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STEVE GRADOWITZ
(Mornings 5:00a - 9:00a)
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Bakersfield’s premier morning personality has closer ties to the community than most: Steve Gradowitz was born and raised here.

A graduate of East Bakersfield High School, his life altered dramatically within four years. Steve joined the ministry two years after graduation and two years after that married the vivacious Jan Weaver. "Two life changing events, believe me!" he says. In 1968 Steve left the active ministry and began his broadcasting career at KLOA in Ridgecrest. A year later Steve and Jan moved to Hawaii where he held jobs at KGMB and KIKI and also worked as an extra on the TV series "Hawaii 5-0."

In 1970, Steve and Jan returned to California to begin their family. Steve left radio for retail merchandising becoming general manager of Mail Box Men’s clothing store. Two years later he was back in radio, this time at KTIP in Porterville, north of Bakersfield, as an account executive. Three years later Steve and Jan returned home for good with their young family and began Christian Building Maintenance, a janitorial service. That successful business was sold in 1984 during which time Steve moonlighted as an on-air personality at KAFY. From 1984 to 1986, Steve and Jan were top real estate agents for Century 21-Minner and Steve achieved the Million-Dollar Club his first year there while continuing to work at KAFY. In 1986 Steve joined KUZZ as its morning man and has remained the city’s top morning personality ever since. He’s a perennial winner and favorite as Favorite Morning Personality in the Bakersfield Californian’s annual reader’s poll. Steve was nominated as Billboard Personality of the Year in 1991.

Steve and Jan have three children, Justice, Honesty and Harmony, and three adored and spoiled grandchildren, Charity, Marina, and Selah. His off time is spent traveling, country dancing and unwinding with Jan at their place in Pismo Beach.


GEOFF EMERY
(Mornings 5:00a - 9:00a)
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Geoff Emery began his radio career while still a geek in high school in Salt Lake City, Utah and joined the KUZZ family in 1996. As an adult geek, Geoff’s done everything from afternoon drive, to producing morning teams, and even anchoring the news as a news director. Too numerous to mention, major career accomplishments include interviewing 50's idol Fabian and sinking BoBo the obnoxious clown in the dunk tank at the Faire. Geoff came to Bakersfield in 1991 to play morning radio... It was the first real competition Steve Gradowitz ever had! Promptly getting his butt kicked, Geoff decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps and go play Big Oil with Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation. He completed his career with Oxy at Elk Hills in Facilities Management and Administration having designed numerous facility remodels and upgrades.

Geoff got to briefly enjoy his childhood dream, when he signed on as a conductor with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, while maintaining a part-time position at KUZZ. In 2001, Geoff joined "The Gradowitz in the Morning" as producer and co-host. Folks thought it was Steve's way to staving off another attack to bring Geoff into the fold. If he's not playing on the radio, Geoff is usually BBQ'ing something, including family events for our military men and women, or playing with trains. He also owns a recording studio, producing many of the commercials and promos heard on KUZZ and local TV. He's announced PA for the Condors (and Fog) and and finally asked sweetheart Valerie for her hand in marriage after nearly 11 years. They have 3 Shih Tzu's, Daddy, Sir Wilbur Henry, Mommy, Dazee, and Baby Shih Tzu Spudley P. After 19 years, Bumper, Geoff & Val's beloved Kelpie finally went to jump and shed on heaven's bed.

CASEY MCBRIDE
(Mid-Days 9:00a - 12:00p)

KUZZ prides itself on being on top of everything that’s going on in Bakersfield and Kern County. So does Casey McBride, our mid-day personality and our station’s community service director.

Casey devotes more than 500 hours a year to community projects, and that’s outside of her station commitments. She’s had such long term affiliations as eighteen years as the volunteer marketing and communications coordinator for the Bakersfield Unit of the American Cancer Society; fifteen years with United Way working on the public relations committee; ten years as a board member of the Kern Press Club and it’s past president, and volunteer media consultant for projects and groups ranging from Toys For Tots to the American Heart Association. At last count she serves on the boards of five local non-profits and works closely with another eleven. With that resume it’s clear that community service is not only her job, it’s Casey’s passion.

A native of Phoenix, Casey was raised in a small farming community just outside of Bakersfield and is a product of local schools with a degree in theatre arts and speech, both disciplines she feels have served her well in her broadcasting career. In her spare time, Casey loves to read, sew and garden and is very committed to teaching religion classes to teenagers at St. Philip the Apostle in Bakersfield. “I think I learn as much as they do, “she says. “Spiritually, it’s very fulfilling.”

A fifteen-year breast cancer survivor, Casey’s commitment to the American Cancer Society has led to her being named the Bakersfield Volunteer of the Year; she’s won the marketing and communications award twice and received the Courage award for most inspirational cancer survivor. “There’s a special place in my heart for all cancer survivors,” says Casey. “Their courage just shines out of them and makes me want to work all the harder for a cure for them and for our children."

TOM JORDAN
(Mid Days 12:00p - 3:00p)
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Tom’s hometown is St. Louis (a diehard Cardinal fan!), but the last time he was spotted there was in the 70’s. Working in radio has brought Tom to a few cities across the country but now he is glad, actually ecstatic to call KUZZ home!

Tom and his wife Lori ran a Bed and Breakfast in Montana a few years back and realized what hard work really is, so that didn't last long! Being in radio and becoming friends with the KUZZ listeners, that's what it's all about!

Now Tom, Lori and their dog (Daisy) and cats (Kady Kinkytail, Beauty and Bridget) are here. Tom and Lori have six grown children, four boys and two girls, spread all across America.

CHRIS CONNER
(Afternoon Drive 3:00p - 7:00p)

Ask anyone in radio and they’ll tell you that 34 years on the air is pretty darned good. Tell them that you know a guy who’s done that and has been the afternoon drive personality in a good sized market for 30 of those years and they’ll tell you he’s doing something very right.

Then tell them that 24 of those years have been at the number one station in the market and they’ll shake their head in amazement. That’s some track record and it belongs to KUZZ’s Chris Conner. Chris was born in San Mateo, California, and his carpenter father had dreams of his eldest son following in his footsteps but the rock ‘n roll loving youngster would have none of it. His ears were on the music and his eyes on a career in the industry.

A three year hitch in the U.S. Army brought him the rank of drill sergeant in only 22 months, due in part to what Chris describes as his ‘big, booming voice." While stationed in Korea, he took a radio correspondence course and, while serving at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, California, worked weekends at KPRL. That was followed by a slew of jobs at San Joaquin Valley stations: KVCR in Lodi; what he claims was his first ‘real’ job at KONG in Visalia; KYOS in Merced, KOAD in Lemoore and, in May 1971, a move to Bakersfield to work at rock ‘n roll station KAFY. Two years later he was the program director. He moved across town to his current position as afternoon drive personality and production director at KUZZ in 1977.

Considered the most familiar commercial voice in the Bakersfield market, Chris has won numerous creative awards for his voice and production work and was nominated as Billboard radio personality of the year in 1989.

Chris spends his off time on local links, polishing up his golf game in preparation for his next family reunion: his father and brothers all play and sister Vicky is an L.P.G.A. pro.

TONI-MARIE
(All Request Show 7:00p - 12:00a)
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Toni-Marie is a true-blue south valley farm girl. She will proudly tell anyone that will listen that she is from Tipton, California, a very small farming and dairy community about an hour north of Bakersfield. Her running joke is "Tipton's population should read more cows than people." Growing up on a dairy, it was hard not to be in the center of all things agriculture. In high school, Toni-Marie was very active in FFA -- Future Farmers of America -- showing animals and competing in public speaking competitions. She even judged dirt! She had every intention of becoming an ag. teacher until she was bitten by the radio bug in the summer of 2001. Toni-Marie started her radio career at KJUG when it was still in Tulare, and ran as far north as Merced chasing her radio dream. Then an opportunity in Bakersfield came about and she decided it was time to move back closer to home. TM says that it all finally came together when she was hired at KUZZ in the summer of '06. In her off time, Toni-Marie enjoys going back home to hang out with her family, attending Moto-X events (even if it's just her friends riding in an open field), and is a self-proclaimed "book-worm." She also enjoys all things music from all genres. It's not often that you will find her without music playing somewhere in the background.

CODY ALAN

Cody Alan is the Host and Executive Producer of CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan and CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan. Both shows are broadcast on radio stations across America and originate from Nashville as CMT's ultimate radio shows. Cody's wit, energy and charm shine with big star guests and live interaction with listeners. Cody brings fans unprecedented access to all things current in country music and entertainment in an environment that's genuine, unpredictable and fun. Dierks Bentley says, "Cody's show always feels fresh and current. Cody cares about country music's past and future, and has always worked to make his shows exciting, interesting and personal."

Recently named of one "Nashville's Most Beautiful People", Cody is Host of CMT's signature music show, Hot 20 Countdown, seen every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am/10:30c. Cody is also the first face of Country music in the morning on 0 to 60, offering CMT viewers a snapshot of the latest music news every weekday. On weekends, catch Cody hosting #1 Music and a Movie. Cody is a regular columnist in Country Weekly magazine, and was recently the official voice of the CMT Music Awards.

Cody is a respected veteran personality, producer and programmer in the broadcast industry, recently named the 2013 National On-Air Personality of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. After gigs in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, Cody made it to the major leagues at age 23 when he landed in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Along the way, Cody has received numerous national awards including DJ of the Year from Country Radio Broadcasters, and 2010 National On Air Personality of the Year at the ACMs. Cody has been honored at the Grand Ole Opry, featured in USA Today and GQ Magazine, and has been a contributor on E!News, CNN HLN and in People Country. As well, Cody was named Radio and Records Music Director of the Year five times, while Billboard magazine and the Radio Music Awards honored him with the annual title as well.

When not on radio or TV, Cody loves working out, running, watching reality shows, superhero movies, listening to all kinds of music, relaxing in the mountains, eating Mexican food and spending time with family and friends.

SUZANNE GRANT

KUZZ News Director, Suzanne Grant is a California native who hails from the dry riverbeds of San Bernardino and Los Angeles, with family roots tracing back to Spanish land-grant soldiers and some of the locals. She has also lived in Virginia, and on Long Island, NY, before coming ‘home’ to California to attend school and be near family. While earning her degree in Business Management, Media, and Studio Art from Sonoma State University, she spent most of her time running the student radio station and taking ballet class. Suzanne recently quit the world of corporate television news, started dancing again, and found her way back to Bakersfield, where she worked briefly for another station in 2003 before it changed format.

SCOTT THACKERY

KUZZ News Reporter, Scott Thackrey has been with the KUZZ News Team since November of 2009. He began his radio career in Bakersfield back in 1996, working as a board operator at KERN. Scott has also been a talk show producer and co-host. He got bitten by the news bug when he was asked to interview Elizabeth Dole during a Bakersfield stop during the '96 Presidential campaign. Scott has interviewed many world political movers and shakers such as Lech Walesa, Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev during the Bakersfield Business Conferences. He has also interviewed local politicians and business leaders in Kern County, forging close ties with them. Scott loves to travel and is a military history buff.

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