Dawg Crew


Bernie – Morning Show Host – 6am – 10am

I was born and raised in Emporia and I’m highly active in the community to this day. I graduated from EHS and Flint Hills Technical College. Inspired by my Radio and Television instructor, the late Al Higgins, I’m finally able to put the knowledge from that course to use at 97.7 The Dawg.

Lindzey – Mid-Days – 10am – 2pm

I started in radio right after high school, emptying trash cans and board op’ing games, all in an effort to avoid going to college. 20 years later I’m still avoiding college, emptying trash cans but now I host 4 shows for My Town Media across Kansas. Married and a soccer mom to 2 boys. Which means I live in a constant state of exhaustion, multi-tasking and panic. Luckily my years in radio before I started my family prepared me for a life with boys. I love music and I’m a total 80’s-90’s metal head. Concerts are one of my most expensive and favorite hobby. I have kept every ticket stub to every concert I’ve been too. Despite my years In radio, I’m actually quiet shy and have a tremendous fear of public speaking. Just fake it till ya make it.

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Gene “The Bounty Hunter”  – 2pm – 7pm

I was born a Coffey County Native near Burlington, Kansas, on November 3rd.  I remember listening to rock radio stations on those warm summer nights as a teenager and thinking it would be cool to be one of those Jocks on the radio.  Well… many years and many jobs passed until one night I got a telephone call and the voice on the other end said “You wanna be a Jock on 97.7 the DAWG?”  The rest…. is history! In my previous life I wrote bail bonds and occasionally would have to do fugitive recovery, commonly known as being a bounty hunter, when some failed to realize the importance of making their court dates.  Hence, my radio handle… “The Bounty Hunter”. I am married to a beautiful woman and have two Yorkies and a Poodle that dominate our household.  Oh, by the way, I love rock and roll!

Voice of the Burlington Wildcats

This is your Friday Night Football broadcast team, Jim Hills and Rick Smith. Jim begins his 12th season as “Voice of the Wildcats” with the play by play call. “I got a call from KSNP on a Tuesday morning asking me to work the first Friday night game of the 2003 season and 116 games later, you still find me in the booth on Friday nights.” Lots of listeners stop by his business, Burlington Auto Supply, on Saturday mornings to rehash the plays from the night before. Rick joined Jim as the color analyst after his son Corey graduated from BHS sports in 2009. A dentist by day in Gridley, Rick gets his Friday night football fix right here on 97.7. This pair pilots the DAWGMOBILE to all the games and enjoys a sampling of unique food and drink offerings wherever the schedule takes them.