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Radio People by Name (Z)

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J.D. Zack
KAGO-FM [Klamath Falls OR] 1992-1999
Now: J.D. says (1/06), "I'm an independent contractor, producing TV and radio commercials for businesses in and around Southern Oregon. I still have a passion for radio, and would love to get back on the air."

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Rich Zado
WRXL [Richmond VA] 1994-2000
Now: Rich says (6/03), "I am working as a support analyst for DAO Group in Virginia Beach, VA."

Bob Zak
WJRC [Joliet IL] 1982
WCCQ [Joliet] 1983
WJOL [Joliet] 1985
WCSJ [Morris IL] 1992
WJTW [Joliet] 1990
WCSF [Joliet] 1991
- GM
WCSJ [Morris] 1992
WKKD [Chicago] 1997
- consultant
WYSY [Chicago] 1997
WCKG [Chicago] 1998-1998
WERV [Chicago] 2002

Now: Bob says, "I am retired from full-time radio but always looking to pick up some weekend work. Now working as a marketing director for a large Chicago area firm; living with my family in Plainfield, Illinois. I had the pleasure of working with what is considered one of the all-time radio dream teams in Joliet Illinois in the mid-1980's. WJOL was a full-service station (news, talk, sports all the way to obituaries and missing pets). It had a tremendous reputation and was honored several times as station of the year by the N.A.B. What a line-up: Bill Drilling (mornings), Frank O'Leary (mid-days), Dave Tallmann and Don Beno. (I did afternoons.) Under the direction of G-M Bill Hansen, it a giant. It was a pleasure working with you guys. I look forward to hearing from old co-workers. E-mail me anytime."

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Matt Zaleski aka Matt Stevens
WRQN [Toledo OH] 1983-1988, 1993-1999, 2002-2003
Now: Matt says (4/12), "After bouncing around in Toledo radio from 1980 to 2003, I left radio to work as an assignment editor of WNWO (NBC24), Toledo from 2002-2009; with the downturn that media took in 2008, I got out of the biz in 2009; I am now VP of Marketing for AB&B Ergonomics and AB&B Marketing. You will find me every now and then at 3 p.m. at Sidelines on Laskey Road in Toledo with Big Jim Brady (Felton), tipping a Coor's Light and talking about radio and when it was great."

Mark Zander
WDND [Joliet IL] 1990 - Mark Edwards
WBUS [Kankakee IL] 1990 - Mark Edwards
WCFL [Morris IL] 1991 - Mark Edwards
WQFM [Milwaukee WI] 1992 - Mark Edwards
WXRX [Rockford IL] 1993 - Mark Edwards
WABT [Chicago IL] 1994 - Mark Edwards
WRCX [Chicago] 1994
WYMG [Springfield IL] 1995
WCBR-FM [Chicago] 1996
WCKG [Chicago] 1997
WXXY [Chicago] 2000
WLUP-FM [Chicago] 2000
WZZN [Chicago] 2005
WERV [Chicago] 2005
KLKX [Lancaster CA] 2006
KKZQ [Tehachapi CA] 2008-2008
WERV [Chicago] 2010
WRXQ [Chicago] 2011

Now: Mark says (1/13), "I switched over to afternoons on Classic Rock WRXQ-FM, Coal City IL -- and added PD stripes."

Tom Zarecki
WTOR [Torrington CT] 1966-1970
WTBY [Waterbury CT] 1969-1971
- Tom Z
WNTY [Southington CT] 1970-1972
WXCI [Danbury CT] 1970-1975
- GM
WINE [Danbury] 1970-1975
WQQW [Southington] 1971
- Tom Z
WABC [New York NY] 1972-1974
WPLJ [New York] 1972-1974
WGRG [Pittsfield MA] 1976
WRKI [Danbury] 1976-1980
WNVR [Waterbury] 1981
WELI [New Haven] 1981
Klemm Media Consulting [Kent CT] 1982-1986
Zarecki Radio Consulting [Danbury] 1986-1994
WMNR [Bridgeport CT] 1991
WREF [Ridgefield CT] 1992
WAXB [Danbury CT] 1996
WEVD [New York] 2000
WDRC-FM [Hartford CT] 2001-2002
WJMJ [Hartford] 2010

Now: Tom says (1/17), "I am host of The Weekend Wakeup Show (6a.m.-noon Saturday), and vacation relief air personality, on Religious WJMJ-FM, Hartford, Connecticut."

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Barry Zate
WLTI [Detroit MI] 1992-1999
Now: Barry says (7/06), "I am working as a voice-over artist -- radio/TV commercials, promos and industrials."

Steve Zeigler
WHOF [Canton OH] 1964
WOIO [Canton] 1967
WIOD [Miami FL] 1970-1997

Now: Steve says (5/08), "Following 33 years in local radio, Dave Graveline and I started nationally syndicated Into Tomorrow in 1996; as of October 2007, I am retired and living in Venice, Florida."

Ted Ziegenbusch
KMEN [San Bernardino CA] 1967
KWIZ [Los Angeles CA] 1972
KCAL [Riverside CA] 1973
- Ziggy in the Morning
KLAV [Las Vegas NV] 1980 - Ted Wayne
Mighty 690 [San Diego CA] 1980 - Ted Wayne
91X [San Diego] 1980 - Ted Wayne
KGB [San Diego] 1981 - Ted Wayne
KIFM [San Diego] 1982 - Ted Wayne
KMGG [Los Angeles] 1982
KOST [Los Angeles] 1982
KFSH [Los Angeles] 2001-2006
Jones Radio Net [syndicated] 2003-2004
KOST [Los Angeles] 2006

Now: Ted says (5/06), "I returned to Adult Contemporary KOST-FM (103.5), Los Angeles, California after more than five years away (was the nightly Love Songs host from 1982-2000); am doing the two weekend Love Songs shows and occasional vacation relief in other dayparts." Click for more from Ted.

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Ben Ziegler
KVMI [Fargo ND] 2000 - owner
Now: Ben says (3/07), "I am in Fargo ND at Country KVMI-FM (103.9); it's a Westwood One country station off SAT; I do some production, and help run the place at times; I also run a Web Co. evizionmedia.com I started in 2006."

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Ziggie (Pelzer)
WCBS-FM [New York NY] 1991-1999 - Charles B. Smith
Now: Ziggie says (9/04), "In 1989 I began Broad Cove Productions (BCPME), Portland, Maine (voice-imaging for radio,& TV). In 1999 I left WCBS-FM as Creative Production Director, to run BCPME full-time, suppling audio imaging for TV, Radio, & Satellite."

Kevin Zimmerman
WHBL/WHBL-FM [Sheboygan WI] 1976
Sheboygan Radio Group [Sheboygan] 2001
- Creative Services Dir
Now: Kevin says (8/06) "I'm Creative Services Director for the Sheboygan Radio Group (Midwest Communications): News/Talk WHBL, CHR WHBZ, Country WBFM and AC WXER. My on-air time was spent on WHBL, beginning with part-time weekends in 1976, graduating to middays in Feb 1977 and to morning drive from about 1980-2001, at which time I took the position of creative services director; I still make occasional on-air appearances, but primarily I'm heard in the advertisements."

Dick Zipf
WBNS [Columbus OH] 19??
Killed in a 2-vehicle car crash in Pataskala, Ohio, January 17, 1998.

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Jim Zippo
KLUV [Dallas TX] 2007
Now: Jim says (10/13), "...mornings at Classic Hits KLUV-FM (CBS)from 2007 to present."

Jim Zix
KFLI [Mt Home ID] 1975-1976 - Big Jim
WLAB [Ft. Wayne IN] 1987-2000 - jock, PD, CE, GM
Now: Jim says (5/06) "After retiring from one of America's premier Contemporary Christian stations, I served as a consultant to both Christian and secular stations world-wide. Since 2004, I have served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. in Monterrey Mexico. I had a great ride in radio, and loved every minute of it. I grew up in NY during the legendary days of WABC, and the nascent days of the AOR-FM movement on WOR-FM and WNEW-FM. Boy, that was great radio!! Thanks, Dan Ingram, Scott Muni, Murray the K and of course, "Cousin Bruce" Morrow! Without knowing it, you gave this kid from Long Island a real example of what fun radio should be to the listener. Some people say, 'It's not a hit 'till radio plays it' -- but I say, 'It's not radio 'till somebody listens, and is touched!'"

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Jim Zons
Now: Running EZ Sound Ideas, Menomonie, WI.

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