Lip Sync Battle

Z92.5’s Ben Rutz, along with Jessica Green, perform NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” during the Bridges Outreach Celebrity Lip Sync Battle on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Kokomo radio station Z92.5 was awarded Station of the Year Market 2 at the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association’s Spectrum Awards Thursday afternoon.

Z92.5, competing against all stations across Indiana except the Indianapolis market, won the award “by super serving the Kokomo area,” noted the station in a media release.

“I am incredibly proud of the entire staff for the work they do day in and day out,” said Z92.5 General Manager Joel Pyle.

“I think sometimes people think that radio is an easy gig, but our team, from programming to sales to traffic, works tirelessly to serve the community.”

The station boasts the slogan “turn up the feel good” and a full-day lineup of local hosts, including morning with Jessica Green and Ben Rutz, midday with Erin Fletcher and afternoon with Rob Rupe.

In the release, the station credited its work as an “engaged, energetic community station” and for partnering with nonprofits like Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to find people willing to buy Christmas gifts for foster care children, as well as the Family Service Association for the Little Black Dress Event, raising close to $80,000 for the Domestic Violence Shelter.

Green, the on-field host for the Kokomo Jackrabbits, and Rutz are both involved with United Way, while Rupe serves on the Sharpsville Town Council.

“Radio done right is radio done in service to the listeners. We do our best to serve every day,” said Green, who also serves as the station’s operations manager.

“It is our job to keep you informed and to have a little fun while we do it. I know I can speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say that awards like this don’t happen without the support of Kokomo. It is our job to be here for you daily and you allow us to keep doing that by tuning in, streaming the station, joining us at events and following us on social media.”

She added: “You have opened your hearts and your homes to us and we couldn’t be more thankful."

Rutz and Green, meanwhile, were named in the top three morning shows in the state in Market 2.

The station describes their show as often consisting of the hosts “eating odd foods, playing games with listeners, such as ‘Can’t Beat Jessica,’ and volunteering their time to help around Kokomo.”

“It is our goal to make mornings in Kokomo and Howard County fun. There is enough to worry about throughout the day, you don’t need constant negativity when you turn on your radio,” said Rutz.

“Instead let’s talk about weird online dating stories or eat the worst tasting candy. Starting your morning with a laugh is a great way to make sure your day is awesome.”

Listeners can tune into the station at 92.5 FM, stream it online at z925fm.com or download the station’s free app.

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