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John Leonard - General Manager


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 27 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 numerous Boards, 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 has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. 

James Copeland - Operations Manager


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.

Dawn Vieregge - Traffic Director/Office Manager


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 - Front Desk Coordinator 


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


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 - Account Executive


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!

Asa Sterk - Account Executive


Asa is a proud native Kansan who embodies the Midwestern values of hard work, integrity, and genuine hospitality. He graduated from Field Kindley High School and resides in Coffeyville. Asa brings a unique blend of passion for sales and a love for basketball to both his professional and personal life.





Judy Umstead - Account Executive


Judy is a seasoned advertising professional with a remarkable career spanning over four decades.  Judy is a tennis enthusiast, she finds joy and relaxation on the court, where the strategic nature of the game mirrors her approach to advertising. Interacting with people is another dimension of Judy's life that she cherishes. Her ability to connect with individuals on a personal level has not only enriched her personal relationships but has also been an asset in her professional network. Judy is a dedicated caregiver. Whether it's supporting family members, friends, or colleagues, she brings a nurturing spirit to all aspects of her life.


Chris Freund - KUSN Morning Show Host/Asst. News and Sports Director


Born in Neosho, Missouri, music has always been a big part in Chris Freund’s life.  Growing up in a musical family, Chris’ talent became obvious when he began playing the melody of the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira” on the piano at age three. 


Chris was a touring musician based out of Nashville for seven years. The last year he traveled, he played shows in twenty six states and six different countries. Chris has played for some pretty impressive country music and gospel artists, but the highlight of his musical career was when he was the lead vocalist and piano player for a Branson, Missouri show. “I got to do something that was always a dream of mine,” Chris reflects. “That was a great time. Dennis Tinsman and the rest of the Missouri Hayride came along at a time when I needed them most. I will always cherish the time I was with them.” 

In addition to being a talented musician, Chris also has a passion for songwriting.  He has had three songs recorded by three gospel groups; “Set Me Free” (The Halls), “Live a Little More Like Jesus” (The Signature Quartet & New Road) and “He’s Coming Back for Me” (The Halls, The Signature Quartet, and New Road).  Chris is  always working on original music, showcasing his Country and Americana style of writing. Songs are available now on iTunes and other digital media platforms. 

Chris has also been involved in radio for over 24 years, working on many different on-air projects. Be sure to say hello to Chris and his wife Rachel, when you see them out and about town, and be sure to follow Chris on his social media pages!

Matt Jordan - News Director


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 News 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, is a pick eater and will argue about almost anything with anybody. Also, a hot dog is NOT a sandwich.

Sheri Garris - News Director


Sheri is a native of southeast Kansas having grown up in Independence. She started her radio career at age 16 in Independence and from there moved onto Wichita State University where she majored in broadcasting. She met her husband there after he won a trivia contest about a Steve Martin movie on her radio show. From Wichita, they relocated to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then to Houston, Texas. Since the heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast made Kansas weather seem cool and temperate, they returned to Independence to raise their two boys.

Shea Neal - Sports Director/Assistant News Director


Shea was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, which is 11.5 hours east of Coffeyville. He grew a passion for sports at a young age, and following the end of his athletic ability, decided to pursue sports media. Shea graduated from Wright State University with a degree in mass communication and media studies. He has worked with Dayton's ESPN affiliate, Wright State athletics, and the Cincinnati Reds in his time prior to Coffeyville. Shea is beyond excited to bring passion and sports content to the KGGF airwaves, and cannot wait to meet the people of SE Kansas.

Tina Romine - Promotions Director & Executive Assistant


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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