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. Click to view the Congressional Record commending this honor. In 2009 he accepted the prestigious Golden Mike trophy for Best Radio Newscast Writing for small market radio stations in 2008.
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.
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.