Zach Chapman

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Hot 95.9 On-air Personality

Yo’ Boy Zach loves to hang out with you weeknights from 7pm-Midnight on Hot 95.9/97.9/103.5. Zach is a true Florida native born in Altamonte Springs on Tax Day, April 15th. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling, paintball, working on the tech team at church, and putting together beats for use with his hip-hop lines. He is the proud fur-daddy to a Goldendoodle, two tuxedo cats, a gerbil, and a tankful of Goldfish.

Zach worships at Northland Church in Longwood.

Judy Stephan

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Donor Support

Judy is a Florida native – born and raised in Jacksonville. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Computer Engineering degree, she worked as a computer programmer for 13 years in Lake Mary. After adopting a son (and then a daughter two years later), she stayed at home and did some homeschooling in the early years and then volunteered at their school (go OCS Rams!). Volunteering led to working in several church offices, and then here to the Z in 2018 in the Donor Support department.

Judy discovered an interest in running a few years ago and loves to travel to participate in half marathons in interesting locations.

I’ve listened to and supported the Z from the very beginning and am blessed to now be able to work in a ministry with a great team.

Therese Romano

Monday, June 25th, 2018

I am thrilled to be a part the Z team. I was praying and asking God for a place where I would fit in and feel at home. I had no idea it would be Z88.3 but I am so happy that it is!

I have been in radio and the music industry for over 30 years. The radio journey has taken me to 9 states and I’m praying THIS is the last stop.

I am one of 7 children – 5 boys and 2 girls. My parents still live in my childhood home. I’m so blessed to have such a big family.

My immediate family is just me and my 4-legged boy, Rocco. I always said I would never become one of those crazy dog people…well, now I’m eating those words.

I look forward to getting to know you and making Central Florida my home.

Eunice Hoge

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Spanish Coordinator

Eunice Hoge is the mastermind behind La Z™ 102.5 – ¡Música que llena tu vidaǃ™  La Z 102.5 FM, our new Z Spanish sister station serving Orlando.  (Also, simulcasted on 103.7 in Clermont.)

Eunice has been part of the Z since before the station was born as she is married to Jim Hoge, Founder and President. Through the years, she has been able to witness in amazement God’s faithfulness and the unfolding of God’s divine plan for the Z. Her role has been to support Jim by being a part of the many events and day to day life of the Z88.3 and the family of stations.

Eunice was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. As a preacher’s kid, she grew up at church mainly serving in children’s ministries. Eunice was blessed to grow up around American missionaries serving in Colombia who made it possible for her to obtain an education in the United States.

Eunice earned a BA in Special Education from Columbia College in Columbia SC and a Master’s Degree from Stetson University. While at Stetson, Eunice met Jim at church and the rest, they say, is history. She has been marry for 30 years and together they were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Viviana and Gabriella, whom she home schooled. The girls are both college graduates and on their own. Viviana, now married has brought husband Jacob into the family, who is much loved.

Other ministries Eunice loves serving are Nathaniel’s Hope, working with children with special needs, and Orlando Children’s Church where she and Jim teach the 4th grade boys.

Eunice enjoys spending time with husband and children, walking, biking, cooking, traveling and scrapbooking her favorite memories.

Hope Feaster

Friday, February 16th, 2018

G106.3 Personality / Ministry Coordinator

You never know what the Lord has in store for you!

My hometown is Virginia Beach, Virginia, but being an Army Kid, I have lived in many places including 4 years in in Okinawa, Japan.  I attended college at HBCU Norfolk State University (go, Spartans!) and Old Dominion University with a major in Mass Communications and Public Relations. I worked at the college radio station for a time, and I was hooked. I worked in commercial radio for 8 years in several formats from alternative rock to classical.  I met my “Honey,” Ellis B Feaster, in Virginia Beach where we worked across the street from each other at competing radio stations. Fast forward 20+ years later – we are working for the Lord at the same broadcasting company!

Thanks so much for letting me help you get your day started and keeping you encouraged. Let us all hold hands and keep walking toward that goal of heaven together.

Kayla Stevens

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Promotions Coordinator

If you’ve listened to Z88.3 Afternoons, you might have heard Shadow Stevens talk about his daughter, Kayla. This is a completely different Kayla.

Just kidding, it’s the same one!

Kayla Stevens was born right here in Central Florida, where she grew up playing music trivia with her dad… don’t test them, they cream the competition, which mostly includes Ellis and Tyler from Z88.3 mornings. She shares the same laugh with her mom and sister, so it’s fun to get them in the same room together. She also loved growing up with her brother Kyle and trying to navigate this weird world we live in. They’re still learning, and for a while, Kayla didn’t know what she’d end up doing with her life.

Some would say she found the Z in that confusion- but really, the Z found her.

What started out as just coming into work with her dad to volunteer and hang out with all the lovely people at the station, became her first job as a part-time receptionist, which then opened up the way for her to become full-time at one of her favorite places on Earth (certain theme parks are still first…) as Promotions Coordinator!

Now she enjoys working with Carol and co-conspirator Amanda, on helping the Z thrive on social media, plan Z events, and most of all, making Z listeners happy!

She still spends her weekends hiding from the world and playing video games… introverts need time to recharge you know! But, she’s thankful for the friends and family she’s found here at the Z.

Ruthie Velez

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

On-air Personality

Born and raised in Miami as a pastor’s kid, Ruthie stayed in South Florida to get her bachelor’s at Trinity International University Florida. Just before graduating with a degree in Mass Communication, she began working at WMCU, Spirit FM in 1999 and eventually on the air as “RuthieJ.”

Ruthie was always serving at her Dad’s church including being interim youth director. Keeping up with full-time radio and church ministry burned her out, though. So, once they hired a new youth pastor, she moved to California to start her Master’s degree in leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary.

A year later, she decided to finish her degree online and move back home to be closer to her boyfriend and his kids. In 2008, Ruthie and Israel got married and she became instant step-mom to four children. She also began working at ReachFM in Ft. Lauderdale hosting “Mid-Day with RuthieJ” again, as well as the daily radio program/podcast “Parenting On Purpose” with Dr. Bob Barnes, which continues today.

In 2015, Israel’s company opened an opportunity for him in Orlando. So, they moved up with their newborn twin daughters, Rose and Lily. Ruthie hosted her radio show from home until the station was put up for sale in April of 2016. That’s when the opportunity to be on the air at Z Radio became available and she started on the air the very next month.

Although Ruthie’s cultural roots are from Spain and Mexico, she grew up amongst Cubans and married a Puerto Rican/Colombian. She jokingly says her daughters will be “culturally confused.” Ruthie is beyond excited to represent the Latinos in Z Land and is always on the lookout for fun and funny ways to celebrate diversity and the messy, wonderful lives that only God can redeem.

Jessica Davis

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Z88.3 Afternoons Producer

Jessica is a Central Florida native.The music of the Z has been a part of Jessica’s life since the station was created. Her dad started working at the Z shortly after it was founded and Jessica quickly became a radio rugrat, skipping around the halls of the station and playing with the many stray cats that would find their way to the front door. The Z has always been a safe, comfortable place for Jess and her family to turn to. The music holds precious memories for her and you will almost always hear her humming along to her favorites.

While in college, Jessica spent a summer in Nashville interning at Provident Label Group. She worked in the National Promotions department, learning everything she could about what it takes to get songs from the writing room to the radio. She then graduated form Florida State University with a degree in Media and Communication Studies and started working part time in promotions at the Z. Shortly after, the Z realized she would make a perfect producer and moved her full time to Z88.3 Afternoons to help keep Suzanne and Shadow in line.

When not working, Jessica enjoys (in no particular order) singing, cats, chocolate, binge-watching her favorite shows, english breakfast tea, live music, making sarcastic jokes, and vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

Mia Taylor

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Z88.3 Evenings

God leads you so many different places- some wacky, some tough, but he always takes you right where you need to be, and right where you need to grow to impact his kingdom! At least, that’s how Mia feels! Mia Taylor found her way to the Z by God squeezing right in until the Z made way for her, in a series of events that make a very funny story (you’ll have to ask!).

She’s loving being a voice on the Z! With her husband standing lovingly behind her, makes it all the better and all the more meaningful! Her adorable dog, Mason, and kitty, Abigail, are their “fur babies” for now, but are praying to expand the family one day soon! 🙂

Tom Beaton

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Director of Interactive Technologies

Tom was born and lived in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western New York until graduating from college with a B.S. in Sound Recording Technology.

He moved to Orlando in 1983 to pursue a career at Walt Disney World where he became a senior show producer for Corporate Meetings in the Marketing Division. After leaving Disney, Tom was the president of Blue Moon Interactive, a technology design firm. He has also worked for Fiserv, a global financial solutions provider, as a senior network analyst. Most recently he was a product manager, project manager, and senior developer for iHeartMedia, designing music testing and data analytics products.

Tom has a Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He has been involved in ministry for over twenty years with a heart for older teens and young adults. He has also served as the Young Adult Pastor for Dover Shores Baptist Church and as the Executive Pastor for Kaleo Church, a church plant in Orlando.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking for friends, coffee with friends, studying and reading, and visiting castles and mountains in faraway lands.

In Christ alone!