Greg Hetherington – General Manager & XS Mornings Host
Greg is from Thamesville (like nearly everyone else at this radio station). He’s worked in local radio for more than 20 years. Starting at CFCO, and spending the rest of his life at CKSY in Chatham, Greg was given the opportunity to branch out and open up a new station in Wallaceburg.
“It was a great fit, to live and work in a tight knit community like Wallaceburg. Being active in the community is what I do well. I always thought that getting involved was something that you didn’t need a lot to talent to do, so doing that, was easy. The more you get involved in a community, the more you want to help. I hope that we at CKXS can do great things in the Wallaceburg area.”
Greg is married to a woman (Kelly) that loves radio, loves meeting people, and is the backbone of this radio venture. “When I asked her if she wanted to move to Wallaceburg and be a part of the community, Kelly jumped in feet first. It says a lot about who she is. We love Wallaceburg. Love the downtown, and most importantly, love the people. There are so many good people in this area. We plan on telling their story on a regular basis on the morning show on CKXS.”
Climb out of bed with the help of Greg Hetherington every morning form 5:30-10am – it’s a timeless, local tradition. (It also means he’s starting to get old)
Gary Patterson – General Manager / News Director / Sales Manager
Gary was born in Chatham,Ontario but was raised in Thamesville,Ontario by parents Ken and Olga Patterson along with five brothers and sisters. Gary attended high school in Dresden and did his post secondary studies at Lambton College in Sarnia in the Radio/Television/Journalism Program and also attended the University of Windsor, studying English and History.
Patterson is the proud father of an eight-year-old daughter, Emma!
Gary has worked in media his whole life including newspapers with the Chatham Daily News and Bothwell Times. His radio background includes 15 years as Sports Director with CKSY and CFCO in Chatham.
Patterson has also owned and operated PCS Courier Service since 1993.
He has volunteered his time with many charities including presently being the Board President of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village. Gary as also volunteered for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Canadian Cancer Society, Lung Association, Heart and Stroke, United Way and many more.
Gary loves sports and has done play-by-play for Jr B hockey and has also been a colour commentator for the Sarnia Sting on national broadcasts.
Gary’s favourite sports teams include the University of Michigan Wolverines, New York Yankees, Toronto Maple Leafs and Miami Dolphins.
Local sports fans can tune in every Monday night from 6:10-7pm as Gary hosts “That’s Sports” on 99.1 CKXS!
Dana Haggith – Production Manager, XS Mornings Co-Host and Mid-day Host
Dana is an active community volunteer and can be found at Wallaceburg Hometown Bingo on the nights Cystic Fibrosis is hosting. Dana Lu spends her time keeping Greg in line on XS Mornings and handling her mid-day show which includes the popular 99.1 game “Some Questions, One Letter, The More The Better”.
As residents to Wallaceburg Dana and her dog Jake are excited to be a part of the community and Dana is loves the easy commute and working in her new home town.
Did we mention Dana sells Visalus? Just ask her. She’ll be happy to tell you allll about it!
Jay Smith – Music Director & “Weekdaze” Afternoon Drive Host 2-6PM
Graduating from Conestoga College’s Journalism & Broadcasting program on the Dean’s Honour List with top broadcasting awards, Smith has spent the past eight years working in local radio. Jay looks forward to a long future with 99.1 FM and is more than grateful for the opportunity to join the local audience daily, especially with such a respected group of co-workers.
Smith, a retired professional wrestler, now spends time away from his microphone and office desk with his new wife, Laura (who also works at 99.1) and on local baseball diamonds as an assistant the local midget/junior baseball in Dresden.
Sports obsessed since an early age, Smith is a die hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings (sorry!), the Toronto Blue Jays (J.P. Ricciardi’s firing was only about 3 years too late…), the Toronto Raptors (ouch…) and the Dallas Cowboys (remember when?!).
Join Jay and C-P for “Weekdaze” – afternoons from 2PM-6PM – ya never quite know what to expect.
- Smith is the recipient of many local, regional and even world wide community volunteering awards
- Jay is likely one of the world’s pickiest eaters
- Smith’s favourite athlete of all time is NHL Hall Of Famer, Steve Yzerman
- Jay once main evented a professional wrestling event against The Honky Tonk Man, known as ‘The WWE’s Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time”. Smith lost after getting swatted with Honky Tonk Man’s guitar.
Alex Poole – Morning News Anchor
Kelsey Handsor – Afternoon News Anchor
Corey North – Evenings & Weekend Host
Corey North comes from the magical land of Thamesville, Ontario. He went to Canadore College for Radio and Broadcasting in a city true to his name (North Bay,ON). Looking to find that first step into radio, he began to volunteer his time for CKXS. Since August 2010, Corey has been seen driving the Summer/Winter Cruiser around Chatham-Kent and delivering the quirky news from around the globe in the evenings from 6pm-10pm. Corey’s talents include reciting movie quotes from memory, professional amature busker and eating an entire bag of Fritos in one sitting (that last one won’t go on the internet, right?).
”I really enjoy being a part of the CKXS team. I’ve had a amazing two years here and I’ve met so many great people. CKXS has allowed me to develop the skills I learned in College and to interact with our great community.”