The Fond du Lac community radio station, 89.1 WGZS – is on the air and operating seven days a week. We opened our doors and turned on the transmitter Sept 7, 2011. The 50,000 watt station was one of four new to air, Native-owned, radio stations in Minnesota at the time. The Fond du Lac Band also owns WKLK AM & FM in Cloquet and WMOZ in Moose Lake, Minn.
WGZS switched to 24/7 broadcast operations as of Oct.1st, 2012. Our long-term goal is to initiate streaming on the World Wide Web.
The radio station plays a variety of music genres throughout the day as well as programming from Native Voice One, such as the award winning, national call-in radio program, Native America Calling and Associated Press Radio News at the top of every hour. Undercurrents; hosted by Gregg McVicar, is aired on WGZS seven days a week.
On Sunday mornings, the station offers a line-up of diverse programs such as: Living on Earth, Access Minnesota, American Indian Living, The Warrior and Situation Report, Voices from the Circle, and Earth Songs.
89.1 WGZS is staffed full time by Station Operations Manager, Dan Huculak., an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band. Huculak’s career in broadcasting began in the 1980s when he did everything from operating video cameras and producing cable television programs to announcing youth and high school football games in Michigan. He also worked at WKLK as a weekend announcer.
Pat Puchalla, a broadcasting veteran in the greater Duluth radio market, became the WGZS Operations Manager on Dec. 9, 2013. A native of Superior, Wis., Pat has spent part of his career as a member of the B105 “Breakfast Flakes,” In addition to working in the Duluth/Cloquet area, Pat also worked as an announcer in Burlington, Col.; and in Bismarck and Fargo, N.D.
WGZS is now accepting requests to air local public service announcements. If you have a community-based, not for profit event that you need announced (Please submit in MS word format); please send by email to WGZS@fdlrez.com. Required information includes the name of the event, purpose, when and where the event will be taking place, and your contact information for questions. We appreciate two weeks’ notice when producing public service announcements.
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