Meet Your KZFR DJ Wk #10

Put A Face To The Voice Behind The Mic

KZFR is shortening the distance in social distancing by giving you, our listeners, a chance to meet your favorite KZFR DJ.  Every day during this campaign, KZFR will feature an on-air DJ with a social media vignette about themself, their radio program, personal interests, and more. This'll give you the opportunity to get better connected with the personalities you wake up and go to sleep listening to. In the time of stay-at-home orders we want our listeners to know that their community radio station is working hard to deliver cutting edge news and information and one-of-a-kind music selections.

We are proud to introduce you to KZFR DJs Stephen, Tim G, Kyle, Terre, Smiley, Mike G & Becky...

It's thanks to all our volunteer DJs that KZFR can continue to bring you the unique programming you value and enjoy every day.

Ecotopia host Stephen Tchudi - "I've been a fan of radio since I was a Cub Scout in 1953 and built a crystal radio from a kit.  Moving around the cat's whisker, I could only pick up WWCO radio in Waterbury, Connecticut, five miles from my home. Later, as a soon-to-be-lapsed Congregationalist, I delivered youth sermons, which were aired at 6 am when nobody was listening. I also about that time put together a Heathkit FM receiver, which could capture one station, the only FM station around, in New Haven, Connecticut. As a kid, I had the legendary paper route and used the earnings to buy an Emerson am radio.  I would dutifully clip the daily radio schedule from the paper and spend evenings listening to the radio serials: The Shadow, Bobby Benson and His B-Bar B Riders, Sky King of the Yukon. Later on, once I got a driver's license, I'd pick up clear channel radio stations from exotic and far distance places like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and even Kansas City. The girls I dated weren't so enthusiastic about those fuzzy signals--I can't understand why--but, next to women, I still think radio is the ultimate genre."

Zephyr Soul Stew host Tim Guista - "A relative newcomer to the KZFR family (at least as a programmer), I have always loved radio from the time I was just a kid listening to my “seven transistors” radio under my pillow so Mom wouldn’t hear. I grew up listening to early Top 40 radio in the Bay Area (KYA/KFRC) but particularly loved “KDIA Lucky 13” a soul station based in Oakland. Having lived in Chico since 1974, I co-started and ran the Pageant Theatre (film, another love) for 34 years. And now, on my program, Zephyr Soul Stew, I deliver a unique rhythm and blues/soul program to your ears as I mine the depths of the often forgotten or never discovered artists, primarily from the 50’s through the early 70’s. I also feature today’s artists who are bringing back that early soul style."

Creole Stomp co-host Kyle Porter - "I became a programmer at KZFR in 2008. Joining Bill, David and Hondo as a fourth member of the Creole Stomp Krewe. I’ve been going out to New Orleans and recording music since 1993. With all my recordings and knowledge of Louisiana music it was a perfect path for me to become a programmer and share my music with the community. My usual slot is the first Wednesday of the month. My business is Paradise Audio Services. I also do sound for most all KZFR benefit shows since 2009."

Face The Music host Terre Reynolds - "I sat down behind the mic at KZFR in 1999 to continue the work of bringing Diversity to our station. With the music of Women artists, well known, old favorites, hidden gems and the a wealth of Independent Artists. I have enjoyed traveling the country, and being exposed personally, to these extraordinary Women artists.  I truly found a rich home of loving souls within the freedom of Community Radio. Every Thursday evening I look forward being with our listeners, at home, and the Beyond."

Cultural Roots of Aztlan host Smiley - "My show is dedicated to all the youth growing up, in the streets of this indigenous land. All the music I play serves to honor the memory and hard work of the many veteranos that came before me. All the musical selections represent and are inspired by the lived experiences, barrios, and roots of Chicano indigenous people. On the show you’ll hear a variation of native, classic soul, Chicano oldies, blues and conscious hip hop along with much more. Each song has a story and if you listen carefully you’ll hear the message. I am a Chicano Purpecha father and have 3 kids. We got to be drug and alcohol free, so our youth can follow in our footsteps."

All Mixed Up co-host Michael Gregg - "I got my start in radio during the 80's at college radio stations KDVS in Davis and KCSC in Chico. Back then college radio played an influential role in popularizing bands such as R.E.M., The Pretenders, and The B52's. My love of those 80's alternative rock bands has guided my musical tastes to this day which is why you'll hear a lot of guitar-driven pop and rock when I host All Mixed Up."

Tshua Hmoob host Becky Herr - "Tshua Hmoob"- Missing Hmong. Admiring the culture and the people, KZFR made it easy to reach out to the hmong community every Sunday from 6-8am. A husband and wife team bringing the latest news locally and internationally, explore the different music from the Hmong, Thai and Lao and culture. We look forward to bringing the community many more years of good entertainment."

Follow us on social media to get familiar with Chico’s eccentric, neighborly broadcasters. Facebook: @kzfr90.1fm, Instagram: @kzfr90.1fm & Twitter: @kzfr901fm