I have been the host of the Indiana 105 Dawn Patrol for the Last 15 years. I originally hail from Louisiana, but have lived in Indiana since 1983. So at this point I think it is safe to say I'm a Hoosier. However I will always be a New Orleans Saints Fan, no matter what kind of trouble they may get into. My man cave is called the Voodoo Lounge Deux. The Original Voodoo Lounge was taken out by what was left of Hurricane Ike a few years back. The center piece of the Voodoo Lounge Deux is my hot sauce collection. Some people collect coffee mugs on vacation, I collect Hot Sauce. The Sauce of choice right now is brewed in Northwest Indiana by the Scoffeld Brothers. Be very careful with the Heavy Metal Sauce. However my favorite is a sauce from Barbados called Delish Bajan Sauce. Very hard to find. If you are going to Barbados and can hook a brother up......
My wife Colleen and I were married in 2000. Her grandmother used to own Ma Cole's dinner for all you old timers. And yes we met on the the radio. She was my first winner with Movie trivia 15 years ago. We have helped to for a new Theatre Company that raises money for charity. The Valparaiso Theatrical Company give 60% of every ticket sold back to a 501C3 charity. We have two sons and 4 grand children.
Laura brings you the news every weekday!
Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].
Annie is with you every weekday from 10AM-3PM!
Annie was born and raised in Northwest Indiana with her younger sister and parents in Hammond. After spending some time out of the area chasing the radio dream she has moved back to start a family with her two main men: Jager the mutt and fiance Rob. When she is not on the air Annie enjoys cheering her favorite Chicago sports teams (Da Bears, Da Bulls, And Da Sox), hiking, and exploring new fairs and festivals! (Anything Deep Fried she's in!) Annie cannot wait to share her life with you on air and is excited to be back in the Region doing what she loves!
Jay does the News every day on Indiana 105!
Jay will keep you up-to-date by reporting news in THE REGION. He's worked at different stations across the country and looks forward to interacting with the country’s (if not world's) best listeners! He loves getting involved in the community and will keep you informed on all the worthwhile activities going on. And we'll keep checking in with Laura Waluszko and Northwest Indiana’s Newsroom. Tune in Jay during your work day on Indiana 105.5 - THE Country Station from Chicago to South Bend!
Brent was born and raised in Michigan, just outside the Port Huron area.
After earning an Associate's Degree from St. Clair County Community College and a broadcasting degree from Specs Howard School of Media Arts, he has spent the last 6 years working at radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, and now Indiana.
When he's not focusing his efforts on bringing you the region's news, Brent enjoys rooting for all of his favorite Detroit sports teams, as well as watching movies and slapping his bass guitar.
Listen to "The Mullet Man" Mon-Fri 3-7PM & Saturdays 2-6PM!
Mike Summers "The Mullet Man" lives "south of the river" in Wheatfield, Indiana and is celebrating his 15th year on the air on Indiana 105.
Mike is country and rock and roll. Mike enjoys playing the drums with the local musicians and loves to bass fish!
Catch The Mullet Man afternoons from 3pm-7pm also drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to "Len's Legends" every weekday at 12:15PM & 6:15PM
Len “Uncle Len” Ellis, one might say, was country “when country wasn't cool." He is a man who gave country music an identity and an outlet marks sixty years in the industry in October 2009 – and to this day, to many, he's still known as “Uncle Len”.
Monday through Friday, at 12:15 and 6:15 pm, on Indiana 105 WLJE-FM 105.5 fm, you can tune in to hear Uncle Len introducing country classics and sharing classic tales in “Uncle Len's Legends'” -- a program that marked Uncle Len's return to the airwaves, October 2, 2006 during – when else -- “Country Music Month”.
Ellis is considered a visionary in the radio and country music industry. In 1983, he became a member of the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. He was named one of ten “Legends of Country Radio” in an October 7, 1994, issue of the national radio and recording industry trade journal R&R. Ellis also holds card number one as a charter member of the Country Music Association (CMA), a group he helped form back in 1958. Ellis was on the first board of directors and holds CMA Card Number One. “I feel very privileged to have been a part of all of that,” Ellis said, noting little respect was afforded to country music at the time.
Listen to Mac Saturdays 10AM-2PM & Sundays 11AM-5PM!
Mac grew up just outside of Peoria, Illinois. After Mac discovered his interest in radio, he joined the Army and became D.J. on the Armed Forces Network in Germany. After Army life, Mac was heard on the air waves in Texas. Then in the year 2000, Mac heard about an opening at Indiana 105 - and has been here ever since! Mac can be heard on Indiana 105 every Saturday from 10 am till 2 pm – and every Sunday from 11 am till 4 pm. During the week, Mac writes and produces commercials for Indiana 105. Mac lives in Valparaiso with his girlfriend, Karin, and 3 cats.
Favorite Quote: “Hard work never hurt a man - who never did it.” Bret Maverick from the TV show - Maverick.
Listen to Lia every weeknight 7PM-Midnight!
I’m Lia. I’m the gal who can’t for the life of me keep a secret yet everyone seems to tell me their secrets anyway. I love my job. I’m happily married to the luckiest guy on earth, Chad. I have 4 kids. All of them smart, spoiled and love country music. In my spare time I play word games, mind games and lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes of peace at least once a day. Here’s a secret about me: I never talk on the phone when I’m not at work. That could be because I do it every night for hours. My sisters complain constantly about me never calling them back. Even my husband occasionally goes to voice mail.
Purely by accident, I got into Country radio. Believe me when I say that I am sure my dad teamed up with God to make that happen. As far as this show goes, I just want you to know that we all work very hard each night to put this thing together. I'm so lucky to have such a great team of people to work with.
Blair handles overnights Mon-Fri at Midnight and Saturdays at 11PM!
Blair Garner hosts the highly acclaimed Country radio show After MidNite. In 2006, Garner won the Academy of Country Music’s “On-Air Personality of the Year” Award in the national category. He also won this award in 2004 when the national and local categories were combined. Garner’s popularity is attributed to him keeping his show fresh and entertaining with guests such as George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Lonestar, Alan Jackson, and Keith Urban
Garner started his radio career in Canyon, Texas, later moving to Dallas to work at KAFM-FM, then to Washington, D.C.’s WASH-FM. From there, he moved to Houstonto work at KKBQ-FM. Months later, WPLJ-FM in New York recruited Garner as their afternoon-drive host, where he was named among the top ten most-listened-to disc jockeys in America. Garner then moved to the West Coast and worked as the afternoon-drive personality for KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. After having ratings success in five of the top 10 markets, Garner created After MidNite, which was purchased by Premiere Radio Networks in 1997.
This Canyon, Texas, native graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Advertising. He prides himself in his car collection. He bought his first car when he was 12 years old and, to date, has owned and renovated more than 70 cars (and counting!).
Paul Heil and the Gospel Greats - Sundays 6-8AM
Paul Heil is generally recognized as the best-known radio voice in Southern Gospel music today. Now into his fifth decade of radio, television and commercial announcing, Paul Heil has been honored with numerous industry awards and fan awards for his work in Southern Gospel music. His smooth, friendly, thoroughly-professional production style is regularly in demand. He's also been the producer and voice of the popular Southern Gospel Music Month Daybook series which was distributed to more than 900 radio stations each September for several years. And he has produced countless special radio features for various record labels which have been distributed to thousands of radio stations.
Cathy Martindale & Paul Schadt Co-Host Racing Country Sundays 8AM-10AM
Cathy Martindale's spent most of her radio career in Nashville at the legendary WSM AM/FM station, along with television hosting duties at The Nashville Network. She's interviewed just about everybody who's ever made the country charts!
One of Cathy's favorite memories is when she interviewed a 15 year old girl with the thought that this was going to be a pretty silly interview. An hour later, Cathy was telling Taylor Swift's manager that out of all the artists she's ever interviewed, this girl "gets it" more than anyone else... she just knows how to make it all work together... and she'd be a huge star. Taylor started jumping up and down and was almost in tears with excitement. The rest is history..... but, then again, Cathy walked out of a Randy Travis audition, thinking he couldn't carry a tune. So, she's the first to admit.... you never know where the next big thing is coming from!
In her spare time Cathy loves to jetski, saltwater fish, and work in the yard. Her favorite TV shows are Pawn Stars and Secret Millionaire!
Paul Schadt has been co-hosting zMax Racing Country, which combines his two loves NASCAR & Country Music, for twenty years! He has been on the Charlotte airwaves since 1981, hosting Charlotte's #1 rated Country Morning show Paul Schadt and Sarah.
Paul is also very involved with many different charities from St Judes to Easter Seals to the Red Cross and anyone else that needs a helping hand.
When he's not on the air, or out on location, you can find Paul doing his number one fun activity: spending time with his family; wife Kathy, son Adam, and daughter Emily. Any weekend when the sun is shining you'll find the Schadt's on a lake or at the beach.
Bob Guerra & Annie G Host New Music Nashville Sundays 10AM-11AM
Bob Guerra - With a career solidly based in broadcasting, Bob’s background could best be described as diverse and extensive. He received five nominations from either Billboard or Gavin Magazines as the Operations-Program Director of the Year, winning the coveted Gavin award in 1987. Bob served as the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Chairman in 1993 and on the CRS Board of Directors. He is currently the Group PD for Denver Based Cherry Creek Radio
For seven years Bob was Director of Operations and Programming of America’s highest billing Country combo, KZLA/KLAC in Los Angeles. After leaving KZLA/KLAC he helped CBS Radio launch “The Arrow” also in L.A. and served as both a consultant to the Program Director and as Afternoon Drive air talent. The former Oldies station jumped from 20th in the market to number two in just two ratings books. When he left “The Arrow” in 1994 he was the number one rated personality in the 25-54 demographic in the market.
Bob’s now heard on over 250 radio stations across the U.S. He has also written, voiced, and produced many radio specials for artists such as Keith Urban, Toby Keith & Kenny Chesney.
Annie G - Anne’s just a little familiar with radio. Ten years on the air in San Francisco, ten in Los Angeles, eight in Nashville. There’s more to the story (TV, voiceover work, co-writing specials for labels, artist interviews) but what matters most is that she delivers the details on New Music Nashville and has since the show’s start. One memorable interview moment, says Annie G., is when Keith Urban told her he liked her hair. She added “yes, ladies, he really is a very nice guy”.
Catfish brings you 25 Years of Hits every Sunday 5-7PM
Craig is a nationally recognized air personality with over 30 years of major market broadcast experience from coast to coast in cities like Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Jose/San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit and Boston. Recipient of the coveted A.I.R. award for best afternoon drive shift 4 consecutive years, he consistently wins. Coming off 6 successful years at KYGO/Denver, Craig currently handles morning drive in Tampa Bay on US 103.5!
Country Gold with Randy Owen Sundays 7-11PM
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Randy Owen is best known for being the lead singer in Alabama, the most successful group in the history of country music. Born on December 14, 1949, Owen and his cousin, Teddy Gentry, grew up on cotton farms on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, sharing a passion for singing and guitar. The duo played in a number of different bands during the '60s, teaming with another cousin, Jeff Cook, in high school to form Young Country in 1969. The band dissolved when Owen and Cook went off to college, but re-formed after they graduated. In 1972 they changed their name to Wildcountry and added drummer Bennet Vartanian, the first of several drummers in the band before Rick Scott took over the chair in 1974. Wildcountry changed their name to Alabama and signed a one-record contract with GRT in 1977, a contract that, thanks to an almost hidden clause, prevented the group from recording with another label after the GRT imprint folded. By 1979 the group was finally able to record again, but Scott opted out and was replaced by Mark Herndon, a former rock drummer whose harder approach was the last key to Alabama's signature sound. Following a self-released album and a pair of impressive independent singles, Alabama signed with RCA Records in 1980, releasing the single "Tennessee River" later that same year, jump-starting a career that resulted in 21 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums; 42 number one singles; eight country music Entertainer of the Year honors; two Grammys; two People's Choice Awards; and their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before the group finally called it quits in 2003. Owen, by now a successful rancher, tested the waters for a solo career in 2008 when he released the album One on One, produced by John Rich of Big & Rich fame, on Broken Bow Records.
Steve Zana: 5a-10a
Annie Fox: 10a-3p
Mike Summers: 3p-7p
After Midnight w/ Blair Garner: 12m-overnight
Steve Zana: 6a-10a
Mac MacLeod: 10a-2p
Mike Summers: 2p-6p
After Midnight w/ Blair Garner: 11p-overnight
Gospel Greats: 6a-8a
Racing Country: 8a-10a
New Music Nashville: 10a-11a
Mac MacLeod: 11a-5p
25 Years of Hits: 5p-7p
Country Gold: 7p-11p
After Midnight w/ Blair Garner: 11p-overnight