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Tom Kwiatkowski, Owner and President
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Tom grew up on the South Side of Chicago, attending St. Rita High School, then Chicago Teachers' College (now Chicago State University) and received his Masters degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
He taught 5th grade in Chicago from 1968-1970, moving to Lake Geneva upon marriage to the former Barbara Polek in 1970. He then taught in Lake Geneva until 1974, when he became an elementary principal in the Lake Geneva School System. He remained in that position until starting WLKG-FM in 1994, after a lenghty and expensive process with the Federal Communications Commission.
In 1997, Tom purchased WMJB-FM in Janesville, Wisconsin. He changed the call letters to WKPO-FM and installed an urban rhythmic format that was an instant sensation. He sold WKPO-FM in 2000.
Tom has served on many boards and has been a member of a variety of organizations. He has been affiliated with the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol for 45 years and has been a public speaker since starting WLKG-FM in 1994.
Tom and his wife Barbara reside in Lake Geneva and have three married daughters and five grandchildren.
Nancy Douglass, General Manager
Nancy grew up on the Southside of Indianapolis, and moved to Wisconsin in 2000, with her husband, Ty. Nancy worked in newspaper advertising sales in Indy, then again here in Wisconsin before moving to the radio industry in 2002.
Ty and Nancy have four grown children, and two grandchildren, Julie and Logan.
If Nancy had any spare time, she would enjoy it immensely!
Dave Michaels, Program Director
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Franklin, Wisconsin, native Dave Michaels has entertained Lake 96-1 listeners for over a eight years after working around the state including Green Bay, Rhinelander and Milwaukee. This University of Wisconsin Whitewater alum claims he was attracted to a career in radio mostly because of the flashy, form-fitting uniforms! He spent a good portion of his childhood in a small, dark room tape-recording music and sports broadcasts, journaling song charts, and mimicking announcers. A little bit sad, yes, but he feels that it has paid off. Dave likes to spend time with the most important people in his life... his wife Angela, family, friends, and the guy making the burritos at Chipotle.
Erin Marks, Traffic and Office Manager
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Erin was born in Oak Park, IL and moved to Genoa City, Wisconsin when she was 4 years old. She attended Brookwood School and Badger High School, and graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2003 with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. In May 2009, she became a 'proud mama' when she welcomed Emily Rose into the world! Now she spends her time looking after Little Miss Emily, as well as the entire Lake 961 Staff - just like she has since 2004!
Kenny Van Diggelen, Marketing Specialist
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Kenny was born in Fontana, WI and moved to beautiful Walworth when he was 17 years old. He attended Big Foot High School and went on to graduate from UW-Whitewater in 2010 with a degree in Marketing... shortly after, he joined the Lake 961 family! Kenny is a HUGE football fan... High School, College and NFL! And he also coaches Youth Football. He is also a member of the Walworth Fire Department, and Vice-President of the Big Foot Lions Club.
Julie Strasser, Marketing Specialist
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Julie Strasser has lived in Williams Bay, Wisconsin since 2001, is married to Michael (Ike) and has two daughters, Sophia and Sabrina. Julie was born and raised in Northbrook, IL where she attended Glenbrook North High School and Oakton Community College. The newest member of our team, she comes to WLKG with many years of impressive sales experience. Her passions in life are her family, friends, cooking, gardening, snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, dancing and karaoke! Julie comes from a family of “live” radio performers. Both of her parents were on staff for many years at CBS/WBBM Chicago. Julie brings an abundance of talent, energy, experience and know-how. We are happy to have her join our family!
Mandy James, On-Air Personality weekdays 10am-2pm
Hi, I'm Mandy! Born and raised in Minnesota; here via Iowa! I have officially called all "enemy territory" home! I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and son who you will often hear me mention from time to time with Dave every weekday morning; I can't wait for them to join me here in Lake Geneva! To keep me busy, I endulge in re-runs of "Sex and the City", Criminal Minds marathons and late night viewings of American Horror Story! When I'm not in front of the TV, I punish myself with long sessions at the gym, take short naps and eat Dorito Locos Tacos from Taco Bell. I am so excited to learn more about you and everything that Walworth County has to offer! Questions, comments or concerns? (that's an inside joke; you'll get it soon!)
Melissa Jordan, Assistant Program Director
On-Air Personality weekdays 2pm-7pm
Melissa, aka "Hot Sauce," moved to Wisconsin from the mitten, the REAL mitten, Michigan two years ago. She met her husband John at Central Michigan University. She and the hubs, got married this past Cinco de Mayo. Tequila shots anyone? Total joke. She loves radio for a bunch of reasons. Music all day? Perfect. Involved in community events? Love it. Wear whatever she wants to work? How about a pink jumpsuit today. And hey, they even encourage Facebook use. She joined Lake 96.1 in May of 2012 and has already picked up the nicknames of MJ, Big Mel, Hot Sauce, and a few we better keep to ourselves. The owner Tom is still shocked she keeps coming back. And uses the joke regularly.
John Tesh, On-Air Personality weekdays 7pm-12am
With an impressive career that spans more than 25 years, John Tesh is known worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment and broadcasting industries. After 10 years as co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” he surprised many by leaving the highly visible position to pursue his career as a fulltime musician. For generations music and media have gone hand in hand and Tesh has conquered both brilliantly through numerous media, music and creative formats, as one of the most successful syndicated radio show hosts in the country with Intelligence For Your Life Radio: With Your Host John Tesh, his new musical endeavor, ALIVE music&dance and even a new book.
This six-time Emmy winning radio and television host and Grammy nominated musician offers up his ‘on-the-air’ brand of life-coaching with new DVD & CD projects and his second book, Intelligence for Your Life: Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth.
In his book, Intelligence for Your Life (Thomas Nelson, Inc.), Tesh uplifts and inspires readers to find the deepest desires of their hearts, create a plan for pursuing their dreams, overcome crippling fears and inspire those around them.
Jim McClure, On-Air Personality Saturday at the 70's
Ted Pankau, News Director
Ted grew up in Park Ridge, IL and attended Maine South High School and the University of St. Francis. Though he was not a Broadcasting major, his interest in broadcasting was sparked when he worked for his college radio and TV stations. There he spearheaded the college’s first live telecast of a basketball game. Ted’s work in marketing/promotion includes positions with NBC-TV, Channel 5 in Chicago; Norwood Park Home in Chicago, and Primex in Lake Geneva, WI.
In 1990, Ted was hired as the Director of the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, a position he still holds today. The Water Safety Patrol (www.watersafetypatrol.org ) is a private, non-profit organization with 85 employees and a fleet of 6 fully-equipped rescue boats.
Ted joined WLKG from the very first day of operation in 1994, and has been with the station ever since. He resides in the Lake Geneva area with his wife of 25 years, Mary Jo, and their 5 children (ages 10 to 21).
Mike Coolidge, Sports Director and Sports Jam
Mike grew up in Lake Geneva, went to Badger High School and college at UW-Whitewater... a definite "hometown boy!" He's always been interested in sports and radio and started his professional career at WMIR Radio in Lake Geneva... then began at WLKG when the station signed on in 1994.
Mike has been fortunate to be able to cover local sports along with play-by-lay of high school games, football and basketball, for 30 years. He has been a host of Sports Jam since 1994 and loves talking sports with Bill, John and Jerry!
Mike and his wife Colette live in Lake Geneva and have four children.
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