“Gary Daigneault named “Cultural Contributor” by the Basin Wide Foundation June 2012″
Basin Wide Foundation
Biography for “Cultural Contributor” Gary Daigneault
You are most likely familiar with the voice of Gary Daigneault as he has co-hosted the morning show on radio stations Z107.7 and the former KD-HI here in the Hi-Desert for the past 33 years. What you may not know about him are his extensive off-the-air involvement and contributions to Morongo Basin theater, music, and the visual arts.
Daigneault has directed 13 major musicals locally in the past 12 years. They include the record-setting hits, A FUNNY THING HAPPENNED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE PRODUCERS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JEKYLL AND HYDE, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and GREASE at Theatre 29 as well as MAN OF LA MANCHA for the Hi-Desert Playhouse. He is currently in rehearsal for the musical “SEUSSICAL” at Theatre 29.
25 years before that he worked professionally as an Actor, Director, Stage Manager, and Set & Lighting Designer for; Theater-by-the-Sea in Portsmouth, Playhouse 101 in Milford and Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. He spent 11 years in Santa Barbara with Youth Theatre, Lobrero theater, Alhecama Theater, Park Theater (which he owned and operated), and many High School productions. Gary started his theatre career at the age of eight and he has been involved in over 100 productions.
As an advocate for the local arts, he created the “Z107.7 Local music Showcase”, giving local musicians an outlet for their work and an opportunity to have their music heard. As a result of the show, local musicians have gone on to bookings at the Los Angeles “House of Blues” and other outlets.
He has been an avid supporter of Action Council for 29 Palms, donating publicity and serving as the MC for almost all of the mural dedications since 1994. He continues to support local arts by giving the Morongo Basin Community Arts Commission two news broadcasts each week, has been a sponsor of the Open Studio Art Tours in October, The Chalkfest in 29 Palms, and other arts-based events throughout the region. He broadcast a benefit Radiothon to rebuild the Hi-Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree that raised some $30,000.00.
As an artist in his own right, his acrylic-on-canvas works have been featured in one-man shows at the 29 Palms Art Gallery and Copper Mountain College, and in group shows, winning awards in the Southland Art show at the 29 Palms Art Gallery and recently featured in two shows at the 29 Palms Visitor’s Center.
Daigneault is a founding member and eight term Past President of the Theatre 29 Board, 4 term Past-President of Yucca Valley Rotary Clubs, and a Past-President of the Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce. Daigneault was also the Vice-President of the Yucca Valley Chamber, Grubstake Days Chairman, in 1984 and 1985.
Behind the scenes, he spent 8 years as the Chairman of the Joshua Tree National Park Commission, mandated by the Desert Protection Act, during its transition from a Monument. He was instrumental in the creation of the annual Firefighter of the Year awards, organized a yearly Toys for Tots motorcycle run, Chaired the Yucca Valley Rotary’s Fireworks Committee for 7 years, and co-chairs the Grubstake Days Community Fair Committee.
In addition to being on the air every weekday morning from 6-10, Gary currently teaches ROP Broadcasting classes 2 periods a day at Twentynine Palms High School.
In his profession as a Radio Personality and Broadcast Journalist he is one of the most highly decorated reporters in the state. He has won numerous awards and citations from the Associated Press, National Association of Broadcasters, Radio-Television News Association, and Radio Inc. Magazine.
The highest point in his career was in 2010 when he was inducted into the Associated Press Hall of Fame, an event recognized by the U.S Congress and read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Jerry Lewis. He was honored along with Tom Brokaw, Rush Limbaugh, and Vin Scully.
Gary, who turns 61 in July, has been married to Cindy for 33 years. His daughter, Ariella Roberts, is Director of World-Wide Marketing for the Warner Brothers Corporation. Son Cody Daigneault is the Operations Manager for Morongo Basin Broadcasting Corporation. They have two grandchildren, Quentin Roberts, 10, and Ava Roberts, 4.