Congratulations to our winners of a $100 Gift Certificate!

Bodhi Holistic Spa, Yoga & Salon – Georgene from Pleasantville, NY

Hummingbird Jewelers – Dale from Stanfordville, NYLe Perche Bakery & Bar – Marilu from West Shokan, NY

Oblong Books and Music – Paul from Millerton, NY

Swoon Kitchenbar – Karen from Athens, NY

The Culinary Warehouse – Pat from Red Bank, NJ

The Dreaming Goddess – Diana from Beacon, NY

Winter Sun & Summer Moon – Elise from Rhinebeck

Thank you to all who entered and to our great sponsors! Click here to view the contest entry page.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered! Special thanks to Billy Denter of Overlook Bicycles in Woodstock, NY, for contributing four amazing bikes given away over four weeks! Not to mention the cool videos he made for all of us each week showing off the bike. View all the winners, watch videos and check the out the amazing bikes by visiting the contest page.

Overlook Bicycles will ship any bicycle part or accessory directly to your doorstep! They also offer drop off and pick up service for purchased bikes and repairs. View their inventory and available services at

Thanks to everyone who entered the KZE Valentine’s Day Drawing Drawing!

Inspired by last year’s KZE River Tour and the amazing towns we visited, we decided to change things up this year. This year’s theme was “Love Where You Live.” We invited you to share the place YOU love most with an artistic representation, and we were not disappointed with many lovely entries received! Below are our top picks.


Rose & Joe Esposito

original water color and ink drawing on greeting card.. and four shark’s teeth!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who provided the incredible Grand Prize Package!

  • A beautiful piece of jewelry from Hudson Valley Goldsmith in New Paltz, NY
  • A special Valentine Bouquet from Dancing Tulip Floral Boutique in Saugerties, NY
  • A one night stay at Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper, NY, with a couples massage and dinner at Woodnotes Grille.


Amy Fall

painting, View of Mt. Mohonk, a treasure of the Hudson Valley

Robin Mariposa

The Hudson Valley is the place for me,

the beauty that surrounds me is as lovely as can be,

I grew up in New York City, no flowers, no trees,

here we have those, and mountains, lakes, and bees.

The view from my window is a dream come true,

I live in the woods now, and every season, every day, is so beautiful too,

home is my very favorite place to be,

I can cook, paint, write, and listen to WKZE!

A getaway to Mount Tremper with all the bells and whistles too,

Is an incredible prize to win,

absolutely perfect for a lucky “two”.

Mary & Warren Rivers

This was taken in Jamaica Ocho Rios!  My husband saw it on my Birthday. Without him, I would never have seen it.  I feel it speaks directly to us and for the 35 years we have spent together! We are going on our 35th wedding anniversary and we would just adore this prize.  My husband is always overworked, but much loved.

Angela Bove

“Song for the Woods”

It’s a song I wrote inspired by a weekend trip I took with my partner a few years ago. It was our first real weekend away together and we stayed in a small cabin in the woods in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful, secluded getaway among the trees, and to this day it’s one of my favorite memories.

Lost with you for two days

So far out of town

Safe in the trees’ embrace

Never want to come down

All that we could desire

All that we were

The soft light of the fire

In the turning hour

Lost with you for two days

In that little home

The woods set your eyes ablaze

We had a life of our own

Of all that we had left

Of all that we had there

The song of our breath

Forever in the air


Enter KZE’s Valentine’s Day Drawing Drawing to win a prize package for two! This year our theme is “Love Where You Live!”

William Clarke "Love From Sunrise To Sunset: Nature of The Northeast"

William Clarke “Love From Sunrise To Sunset: Nature of The Northeast” – KZE Valentine’s Contest 2019 Winner – This illustration is inspired by my love of the beautiful area we live in. From The Hudson to The Housatonic, the natural beauty of this Tri-State area is something very special. A walk/ride/commute near a misty field in the early morning or catching the vivid colors of a cold winter sunset are just two examples of things that make me LOVE living here. -William Clarke

Time to flex your creative heart muscles! Inspired by last year’s KZE River Tour and the amazing towns we visited, we’ve decided to change things up this year. We invite you to share the place YOU love most with an artistic representation – a drawing, poem, song, sculpture, anything you can make! It could be your house, in nature, on the water, in town… anywhere you love to spend time and want to share with the world!

Grand Prize includes:

  • A beautiful piece of jewelry from Hudson Valley Goldsmith in New Paltz, NY

  • A special Valentine Bouquet from Dancing Tulip Floral Boutique in Saugerties, NY

  • A one night stay at Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper, NY, with a couples massage and dinner at Woodnotes Grille.

To Enter:

Email your submission to, send it in the USPS mail, or drop it off at our Red Hook studio before 4 pm Thursday, February 13th.  The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen at random from the top five submissions chosen by the KZE staff.  The winner will be announced on the air on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th at 9:30 am with Rick during the Up and Running Morning Show, and in our News Section at View previous submissions by clicking here.

Good Luck!

The WKZE Staff is proud to announce our Favorite Albums of 2019!

Here’s our list, in no particular order…

Rick – The National “I Am Easy To Find”

Corey – Y La Bamba “Mujeres”

Will S. – Daniel Norgren “Wooh Dang”

Professor Louie – Che Apalache “Rearrange My Heart”

Will B. – Los Lobos “Llego Navidad”

Dick – Ellis Paul “The Storyteller’s Suitcase

Lydia – Carsie Blanton “Buck Up”

Paul – Mercury Rev “Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited”

Sally – Lizzo “Cuz I Love You”

Jerrice – Lady Moon & The Eclipse “Le Petit Prince”

Faith – Marco Benevento “Let It Slide”

Oilda – Marvin Gaye “You’re the Man”

Spend Christmas with 98.1 KZEs Annual Commercial Free Acoustic Christmas!

Starting 6pm Tuesday, December 24th through 6pm Wednesday, December 25th, enjoy acoustic-only music. Plus no commercials until 6am on December 26th! KZE provides the perfect background music for your Christmas festivities. Share the gift of musical diversity with the ones you love!

Christmas Day Commercial Free Holiday Programming:

6pm – A Christmas Carol – Radio Theatre from 1939 featuring Orson Wells.

7pm – A KZE Parlor Session w/ Josh Ritter Recorded Nov. 17, 2015

8pm – The Beatles Abbey Road At 50.

On September 27, 1969, the Beatles released their last recordings and most popular album ever, Abbey Road. “The Beatles – Abbey Road at 50” radio special features fascinating interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and George and Giles Martin. You’ll hear the beautiful new stereo mixes of classics like “Come Together,” “Something” and the medley from Side Two of this monumental album.

9pm-Midnight – A Holly Jolly Holiday Mix

Additional Christmas Programming:

Saturday, December 21st

8am, New Harmony: A celebration of Christmas music in the folky tradition. North American, Celtic and even some bluegrass tunes.

7pm, Movin & Groovin: The James Brown Xmas Funktacular!


Sunday, December 22nd
7am & 10pm, Putumayo World Music Hour: Blues Christmas! This week it’s a focus on a home-grown style of world music, born right here in the USA, the Blues. Although Blues tunes can be sad and downhearted, there are a lot of great festive Blues songs. Join Putumayo as they sort through their musical collection of Christmas Blues songs.

Friday, December 20th to Monday, December 23rd

Click on the picture to explore the Hudson Valley Dollar$aver!

Do you love saving money and enjoying wonderful meals and other shopping experiences through the Dollar$aver? Save even more money for the holidays! For three days only the KZE Dollar$aver certificates will all be available at 50% off! Not just one, not just two, but every single local restaurant, retail location and service on the Dollar$aver will be included in the sale. Dollar$aver certificates make great gifts! It’s simple, your half-price certificates print straight from your computer! It’s a great way to save money, support local businesses, and musical diversity here at 98.1KZE! Happy holidays from all of here at 98.1KZE!

The end of summer means it’s time for the KZE Labor Day DollarSaver Half-Price Sale! You work hard to earn your money and we want to help you keep more of it, while continuing to enjoy the local restaurants, retail locations and services you love. Every certificate in the KZE DollarSaver will be half-price starting Wednesday, August 28th and continuing through Tuesday, September 3rd. Enjoy 50% off the next time you go out to eat, need to buy a gift, or treat yourself to health and beauty services! It’s simple, your half-price savings certificate prints straight from your printer. A dollar saved is a dollar earned with the KZE Labor Day DollarSaver Half-Price Sale! Click on this Dollar$aver link to start saving! A great way to save money, support local independent businesses and musical diversity at 98.1 KZE!

98.1 KZE is proud to be dropping anchor in Kingston this month as part our Hudson Valley River Tour! Join us on Thursday, August 29th, noon-3pm at Bop To Tottom in 334 Wall Street in Uptown!

River Tour Grand Prize Guitar Giveaway:

Enter to win a Flinthill Acoustic Guitar signed by over 60 top artists and bands who have visited the KZE Studios over the years.

Click here to go to learn more about the River Tour and how to enter contests.

Many thanks to our River Tour sponsors!

SunCommon is tearing down barriers to solar energy, right here in Red Hook. Online at

Williams Lumber. The name you know & the name you trust, with 8 convenient locations.

11 Jane Street Art Center. Installation, Art and Performance Space in Saugerties, NY.<

Fraleigh and Rakow Insurance. Proud to live, shop and exist locally, in Rhinebeck, Millerton, Pine Plains and Hyde Park.