A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications, radio and television journalism, Zielonko brings a wealth of St. Louis radio broadcast experience, including twenty years at KMOX and nine years of station management experience at KTRS and WIBV Radio. A visionary leader in the media and communications industry, Zielonko looks forward to dedicating his business skills and experience to share in Bott Radio Network’s vision since its founding 50 years ago in 1962 – “Getting the Word of God Into the People of God.”
As St. Louis Regional Manager at 91.5 FM and 1320 AM, Zielonko will lead and manage Bott Radio Network St. Louis which is celebrating 30 years of service to the greater St. Louis area. At 100,000 watts, 91.5 FM is one of the most powerful radio signals in St. Louis. Recently Family Research Council recognized Bott Radio Network’s 91.5 FM and 1320 AM as their Stations of the Year at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, “Bott Radio Network 91.5 FM and 1320 AM listeners are consistently the most responsive and involved of all the stations that air our show. We can always count on the good people at BRN to help us get our message out.”
Zielonko will focus on building upon this legacy to help BRN reach more people with God’s Word and serve the Greater St. Louis area as never before. He will serve area business sponsors, churches, and para-church ministries, as well as 91.5 FM and 1320 AM’s large, loyal family audience. “We are delighted to welcome Fred Zielonko as our new St. Louis Regional Manager,” stated Rich Bott, President & CEO of Bott Radio Network. “Through his outstanding service in business, ministry and the community, Fred has proven to be a strong, effective leader. More importantly, he has a heart for Christian service and a big vision for the future of St. Louis.”
Originally from Troy, Illinois, Fred Zielonko has lived in St. Louis for 32 years and is active in the Christian Business Men’s Connection of Greater St. Louis. Married to his wife of 25 years, Lori is also a KMOX veteran, as well as a professional voice talent and owner of Tele-Ad. They have two sons, Quinn, a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, and Connor, an undergraduate at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.
“BRN has a wonderful heritage, serving the Christian community throughout the greater St. Louis area for 30 years,” Zielonko noted. “I am excited about joining the very experienced team of professionals at 91.5 FM and 1320 AM in St. Louis and am looking forward to connecting St. Louis sponsors to the outstanding BRN family audience.”
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2012, Bott Radio Network’s broadcast service stretches across the United States from California to Tennessee, with a focus on the heart of America, broadcasting on 89 radio stations and reaching into 15 states with a combined coverage of 50 million people. Recently named “Radio Network of the Year” by Love Worth Finding Ministries, BRN also is heard nationwide on SkyAngel Channel 202, worldwide online at bottradionetwork.com and on smart phones with their Android and iPhone apps as well as on their recently released app for the iPad. You can find Bott Radio Network on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.