Join ZACK! all week on the Beatdown Radio Station. www.thebeatdown.ca ZACK’s unique style of smiles, story telling and music mixing entertains and brightens has entertained Calgary’s drive home from work for decades, and now is available online around the world.
ZACK’s radio history ranges from CJOK Fort McMurray, Q92 Sudbury, CJAY 92 Calgary, 97.7 HTZ FM St Catharines, Q107 Calgary, KYX 98 Fort McMurray, Jack FM Calgary, Energy 101.5 Calgary, 101.5 KooL FM Calgary.
Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba… then to Port Alberni BC, Zack Hewitt mostly grew up in Fort McMurray Alberta in Canada.
ZACK! Originally when to Red Deer College to study Sound Design for theatre, but his love for music quickly lead him to radio. SAIT in Calgary in the radio program was his next stop, as a production major and on-air minor. In the winter of 1997, ZACK’s first commercial radio job came back in his hometown of Fort McMurray AB, doing Country Evenings on 1230 CJOK. In June of 1998, he went east to Sudbury Ontario for Rock radio evenings at Q92, Sudbury’s Best Rock. August 1999, further east he went to 103.7 The River for Afternoon Drive. November 1999, westward bound ZACK headed for evenings at the iconic Calgary’s Best Rock, CJAY 92 as ZeeMan. In 2001, he took over the CJAY 92 midday show.
Learning how to build website basics while at CJAY 92, ZACK created Executive Media Inc in 2001, a small business which took on all print, web, billboards, logo and t-shirt designs for CJAY 92. From this, an extensive list of clients was born with Executive Media Inc. As well as “Zee-Shirts”, and the Vitamin Zee brand of tee shirts.
In 2002 ZACK was part of the DJ team that launched new Urban station in Calgary, Vibe 98.5, while still chairing the rock midday show at CJAY 92. In September 2003, ZACK took a transfer within Standard Radio to chair the morning show at another iconic rock station, 97.7 Hits FM in St. Catharines, ON. September of 2004 saw ZACK headed back to Calgary and assumed weekends, and middays at Classic Rock Q107 through 2006. Then back to Fort McMurray for mornings at KYX 98 for the summer of 2006, and back to Calgary for Weekends and Music Director at 96.9 Jack FM.
2007, March, ZACK was offered afternoons with CHUM Radio for a brand new license in Calgary, and originally turned down the gig. About a month later, an agreement was reached, and soon after Energy 101.5 Launched in Calgary, with ZACK on afternoons. Eventually he assumed the Music Director role, and once again was balancing programming and on-air duties. In 2007 ZACK also kicked off “The Beatdown”, a unique concept for a DJ MIX show, that included a countdown inside it. 9 years later, it is Calgary’s Most listened to mix show. Brand changes and now 101.5 KooL FM, ZACK anchors the afternoon show and weekend mix shows.
After being questioned about “WHY” he arrived in radio in 2007, Zack started writing about the “WHY”. This has morphed into the fantastic story of “The Words We Choose”, one of a few topics ZACK speaks on today. Taking the stories of how to connect with others, to improve your life at home and in business.
For more information on other business endeavours, please click Business Projects.
Here is a series of clips from the Calgary SHAW TV show TRENDING where ZACK is a guest with friends and colleagues Bob Steele and Tim Morgan. It sums up the “WHY” and what ZACK loves about radio today.