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KZY Crew

Tom Lucas

Co-host of the KZY Morning Show.

Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas is a Chicago-area native and 30 plus year radio survivor, on KZY since 1999. He has degrees in English, Psychology and Speech Communications from St. Cloud State University, and took a respite from broadcasting to teach high school English and American history. He is currently the Head Coach of the Bemidji High School Speech Team, and holds a position on the Board of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Tom says he is definitely a "morning person", as he tends to get cranky and contrary after work.


 Tom's eclectic musical tastes run from Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett , Ray Charles, plus the great song writers He lists "Good Thing Going" by Sinatra among his favorite songs, "The Verdict" and "Casablanca" among his favorite movies, and "Lancelot Link" and "Me and the Chimp" starring the Great Ted Bessel, among his favorite TV shows.


Since Tom is a Viking and Cub fan, he believes all professional sports are "dumb" and "probably rigged."


Tom spends his summers fishing , landscaping, golfing poorly, and gardening moderately.

Kev Jackson

Co-host of KZY’s Morning Show.

Kev Jackson

Program Director, producer of "Fishin' Paul Bunyan Country" and former play-by-play announcer of Bemidji High School sports.


Kev was born in San Bernadino, CA. A future as a surfer dude was dashed when his Dad decided to move back to Minnesota, where the family settled in to the tiny hamlet of Red Lake Falls.


After high school, it became apparent that he had no future in the two things he loved: athletic competition and musical performance. He thought about becoming a monk, but remembered he wasn't Catholic.


Then as he listened to the hits on WLS (at night of course), KKKL in Grand Forks, and KQWB in Fargo, he realized he could play music and talk sports for a living. So a passion for radio was born. Of course, once into broadcasting, he realized that the making a living part was dicey at best. But, we digress.


Kev attended Bemidji State University for four years, graduating in 1985 with a degree in Mass Communications. He then did some part time radio work before getting his first full time job in Roseau at KRWB, where he did sports, news, on-air "deejaying" and even sales.


While in Roseau, he met the love of his life, Nicole, and brainwashed her into marrying him. Shortly after that, Kev got the opportunity to move back to Bemidji and become the play-by-play voice of the Lumberjacks. He’s been back for 26 years.


After a dozen years of following many Lumberjack teams to exotic locales all over our great state, Kev became (and still is) the Program Director and Morning Show co-host with the legendary Tom Lucas on 95.5 KZY when it signed on in 1999. He also roams the hallways and does sports updates on all of the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting stations. He continues to serve as Program Director of The Bun (as well as the new KBUN-FM 104.5).


Kev and Nicole have three children (Jake, Kaila & Mollie) and one grandson (Sebastian).


FAVORITE MOVIE(S) OF ALL TIME: Casablanca, Groundhog Day, The Truman Show, National Treasure (if they are on... I watch 'em).

FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: So many great ones... Miracle, Field of Dreams, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh... but I gotta go with Hoosiers (Hey, I'm from Red Lake Falls – it resonates).

FAVORITE TV SHOW(S) OF ALL TIME: Andy Griffith Show, Twilight Zone (still watch the reruns)

WHAT YOU’RE WATCHING ON TV NOW: Right now? Probably a SpongeBob rerun. Actually, anything on DIY, New Tricks (Thanks BBC and Hulu), Murdoch Mysteries (Thanks CBC and Netflix), and Portlandia


Joel Hoover

Middays 10AM – 2:00PM

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Joel Hoover serves as the midday host, as well as the play-by-play announcer for Bemidji High School on the Lumberjack Radio Network.


Joel originally grew up in Amish Country, living in Paradise and Gap in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2011 and enrolled at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA later that year with a major in journalism and a minor in sport management. It was during his time at Messiah that Joel first had the chance to pursue his dream of doing play-by-play sportscasting.


In addition to hosting his own sports talk show on the campus radio station, Joel broadcasted for Messiah’s men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and national champion men’s and women’s soccer teams. His experiences included travelling to Massachusetts and New Jersey (twice) for “March Madness” Division III tournament games.


Following his graduation from Messiah in 2015, Joel packed up and moved to Bemidji to take on the opportunity to become the “Voice of the Lumberjacks” and broadcast high school sports on the radio for the community. He is excited to come to work and do what he loves, while getting to tell thrilling stories on the radio for listeners.


Soccer has long been Joel’s favorite sport, as he played competitively from age five through his senior year of high school and still plays recreationally. His claims to fame are scoring over 150 goals over his years of playing and winning the (unofficial) L-L League Golden Boot as top scorer with 15 goals his senior year of high school (though one goal is still debated in the Hoover household). Though he enjoys playing and watching soccer the most, he also likes watching a multitude of sports. He supports all of the Philadelphia sports teams (Flyers, Sixers, Phillies, and Union) minus football, where his allegiance has been with his beloved Green Bay Packers since he was four years old.


Favorite Movies (in order): Lawrence of Arabia, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Ocean’s Eleven, Saving Private Ryan

Favorite Sports Movies: Hoosiers, Chariots of Fire, Remember the Titans, Rocky, Miracle

Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Frasier, Burn Notice.

What I’m Watching Now: The Walking Dead, Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, and reruns of The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hey Arnold! and the old Mission: Impossible series.

Favorite Sports Memory: Watching my old high school soccer team, Pequea Valley, win the 2012 Pennsylvania state championship. My brothers Brandon (a senior captain and goalkeeper) and Ethan (a sophomore midfielder) were starters for the team that year. Everything about the day was a dream come to life—watching them play in front of over 1,000 fans from our tight public school community in the great Hersheypark Stadium, a game-winning goal in the second period of extra time, defeating our archrivals (who were a private school), the fire truck escort parade after, and the very fact that this was the first state title in any sport in PV’s history. I had only ever dreamed of winning a state soccer championship (and never came close), but to see my brothers, uncle (who was the coach), cousin, and many friends I had played with a few years prior do it was every bit as fulfilling and amazing.


Sam Sargent

Afternoon Drive, 2:00-6:00PM

Sam Sargent

Sam "Sarge" Sargent has been w/Paul Bunyan Broadcasting for nearly 30yrs.


 Sam is a local boy, graduating from Bemidji High School and attended Bemidji State University.


He would like his "Fans" to know he's an avid sports fan, but his passion runs deep when it comes to hockey, and in saying that, he has had two relatives play hockey professionally.


 Sam is the father of two beautiful daughters and on handsome son, grandpa to four amazing grandchildren.


 He currently resides in Cass Lake with his wife Mel, where he enjoys cook outs, concerts and family get-togethers.


Sam is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe, and serves as a board member of the Cass Lake Chamber, where he participates in many community events.


Listen to Sam on weekday afternoons from 2:00-7:00 on KZY 95.5 and Saturdays 12:00-6:00 on continuous country KB101.


Favorite Movies--anything with Al Pacino or Robert Deniro

Favorite Musicians--Blake Shelton, George Strait, Kenny Chesney

Favorite TV show---Duck Dynasty, Deadliest Catch & Keeping up with the Kardashians

Mark Anderson

(known as “Marvelous Mark Anderson” to everyone at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting.) Mark wears many hats at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and can step in whenever needed to cover an air shift.

Mark Anderson


Mark was born and raised in Effie, MN. After attending Bemidji State University, Mark took a “temporary” job with Paul Bunyan Broadcasting in 1984 that has yet to end.


 Mark lives out in the woods with his wife, two children and a menagerie of animals.


 FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME: Muppet Movie, Blues Brothers, Dr. Who.

 FAVORITE TV SHOW: No favorite … I just keep flipping channels looking…

 FAVORITE SONG: Won’t get fooled again.


Dave Brooks

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dave got his start at Bemidji State University where he graduated with a communications degree and was featured on the campus station, KBSB. He then moseyed across town where he began work at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting where he worked his way into afternoon drive on KB101! The man faces sleep depravation as he anchors the overnight portion of the yearly Radiothon to prevent child abuse! He can also be heard on KZY, especially beneath a fully-lit and rotating disco ball!

Dave Brooks Dave also spends some time helping the Lakeland Television team with their nightly newscasts behind, and occasionally in front of the camera. He has even been known to pick up a spatula in the Lakeland kitchen from time to time.


 Mr. Brooks is active in the community serving the Bemidji Jaycees and even helps the rollergirls of the Babe City Rollers. He visits the Brainerd lakes area regularly to spend time with friends and family. He loves his sports, Halloween and keeping a ninja death-grip on his inner kid. Honestly, we now KNOW there is something wrong with him.


 FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME: Can anyone with such broad interests and great taste have just one? There is a list that includes (but is not limited to) Shawshank Redemption, Back to the Future Trilogy, L.A. Story and certain sci-fi adventures featuring light sabers and pointy-eared Vulcans….

 FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME: I've been turned on to "Modern Family" and "Big Bang Theory" and am looking forward to meeting Mom on "How I Met Your Mother."

WHAT YOU’RE WATCHING ON TV NOW: Watching television while at work is counter-productive to our on-air product and distracts us from delivering our very best. Plus, they beat us if we watch TV while working. But did you know that they air Family Guy during the afternoons?

 WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO: I've square-danced in a barn to a jug band, listened to hippies rock out on a sitar, held up my lighter to McCartney, dressed formal to an opera and found myself in a mosh pit. Best concert I've ever been to though was the John Butler Trio!



Kat Nelson

Kat is a social justice warrior woman who enjoys writing poetry, singing and songwriting. She occasionally takes the stage to either sing or act for an audience, and secretly enjoys becoming a playwright once or twice a year for the Out of the Hat productions. Kat loves gardening, hiking, riding motorcycles with her boyfriend, watching horror movies and jamming out to anything 80's.


Justin Case

Justin Case

Justin was born and raised near Duluth in a small outlying community. He has been in radio for over 30 years and after graduating from Brown Institute, has worked in Brainerd, Fargo, Duluth and presently lives in Bemidji. Prior to starting his radio career, Justin obtained his private pilot's license and he grew up with the guy who would become the pilot for Aerosmith, Kiss, Ted Nugent and other celebrities. Who knew? Later, Justin gave up aviation to start training for broadcasting. He then went on to work at several stations from Fargo to Duluth and in between.


Justin enjoys riding motorcycles and watching Star Wars. In this picture, you can see he put the two together. His closest friends are colleagues in radio, Roger Houston, Owen Cash and Skip Church.



Allen Scott

Allen Scott

Allen can be heard weekends on KZY


 Allen was born and raised in Aitkin, Minnesota. “To this day, the business district still has only one intersection with stoplights. Aitkin is the home of the famous Fish House Parade.” Allen began working at his hometown radio station while a sophomore in high school. Upon graduation, he enrolled in what was then named Brown Institute to further his skills in broadcasting, enjoying work as an announcer and advertising copy writer until 1994. Allen put down his headphones to attend Bemidji State University and was active in the performing arts such as BSU Theatre, Opera Night Ensemble, Bemidji Choir, and Madrigal Dinner, graduating With Honors in 1998. Allen now calls Walker, Minnesota his home after more than a decade out on the wide open prairies of North Dakota. “I’ve come back to my first love—working in radio. My second love is enjoying the hiking trails and campsites throughout the north woods.”

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