Jordan F. Zeh(refuses to tell people anyone his middle name but also known as J.F.Z.) is live and local each and every morning on Hot 1079 from 6am to 10am cohosting and writing The Morning Zoo with Melissa Miller whom he calls “my creative soulmate” and “makes me sound a lot better than I do.” Listen live through the app that you can download or visit hot1079pc.com Jordan is passionate about charity including KARING FOR KARSTEN Karsten Herrick is a terminally ill 6 yo that has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Jordan let Karsten host the Morning Zoo the very first week that it became “the Zoo” for which Karsten picked the name because “Melissa is like a giraffe”(at 6foot1) and “Jordan is like a monkey!”
****fact**** Jordan and Melissa both had no clue Karsten would want us to be called “The Zoo,” which if you are a radio buff—you would know why they laughed and kinda wanted to “take back the opportunity” to name the show anything you want”
Karsten’s family is amazing, hard working that not only have to deal with the mental stress of the many medical scares each year BUT are consumed with debt. Please help them out! You can see his pic on the side of each page on this site! Links straight to his Go Fund Me as well as the link above. Now that the most important part is out the way. Here is a little about Zeh.
Jordan got into radio by the impact of listening to the Mark Summers IN The Morning(shown above) on WBBQ in Augusta, Ga on the way to school each morning! Listening to Mark do characters, bits, sketches and comedy made him want to do the very same thing ! The radio station is legendary having won the first ever Marconi(most prestigious in radio) Awards for Best Radio Station and Best Radio Personality. The radio station was one of the most influential radio stations in the CHR/Top 40 format in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and early 1990’s Never in a million years did Jordan think he would be mentored by Mark and owes him a ton of debt to him as well as Bruce Stevens who gave him huge breaks and made his career happen “faster” than most do. While Jordan has bended with his radio morning philosophy, the show is considered unique in today’s world but only because it patterns old school radio of the 80’s and 90’s with characters, bits, sketches, and COMEDY and something called THEATRE OF THE MIND!
The MOST UNIQUE ACCENT IN RADIO comes from a British child till age 6 before moving to South Carolina and living there till age 26. So, Jordan has a British/South Carolinian accent which makes it most unique and is 2nd only to the question of “Is he really that crazy in person?” or so the Hot 1079 staff says. Jordan comes from “old school” radio where he believes in live and local being most important of radio because you are able to do what radio is suppose to do and serve the community. Jordan’s passionate about finding pets home with weekly visits on the show from the many great organizations or “people’ that do that for the community, Karing For Karsten as mentioned above, Crime Stoppers, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, One Blood Blood Drives, the annual StuffTheBus.org toy and shoe drive, and anything that the listening area needs. The show may be far from serious but when it gets serious, IT’S DEAD SERIOUS. Please feel free to call or text the radio station at any given time(850 249 1079) if you need the Morning Zoo for a cause!
Jordan is also now the lead broadcaster(with Melissa) for promoting the Annual “Stuff The Bus.” Jordan and Melissa raised more in 6 days than the event had done in 14 days in 7 previous years teaming up with “the direct competitor” of Hot 1079. Unknowingly to Jordan, Reverend Skip Bondur(who camps out for 14 days and never comes down for anything) informed Jordan that “the direct competition” was not doing anything for him as far as promoting the event and they were struggling in December 2016 because “the direct competition” wanted their name on the event. Mr. Bondur refused and phoned Jordan to explain that he wanted at “media truce for holidays” and wasn’t kidding the direct competition to the curb but wasn’t going to call it any radio station or TV Station. What he said to Jordan great impacted him and he encouraged any radio station to set up beside them each morning and offered to move for “photo ops” but was so very proud of the fact that YOU , THE LISTENER RESPONDED FAST AND FURIOUS. “The Direct Competition” sadly decided not to help the man until the very last day their loss became our win when Mr. Bondur reached out to Jordan and the rest is history. Because of the 6 day success, he has now “raised the bar” and this year they will be stuffing 2 buses and doubling the goals and not just toys and shoes BUT ADDING CANNED FOODS.
Jordan still hopes that “the direct competition” and all the “competitors” will show up and help because the event is not about the radio stations. It’s about the community and helping serve the community!!! This year, Jordan has accepted Skip’s challenge to camp out with him on the bus each night. Jordan offers any photo opps you want without him in the photo opps! Guaranteed!
Jordan hates the normal philosophy of the race to become the sole fundraiser for a charity and could careless about anything but helping the causes out. In the past few years, they have been involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. They have also been the sole radio promoters for the entire Relay For Life(s) around the County. They have raised money for pets in need including the huge local story about “Save Marley,” which was featured on national news. The owner credits the show for helping with the majority of legal fees and being the 1st to even offer to help. Jordan and Melissa are always one phone call away. They are proud of all their charitable work most! This isn’t a brag session but a message to everyone in this huge listening area. We are now in Georgia and Alabama. Florida, Georgia, and Alabama listeners need to know they are family to us and when family needs something, family answers.
Jordan has hosted morning radio for 24 years where is he is known to get quite comfortable and do long tenures. He has worked in Panama City Beach(twice), Augusta, Ga(twice) and Pensacola/Mobile. He has accumulated several awards along the way including most recently the 2016-2017 Universal Comedy Awards for Best Radio Show, Best Male Personality, and Best Comedic Writing sweeping the radio categories.
Jordan also did Sketch Comedy for Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die(see above) for which he wrote a “spoof” for the “Best Spoof” contest for the MTV Movie Awards in 2008(see SKETCHEZ PAGE). He was the runner up and just nearly missed owning his own GOLDEN POPCORN! He continued to get paid to do sketch videos for the website but the lost was “tough” because “who doesn’t want golden popcorn.” Below is the video that FINISHED 2ND IN ALL ENTRIES for “Best Spoof” including all submitted by 8 partner sites including You Tube, Funny Or Die, Photobucket, etc.
He loves comedy and is influenced most by his father, Dave Letterman, and his mentor and FORMER WBBQ-FM MORNING LEGEND and first MARCONI Award Winner for Best Radio Personality Mark Summers.
Zeh is no doubt a beach bum and prefers living right up on the beach. Because of that, Jordan believes he is already accomplished the HUGE GOAL OF “being able to see the beach from my home.” He still has a few HUGE GOALS including following in his mentor’s footsteps. Jordan plans to win an Emmy and Oscar and writes screenplays religiously. Jordan has a literary agent in the City of Angels and has optioned 2 screenplays.
Zeh is highly educated in screenwriting having went to UCLA online and lacks 2 credits for a Masters of Fine Arts for Screenwriting. He was a All American Scholar, Gamma Beta Phi, Lifetime Psi Chi Honor Society(Psychology) were he had a 4.0. Don’t let the show fool you, Jordan has the book smarts but wasn’t smart enough to become a doctor or lawyer instead falling in love with radio as a child and knew the time he first went live on a mic that he wanted to not only do radio, but do comedy and make people laugh. Jordan will tell you “on my worst day, my goal is to make you laugh! Comedy is always going to have the butt of the joke and we try to make us the butts the majority of the time but sit back and relax and smile or laugh and don’t take us too serious. That’s not our show. That’s not our style. If it offends you that surely was not the goal.”
He has won several national contests for his screenwriting and only has one problem. “I hate Hollywood! I do! And that sucks. I thought I would totally dig the place and I hated it! I would go there to work on a project but leave the time it was over if something huge ever happened. Don’t get me wrong, I want to do that! I hope I have to be at that place and hate it for many months!” he says with laughter “And I plan to do radio always and forever. I enjoy the challenge of morning radio. Coming up with new, original material is some creative outlet that I get great gratification out of. It’s something I have to have. I am addicted to it. I have missed radio greatly during any hiatus and no longer believes just “writing” is something that would cure his creative outlet unless he got to write something heard each morning. “I would love to be the creator and head writer of a TV show, host a morning radio show, and do stand up one day! and then win a Marconi, Emmy, and Oscar! Win all 3 of those are won and done! I can say that I can die happy! I hate that radio doesn’t gain the respect that other entertainers seem to get not because I feel I deserve it but I can tell you from someone who writes screenplays, does stand up comedy, does sketch comedy, and does morning radio. Radio is the one that’s the biggest challenge. New material. Day in. Day out. I don’t believe in using show prep services most radio talents use and I think some of the best talents do that wisely and with precision. I just enjoy creating and just have never felt the need for such services. I am glad to hear people talk about us being unique and different than the other choices on the dial.”
Jordan plans to perform his latest stand up comedy this year by performing on the weekends in Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Biloxi, and New Orleans.
Jordan is definitely a “personality” and it doesn’t take long to understand that if you listen more than a couple days. He is known to do all types of humor in his comedy including absurd, dark, observational, cerebral, non sequitur, dead pan, one-liner,impressions, pranks, self deprecating, satire, character, and blue comedy. Again, if you are in the listening area which is 3 states and super large at 107.9fm, then join us each morning or download the app or listen online at hot1079pc.com