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, SMART FM and X107.5! 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.

Z102.9…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. | 319-363-2061

1600ESPNIf you’re looking to talk to sports fans, this is the place! 1600ESPN is the ONLY station talking LOCAL sports every day!  Wake up with the Todd Brommelkamp Show from 6-9am, then go home with The Gym Class with Scott Unash and Mark Dukes from 3-4pm and Spencer On Sports from 4-6pm.  When we're not talking local sports, we've got iconic ESPN programming like “#Greeny” and “Carlin vs. Joe.” We also air play-by-play for:

  • Various NFL games each week, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl
  • MLB, including the playoffs and World Series
  • National IRL races
  • ISU Cyclone football, men’s basketball and select women’s basketball
  • NCAA Bowl Games
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament

1600ESPN can be heard on 102.3FM in Cedar Rapids, 106.3FM in Iowa City and of course, at 1600AM. Our local hosts are out in the community talking sports — maybe you’ll see us at 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. | 319-363-2061

95.1 & 98.5 SMART FM is all '80s, all the time! We cater to Gen Xers who grew up on Cabbage Patch Dolls, Magnum PI and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The people who lived this music the first time and enjoy its nostalgia now are of an age where they have discretionary funds for spending on themselves, their kids and grandkids. Also, have you noticed all the '80s band t-shirts on young kids? '80s music and fashions (hello high-waisted jeans and Jordans) are timeless!

SMART FM has limited commercials and offer commercial-free from 6pm-6am. Find it at, on Amazon Alexa, in the app store and at 98.5 Iowa City and 95.1 Cedar Rapids.

X107.5 is Cedar Rapids' station for Real Alternative.  It’s available on 107.5FM in the Cedar Rapids metro, on KZIA-HD4 in the HD radios in the corridor, and streaming on or the X107.5 app worldwide.Programmed by Chris Jaxson, listeners will find current artists like Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish & AJR. Post 2000 alt rock bands like The Black Keys, Muse, Modest Mouse, Blink 182 & Cage The Elephant. And the classic 90’s alternative like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and more.

X107.5 targets Active Millennials and Gen Xers with a little edge and a little quirkiness.  X107.5 listeners are into craft beer, sports, local foods, concerts, festivals, the outdoors and social causes.

Julie Hein

Thanks for stopping by our site! I’m wicked-proud of all of the folks who work to make KZIA important to our clients, listeners and community. We’re a majority women-owned small business that has created Z102.9, 1600ESPN, SmartFM, X107.5 and CI Digital Group. Read More

Shawn Reineke
Digital Sales Manager

People often ask me, “What is your favorite part about marketing, about working in media?” I do like helping to plan events where live camels are part of the décor and when a marching band plays on our office’s front lawn during football season. This work environment beats a lot of typical workdays. Read More

Kellie Lala
Major Accounts Executive

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, Smart-FM, X107.5 and CI Digital Group. Radio is a super-fun industry, and every day is a new adventure! Read More

Jill Dennis
Senior Account Executive

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 deeply rooted in our community. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my husband, our two dogs and our “adult-ish” kids. Read More

Account Executive

I rent ears. Combine that with reach and enough repetition over time and magic can happen. I’m a marketing professional now, but I began my radio career relaying reports of cows being loosed on the unaware population of Osage, Iowa, in 1989. Read More

Mo Holland
Leader of the Ad People

Hi! What’s your story? I ask that in random situations a lot. Really — I know the hopes and dreams of many restaurant servers in the area. I’m super-curious about people and how they’ve navigated the twists and turns of life. I started in radio as a DJ but was sucked into the tractor beam of audio production early on and knew I was home. Read More