i99 Team

The Administrators:

Owner/ Founder

Program Director, Owner & Founder

This is Ryan Smith, who founded i99Radio back in May 2014, and launched it June 1st, 2014.  Ryan wanted to listen to alternative rock music, that had a mix of his mainstream favorites, including Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Paramore, Muse, Pearl Jam & more, but also a mix of some of his favorite independent & local alternative rock bands such as Brick + Mortar, Edisun, Meg Myers, Alright Junior, Karmalatta & more! Ryan didn’t want another every day corporate radio station. Ryan wanted a mix of everything alternative, with little to no commercials, and that’s how he started #i99Radio! You can reach him at ryan.smith@i99radio.com for generic purposes & follow him on twitter at @RJNSmith

All other inquires, please email hello@i99radio.com, or someone below.




Fran.Chismar@i99Radio.com // Assistant Program Director

This is Fran. Fran is socially awkward. In any given situation it is only a matter of time before Fran says something inappropriate. We are still wondering why we thought it was a good idea to put Fran behind a microphone.

Fran likes to talk. Mainly, Fran likes to talk about music. Despite being socially awkward, Fran was voted most talkative in high school, which in no way correlates to his writing, but does in fact directly contribute to his well-honed expertise in the making of the aforementioned inappropriate comments.  In the absence of an actual human audience, Fran has been known to assemble a variety of inanimate objects in substitution. Those audiences are slightly larger than that of his weekly radio show, “The F$ Show with Fran Chismar” that airs every Thursday from 7:00-9:00 PM EST.  Although we fire him weekly, Fran continues to broadcast. Besides music, Fran’s broadcasts consist of him complaining about the size of his Twitter fan base and his hatred for Panic! At the Disco. If Fran were required to choose three things out of breathing, sleeping, eating, and music, you might find a highly over-caffeinated Fran practicing holding his breath while attempting to calculate how long he can go without eating before he starves to death. If you see Fran at a show do not poke him, feed him, or buy him a drink. The resulting commentary may be unsuitable for some audiences. If you must rattle Fran’s cage, taunt him on Twitter at @fran_chismar.

Our Writers:


Augusto Viteri (Gus) grew up in the New York City area, and now lives in North Jersey. His love for live music has led him to scour large and small venues in and around the tri-state area, from small punk venues in Brooklyn to iconic ones such as Madison Square Garden. His mantra is that if it has a pit, he will be there.

Gus enjoys capturing the energy of the shows via his photo lens, not only of the performance but of the raw energy in the crowd. He loves the connection that everyone shares via music. His passion for live shows has carried him from coast to coast, everywhere he goes he finds one thing to be true, regardless of faith, color or background, everyone is united via the power of music.






Shannon O’Malley recently earned her degree in Music Business/Spanish and enjoys listening to various music genres, but favors rock by far. While she loves just about all of rock’s sub-genres, classic and alternative have long been two of her tops. Queen is likely the closest to her heart, but she also enjoys Jethro Tull, AC/DC, Hozier, Kaleo, Elle King, Run River North, Irontom…and many others. One of her greatest joys is exposing others to things that she likes (music and movies in particular) as well as expanding her own knowledge and discovering new music, movies, books, etc. She likes to think of it as “culturing herself.”







Sera Snyder is a student at Rowan University majoring in Music Business. You can catch her singing or humming her favorite songs at any moment of the day. Her deep rooted passion for music formed from her father introducing her to everything from The Doors, to Pink Floyd, to Notorious B.I.G and Snoop Dog from the time she was little. She loves just about every genre of music, except country. She started teaching herself how to play guitar her senior year of high school and has now been playing for almost 3 years. Currently, she is a member of Rowan Alternative, an on campus club that’s mission is to bring a better alternative music scene to Rowan’s campus, and Glassboro, NJ. Some of Sera’s favorite artists, just to name a few, are John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore and The Story So Far. She has always loved to write, and is excited to further her experience by writing for i99!







A recent graduate from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, Jenna Kauffman completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in Communications and English. As an extra-curricular, Jenna worked with the college’s newsmagazine, The Wilson Billboard, all four years of her college career, which is what made her truly want to pursue Journalism. Working with the college’s newsmagazine, she was able to interview bands such as Against the Current and Lifehouse, as well as Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World. She has had the opportunity to photograph for acts such as Evanescence, Switchfoot, and Blink-182. Jenna hopes to continue a career in entertainment journalism interviewing people she has looked up to and admired, but is also open to experiences checking out up-and-coming performers.



Anthony Pierce is just a kid who loves music as much as one person can and then some. As much as he loves Alternative music he’s not afraid to step out of his comfort zone. He believes that it’s just as much fun to fanboy over music as it is to fanboy over superheroes, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and just about anything that’s nerdy. Anthony’s top artists are John Mayer, Phish, The Front Bottoms, Yellowcard, and blink-182. Anthony looks forward to expressing his love for music to everyone and is so excited to be apart of the i99Radio Team! Follow him on twitter @antpierce424!







Shelby McCormack is a music business professional and writer. Her entire life revolves around music, and if she’s not at a concert you can guarantee she’s doing something music-related!
Shelby is a big fan of alternative rock and pop punk music. She has a ton of favorite bands, which include but are not limited to Avion Roe, Too Close To Touch, Neck Deep, Night Riots, The Griswolds, Awolnation, and Dreamers.
Before joining the i99 team she interned at Red Light Management’s Los Angeles office as well at Trees and The Bomb Factory, two Dallas-based Music venues. Aside from her day job at a local pie shop Shelby currently works VIP events for concerts and does freelance marketing/promo work.
Shelby is beyond grateful for the opportunity to write for i99 radio and is stoked to be writing again after a while!





Hailey Guyette is a Business Management major at Florida State University with a love for the alternative music scene.  Being a huge concert goer, she hopes to find her spot within the music industry.  She has volunteered at two different music venues in the past year, and hopes to continue learning about the music world through different positions.  She has a wide range of music taste, but a few of her favorites include: Panic! at the Disco, The Maine, Finish Ticket, and Issues.  She has always been interested in writing and believes that the i99 team is the perfect place to start!



This is Bryana. Bryana’s first love has always been music, but her one-eyed dog, Max, takes a close second. Bryana has absolutely zero musical talent or ability. She is, however, blessed with phenomenal taste in music. She credits her love of music, dating back to dance lessons as a child. When Bryana’s friends were listening to Britney Spears, she was listening to: The Buggles, Bjork and Bloodhound Gang. Currently, you can find Bryana jamming out to Paramore, Nirvana, Lorde and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. During Bry’s free-time (not that there’s much of it…She’s an English teacher and both a dance and Pound instructor), you can find her listening to her record player and going to concerts. You are guaranteed to find her at any Radio 104.5 concert, where she will be dancing like a mad woman. Go dance with her and follow her on Twitter @brrrryyyyyyyy!