:00 am. I say “somewhat familiar” because I’ve been told I sound like my grandpa…. wait no that’s not right…. oh yeah, my dad, Scott Schulte. If you want to listen to a weird, funny 21 year old play GREAT MUSIC instead of getting some ZZZZZ’s (see what I did there) then I’m your man!
AVE KARKOSH

AVE KARKOSH

Weekend Air Personality

Hey you! My name is Ave Karkosh, and you can hear me bringing you hits here and there while I am around the station. So be sure to listen in if you want to have some good hits- some company, information, and me trying to be humorous from time to time. Anyway, if you ever swing by an event with the station or see me around, be sure to say hey!

JAYME LAMBEAU

JAYME LAMBEAU

Weekend Air Personality

Hey! My name is Jayme Lambeau! Outside of work I am what you would call “BASIC.” I spend time with my two dogs named Blythe and Hank. You could go as far as to say I am obsessed with them. Actually, I am obsessed with all dogs. If I could own every dog in the world and play with them all day as my job…. My life would be complete. Other things that make me basic would be my love for television shows, wine, naps and dog gifs. I also love the Green Bay Packers. Someday I will steal Aaron Rodgers away from Olivia Munn.

JACKIE

JACKIE

Weekend Air Personality

Hey there! My name is Jackie Robin. I’m from the Chicago suburbs, I like long walks on the beach and to the refrigerator, mildly obsessed with the Chicago Blackhawks, spend my free time watching reruns of Friends wishing I had some… Feel free to tune in during the weekend overnights and come say ‘hi’ at events!

SIMON WILL

SIMON WILL

Weekend Air Personality

I can proudly say I was one of the few Z employees in the studio when we flipped the switch and put it on the air in 1998 and I’ve walked the halls off and on since.  I play with web sites and fun gadgets during the day but still LOVE to climb inside the sandbox at Z each weekend to play a few hits, give stuff away and hang out on the radio.  Thanks for listening!

SAMANTHA

SAMANTHA

Z Street Teamer

Hey! Im Samantha, also known as Sam, Sammalammajamma, Sammy, and of course Sam I Am. I’m a little obsessed with my dog Hank, I bring him up in almost every conversation I have because he obviously is a little cutie. I’m also pretty obsessed with the Green Bay Packers! Go Jordy Go! I also enjoy watching binge watching Netflix, drinking insane amounts of coffee,  listening to music, and of course being the most sarcastic person in the room. If you see me at an event don’t be afraid to come say hi and ask to see a picture of Hank! (;

KIM

KIM

Weekend Air Personality

Now you hear me, now you don’t.  Now you see me, now you won’t.  That’s me, Kim – here, there, and everywhere … sometimes!  I used to be that voice, whispering in your ear in the wee hours of the night, but now I walk and talk amongst the day.  Maybe I’m helping out on a weekend air show, maybe I’m in a parade, or even hanging out at a school football game. Either way, I’m around from time to time – just call me elusive (it’s more exotic than very part-time)!

ZACH 'GREEN JACKET' JOHNSON

ZACH 'GREEN JACKET' JOHNSON

Weekend Air Personality

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Zach graduated from Kennedy High School and spent two years at the University of Northern Iowa.  Zach is currently working towards a Liberal Arts degree at Kirkwood and will transfer to the University of Iowa to get his Communication Degree.