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The Essentials

Call Letters: WZPL
Frequency: 99.5fm
City of License: Greenfield
Metro(s): Indianapolis
Power: 12,500 watts @ 991 feet (AUX: 47,000 watts @ 479 feet) (Class B)
Format: Hot AC
Address: 9245 N. Meridian St., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46260-1835
Phone: 317.816.4000
Ownership: Entercom Communications Corp.
Network Affiliation(s): Premiere Radio Networks (Seacrest)
Web Presence: http://www.z995.com

Station Personnel

Current

VP/Market Manager: Jenny Skjodt
Director of Engineering: Alex Keddie
Chief Engineer: Mike Rabey
Director of Sales: Ben Hoffman
NSM: Tahlia Dunn
OM/PD: JR Ammons (November 15, 2010 - Current) (From PD at WSTR in Atlanta, Georgia)
APD: Hunter (Also Imaging Director/Nights)
MD: Nikki Reed (May 2013 - Current)
Production Director: Greg Browning (June 1, 2002 - Current)
Imaging Director: Hunter (Also APD/Nights)
Director of Marketing and Promotions: Sheri Acquisto
Promotions Director: Jeff Kuhn
Mornings: Dave Smiley (May 13, 2002 - Current) (5am - 10am) (From mornings at KZON in Phoenix, Arizona)
Mornings: KJ (Co-Host) (5am - 10am)
Mornings: Brian Moore (Producer) (5am - 10am)
Mornings: Chris Vansickle (Assistant Producer) (5am - 10am)
Middays: Deacon (10am - 3pm)
Afternoons: Nikki (3pm - 7pm)
Nights: Hunter (7pm - 10pm)
Weekends: "American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest" (Sunday 8pm - 12am)

Former

WSMJ-FM

GM: Katie Fordice
GM: Roy Whitton
Chief Engineer: Curt Steele
Chief Engineer: Ernest Wells
PD: Larry Lannan
PD: Louise Wilson
News Director: Tom Ewing
News Director: Bill Shoemaker
Promotions Director: Robert McDavitt

WWFM-FM

WIKS-FM

GM: William S. Powell
Chief Engineer: Curt Steele
PD: James Owen
PD: Michael Hedges
MD: Fred Moore
News Director: Bob White

WZPL-FM

VP/Market Manager: Tim Medland (1990 - 2004)
VP/Market Manager: Phil Hoover (From Market Manager at Entercom's New Orleans, Louisiana stations) (Retired)
GM: Roger Ingram (Now Station Manager at KHAT(AM), KIMX-FM, KRQU-FM, and KUSZ-FM in Laramie, Wyoming)
Chief Engineer: Don Payne (Deceased 12 December 2010)
Director of Sales: Steve Hartley (Formerly GSM) (Now of radio)
NSM: Emily Nunley-Gillespie (Now an Account Executive for WZPL)
GSM: Scott Rogers (November 2004 - ?)
OM: Kim Hurst
OM/PD: Scott Sands (OM: February 2004 - ?; PD: October 1999 - ?) (From PD at KFMB in San Diego, California) (Now PD of WSPD(AM) and WIOT-FM in Toledo, Ohio)
PD: Don London (1989 - 1993) (Now OM at WNVZ, WPTE, WVKL and WWDE in Norfolk, Virginia)
PD: Gary Hoffman (Now out of radio)
PD: Tom Gjerdrum (? - October 1999) (Now OM for Backyard Broadcasting's Sioux Falls, South Dakota cluster, as well as mornings on KELO-FM as "Tom Mitchell")
PD/MD: Scott Wheeler (Now weekends at WYXB)
APD/MD: Garett Michaels (October 1990 - June 1993) (Now PD at KNDD in Seattle, Washington)
APD: Paul Kenny ("John Trout") (Now a meteorologist at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland)
APD: Kari Johll (July 2002 - ?; Assistant Director for Programming & Promotions: September 1, 2001 - July 2002; Programming & Promotions Coordinator: August 2000 - August 31, 2001)
MD: Dave Decker (Now weekends on the Air-1 radio network.)
News Director: Ann Craig (1988 - 1991)
News Director: Julie Patterson
Director of Imaging: A.J. (August 2003 - August 2005) (From Director of Imaging at Entercom stations in Indianapolis.) (Now Imaging Director at KDWB in Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Production Director: Tim Cramer (1995 - June 2002) (Now out of radio)
Production Director: Johnny George (1986 - June 4, 1993)
Promotions Director: Kay Feeney-Caito (? - July 1993)
Promotions Director: Jeff Graves (? - July 1999) (Now with the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway, as Director of Special Events)
Promotions Director: Tami Muhn-Wellbaum (Now out of radio)
Promotions Director: Toni Williams
Assistant Promotions Director: Melissa Abriani
Remote Coordinator/Promotions Assistant: Shane Williams (? - October 2000) (Now doing sales)
Mornings: Ann Craig (1988 - 1991)
Mornings: Jonathan Doll
Mornings: Carlos Diaz
Mornings: Steve King and Julie Patterson (5am - 9am) (? - February 13, 2002) (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Mark Vanness (Now out of radio)
Mornings: Melissa Bricker (August 2002 - ?) (Now out of radio)
Middays: Crystal McKenzie (1990 - 1995) (Most recently morning co-host and news anchor at WTDY(AM) in Madison, Wisconsin)
Middays: Ryan Seacrest ("On-Air with Ryan Seacrest") (10am - 2pm) (Syndicated via Premiere Radio Networks)
Early Afternoons: Dave Decker (1pm - 4pm) (Now weekends on the Air-1 radio network.)
Afternoons: "Hunter" (4pm - 7pm)
Afternoons: Paul Kenny ("John Trout") (Now a meteorologist at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Maryland)
Afternoons: Kelly McKay (3pm - 7pm)
Afternoons: Jason Hammer (3pm - 7pm) (Producer)
Nights: Rob Blair (Now with KCBA-TV in Monterey, California)
Nights: Jason Addams (? - September 1998) (Now program coordinator for the NASH country music brand, based in Nashville, Tennessee.)
Nights: Ted Striker (7pm - 12am) (November 1998 - June 2000) (From morning show producer at KBKS in Seattle, Washington) (Now weeeknds at KBKS in Seattle, Washington)
Nights: Jason Burns ("Buzz Craven") (7pm - 12am) (October 2, 2000 - October 3, 2001)
Nights: Greg Browning (7pm - 10pm) (? - December 2002)
Nights: Kim Iverson ("Your Time with Kim Iverson") (10pm - 12am) (Syndicated; Iverson is based at Entercom sister station KAMX in Austin, Texas.)
Overnights: Dan Andrews (12am - 5am) (? - August 15, 2000) (Now MD/nights at WLRW in Champaign, Illinois)
Overnights: John Mills (12am - 5am) (September 2000 - ?) (From weekends at WHHH) (Now at Metro Traffic Networks in Indianapolis)
Weekends: Scott Baker
Weekends: Marci Beeks
Weekends: Tom Berg (And mornings at WKVI(AM)/WKVI-FM)
Weekends: Mike Cruise
Weekends: Casey Daniels
Weekends: Jason Hammer
Weekends: Craig Hixon
Weekends: Matt Luecking (August 1, 2005 - Current)
Weekends: Chaszney Lynn
Weekends: Jules McGivern
Weekends: Taylor Scott
Weekends: Scott Styles
Weekends: "BackTraxx USA 90's with Kid Kelly" (Sunday 8am - 10am)
Weekends: "Fox All Access with Chris Leary" (Sunday 10pm - 12am)
R.J. Miles

Station History

99.5fm signed on June 1, 1962.

WSMJ-FM

Owned by Heftel Broadcasting Corp. with studios located at 1634 W. Main St., Greenfield, IN 46140 and also (later? earlier?) at 640 W. 9th Street, Greenfield, IN 46140 (Telephone: 317.462.5511). WSMJ was unique among FM stations in that it used a seperate horizontal and vertical transmission system, each fed by an RCA 10kw transmitter. In the late 1970's, the transmitter site was moved to the old WISH-TV (Channel 8) tower on the east side of Indianapolis.

WWFM-FM

WIKS-FM

Owned by Heftel Broadcasting Corp. with studios at 1634 W. Main St. Greenfield, IN 46140 (Telephone: 317.924.9457). Dance format. As WIKS, they were "Kiss 99."

WZPL-FM

Booth American Co. bought WZPL in 1986, and had studios for WZPL at 3500 DePauw Blvd., Suite 1060, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1174 (Telephone: 317.899.9999) MyStar Communications Corp. sold WZPL, along with all its other stations in April 2004 for $73.5 million.

For Further Reading...

Kukolla, Steve. "Unplugged Hoopla." Indianapolis Business Journal July 12 - July 18, 1993. Page 11A.
Kukolla, Steve. "WKLR lands ex-ZPL production chief." Indianapolis Business Journal July 26 - August 1, 1993. Page 10A.
Allan, Marc D. "Pair leave WZPL for rival WENS." The Indianapolis Star. 14 February 2002. Page A2.


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