Staff Bios

Cindy Daigneault
General Manager
Sales Manager

A Midwestern born and corn fed gal, Cindy (affectionately known as Atilla the Hunny by her staff) moved to California seeking not fame, but warmer weather. As a broadcast graduate of Brown Institute she started her radio career in the Midwest before escaping the sub zero temps and fleeing to California. She moved across country alone pulling a uhaul and only her Siamese cat for company, landing on the Coast in Ventura.

Lucky in love, she met her husband Gary working at a radio station in “the Valley”. Shortly after that they moved to the Hi Desert (Cindy said those corn stalks look funny upon seeing her first cactus).

After 10 years at another station Cindy and Gary built KCDZ which they’ve been running since 1989. Active in many non profits locally, Cindy has recently started performing in Community Theatre. So now she doesn’t just sing and dance for her advertising clients! She’s also turned her avocations of travel and photography into vocations. In her “Spare” time she’s a travel agent and has had four feature gallery shows of her Fine Art Photography.

Gary Daigneault
Morning Show Co-Host
Program Director

Gary Daigneault has been “The Voice of the Morongo Basin” since he showed up in the Morongo Basin in 1979 in a beat-up old Datsun and a brand-new new wife (He has a new car but still has the same wife, he likes her).

Gary Daigneault has co-hosted morning shows on local radio for the past 39 years, 27 years at Z107.7.

As a broadcast journalist, he is one of the most highly decorated reporters in the state, with numerous awards and citations from the Associated Press, National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio-Television News Association, and Radio Inc. magazine. A highlight of his career came in 2010 when he was inducted into the Associated Press Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement recognized by the U.S. Congress.

Gary is also heavily involved in local theater. He has directed 17 musicals in the past 16 years at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. He was named “Best Director-Musical” by the Desert Theater League for his 2013 production of “Gypsy.”

Daigneault taught ROP Broadcasting classes for 27 years, retiring from Morongo Unified School District in 2016.

Gary and Cindy, herself an accomplished actress, singer, and photographer, live in Twentynine Palms, they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Active in Community service, Daigneault is a founding member and current President of the Theatre 29 Board, 4 term Past-President of Yucca Valley Rotary Clubs, Past-President of the Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree Chambers of Commerce, and vice-president of the Yucca Valley Chamber. He spent 8 years as the Chairman of the Joshua Tree National Park Commission.

Andrew Dieleman
News Director

Andrew Dieleman has worked for Z107.7 since 2017 and has lived in the Morongo Basin since he was five years old. He graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2008 with a California Merit Seal before transferring to Copper Mountain College. There, he graduated with honors with two Associate’s degrees: one in Liberal Arts with emphasis on Mathematics and Science, and one in Communications. Andrew attended California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) from 2014-2017, graduating Magna Cum Laude with two Bachelor’s degrees: one Communications: Media Studies degree and one Communications Public Relations degree.

Andrew Started with Z107.7 as an intern through CSUSB, earning college credits as a production assistant. He then moved on to work as a news reporter, weekend on-air personality, advertisement voice, and weekend news anchor. Andrew became the News Director of Z107.7 in 2021.

When Andrew is not working, he likes to take part in any number of random and eclectic hobbies like scouring thrift stores; restoring vintage tools; watching cheezie action movies and reruns of old shows from Disney, Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon (He’s a 90’s kid after all); and spending time with his amazing family, friends, and dog Buddy.

Cassidy Taylor
Morning Show Co-Host
Reporter

Cassidy Taylor was born and raised in the Morongo Basin. A graduate of Twentynine Palms High School and Gary Daigneault’s ROP Broadcasting class, she started working at Z107.7 as a weekend DJ and assignment reporter in 2013 and stayed there until going to college in 2015.

In college, Cassidy worked with the campus radio station, KLJX-LP, Flagstaff (KJACK), and the television news station, NAZ Today, while also working part-time for other local radio stations in Flagstaff, Arizona. She was only a little bit busy, but it paid off with three awards from the Broadcast Education Association. In 2019, Cassidy graduated with a degree in Creative Media and Film from Northern Arizona University while serving as Station Manager for KJACK Radio and a director and Production Manager for NAZ Today.

Today, Cassidy is back home in the Morongo Basin and can be heard every weekday morning with Gary Daigneault on the Z107.7 Morning Show helping residents wake up with a smile or a laugh, or both – depending on the day! When she isn’t cracking truly terrible and cheesy jokes on air, she’s reporting local news for the Z107.7 news team.

In her off-hours, she can be found with her pups, Leia and Kyla. She has tried to start a garden more than five times and loves the desert, and especially, this desert community. Her biggest life passion, though, is radio.

Cody Joseph
Middays
Operations Manager

Cody is a desert native.  Born in Palm Springs and raised here in the Morongo Basin, Cody has been around the radio business his entire life.  As the young stud on the staff, you’d expect him to be a bit of a computer geek.  Well, he did get his degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering.  And like the guys on The Big Bang Theory, he does play RPG’s like D&D and has an impressive collection of Warhammer 40000 miniatures!

We can always count on Cody for our daily dose of what’s happening on TMZ and other “snark”.  On air since 2009 full time, Cody is also head of Operations and serves as the Companies’ Business Manager.  Hey, we said he was a bit of a geek!  Bazinga!

In his spare time besides playing those geeky games, he’s President of the local Business Network International local chapter and he’s active in community theatre! Yes, he actually CAN sing and dance.

Ernest “Sparky” Figueroa
Evenings
Production

Ernest “Sparky” Figueroa is a director, actor, producer and playwright with thirty years’ experience in professional theatre, educational theatre, film, television, radio and arts event management. He has worked on the artistic and administrative staffs of the Pasadena Playhouse, the Sacramento Theatre Company, and the Groundling Theatre, just to name a few.

In addition to being a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, he is a Founder and has served on the Steering Committee of Directors Lab West for the entirety of its twenty years. He is a Drama League Fellow having worked with the Roundabout Theatre in New York and served as Artistic Director of the Group Rep in North Hollywood.

Figueroa won the ’96 W.A.V.E. award for his talk show Adelante! featuring Hispanic role models. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theatre Education from McPherson College in Kansas.

Ernest served as Producer for The Madison Project at The Broad Stage for eleven years using his skills in the areas of artist coordination, contract negotiation, program selection, education supervision, production, and development to present over 900 events of the top performers in music, dance, theater and multi-media. Ernest is also a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

LaVickie Patterson
Director of First Impressions
Office Goddess
Production Assistant

LaVickie Patterson is a Marine Veteran originally from Tallahassee, FL. LaVickie exited the Marines in 2013 and went on to pursue her education in Communications Studies, earning an Associates degree at Copper Mountain College in 2018. LaVickie’s prior internship at Z107.7 and recent graduation from California State University San Bernardino with her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations has given her a great interest in broadcasting and radio. As a new staff member here at Z107.7, she expresses gratitude to the station for welcoming her on board and is honored to be a part of the team.

Sara Snyder
Office Manager
Traffic and Production Manager
Webmaster
Graphics / IT
(what the heck doesn’t she do here?!)

Yep, that’s a lot of titles. We like to think of Sara as the “glue” that holds us all together. We’re a real close knit family run business and Sara is the big sister to everyone! When ever anyone has a problem you’ll hear “Sara…” emanating from that persons office (especially the not so tech worthy). This is the third website rebuild that Sara has worked on for Z107.7FM in the past 5 years (isn’t it purty?!).

Having been with the station a total of 14 years, with a few stints off to raise three beautiful children (her biggest blessing) Sara is often the person you may first talk to or see at Z107.7FM.

What you may not know about her is that she plays keyboard, loves to sketch and write… and she admits to being a “Big Bang Theory” quality geek.

Mike Lipsitz
Reporter

Mike moved to Landers from midtown Manhattan in 2004 and joined the Z107.7 News crew in 2009. Having spent the prior ten years in the entertainment industry, his return to writing and reporting was at once a welcome change and a familiar position.

As far back as high school in Memphis, Mike realized he could leverage writing and editing as a way to evade math classes. The plan worked and he carried it on into college graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism without ever taking a college level math course. During his four years in Missouri, Mike covered Town Hall and local politics for the Columbia Missourian, a city daily newspaper.

After graduation, journalism degree in hand, Mike headed for the Big Apple and a six-year stint writing copy for some of Madison Avenue’s biggest players like Saatchi & Saatchi, Compton Worldwide, and Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. He says writing collateral material for clients like IBM, Chrysler Motors Corp., and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange challenged him to translate complex ideas into marketing material their audiences would want to read. It was good experience, but lacked fun and frivolity! So peeking out from around his workstation, Mike found himself backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera, “The Met,” and getting paid for it! One thing lead to another and the next decade was spent traveling the U.S. on tour doing major shows with major stars … Mike was in charge of costumes and says, “It was crazy fun!”

After 9/11 New York wasn’t the same for Mike and he began thinking about where to relocate.  His mother suggested he go to Ft. Lauderdale to be with his “own people.”

“I didn’t know if she meant gays or Jews, but it didn’t matter,” he says. “I followed my brother’s advice instead and headed for Joshua Tree … or Landers, actually. This is where everything came together. I write news, which I love; and I volunteer throughout the year on local stage productions!”

Mike says he has fun doing all of it; something he recommends for everyone.

Heather Clisby
Reporter

Nosy by nature, Heather Clisby wisely chose journalism to justify her curiosity and eagerness to report and conclude.

After graduating in journalism from Cal State University, Long Beach, Clisby worked in a variety of communication mediums – newspapers, magazines, radio, blogs and public relations. On the eve of the Internet’s birth, she was living in San Francisco where her career veered into public relations. Thus, she earned her favorite professional title of all time, “Games and Events Gal” at shockwave.com.

Career highlights include: scoring an all-access Platinum Press Pass to the Kentucky Derby (NBC), all calories consumed as a restaurant reviewer (Long Beach Press-Telegram), hanging backstage with the Cowboy Junkies at The Tonight Show (Music Connection magazine), throwing a $100,000 Hollywood party for game designers (Burson-Marsteller), interviewing Phyllis Diller in her living room (BUST magazine), exploring Costa Rica on assignment (BlogHer.com) and Director Peter Weir wanting her opinion of his new film, “The Truman Show” during an interview (KUSF-FM, San Francisco).

Her all-time favorite editorial assignment came to her while working at the Nob Hill Gazette in San Francisco: “Get me the entire history of beards by Monday.”

Clisby also orchestrates comedy improv workshops for any brave soul – kids and adults – willing to look silly. Beyond comedy and journalism, Clisby is wildly passionate about her environment and puts in many hours as a Desert Institute volunteer.

Clisby spent a few years as an organic farmer in North Dakota, living in a trailer and blogging the experience. Fun fact: She spent 1995-1996 circumnavigating the globe with a Round-the-World ticket, exploring 12 countries in Africa and Oceania.

A native of Long Beach, California, Clisby resides with her dog, Sweetpea, in the Indian Cove home built by her grandfather in 1960. She is quite thrilled to be part of the Z107.7 family.

Keith Bailey
Weekend DJ

Keith Bailey is a Chicago native who moved west to sunny California with his lovely wife Nicole, a lieutenant in the world’s greatest Navy. Keith is a former corpsman in the Navy and who became a registered EMT after serving. In 2011 Keith made a career move from the medical field to broadcasting. He cut his teeth in the broadcasting industry by hosting and producing fallout MMA, a mixed martial arts radio broadcast that highlighted women’s mixed martial arts. Keith is a huge mixed martial arts fan, so covering this sport and interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars was a dream come true. Keith enjoys coaching youth basketball, and has coached several of his son’s teams.

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