Morning Show Co-Host and 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.
Morning Show Co-Host and Assignment 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 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
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.