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Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas

KZY Morning Show Host

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

Kev Jackson

Operations Manager 95.5 KZY & KZY Morning Show Co-Host

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.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.

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 since 1987.

 After a dozen years of following many Lumberjack teams to exotic locales all over our great state, Kev became (and still is) the Operations Manager 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 Operations Manager  of The Bun Sports Network and joins Joel Hoover on “High Noon” weekdays.

 Kev and Nicole have three children (Jake, Kaila & Mollie), a daughter-in-law (Ashley) & one grandson (Sebastian).

Joel Hoover

Joel Hoover

KZY Middays

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 traveling 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

Dave Brooks

Dave Brooks

Host of Saturday Night Done Right

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 deprivation as he anchors the overnight portion of the yearly Radiothon To Prevent Child Abuse!  He can also be heard on KZY fluxing his capacitor during tours to yesteryear!

Dave also spends some time helping the Lakeland Television team with their nightly newscasts behind, and occasionally in front of the camera picking up a spatula or forecast incoming weather fronts from time to time.

Mr. Brooks recently married the most lovely gal who, despite her small stature, terrifies him!  They welcomed their own little tiny bundle in the summer of 2016 and are still learning how to cope with their Big Chunk-O-Cute!  Dave has been active in the community having invested his time with the Bemidji Jaycees, officiating roller derby and mentoring in Student’s First. 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.

Larissa Donovan

Larissa Donovan

News Director

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.