Bakersfield Radio Stations


(Afternoon Drive 3:00p - 7:00p)

Then tell them that 24 of those years have been at the number one station in the market and theyll shake their head in amazement. Thats some track record and it belongs to KUZZs Chris Conner. Chris was born in San Mateo, California, and his carpenter father had dreams of his eldest son following in his footsteps but the rock n roll loving youngster would have none of it. His ears were on the music and his eyes on a career in the industry.

A three year hitch in the U.S. Army brought him the rank of drill sergeant in only 22 months, due in part to what Chris describes as his big, booming voice." While stationed in Korea, he took a radio correspondence course and, while serving at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, California, worked weekends at KPRL. That was followed by a slew of jobs at San Joaquin Valley stations: KVCR in Lodi; what he claims was his first real job at KONG in Visalia; KYOS in Merced, KOAD in Lemoore and, in May 1971, a move to Bakersfield to work at rock n roll station KAFY. Two years later he was the program director. He moved across town to his current position as afternoon drive personality and production director at KUZZ in 1977.

Considered the most familiar commercial voice in the Bakersfield market, Chris has won numerous creative awards for his voice and production work and was nominated as Billboard radio personality of the year in 1989.

Chris spends his off time on local links, polishing up his golf game in preparation for his next family reunion: his father and brothers all play and sister Vicky is an L.P.G.A. pro.


(All Request Show 7:00p - 12:00a)
Email Toni-Marie
Toni-Marie is a true-blue south valley farm girl. She will proudly tell anyone that will listen that she is from Tipton, California, a very small farming and dairy community about an hour north of Bakersfield. Her running joke is "Tipton's population should read more cows than people." Growing up on a dairy, it was hard not to be in the center of all things agriculture. In high school, Toni-Marie was very active in FFA -- Future Farmers of America -- showing animals and competing in public speaking competitions. She even judged dirt! She had every intention of becoming an ag. teacher until she was bitten by the radio bug in the summer of 2001. Toni-Marie started her radio career at KJUG when it was still in Tulare, and ran as far north as Merced chasing her radio dream. Then an opportunity in Bakersfield came about and she decided it was time to move back closer to home. TM says that it all finally came together when she was hired at KUZZ in the summer of '06. In her off time, Toni-Marie enjoys going back home to hang out with her family, attending Moto-X events (even if it's just her friends riding in an open field), and is a self-proclaimed "book-worm." She also enjoys all things music from all genres. It's not often that you will find her without music playing somewhere in the background.


(Mid Days 12:00p - 3:00p)
Email Tom Jordan
Toms hometown is St. Louis (a diehard Cardinal fan!), but the last time he was spotted there was in the 70s. Working in radio has brought Tom to a few cities across the country but now he is glad, actually ecstatic to call KUZZ home!

Tom and his wife Lori ran a Bed and Breakfast in Montana a few years back and realized what hard work really is, so that didn't last long! Being in radio and becoming friends with the KUZZ listeners, that's what it's all about!

Now Tom, Lori and their dog (Daisy) and cats (Kady Kinkytail, Beauty and Bridget) are here. Tom and Lori have six grown children, four boys and two girls, spread all across America.


Authenticated 1967 Print Mel Tillis Bill Denny Paul Cohen KUZZ Radio - Original Halftone Print
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2009-02-14 20:20:11 by mr_helpful

Buttonwillow interchange good stopover, after

Casa de Fruta (if you're using 152 to get from 101 to I-5). I think they keep some parts open all night. Get some goodies at the fruit stand, like dried cherries, chipotle-spiced pisachios or garlic-stuffed jumbo cocktail olives. The chocolates (incl. sugar-free ones) are good.
Then a couple of hours later, the Buttonwillow intchg. on I-5 (not actually the town of Buttonwillow, but a junction where a road that goes east to Bakersfield crosses the 5) has fast food joints & gas stations. There's also a BBQ joint & an Indian rest. with good reviews there, but I don't know if they're open all night

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