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Meet The Staff
WJZP owner and founder Dennis Ross proudly serves as both Chief Executive Officer and President for 107.9FM WJZP and wjzp.org, Portland's Downtown Groove. As an early 1980's graduate of Washington DC's American University (AU), Dennis has worked as a sales representative for radio stations in several media markets including San Diego, CA and Portland, ME. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and local businessman in the Portland Community. Owning and operating a radio station has been a lifelong dream and in 2006, Dennis' dreams were finally realized when he founded WJZP on 105.1FM . WJZP would in time relocate to 107.9FM, becoming a fan favorite in Portland's prosperous media market; which ranks 87th in the United States according to the Nielsen Designated Market Area Rankings of 2019.
Meet The Staff
Nelson Gomez is the weekly host and creative force behind "Supernature", which airs exclusively at 10pm both Friday and Saturday nights on WJZP Portland's Downtown Groove. Nelson is a bona fide wizard on the wheels of steel with a monumental mass collection of vintage vinyl dating back to the 1950's. The title of his show is derived from the title track to French disco drummer and beat master Cerrone's 1977's dance floor filler "Supernature". This late 70's staple indeed represents the signature sound and musical embodiment of Nelson's show, which provides WJZP listeners with an authentic mix of classic R&B, Disco Funk, Latin Rhythms with the occasional salute to old school Hip Hop .
Rebecca Kingsley is an American born singer, songwriter and performer who's smooth and delightful mix of Latin, R&B, and Jazz rhythm recordings have received both national and international acclaim. Kingsley was born in Portland, Maine and studied Jazz Voice at the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. In 2011, she graduated from Eugene Lang College and has recorded three albums since then. Rebecca left an indelible mark on Portland's community radio landscape during her time as general manager for WJZP. In fact, she did a lot of work to strengthen our station's notoriety both nationally and globally through her conception of wjzp.org and hosting a series of live shows at the Portland House Of Music. It was at the PHOM where she dazzled all in attendance through her stunning excellence as a sensual songstress and smooth ability as an emcee. WJZP will forever be indebted to Rebecca Kingsley for her outstanding service including all the amazing moments she gave us live onstage.
Founding General Mngr
WJZP JAZZ BRUNCH
K2 hosts "Jazz Brunch", which airs every Sunday morning at 11am on 107.9FM and wjzp.org, Portland's Downtown Groove. Her expertise brings exuberance to JZP's programming through K2's super interpretive, narrative breakdowns of classic recordings from the swing, bop and cool eras of jazz.
Jazzy K2 started listening to Billie Holiday and Al Jarreau which she was 9 years old. These two artists cemented her love of jazz above all other music genres.
Jazzy K2 lived on Munjoy Hill before it was cool to live there. She loves to volunteer to "pay it forward" by snow shoveling for the elderly, helping her neighbors with gardening, and provides affordable housing by maintaining her own property.
Susan Mazel began recording voiceovers in the year of 2012. In fact, she took a class on a lark and fell right in love with it! Since then she has voiced commercials and corporate projects for several collages and companies. Mazel entered into radio a little over two years ago as an imaging expert for 107.9FM & wjzp.org, Portland's Downtown Groove. Since then, promoting the JZP brand has grown into particular passion of hers. If you would like more information or have questions message Susan with the details at any time(: Cheers!!
Melanie Bolduc is a native of Maine, raised in Auburn and residing in Portland since 1992. For the last 14 years, Melanie has worked in the wine industry in Maine, Ireland and Massachusetts. In 2008, Bolduc attained her WSET Advanced (Sommelier) Certificate from the Wine Academy in Ireland. In February of 2019, Melanie's passion for wine led her to both create and host Vine Time TV. Since then, she has continued to create more episodes on the YouTube Channel, while regularly appearing on 107.9FM and wjzp.org Portland's Downtown Groove.
107.9FM WJZP & WJZP.ORG PORTLAND'S DOWNTOWN GROOVE
This website page has been designed and developed by Billy D Productions for WJZP Portland's Downtown Groove
Assistant Music Director
Billy is a local product from SoPo. After graduating from the NESCOM in 1995, he has deejayed for a cruise line, worked as an editor/ cameraman for local FOX and CBS affiliates, and announced play by play D3 basketball. From 1998 to 2007, Billy's served as evening host for WYNZ and WBLM followed by weekends for WHXR.
From 2009 to 2011, he entertained locals at one of the Portland Old Port's formerly most infamous dive bars; the legendary "Cactus Club." In 2016, WJZP recruited Billy D to host the infamous and long running "Motown Lunch". He has since taken on station programming while working with traffic, announcing/production, branding, copywriting, recruiting, data management and website development.
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