In the world of Indianapolis media, the radio station WZPL 99.5 stands out above the rest, partly due to the upbeat, engaging morning crew that makes up the Smiley Morning Show. The station claims to offer “today’s best music” and does just that, drawing in a big portion of Indy music fans, and managing to wake up the masses at the same time. If you’re driving into work feeling sleepy and unmotivated, grab a cup of coffee and crank up the radio. Dave Smiley and his cohorts are sure to keep you entertained on your way in.
A video about the Smiley Morning Show in Indianapolis, Indiana
The show starts bright and early at 5:00 a.m. and continues until 10:00 a.m. with celebrity guests, lots of talk about life, and a special phone call every morning from Carlos Diaz from Extra, who keeps Indianapolis up on all the Hollywood gossip. Carlos originally hails from Greenwood, Indiana, so he’s part down-to-earth Indiana guy and part Hollywood reporter extraordinaire. And he has a habit of flying into Indy to host events whenever the mood strikes, such as the series of race parties in May 2009 that celebrated the claim to fame of Indianapolis sports, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Indy 500).
The rest of the Smiley Morning Show crew is headed up by Dave Smiley, one of the most famous people in Indianapolis, who arrived on the scene in 2002 and has been making listeners laugh ever since. Smiley loves interacting with his audience and often goes out on the town hosting events in Indy; he is a frequent visitor to Champps Americana on the North side, where he hangs out with the regulars and even gets in on the occasional karaoke night. The rest of to crew can often be foun
d making friends with listeners as well, including KJ, the co-host, and weatherman Paul Poteet, whose voice indianapolis residents might recognize from Channel 13 Eyewitness News.
Another listener favorite on the show is Mindy Winkler, otherwise known as the “traffic troll.” Mindy keeps listeners informed of any potential traffic snarls while interacting with the rest of the group. Listeners are likely to remember Mindy from her days as part of another group of Indianapolis celebs, the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, who cheer on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis during every home game.
There are bound to be plenty of laughs and info every time you switch your radio to Z99.5 from 5:ooam-10:00am every Monday through Friday. So to brighten up your mornings, make sure to tune in the Smiley Morning Show!