Fred Lark - Owner & President, Advertising and Sales
Fred is KXLO/KQPZ Radio's owner, General Manager, and proud President. He also is a KXLO-Live host -- KXLO-Live is a live talk/interview show Fred created for the Central Montana Community several years ago.
Fred purchased Lewistown’s KXLO-AM radio in 1972, and took possession in April 1973 as the President/General Manager. In 1975 he created KLCM-FM, which now is KQPZ.
Originally from Boone, Iowa, Fred began his broadcasting career 1958 with the "Listen to the Lark" show and the "Morning County Boy Farm Show".
After graduating from Iowa State University in 1966 with a major in Telecommunicative Arts, and minors in both History and Math, he pursued his long broadcast career in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa and Montana.
Positions and memberships Fred holds or held in the past include National Association of Farm Broadcasters, board member of International Associated Press Board, Representative for Montana Seniors at the President Council on Aging appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer, and President of Montana Broadcasters Association.
Phyllis Hall - Station Manager, Advertising and Sales
Phyllis, our Station Manager, also manages the KXLO/KQPZ Office and our Traffic Department. She is a KXLO-Live host, and around the station is known as our "Paperwork Guru".
Phyllis is usually the friendly face you see when coming through our doors and the helpful voice on the other end of the phone when you call.
She has been an extremely loyal KXLO/KQPZ employee for many years, and most who know her also know she is the engine that keeps the station running and the glue that keeps us together.
Lynnette Lark - Advertising Executive
Lynnette joined the KXLO and KQPZ family in December of 2007 as part of our sales/marketing team. She is “not your ordinary salesperson”! Her attention to detail in getting to know you, your products/services and goals combined with creative ideas, music and production, all come together for radio ads that will get attention…and bring in business!Lynnette joined the KXLO and KQPZ family in December of 2007 as part of our sales/marketing team. She is “not your ordinary salesperson”! Her attention to detail in getting to know you, your products/services and goals combined with creative ideas, music and production, all come together for radio ads that will get attention…and bring in business!
In addition, Lynnette’s diverse background of experience and interests make her a definite “go-to” person when it comes to creative ideas for highlighting your business!
Her background includes:--Yellow Page and web sales/advertising in Southeast Alaska for Phone Directories Companies; -- Reporter, camera woman, production of news/personal interest stories for KBAO in Lewistown—a satellite news bureau for KTVH NBC TV in Helena
Personal interests include photography, travel/travel writing, anything medically-oriented, trains, horses, writing & performing Cowboy Poetry…and that’s just for starters.
Some highlights of her life, so far, include getting married to hubby, Fred, in a hot air balloon; flying a float plane, catching and filleting a halibut in Alaska; landing on the Kahiltna Glacier on Mt McKinley, Alaska in a plane fitted with skis; digging razor clams and eating fresh-caught salmon cooked over alder wood in Washington State; going in boat underneath Iguazu Falls, Argentina; touring Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Peru; eating haggis, neeps & taties in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lynnette’s experiences and interests help make her “no ordinary salesperson”! Contact her for creative ideas for radio ads for YOUR business!
Joe Zahler - News Director
Joe Zahler is a long-time employee for KXLO and KQPZ. He has been serving as news director for over 25 years, but has worked in nearly all departments since joing the staff in 1961.
Joe apparently loves broadcasting and continues with those interests by reporting and editing news on a daily basis.
Joe also is a new member of Montana Broadcast Legends Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012. GO Joe!!
Robert Pfund - News Reporter
Robert was born in Los Angeles, California on December 10, 1966. His family moved back home to Coleridge, Nebraska Labor Day weekend 1973 and he lived there ever since. Robert worked in radio since 1986 in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana. He also worked for the Waitt Radio Network for a short time before it was sold in 2008. Robert is proud to have served his country during Desert Storm 1990-91 in the Naval Reserve, and has four children from his first marriage: Brittany, Miranda, Jaime and Brianna. Robert moved to Lewistown in April 2018 (his wife's hometown) and has two-stepdaughters - Kayla and Kimberly. Kayla is married to Chris Holmquist and theyare the parents of Serenity, Wyatt and Silas.
Robert has worked in almost every area in radio and has loved every minute of it! He has also done some sports play-by-play, as well from NCAA Division 1 and 2, NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA and high school. In Robert's spare time he plays drums and sings, reads history books, spends time with his family, and enjoys chasing storms. Rovert is also also an Independent Minister with the National Association of Christian Ministers.
Jay Gordon - On Air, Sports Director
Jay comes to us from Billings. You may recognize his persona as a local guy, but he spent many years in Billings on-air. Jay moved back home and we are happy to name him as our Sports Director. Jay brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to KXLO/KQPZ, as he graduated in 1988 from the May School of Broadcasting, worked for 23 years on the radio waves in Billings, and also worked for KULR-TV as a Camera Operator for the Morning Show.
So now at KXLO/KQPZ Radio, Jay directs our sports coverage and also helps set up our outside announcers who call the games for our stations.Jay also overseas the operations while the games are being played, which he loves to do - "No two games are the same," he says. Jay is also a fan of old movies from the 20s, 30s,and 40s and being a big fan of music owns a large collection himself.
Ken Bergren - On Air, Program Director
Ken Bergren is our steadfast, Jack-of-all-Trades, on-air personality. He has been with KXLO/KQPZ for several years and not only is the creator of our Morning Shows, but also is a KXLO-Live Host, the backup Traffic programmer, and programs the music you hear when tuned into our stations. When asking Ken what he likes best about his radio career, he will tell you "ALL of it!"
He began his career in Seattle at a Broadcast School in 1987 and thereafter worked in the city at two different stations in the late 80's.
Longtime KXLO employee, Ken is a constant and professional presence at the stations and we are happy he has stuck with us for so long. He is valued and praised for his dedication to not only central Montana's media, but also the radio world in general.
Nik St. Clair - On Air
Nik moved to Lewistown in 2001 right before the summer ended, and spent the first year working at restaurants, motels and even selling for eBay for a friend. After a while Nik got a job at Ballyhoo Printing and met more people in town starting to find his own, but had always wanted to work in radio. Being born in the Motor City, Detroilet [sic] during the Motown era and all of the great radio stations that were going on at the time, and then moving to California when he was still a kid and living insane Diego [sic], naturally Nik was able to hear some great radio stations and some awesome DJs like Jeff & Jer, Shotgun Tom Kelly, and all of the awesome fun that radio was back then. Naturally he gravitated toward it and always wanted to be in radio so...in late 2003 he got that opportunity. Nik's life, Lewistown radio, and all of the fortunate (or unfortunate) listeners will never be the same.
Nik has five wonderful children; one is an adult, two are almost adults, and he's got a couple of little ones in the house, and an amazing wife - and he even gets to play drums with some amazing local musicians in a few local bands including: The Bent Willows, The Lewistown Street Jam, and Charlie Dennison's Band. He looks forward to serving the citizens of Central Montana with the best radio showgram he can put in the air everyday he's allowed. Nik thanks everyonel for liking his show and listening.
Linda Boyce - On Air, PSA Director
Linda was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Arlee, Montana in 1975 with her husband Jack who got a job at the State Fish Hatchery. They moved to Lewistown in 1986 when Jack was named the new Hatchery Manager at The Big Springs Trout Hatchery. Linda has lived and worked in Lewistown for over 30 years, and joined our team in July of 2014.
She currently is the Public Service Announcement Director. She produces, and works on-air. Linda also enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, hunting, gardening and art work. Linda loves animals, and summer time.
Bandit - On Air
We are so happy to introduce Bandit as our newest staff member! Bandit was raised in Lewistown. He is an Army veteran, and has spent twenty years working for Harley Davidson. And also has a few years of working experience on the radio, here in Lewistown at KXLO/KQPZ years ago. Bandit is the host of Eccentric Afternoon and is better known as the Rock Bandit. We can't wait to see what kind of fun he will bring to the air waves.
Melody Lark - Online Content
Melody manages our online presence, and does a little-of-this and a little-of-that around the station. Over the years she's worked various jobs at the station including on-air, advertising, and production.