meet our Z99 team
Z99 Morning Show Co-Host
Co-host of the Z-99 Morning Show, Jack began his broadcasting career in the late 60’s, hanging around a local radio station in the Twin Cities. A day after graduating from high school he enrolled in Brown Institute, School of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, which led to his first job in Spearman, Texas. (Don’t look for it on a map, it’s no longer there.)
Jack worked his way up the ladder, eventually landing a job as the afternoon announcer at KDWB-FM in Minneapolis, where he worked under “The Big Guy” which led to his job in Bemidji on Z99. “The Big Guy” eventually wore Jack down and he accepted the position of co-host of the Z99 Morning Show along with Scott Williams. Hicks now claims that he won’t leave Bemidji under any circumstances! “If they come for me, they’ll have another Ruby Ridge on their hands,” Hicks was reportedly overheard proclaiming.
In addition to Z99 and KDWB, Jack has worked at radio stations KQRS and KS95 in Minneapolis, as well as at stations in Green Bay, WI, Rochester, MN, Modesto, CA, Anchorage, AK, and St. Cloud, MN.
He plays guitar and has performed with Nick St. Nickalaus of Steppenwolf, Jason and the Scorchers and several Twin Cities bands. He also fronts “The Jack Hicks Band” and has performed at Moondance Jam twice.
Kat Anne Mullen hosts Z99 middays from 10am - 2pm Monday through Friday and weekend afternoons from noon to 6pm. Kat is a singer/songwriter, published author and activist. She says working Z99 is the perfect place to get her daily fix for quality Classic Rock.
Z99 Morning Show Co-Host
I started my broadcasting career at Bemidji State University. At first it was a few play-by-play baseball games after my playing career had ended. During my junior year at college I became the Sports Director at the campus radio station KBSB FM90. It was at this time I started working at Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. I started out as a Sports Engineer, working the board for the Twins, Vikings, Monday Night Football, etc. I think I pestered Kev Jackson long enough that he finally allowed me to broadcast play-by-play for the local High School sports teams. After College I was hired as the DJ for Afternoon Drive on the new 95.5 KZY in June of 1999. Then, we learned that Paul Bunyan Broadcasting was acquiring KLLZ and in January of 2001, I moved to Midday's on Z99, and now the Morning Show with Jack and I love it!
I still cover Lumberjack Baseball on KBUN, and help out with Lumberjack's sports. Additionally, I've assisted with the news when possible. Although, since becoming Jack's side kick on the Z99 morning show, my news duties have decreased.
Another passion of mine is Bemidji State Athletics. I've had the privilege to be the play-by-play voice of KBSU Channel 17 coverage of Beaver Sports since 2001 and since Lakeland Public Television took over the hockey broadcasts in 2010.
I married a local girl in 2003 and Tracy and I love the Bemidji area. Sports has always been a big part of my life, instilled from childhood. My father had season tickets at Maple Leaf Gardens, that’s as spoiled as any child from Canada could be. I played baseball for Bemidji State, and junior hockey in Canada and still play some Softball, Golf, and Hockey and enjoy canoing with my family.
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