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Brian Michaels & Ally Banks

104.3 KZLT Morning Show

6:00am - 9:00am


Brian_and_Ali_Banner.jpgBrian Michaels

Program Director/Mornings with Ally Banks Monday-Friday 6am-10am

Rugby, ND (undisputed geographical center of North America) is where I got my first radio job, it was at KZZJ 1450 AM (still there).  It was mid December 1986, that first air shift I was so nervous, every talk break I made a mistake, it was awful.  It has gotten somewhat better since then.  Other stops on the radio tour include: Grand Forks, ND/ Minneapolis, MN/Austin, TX (46 days).

Growing up I always had the radio on, mostly for sports the Twins, North Stars and Vikings.  I also called radio stations constantly as a child, what a bother I was, I see that now.  It was no surprise to my friends that I would be on the radio.  I was just drawn to it. 

Funny radio story:  While working in Rugby, ND, I woke to the sound of people talking and the general ambience a crowd makes.  It occurred to me that the broadcast from our local Lutheran church had ended, roughly a half hour prior.  I had fallen asleep.  I was overwhelmed with panic, I quickly cued a record and potted it up.  So for roughly a half hour KZZJ listeners enjoyed the sounds of people talking after church.  I stared at the studio phone the rest of the shift.  The statute of limitations has come and gone on this blunder.

Spring and summer are wonderful on the prairie, but I do enjoy the winter.  Maybe it’s the challenge that Mother Nature presents.  Winters are no picnic here, really more of a test.  Oh and also the Fighting Hawks (still not used to that) hockey team plays it’s games at Ralph Engelstad Arena.   TV favorites include: Game of Thrones, Discovery Gold Rush, and the Walking Dead to name a few. 


Ally Banks

Mornings with Brian Michaels Monday-Friday 6am-10am

Hometown:  New Berlin, WI

High School:  New Berlin West (Home of the Vikings!  - Ugg)

College:  University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Panthers)

Spouse:  Mark “Swell Guy” Grainger

Kids:  Connor (22), Paul (18)

Worst Job Ever:  Selling Long Distance over the phone.  It wasn’t uncommon for me to come home after work and cry.  I absolutely hated it but made good money doing it!

Hobbies:  Hmmmmmmmmmm…napping whenever possible.  Exercise.

Pets:  Dizzy (miniature schnauzer – the newest member of our family after losing our golden and pomapoo in 2017).  She is the sweetest thing!

Favorite Food:  Eggo waffles with Jif creamy or crunchy peanut butter, drowning in Aunt Jemima’s syrup.  OMGoodness!!!!!

Why radio?  Seriously the most funnest job I’ve ever had so far in this lifetime!