Here are bios and comments from some of the ex-KZEW employees. There were well over a hundred ZOO-Staffers over the years, so we have many more to come...

  • Ira Lipson

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    Title: 
    Founding Zoologist & program director
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1978

    I was originally hired as the program director of WFAA AM in Dallas but lusted after their FM frequency - 97.9. I had been PD at album rock WWWW in Detroit, working with General Manager John Dew, who moved to Dallas and brought me on board to be PD here. John finally convinced the board of directors that we should change the format of automated beautiful music WFAA-FM to a new album rock format.

  • Mark Christopher

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    Title: 
    Air Staff and later, Program Director
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1980

    Everyone,

    Happy 35th. I am humbled to be included in a list of people that were and are the Zoo. Ira has a wonderful 'eye' for talent... in my case I don't feel I ever was in the same league as the people that formally worked at the ZOO. I really admire what everyone did then and what everyone has gone on to do. It's an amazing group of people.

  • Gary Shaw

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    Title: 
    6:00PM-10:00 PM DJ
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1977

    In 1972, I was working at a suburban Detroit radio station (WCAR), when I was interviewed by WRIF-FM in Motown to replace legendary DJ Pat St. John, who was moving to WPLJ-FM in New York City. The interview was good, and I was hired to do 7-midnight there. The official date for me to begin was set for two weeks from that day. But destiny had something very different in mind.

  • John Dew

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    Title: 
    General Manager
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1976
  • Jon Dillon

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    Title: 
    Air Staff
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1987
  • Laurel Ornish

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    Title: 
    News Staff
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1974

    Laurel Ornish (first newscaster for station in 1973; first in market to "banter" with jock,) When the ZOO was created, Laurel was hired to be the station’s first morning-drive news anchor. "KZEW presented "alternative" news stories instead of standard rip-and-read," according to Laurel Ornish. With its joint News department with sister WFAA-AM, she also contributed stories as a reporter to both stations.

  • Mark Addy

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    Title: 
    Air Staff
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1976

    Hey Zoo Dudes,
    Miss you all and all the fun we had. Remember those inspirational "lunch breaks"? How about all the in-studio interviews? The live shows at January Sound? The Cotton Bowl Series? (the first one, we provided our own security, "Freddie King is my uncle, man"). The rock stars that stopped by for a meet and greet. I even answered the phone for Mike Taylor one time, and John Lennon was on the other end. I think that's one of the very few times I was speechless. He was my favorite Beatle.

  • Michael Brown

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    Title: 
    Air Staff
    Tenure: 
    1976 - 1981
  • Mike Taylor

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    Title: 
    Air Staff
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1975
  • Ken Rundel

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    Title: 
    Air Staff
    Tenure: 
    1973 - 1976

    Shortly after Ira left W-4 in Detroit and joined John Dew in Dallas, he called W-4 DJ's Mark Addy and Gary Shaw, trying to convince them to move to Dallas to be on the proposed "Zoo." I was PD at W-4 after Ira left. Mark and Gary told Ira they wouldn't come unless I did, too. So he asked me and I accepted.