The Q 99.7 FM

Springfield, MA

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On-Air Personalities

Leslie Prieto

My name is Leslie Prieto.

Me: I'm half Guatamalan and a fourth generation Mexican... Either way, I love beans!

Mi Familia: My entire immediate family lives deep in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. That's where I was born and raised.
I have 3 older brothers and 2 older sisters and I'm the aunt of 8 nieces and nephews.

Work Historia: I've worked at Starbucks Coffee 5 years and now I get to retire from the coffee industry to pursue what God made me to do! This is how it all went down.... I started off volunteering at WAY-FM in Nashville and that's where I met Nate Thomas and Jayar.
From there, I moved to my first part-time radio gig in Florida and now here! It's been a huge honor to learn from both Nate and Jayar, so that's what I'll continue to do.
My job here at The Q 99.7 FM is the first full-time radio gig I've ever had! It's a dream I never thought would come true while scrubbing toilets, but God has proven to be 100% faithful.

Favorite Quote: "Never, Never, NEVER give up!"- Winston Churchill

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Billy Peterson

Billy Peterson is originally from Wareham, MA, but has been in Western Mass ever since graduating from Springfield College. His radio journey has brought him as an intern to 1450 AM The Hall and Mix 93.1 FM in Springfield, and 1420 AM WBSM in Fairhaven, Mass. Billy is enjoying his first professional job in radio, co-hosting The Q 99.7 Morning Show (Weekdays 6-9am).

When not on the radio: Billy likes to run with his girlfriend, play hockey, and cheer for his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.

Favorite Foods: Pizza, steak, buffalo chicken...(I will put hot sauce on anything)
Favorite Q artist: Switchfoot
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:19; "And my God will supply every need of your according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (ESV)

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Ryan Gagne

Ryan Gagne is originally from Oakland, ME. Born and raised in New England, his career in radio started in high school. He interned for a local sports talk show on WTVL-FM / Waterville, ME doing sports trivia. He began working full-time at WWWA-FM / Augusta, ME in 1999, where he eventually became the station manager for The Worship-FM Network, which included 6 radio stations & 8 translators. Ryan has been helping with The Q 99.7 with pledge drive fundraisers and excited to join the team daily.

You can now hear Ryan Monday through Friday mornings on The Q 99.7 from 9:00-12:00 and on Saturday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 talking about life, community & faith.

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Theresa Ross

Theresa Ross Theresa Ross covers afternoons on the Q.
Family? I love being a mom to two beautiful kids Johanna's 20 and Jordan's 18 (btw, that's one girl and one boy!)
Any pets? 3 Jack Russell Terriers and yes they are crazy but so smart :)
Favorite foods? Chocolate!! (isn't that a food group?), chips and salsa (fresh salsa with cilantro), mexican food YUM, cookout food...i love to eat... AND THEN THERE'S THE GYM (lol)
Favorite bible verse? I have two...
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."
What artist makes you turn it up? TOBYMAC... Who else? :)

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Jayar is on the air during the evenings.

I was born and raised near Seattle Washington.

Spent two years in Dublin, Ireland with a missions group. Plus months in Austria and Hong Kong.

Married a fellow Seattlite and we moved to Portland a day after our honeymoon. Two months later the station relocated to Sacramento, CA.

A baby came! Queen Amadalla was born and we then moved to a station in Boise, Idaho. I bought a house and grew a little bit of corn.

One year later came a move to Nashville which is where I met Nate Thomas. Princess Elsa was born near music row and we stayed for 3 years.

My son Hans came later but that is where my connection to Nate Thomas and THE Q began!

I love coffee, time with my kids, saltwater aquariums and Newcastle United!
And pray for me... I am one of those insane germ freaks.

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Things you may not know about Michelle:
Jesus is my passion!

One of my favorite quotes: "Make me a fuel flame of God" - Amy Carmichael

Favorite Movie: Sound of Music (the original)

Favorite Music: Everything from Skillet to Jesus Culture!

I'm reading about 6 books right now along with my Bible. I especially love reading books on prayer and revival! I have a tribe of 6 amazing kids & and grandbaby and I have been have married to the love of my life for 30 years! I am a strong advocate of foster care and adoption. We have fostered and adopted two of our beautiful girls.

My husband and I are College pastors and run an outreach in our city.

I've been in radio since I was a teen. My first interview was Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

I've held a Koala (they're not as soft as you'd think) and fed Kangaroos!

We have a big Siberian husky/English Mastiff named Ezra, two horses, Narnia and Caspian, a cat, Stu, guinea pig, Lola, fish and soon more chickens.

A Favorite Verse: "The Lord your God is in your midst, He is mighty to save you. He exalts over you with joy, He quiets you in His love, He rejoices over you with singing!" Zephaniah 3:17

Nate Thomas

Nate Thomas is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, but his career in radio has taken him all over the country. He worked at Kiss 95.7 in Hartford, CT for four years as the night-time on-air personality. He spent a little over a year in California at KDUV-FM, a well-respected Christian Radio station before working with WAY-FM in Nashville, TN.

Nate now serves in the role of General Manager and Program Director of The Q 99.7.

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Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson is host of Taking a Minute. You can hear these one-minute teachings throughout the day on The Q 99.7.

These segments are designed to challenge, motivate and inspire you in your walk with Christ.

Jason serves as executive pastor at the Living Word Bible Church and is the Senior President of VSR Music Group who distributes with EMI.

He is a family man, married to his college sweet heart with four beautiful children. Jason has been to India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Uganda on missions crusades and pastors’ conferences.

Josh Ashton

The Weekend 22 is hosted by Josh Ashton.

I'm your average young guy but with a cool job! Born and raised from a broken home in Tampa Bay area in Florida, I'm backed by a commitment to my family to not do what i was raised to do. My passions are simple; God, my family, Tampa bay Bucs football, TB Ray baseball, watching Spongebob Squarepants with my 2.5 year old little girl, fishing the local rivers and lakes in my spare times, hunting (although I would starve if I had to survive on those skills) and ROAD TRIPS!! I love ‘em!!

ODD THINGS: I always have a saltwater fish tank, I can't stand certain smells. I love to smell good and have an extensive cologne collection, but a sink full of dishes makes me nautious!! I like my coffee strong enough to walk on it's own... Next time your at a s'bucks order the radio DJ; venti-4 shot-4 pump vanilla-4 pump mocha-nonfat-no whip-extra hot!!'s an adult hot chocolate with a bite and hits the spot!!

WHEN I'M NOT ON THE RADIO: you can find me at church, a live music event, in the water, in the gym, or manning the helm of a grill!! (even when it's 20 degrees out, I'll grill) ...I have some deep southern roots that run strong for BBQ, so I'm constantly trying new recipes.

I'm just your friend! I'm the average guy thats just worked hard to do what I do. (janitorial services were part of my radio plight!) I never turn down an opportunity for a fun time. My past is checked but washed clean through Jesus's redeeming grace... That's the only way I stand before you now...humble. If you ever have questions, feel free to hit me up! Because, I'm just a beggar trying to show another beggar how to get fed!!

God bless you and thanks for your support of The Q 99.7!!

Listen to the Weekend 22 on Sunday's from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.