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Gary Daigneault
Morning Show Co-Host and 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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Pat Michaels
Morning Show Co-Host and Local Music Showcase Host

Pat Michaels has spent the last two decades and 35 minutes entertaining radio listeners all over the world. His voice is heard on radio and television from Austin, Texas to Zürich, Switzerland. He’s been called a “Media Mongrel” by some people, idiotic, moron by others.

Born in Palm Springs and raised in Yucca Valley, Pat is truly at home in his native environment. When not incarcerated or married, he enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, casino gambling, guns, beer, Facebook, survivalist reality shows, hiking hills and canyons, answering fan letters from Publishers Clearing House, staring into space while trying to look busy.

Pat would make a wonderful addition to your company!

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Cody Joseph
Middays

Cody is a desert native.  Born in Palm Springs and raised here in the Morongo Basin, Cody has been around the radio business his entire life.  As the young stud on the staff, you’d expect him to be a bit of a computer geek.  Well, he did get his degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering.  And like the guys on The Big Bang Theory, he does play RPG’s like D&D and has an impressive collection of War Hammer 40000 miniatures!

We can always count on Cody for our daily dose of what’s happening on TMZ and other “snark”.  On air since 2009 full time, Cody is also head of Operations and serves as the Companies’ Business Manager.  Hey, we said he was a bit of a geek!  Bazinga!

In his spare time besides playing those geeky games, he’s President of the local Business Network International local chapter and he’s active in community theatre! Yes, he actually CAN sing and dance.

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Sam Smith
Afternoon Drive – “The Voice of the Night”

Hailing from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Sam Smith moved to the California desert in 1999.

Trying to find the perfect career Sam was chucking boxes at the local 29 Palms grocery store when he heard about a free class to learn about radio.  Always one to try to get out of work in the heat of the day, he signed up for the ROP broadcasting class taught by Gary Daigneault at Z107.7FM so he could spend Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with G and the Z crew.  That was back in 2007.  Much to Gary’s disappointment (not really)  he liked and seemed to have a knack for radio (HMMM…he sure has that Midwestern penchant for talking)!

After much tomfoolery and MUCH BUGGING Gary and Cindy, they finally said (SCREAMED) “SAM!!! SHUT UP AND START WORKING SATURDAY MORNINGS!!

Now every day when the sun makes its trek across the Western skies and evening makes it descent on the Morongo Basin… Sam will take you home!

He resides in 29 Palms with the love of his life, two daughters and two dogs.  In his spare time he’s active with the local Sportsman Club, Rotary and enjoys gardening and riding his Harley when ever he gets the chance.

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Sherrie Karr
Weekends and Fill-In

Sunday mornings and other slots as needed on Z107.7 belong to the multi-talented Sherrie Karr. Sherrie grew up in Maryland and spent her summer vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. At the age of sixteen she began writing songs and playing guitar. To this day she still composes and records music, some of which can be heard on Z107.7.

Sherrie’s college years were spent with an emphasis on Data Processing and Electronics. While serving on inactive duty in the U.S. Navy she took computer and electronic courses and worked for several computer companies.

In 1987 Sherrie took the ROP Broadcasting class and began at Z107.7 as the host of “Godrock”, introducing quality Christian music and programming Sunday mornings from 6-10 am, she continues hosting the show to this day.

She is the mother of three grown boys who all live and work here in the Morongo Basin.

Sherrie Karr also owns and operates “Sherrioke”, a mobile karaoke service here in our Hi-Desert Area. Her beautiful voice has brought delight to many people during her career.

Sherrie is also a primary volunteer for “TLC”, and, through donating her karaoke service, helps raise the funds to feed thousands of people at the Yucca Valley Community Center on Christmas Day.

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