The People of WKZE


BARB STANLEY has been in radio since 1988 when she started selling for a local radio station in Vermont. Within a short period of time, she met Will who was the competition at another radio station, and they soon started dating. They've been together since 1988 and love working together towards a common goal. Creating a unique and different type of radio station that is truly part of a community is very important! She's very proud of the station's position in the community, the sound and of the folks that work here. It's a fun place to be. Aside from radio, Barb has 4 grown children and 3 granddaughters. Her most favorite thing to do, aside from spending time with her family, is working with horses. They are a huge part of her life! Barb practices Parelli Natural Horsemanship, and is a licensed Parelli instructor. She also just loves "playing" with her horses. Barb and her horses perform and help with clinics. This is truly one of her passions! You can contact Barb by phone at ext. 122, or by email at


WILL STANLEY started in radio in 1979 in Hanover, New Hampshire and has been an owner/operator since 1984. The last radio station that he ran before 98.1 KZE was WRSI (The River) in Northampton Massachusetts, which he managed from 1997 until 2004. WRSI had a format almost identical to WKZE, and Will and his wife, Barb, made it their goal to prove that this very eclectic and wildly diverse musical format could be a financial, as well as an esthetic, success. Since April of 2005, he and Barb, have owned and run WKZE, and in April of 2006 moved the studios to Red Hook New York. His hobby is writing songs, which you can check out at You can contact Will by phone at ext. 101 or by email at

Corey COREY SCHNEEBERGER is the host of Movin' & Groovin' on Saturday eveingsfrom 7 to 9pm. He got his start at KZE in '99 literally coming in off the street with no radio experience but with a passion for music. Starting as an intern then as the host for Saturday afternoons he finally found his groove(so to speak) as the host of his very own specialty show, Movin' & Groovin'. In his spare time Corey loves catching indie films at Upstate Films, riding his motorcycle on the area's back roads and snowboarding on a foot of powder after a big storm. If you see Corey out and about ask him how it all fits together.  Email Corey at
WillB3.jpg WILL BAYLIES is the Production Director and the host of Afternoon Drive. Email Will here!
Paul PAUL HIGGINS is the host of "NIGHTSHADE" on Sunday evenings. He prides himself on crafting a show that adds to the unique, eclectic programming on WKZE. When he's not on the air, Paul is tending to the needs of WKZE sponsors as KZE Sales Manager. Correspondence can be sent to Paul.
Jerrice JERRICE BAPTISTE is the hostess of Women of Note on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7pm. She is a lover of many genres of music, but has a passion for rag-time, torch songs & the big band era. Her unique show brings an upbeat, sensual flavor to the musical diversity of KZE. Each show ends with the Authentic Poetry Moment, a brief uplifting poem, written and read by Jerrice. To contact Jerrice visit
Todd and friend TODD MACK is a singer-songwriter, producer, author, and host of the nationally syndicated “Off the Beat-n-Track Radio Show”, which spotlights independently released music from across the country and beyond with a local hour that showcases music by artists from throughout the WKZE listening area. He is also the owner of the Off the Beat-n-Track recording studio in Sheffield, MA. Among his long list of credits are 6 of his own CDs, production credits for The Hunger Mountain Boys, The Rev Tor Band, Tom Ingersoll, Kelly Hagan and many others, and two children’s books. The Off the Beat-n-Track Radio Show can be heard on WKZE on Saturday nights from 9-11PM.
Sally SALLY SPILLANE is our upbeat host of the morning talk show, "THE GARDEN SHOW". Her guests are regionally based gardeners, landscapers, business-owners, and plant experts. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her wisdom on plants, people, and life is second-to-none. Sally can be reached by email at
PAUL TESORO has been the host of Central Hudson's "Almanac," a feature which airs on WKZE each Monday through Saturday right around 10:00am, since 1987. (The show has been broadcast continuously since 1959!) It's five minutes a day are devoted to letting listeners explore earth science, nature, astronomy, climatology, biology and a myriad of interesting science subjects. Beside his duties behind the Almanac microphone, Paul is Central Hudson's Director of Corporate Communications, and is an active volunteer, trustee or board member for several worthwhile not-for-profits and charitable causes in our community. Email Paul.

RICK is our morning show host and Music Director. Follow him on Twitter: @RickMisterRoper.

Email Rick here.


CRESLYN is our midday show host.  She first moved to the Hudson Valley in Nov. of 2007, she became an instant fan of the station's eclectic music and local roots. Now she couldn't be happier to be working at KZE! With a love of all styles of music, she feels right at home. Along with helping things continue to grow, she does her best to bring smiles to the faces of her new family and listeners.
You can call Creslyn at extension 128, or email her.

DICK HERMANS, who hosts New Harmony on Saturday mornings, is a native of northern Dutchess County who did his first folk music show on WKZE in 1987. He is the founder and co-owner, with his daughter Suzanna, of Oblong Books & Music in Millerton and Rhinebeck ( He lives in Pine Plains with his wife, singer Priscilla Herdman. Dick is active with the Millerton Business Group, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and currently serves as president of the New England Independent Booksellers Association.
Susan Shaw

SUSAN SHAW first spun a platter on the air at her college radio station KASM in Oakland, California.  Years later driving down Canal Street in New Orleans on a family visit, the music from WWOZ hooked her for good.  Now her passion for New Orleans-inspired music and love for the intimate feel of radio has led to “Saturday Gumbo” - first broadcast on community radio in the Catskills.  The hot and spicy playlist from the Crescent City makes a perfect fit with KZE’s musical diversity.   Email Susan at

Friend Susan on Facebook here!

After many years of running her own business, RITA RYAN decided she'd rather work for her favorite radio station!  With that, Rita became the newest member of the WKZE sales team!  You can reach her by email at, or call the station and leave her a message at extension 127.
MELISSA is our Administrative Assistant & currently hosts the evening show on KZE.  After close to 20 years traveling the country, vending handcrafted jewelry & collectible crystals at some of the nations largest music festivals, Melissa is thrilled to be able to make the transition to radio.  You can reach Melissa by emailing her.

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