Staff Bios

Staff Bios

 

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Cindy Daigneault
General Manager

A Midwestern born and corn fed gal, Cindy (affectionately known as Atilla the Hunny by her staff) moved to California seeking not fame, but warmer weather. As a broadcast graduate of Brown Institute she started her radio career in the Midwest before escaping the sub zero temps and fleeing to California. She moved across country alone pulling a uhaul and only her Siamese cat for company, landing on the Coast in Ventura.

Lucky in love, she met her husband Gary working at a radio station in “the Valley”. Shortly after that they moved to the Hi Desert (Cindy said those corn stalks look funny upon seeing her first cactus).

After 10 years at another station Cindy and Gary built KCDZ which they’ve been running since 1989. Active in many non profits locally, Cindy has recently started performing in Community Theatre. So now she doesn’t just sing and dance for her advertising clients! She’s also turned her avocations of travel and photography into vocations. In her “Spare” time she’s a travel agent and has had four feature gallery shows of her Fine Art Photography.

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Sara Snyder
Traffic Manager/Webmaster/Graphics/IT
(what the heck doesn’t she do here?!)

Yep, that’s a lot of titles. We like to think of Sara as the “glue” that holds us all together. We’re a real close knit family run business and Sara is the big sister to everyone! When ever anyone has a problem you’ll hear “Sara…” emanating from that persons office (especially the not so tech worthy). This is the second website rebuild that Sara has worked on for Z107.7FM in the past 5 years (isn’t it purty?!).
Having been with the station a total of 8 years, with a few stints off to raise three beautiful children (her biggest blessing) Sara is often the person you may first talk to or see at Z107.7FM.
What you may not know about her is that she plays keyboard, loves to sketch and write…and she admits to being a “Big Bang Theory” quality geek.

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Diana Jones
Director of First Impressions

Diana Jones is the person we call “Director of First Impressions” because she is most likely the first person you will see or talk to here at Z107.7FM. But she does so much more than greet and help our listeners and customers!

A native Californian, she has lived in Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, and now resides in our beautiful Hi Desert. With two teenage boys, Diana returned to college where she enrolled in an internship program and landed at the Z. That 100 hour program turned into a more permanent position!

As with most of our staff, music drew her to the job. In High School she participated in Musical Theatre, was in a singing Trio and the church choir. She said she always wanted to be a “one hit wonder” as a child. Her penchant for community involvement goes back to those years when she was Miss Memphis (Nebraska not Tennessee) and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

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Jessica Jean
Webmaster/Graphics/Fill-In

Bio coming soon! Bio coming soon! Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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Linda Thayer
Advertising Consultant

Born to Gypsies of the theatre, Linda credits most of her early knowledge to her cousin Mark Bresler, a beloved international corporate leader and scouting enthusiast. She couldn’t escape Ohio fast enough! In the early years, Linda managed over 70 shows all across the country with stars like Joan Fontaine, Myrna Loy, and a lot of other old stars no one has heard of anymore… and eventually landed in Hollywood (and Joshua Tree 25 years ago) working with the Roseanne show, Bad Santa, Six Feet Under, True Blood and a lot of other unnecessary shows and projects. In between the film and television shenanigans, Linda is most proud of her work for both Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, making giant whimsical structures and herding volunteers, admittedly all of it oddly rewarding. Once she caught on to radio through Gary’s ROP class, she knew her next mission… no longer willing to leave the beauty of the Hi Desert, Linda now sells image and air space for Z107.7.

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Gary Daigneault
News Director

Gary Daigneault (News/Program Director) lives three lives. He has been “The Voice of the Morongo Basin” since he showed up in Twentynine Palms in 1979 in a beat-up old Datsun and a new wife (has had different jobs, but still has the same wife, he likes her).

Gary hosts the Z107.7 morning show with the beer drinking, cheesy poof eating Pat Michaels weekday mornings. In his other lives he teaches ROP Broadcasting at Twentynine Palms High School and directs Major Musicals for Theatre 29.

As a Radio Personality and Broadcast Journalist he is one of the most highly decorated reporters in the state with numerous awards and citations from the Associated Press, National Association of Broadcasters, Radio-Television News Association, and Radio Inc. Magazine. In 2010 he was inducted into the Associated Press Hall of Fame.

In his Theatrical life Daigneault has directed major musicals locally since 2000. Gary started his theatre career at the age of eight and he has been involved in over 100 productions working professionally as an Actor, Director, Dancer, Stage Manager, and Set & Lighting Designer for Repertory, Summer Stock, Community Theaters, College productions and school shows.

Active in Community service, Daigneault is a founding member and eight term Past President of the Theatre 29 Board, 4 term Past-President of Yucca Valley Rotary Clubs, a Past-President of the Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce, and vice-president of the Yucca Valley Chamber. He spent 8 years as the Chairman of the Joshua Tree National Park Commission, was instrumental in the creation of the annual Firefighter of the Year awards, organized a yearly Toys for Tots motorcycle run, Chaired the Yucca Valley Rotary’s Fireworks Committee for 8 years, and co-chairs the Grubstake Days Community Fair Committee.

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Tami Roleff
Managing News Editor

Tami is also a transplanted Mid-Westerner who moved to California thanks to her husband Keith and the Marine Corps. They’ve lived and traveled all over the world. During Keith’s 20 years in the Marines they were stationed in Quantico, Virginia, North Carolina, Okinawa, Japan, and San Diego, finally settling in Yucca Valley. Although Tami sometimes misses the green trees and 10,000 lakes of Minnesota, she doesn’t miss the winters or the humidity, and has grown to enjoy living in the desert.

Tami’s degree in English has helped her with her work in the fields of journalism and editing. During one of Keith’s deployments to Iraq, Tami took Gary’s ROP Broadcasting Occupations class and was hired as a reporter in 2007. She became managing editor in 2011. She also is an editor for Greenhaven Press, publisher of the Opposing Viewpoints series popular in schools.

She spends her “free” time with her golden retrievers and enjoys taking photos of anything and everything. Thanks to her vocation and avocation she’s traveled to places she probably wouldn’t have, seen things she might not notice, and met people who enrich her life.

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Dan Stork
Assignment Reporter and Weekend News Anchor

While housebound for a stretch during his kindergarten year in New Jersey, Dan Stork’s main companion was the radio, giving him a lifetime fondness for the medium. During the ensuing fifty-plus years, Dan married Sona (in 1965), and lived in Greenwich Village, Massachusetts and Orange County before moving to Joshua Tree in 2000. Along the way, he got a Ph.D. in mathematics, taught math and computer science in colleges including UC Irvine, and worked as a software engineer. In 2002, at Sona’s suggestion, he connected with radio from the other end of the transmission, by taking Gary Daigneault’s ROP Broadcasting course. He’s been a part-time reporter at Z107.7 since then. Dan enjoys watching the operations of local government up close, and is still trying to reach Gary’s goal of telling the complete story of a meeting in 43 seconds or less (never done it yet, probably never will). He’s been filling his golden years of retirement (aside from radio work) with bicycling and hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, writing a column and doing occasional cantoring at synagogues in the low desert, volunteer tutoring, and traveling with Sona in their RV. Last year they went to Maine and back — six weeks together in a 20-foot van, and still married!

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Taylor Thacker
Assignment Reporter

Taylor was born in North Carolina, but has lived all over. She is a military brat because of her dad, and enjoys seeing new places and meeting new people. Taylor started out in the broadcasting business at 16 years old when she took the ROP broadcasting class at the high school. She was then hired to Z107.7 as an assignment reporter. Taylor is on the cross country team and track team at Twentynine Palms High School. She is a runner because she likes to stay in shape and likes the people on her team. However, against most people’s assumptions, she does not like running. She does it for the love of competition. In Taylor’s spare time, besides running, she likes to read and is involved in acting at her school. Her favorite subject in school is math, and her love for learning is like dividing by 0… you cannot define it.

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