Jason Taylor has been in radio for over 20 years, and 17 of those years have been spent right here in Texoma! In fact, many folks have literally listened to him grow up on the radio.....they've been with him as he married his wife Lisa, as well as the raising of his three daughters. (Notice the gray hair, and receeding hairline.) His love for the Texomaland area stems from the generosity shown year after year, whether it's the annual Katy Country food drive, or the annual Katy Country toy drive, the response is overwhelming. "There is no better place to raise a family than Texoma. And having lived all over the country as a kid, I know what I'm talking about." Amen to that Jason! Of all of Jason's other passions, he is the "self-professed" biggest Dallas Cowboys fan on the planet. "Yep. I'm PAINFULLY devoted. If Jerry Jones would only listen to me, we'd be World Champs every year!" Um, yeah. Just keep playin' the hits, Jason. Just keep playin' the hits.
Penny Mitchell grew up being utterly and completely enamored of radio BUT decided to go into nursing upon graduating from high school. The thought of going into radio never even remotely crossed her mind: She grew up never hearing a woman on the air, ever, in any capacity. In nursing school at Colorado State University/Pueblo she heard the new morning person at KILO FM and it was…a woman. And lo, the world suddenly had one less nurse and one more radio person. Penny's parents never quite got over that. Penny's first ever radio job was at a country station in Pueblo as the worst overnight jock in the universe. She has gratefully spent the majority of her almost-30 years in radio working with country music, which possesses the nicest artists and BEST listeners!
Zac was born just a few miles away from the Katy Country studios right here in Sherman and has lived his entire life in Texoma. He has always been interested in music and radio since he was a little boy. You can ask his parents, he would record songs on his radio and play them back as if he were doing his own radio show. At the age of 14, he would help
out at a local non-commercial radio station in Callisburg, TX and would host the school's Wildcat Hour while he was still in high school. He is a familiar voice to Texoma as he has been working at radio stations in Ardmore, OK for the past 6 years. Zac is very excited to be back on the side of the Red River as host of the Katy Country Afternoon Show. He is
married to his beautiful wife Jenny (we don't know how he pulled that off) and currently has one son, who is his exact clone. Seriously. He is active in his church in Whitesboro, TX, loves chips & salsa, playing drums, and going out to Lake Texoma while cranking up some good ole' country music. His other hobbies include giving his wife a hard time, irritating his brother and sister, and he is a huge sports fan. GO Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, and Mavericks!!
Tad Svendsenhas been captivated by radio since receiving his first portable for Christmas as a child. He says it's the first (and still the best) mobile communications device. He's fastened radios to his bicycle handlebars, strung antennas through trees, and broken more radios than most people will ever own. Tad began broadcasting while still a teen at a country station in South Dakota. He's gone on to play all kinds of music at stations across the nation, but he always comes home to Country music. It's his job to make all of the show just as entertaining as the music he plays. Tad's been known to spend too much money on cars and not enough on haircuts. He enjoys looking after the family farmland each summer. Tad is single but hasn't yet given up. He lives with his border collie Grady and just about every gadget he can find. He usually has two or three radios all playing at once, and he's still looking for the best way to attach one to his handlebars.
Jeff became an instant country music fan at the age of 16, when a friend played him a Waylon Jennings album. "Prior to that, I assumed that country was about people who lived a lifestyle completely foreign to me -- that we had nothing in common. Was I ever wrong! Country is about real people with real feelings and experiences similar to what mine were growing up. Now that I'm an adult with my own family, it's truer than ever". When Jeff began working in country music radio and had the opportunity to meet and speak with country stars first hand, he was even more pleasantly surprised by how relatable and friendly they are when not on stage performing. "Plus, I can actually understand the words when they sing. Rock and pop fans can't always say the same. Which may be just as well!"
Rick Morgan has always been a morning person so this job is perfect for him. In fact, he credits it with keeping his marriage together for 26 years. His wife says if he was at the breakfast table everyday she’d been out of there long ago. His daughters will second that. The boy does like to talk! He started waking people up on the radio years ago when he realized that he didn’t have to sweat. And now ‘Morgan in the Morning’ enjoys misbehaving with his listeners on a daily basis. “The free coffee and internet ain’t bad either”, he says.