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Meet the Staff

John Leonard 

General Manager & Sales Manager 

john@kggfradio.com

John grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. but has been in the Kansas and Oklahoma area for nearly 40 years.  He began his radio career when he began working at the campus radio station in 1974 while in college at the University of Dayton.  Since that time he has worked at radio stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  His experience includes everything from on-air, programming, operations and sales.  He has been at the Coffeyville radio stations for the better part of 22 years.  As General Manager of KGGF-AM/FM, KUSN-FM and KQQF-FM he is responsible for all aspects of the station's operations, concentrating on sales growth.  John is active in the community serving on the Boards of Safehouse, the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, as well as past Chairman of the Chamber Board and the Coffeyville Rotary Club and has served as past-president of that organization.  In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.  John and his wife Sue have 5 children combined and 10 grandchildren.   

Dawn Vieregge

Traffic Director/Office Manager 

traffic@kggfradio.com

 

Dawn joined the KGGF family on February 8th, 2021.  She spent part of her younger years in Hiawatha, Kansas before finishing her schooling in Mesquite, Texas.   She moved to central Oklahoma in 2006 with her husband, where they finished raising their 4 kids.  They now have 7 grandchildren…the joys of their lives.  They bought their retirement home in Bartlesville in 2020 and have enjoyed living in green country more than they expected.  Dawn recently lost her husband suddenly to a heart disease they were not aware of and sleep apnea, and would love to become an advocate to help others stay on top of their health. 

Dawn has a background in marketing, sales, accounting, project management, and customer service, all of which will be very useful as our new traffic coordinator/office manager.  She enjoys people in general and is sure to visit with you when you come in the office.  Dawn believes that music heals everything, so working here is a true blessing.           

 

 

 



Denise Gates 

Business and Traffic Manager

denise@kggfradio.com 

Denise has been with KGGF for 14 years serving as the Business and Traffic Manager.  She is in charge of scheduling commercials, doing radio logs, and scheduling ballgames for all four of our stations. Most generally you will talk to her when calling the station.

Graduating from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Denise went on to Coffeyville Community College.  While there she obtained an Associate of Arts Degree and went on to Pittsburg State University.  Denise has served on the USD#445 Board of Education for over 20-years.  She is also active in her church.   Denise lost her husband to Pancreatic Cancer in 2012.

Her children are her life.  Besides work and her children, Denise enjoys KU Basketball and Royals Baseball.  Rock Chalk and Go Royals!

Stefanie Brees 

 

Production Director and On-Air Host

 

production@kggfradio.com

 

Stef joined the KGGF family in October of 2019. She's in charge of writing and producing the commercials you hear on all the stations. Plus, she's the host of 104.1 KGGF FM's Request show, "Remember When...?" each weekday from 11 to 1, playing all those great songs from the late '60s through the mid-'80s! Stefanie has been in radio since 1984 and absolutely loves the creativity radio can bring. She's been on the air in Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma and now settled in Coffeyville, Stef and her husband, Kelley, along with their two huge Bouvier Des Flandres dogs Tristan and Maggie, have found southeast Kansas extremely warm and welcoming. Movies, music and reality TV are her passions, as well as attending and performing live theatre.

Penny Coy

 

Sales Executive

 

penny@kggfradio.com

 

Penny, a die-hard Denver Broncos fan originates from Western Colorado. She currently lives in Caney with her husband and four-legged fur baby, Elle. Penny is a marketing and advertising professional with over 35 years of experience under her belt. Straightforward and integrity-driven, her goal is to provide the tools necessary for businesses to thrive and succeed in any economy.

Penny is a proud mother of two daughters, Amber and Sarah. Amber is the Assistant Principal at the Fort Scott High School and Sarah is a Clinical Addiction Counselor in Pittsburg.  Her children have blessed her with seven wonderful grandchildren.  Penny is very passionate about saving any and all animals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, attending concerts and road trips!

Gayle Medow

 

Sales Executive 

 

gayle@kggfradio.com

 

Gayle Medow joined the KGGF family, September 30, 2019.   She grew up in Neodesha, Kansas; attended college in Emporia, Kansas; then followed her parents to Boulder, Colorado. In Colorado, she was a representative for a number of apparel and gift manufacturers, traveling and working with retail stores throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah.  She remained in that business until she and her husband decided to downsize and move to Independence where her sister lives.  After a few years, she started working for the Good News Paper selling advertising. After a number of months came to KGGF.  She has a daughter and brother in Colorado and a grandson that now lives in Independence.  Her favorite things to do are hiking in the mountains, bike riding, pilates, watching movies old and new, plus cook and try new recipes.

 

 

 

Matt Jordan

Sports Director

matt@kggfradio.com

 

Matt is from Adair, Oklahoma and attended Adair High School where he was involved in FFA. He attended Rogers State University and worked three years for the athletic department and hosted a Sports Talk show on the college's radio station for three years as well. Matt's official job title is Assistant News Director/Sports Director, but he is the utility player for the station and does pretty much whatever Kaleb or John tell him to. Matt is the voice of the Nado football team and boys and girls basketball teams. He is a huge sports fan, he hates peanut butter and will argue about almost anything with anybody.

 

 

James Copeland

KGGF AM Host and Engineering

james@kggfradio.com

 

James was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He’s been in broadcasting since age 14 when he built a low-power AM and FM radio station in the corner of his bedroom. During high school, James helped out at the local UHF TV station in Wichita doing everything from directing to hosting his own shows. James is a proud Wildcat and was program director and operations manager of the student station at Kansas State University where he studied journalism. During college he also worked at commercial stations in Manhattan and Abilene, Kansas. After graduation, James did the logical thing and fixed up a 1975 Winnebago with help from his parents and traveled the country. He ended up in the middle of the desert in Parker, Arizona where he lived in front of a radio station for a while. James then drove to Arkansas and started working at and living on top of a decommissioned Titan II missile silo turned AirBnb and event center and also gave tours of the USS Razorback, a WWII submarine in Little Rock. In his spare time James enjoys the hobby of amateur radio and loves talking with people around the world on his own station. He also enjoys traveling and visiting his family’s tree farm in northern Minnesota which was recently recognized as a 2022 Century Farm. James shares his Winnebago with a Shiba Inu named Ash.

Brian Kline

Assisted News Director

brian@kggfradio.com

Brian grew up on a family dairy farm in-between Independence and Sedan. Every evening while milking cows he and his dad would listen to the Royals on Radio on KGGF 690. He dreamed of playing shortstop as well as Freddie Patek did. He spent most of his adult life in sales, selling everything from newspaper ads to hot tubs, Kirby vacuums, cell phones, to new and used cars for almost 10 years. He also managed 150 reps and 7 supervisors in an outbound telemarketing center for over 7 years, but he has always had an interest in radio and local politics. Hosting a couple of call in shows for the businesses that he worked for at the time got his feet wet and he also did play-by-play for the ICC Pirates on the radio. He also was the Public Address Announcer for ICC football games as well. His dad, Bob Kline was very involved in local politics; he served as Chautauqua Co. Farm Bureau County President nearly all of his adult life and went on to serve on the State Board at Farm Bureau, and before he passed he was the County Appraiser for Montgomery County. His grandfather Glen Aiken was a Chautauqua County Commissioner for many years.  They passed their love of civics on to Brian who has served 3 terms as Republican Precinct Committeeman in Chautauqua County. “I always loved listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio” and he hoped someday he would have a chance to show his love for his County, State and Country by making a difference by asking questions and holding those we elect accountable and to keep making this country better place. He is very excited and grateful to have a chance to do what loves and get paid for it.  In his spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife. They’ve been together for more than 22 years.  Their 5 grandkids are one of the greatest blessings to Brian and Donna.

 

Evan Fahrbach

Sports Director

evan@bartlesvilleradio.com

 

Evan Fahrbach was born and raised in Kansas. Evan grew up in Wichita and fell in love with sports while going to Wichita State basketball and baseball games with his parents and friends. After realizing, at a young age, that he probably wasn’t going to make the big-bucks being able to play sports professionally, Evan started focusing on radio play-by-play. That led him to Oklahoma State where he graduated in four years with a degree in Sports Media. Evan is a big Chiefs and Royals fan and is excited to be broadcasting back in the state of Kansas. 

Tina Romine

Promotions Director & Executive Assistant

tina@kggfradio.com

Tina Romine is a native of Coffeyville. She is married to Jeremy, they have 2 wonderful children; Kolby & Kenna. Her hobbies include; cake decorating, anything to do with the beach and making crafts. She loves spending time with her family and volunteering for local events. She fell in love with graphic design while working for Prestige Cabinets, where she worked for 10 years before the company was bought out and disbanded. 

 

 

 

 

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