Staff Bios

Staff Bios



Cindy Daigneault
General 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.

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Sara Snyder
Traffic 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 second 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 8 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.

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Linda Thayer
Advertising Consultant

Born to Gypsies of the theatre, Linda credits most of her early knowledge to her cousin Mark Bresler, a beloved international corporate leader and scouting enthusiast. She couldn’t escape Ohio fast enough! In the early years, Linda managed over 70 shows all across the country with stars like Joan Fontaine, Myrna Loy, and a lot of other old stars no one has heard of anymore… and eventually landed in Hollywood (and Joshua Tree 25 years ago) working with the Roseanne show, Bad Santa, Six Feet Under, True Blood and a lot of other unnecessary shows and projects. In between the film and television shenanigans, Linda is most proud of her work for both Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake City, making giant whimsical structures and herding volunteers, admittedly all of it oddly rewarding. Once she caught on to radio through Gary’s ROP class, she knew her next mission… no longer willing to leave the beauty of the Hi Desert, Linda now sells image and air space for Z107.7.

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Gary Daigneault
News Director

Gary Daigneault (News/Program Director) 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.

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Tami Roleff
Managing News Editor

Tami is a transplanted Mid-Westerner who moved to California thanks to her husband Keith and the Marine Corps. They’ve lived and traveled all over the world. During Keith’s 20 years in the Marines they were stationed in Quantico, Virginia; North Carolina; Okinawa, Japan; and San Diego, before finally settling in Yucca Valley. Although Tami sometimes misses the green trees and 10,000 lakes of Minnesota, she doesn’t miss the winters, humidity, or the mosquitoes, and has grown to enjoy living in the desert.

Tami’s degree in English has helped her with her work in the fields of journalism and book editing. During one of Keith’s deployments to Iraq, Tami took Gary’s ROP Broadcasting Occupations class and was hired as a reporter in 2007. She became managing editor in 2011, and won her first Golden Mic award that year by the Radio and Television News Association for her story on a man who was lost in the desert for nine days–and survived. Under Tami, Z107.7 was also an RTNA finalist in 2014 for Best Radio Newscast (Division B).

Tami spends her “free” time with her golden retrievers and enjoys taking photos of anything and everything. Thanks to her vocation and avocation, she’s traveled to places she probably wouldn’t have, seen things she might not have noticed, and has met people who have enriched her life.

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Mike Lipsitz

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.

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Rebecca Havely
Weekend News Reporter

Rebecca Havely joined the Z107.77 team in 2014 as an assignment reporter, focusing on entertainment news. She also does our weekend news reports.  She grew up in Michigan where she attended The Center for the Arts. In New York City she graduated from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy.  She moved to Twentynine Palms in 2006. She’s performed and directed at all the high desert community theaters and is the founder of the Yucca Valley community theatre troupe, The St. Joseph’s Players.

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David Haldane

David Haldane’s career in journalism has spanned more than four decades, beginning as an underground reporter for the Berkeley BARB and culminating in twenty-three years as a Los Angeles Times staff writer. Currently he lives with his wife and young son in Joshua Tree, California, where, in addition to doing news and features for Z1077, he writes magazine articles and books. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orange Coast, Islands, Penthouse and Salon. Haldane’s memoir, Nazis & Nudists, was published last year by Black Rose Writing.

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