Melanie has been working at WITZ part time since 2009 and full time since 2014. Melanie graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2006 with a Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. Melanie was News Director of AM820 College Radio and Advertising Manager of USI’s Student Newspaper “The Shield”. Melanie is a back-up on air personality for WITZ and, also helps with social media and marketing efforts, and is also an Account Executive for WITZ and WQKZ.
Gary Lee has been with WITZ since December of 1982…hosting the Gary’s Place morning 5 to 9 program. Hosting great LOCAL talk with great people on Live @ 7:05. Gary is a past finalist in the national Marconi Awards and has a special flair for mornings…mainly NOT sounding tired! Everyone is tired in the early morning so no one wants to hear a tired, boring radio personality. His show blends humor, local interviews and great story telling – a combination for radio that informs and accompanies you to your early morning destination. The Gary’s Place program is better with input and interviews so you can send information to Gary Lee to use on his show at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gary is a fan of classic rock, classic country, talk radio and is the Program Director for WQKZ-FM, the sister station to WITZ AM/FM. Former work locations include Fairfield, Mt. Carmel and Carbondale, Illinois, and Vincennes, Indiana.
I’ve been the afternoon DJ on WITZ since October of 1989. I’m originally from Austin, Indiana and have degrees from both Vincennes University and Indiana State University. Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears & Georgia Bulldogs.
Walt Ferber is a 1974 graduate of New Albany High School and a 1978 graduate of Indiana University with a double major in Telecommunications and Marketing. Walt has been in radio since 1972 at WNAS in New Albany and in 1973 became the youngest Sports Director in the state at WREY in New Albany. Ferber spent 1974 to 1979 at WTTS and WGTC in Bloomington where he was an Air Personality, Sportscaster and did Sports Play by Play. He also did TV Play by Play for the statewide company Added Attractions. In 1979 he went to WWWY in Columbus, Indiana as Afternoon Personality and Sports Play by Play man calling the State Championship Football game with Columbus East In 1980 Walt came to WITZ and is currently Program and Sports Director for WITZ AM/FM Air Personality and Account Executive. He has won numerous awards including the Marv Bates Indiana Sportscaster of the year in 1996 from the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1997, the Virgil Sweet Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in 2005, Associated Press Play by Play Awards in 1995,96,97, Network Indiana Play by Play Awards in 2007 and 2008 and the Network Indiana Sportscast of the year in 2008. Ferber was presented the IHSAA Distinguished Service Media Award in 2011. He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2011. Ferber is a past board member and President of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of the Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition and has also been a lay minister. Walt has been married to the former Melanie Padgett since 1980 and has two sons Nathan, who lives in Huntingburg with two children Keyan and Austin; and Jonathon who lives in Indianapolis
I started at WITZ in 1965 hosting the Coke Caravan Show. My current Sunday show is one of the longest continuing programs in Indiana radio today. I attended Indiana State Univ. where I majored in English, with a minor in Journalism and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree. I received my Master’s Degree from Indiana University. In 2008, I retired after serving 40 years as an English teacher at Southridge. Along with my teacher duties, I am the Boys and Girls tennis coach at Southridge. I am married to the former Carol Songer. We have two sons: Kelly and John, and two grandchildren: Emily and Paul.
I am the Director of News and Information for WITZ. You will hear me on the daily newscasts at 8:05 am, 12:05 pm, 4:05 pm and 5:05 pm on WITZ. I also help with the other newscasts on WITZ AM and on WQKZ FM as well. I am also the tech support person here. I support all of our PCs and their connectivity to our network. Also, I generate the music schedules from our scheduling software that plays on the air. I live in Jasper with my wife, Ann. I’ve been involved in radio in one way or another since college in the late 70s and early 80s. I like all kinds of music and artists and really like radio and the local touch that it provides in the community. Take it from me, once you are bitten by the radio bug it’s hard to shake! Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hoosiers, and LOTS of comedies. Favorite Musical Artists: Huey Lewis and the News, Chicago, Bryan Adams, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Daughtry, and a LOT more! Hobbies: Computers (of course), Music, and spending time with family. I am also a part-time pastor at Grace Community Church in Jasper.
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I graduated from Jasper High School in 1971 and from Vincennes University in 1973 with an Associate’s Degree in Broadcast Production Technology. I joined the WITZ staff in May 1972 as a board operator for Cincinnati Reds baseball. Shortly after that I started working as an announcer on Saturday nights. I have done part time announcing for the last 36 years. My hobbies are listening to music and working with computers.
Part-time air personality at WITZ.