Station Staff

Fletcher M. Ford - President and CEO 

Fletcher Ford, our President and CEO is a native of the Midwestern area, born in Peoria, Illinois and growing up most of his life in the Quad Cities. Fletcher holds over 20 years of business experience and has won numerous awards. Fletcher's work includes major market clients, small market clients, and various other businesses. He has been in broadcasting for many years and continues daily to improve local radio.

 

Jason Gilbraith - Vice President of Operations

Jason is Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Jason is a native to the Kewanee and Quad Cities area all his life. He has deep ties to the area communities and an extreme passion for success. He takes a lot of pride in and enjoys helping area businesses grow and succeed. Jason volunteers thousands of hours for local charities; has successfully campaigned and has overseen dozens of benefits for area individuals and businesses. He lives in Annawan with his wife Erin of 24 years. She is currently working at Where the Wild Ones Grow in Prophetstown, IL. All three of their sons served or are currently serving in the United States Air Force. Chandler served in Security Forces from 2010-2014, stationed at Holloman AFB, NM. He served a tour in Afghanistan, in Security Forces. Cameron is serving in the United States Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, as a Munitions System Technician/AMMO.  Carter is stationed in Asia in Security Forces, his next assignment will be in Europe. Jason began his sales and marketing career in sales in 1993 with Montgomery Ward and moved into Sales Management with APAC in 1995. While working for 3 fortune 500 companies including AT&T, SBC and CenturyLink in the telecommunications field, Jason received 17 awards, including 4 Vice Presidential awards for superior customer service and job performance. He is a lifelong Cubs fan and goes to many games each year with his wife, Erin.

 

Wayne R. Miller - Chief Engineer 

Wayne is a native of Illinois with vast ties to the local community throughout the state. Wayne is a product of local radio and his passion is serving the communities by ensuring that radio stations across the area sound the absolute best they can. With an extensive personal history in radio dating back to his college days, it is safe to say Wayne is one of the best in the area. Along with serving as the Chief Engineer for all Regional Media stations, he is an inspector for the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the head of engineering and IT for The Illinois Farm Bureau Radio Network. Wayne has also held the state of Illinois Emergency Communications Chairman (EAS).

Audra Lynn Ford - Senior Business Manager

Audra, a longtime business owner, and entrepreneur, is in charge of the companies traffic department and the office of the President of the company. Audra has longstanding ties to the local communities with vast involvement in her local church. Audra runs various Bible study programs, works with local charities throughout the area. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing stupid games on her phone.

 

Jason Chute - General Manager in Macomb, IL

Jason is a native to Western Illinois, born and raised in Rushville.  After graduating from Western Illinois University with a degree in Communications, he chose to pursue his career path in the Macomb area.  Jason has over 14 years of sales experience and is involved in many community organizations including McDonough County VIBE, Macomb Centennial Morning Rotary Club and is an Ambassador for the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce.  Helping to develop advertising campaigns for local business is his specialty.   Jason enjoys spending time with his family and watching Chicago CUBS baseball.

 

Anthony Sturtevant- General Manager in Kewanee/Quad Cities, IL

Anthony Sturtevant, Kewanee/Quad Cities General Manager is a native of Kewanee, for many years. He brings nearly 15 years of sales and sales management experience to the Regional Media team. He has received numerous Customer Service awards over his 13 years at AT&T. Anthony is very active in the motorcycle community, with a focus on awareness and safety. He loves to spend time with his daughter, Aleah, and enjoys watching and attending sporting events, especially hockey, baseball, and football. He loves the Green Bay Packers!

 

James Jones - General Manager in Sterling, IL

James Jones is a dynamic leader with a proven history of providing revenue generating opportunities to local businesses. With over 20 years of sales experience, he brings a strong business acumen and a passion to succeed to the organization. As a lifelong native of Western Illinois, he understands many of the unique challenges and opportunities local businesses face in an ever-changing, dynamic business environment. James lives in Annawan with his wife Crystal and their three children Tre, Tyra and Tiana. He is committed to serving the community in which he, his family and friends reside in. 

 

 

Karissa Nash-Haptonstall  - Program Director - Karissa is a born and raised Galva girl.  Karissa started out part-time with Regional Media which helped her discover her love for the Broadcasting industry, she is now the Host of the Hog Country Morning Show as well as the Regional Media Shopping Show.  In her off time, Karissa enjoys Spending time with her Family and friends including her daughter Ivie and husband Derek.  Karissa Also enjoys coaching Cheerleading for Galva Junior High School and crafting.  Something you might be surprised to learn about her is that she is a licensed Cosmetologist.  

 

Sam Kuperman- News and Sports Director

Sam was born and raised in New Jersey. He’s a 2016 graduate of Ithaca College in Upstate New York, earning a degree in Journalism. Sam serves as the Voice of the Macomb Bombers, broadcasting football, and basketball games. Additionally, Sam covers Western Illinois University sports, hosts K100’s “Koop on K100” morning show, and does Macomb’s weather and sports updates. When he’s not broadcasting sports, odds are he’s watching them. He’s an avid fan of the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and Brooklyn Nets. He also greatly values spending time with friends and family. Since coming to the Midwest, Sam has particularly taken a liking to Chicago and loves visiting the city.  

 

Bob McKee - News and Sports Director A veteran of more than 20 years in radio, Bob McKee has hosted mornings on WKEI for more than 8 years. Bob is also the lead voice of Regional Media Sports in our Kewanee Cluster. Bob handles the Play by Play for the hometown Kewanee Boilermakers for Football and Basketball. 

 

 

Debbie Robertson - Special Events Coordinator - Sterling, IL was born in Dixon, Illinois and has lived in the Sauk Valley area her entire life with her husband Chris of twenty years. Chris is the inventory manager at Bonnell Industries and a Deacon at their church, Hope Bible Fellowship. They have two sons, Andrew, a freshman at Morrison Institute of Technology, studying mechanical engineering technology and Aaron, a junior at Faith Christian High School in Grand Detour. She is a mother of two who enjoys attending her son's sporting events along with serving her community. Since she has lived in Dixon her entire life she has gotten to know her community and formed many relationships through her careers as a banker, tax practitioner, and pharmacy technician. Community service has been a major part of Debbie’s life. She has coordinated many auctions, concerts, fundraisers, and benefits supporting local schools and businesses. What she loved most is bringing the community together in the fight against cancer as the event leader for Lee County the Relay for Life. With this new chapter in her life, she hopes to bring her experience to Regional Media as the Special Events Coordinator with hopes to form many new relationships to benefit the community in any way she can. 

 

 

Dewain Hulett- On air Producer / Community Relations - Dewain Hulett has worked with WLMD, WKAI other Regional Media stations as a sports broadcaster for either basketball or football since 1998. Currently, he does BPC basketball on WLMD. He graduated from B-PC in 1992 and worked full-time at WKAI in 2002. He was the editor of the former Macomb Journal and was a 911 dispatcher in McDonough County for 13 years, all while broadcasting BPC sports, among other teams. Dewain, now works full-time at Steinjager, in Bushnell, as a salesman, but remains active in the community. He is on the 911 ETSB board, a member of the Good Hope-Sciota Fire Department and coaches BWP High School baseball. He also is active in the Illinois racing scene as an announcer for the traveling Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car series, as well as track announcer at Quincy Raceways and Tri-City Speedway.

 

Ryan Mumma - Sports Department Macomb

Ryan provides the afternoon sports updates and also produces for Regional Media during local sporting events. He is a sports broadcasting student at Western Illinois University. He also hosts and produces his own sports talk show called MAN COVERAGE. Ryan is a big Chicago sports fan and is very passionate about the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Blackhawks. 

 

Chris Slusser | On-Air Producer - Community Relations
A native of Kewanee, Illinois, Chris Slusser has been with Regional Media for many years as a producer for Geneseo Sports on Hog Country 102.5 WJRE. Chris is also a frontline producer for most live event broadcasts including Kewanee Hog Days and The Back Road Music Festival.

 

Nathan Baliva - Sports Broadcaster - As the Director of Media and Baseball Operations of the Peoria Chiefs who has been broadcasting football, basketball and volleyball games for Regional Media since 2005. A native of Chatham, Illinois, Nathan is a graduate of both Marquette University (B.A. in Broadcast & Electronic Communications) and the University of Florida (Masters in Sports Communication). He has called nearly 2000 Minor League Baseball games with the Chiefs as both an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. During the baseball offseason, Nathan works with Regional Media while also covering a variety high school and college sports for Mediacom TV, Illinois State Soccer on ESPN3 and writing for the Dispatch-Argus. You can follow Nathan on twitter as he broadcasts around the state at @Nbaliva.

 

Russ Hughes - Sports Broadcaster

Born in Aurora, il, and moved to Kewanee in 1962. A graduate from Kewanee High School in 1970, Russ attended college at Northwood University and attended auto dealer son school, and graduated in 1975.  He started washing cars at the age of 15 and sold his first new car at the age of 16. Russ owns and operates Hughes auto Group. He started broadcasting football and basketball games in 1988. He has been a member of Kiwanis for 42 years serving in many offices including President in 1984-1985. Russ has also held a seat on the board of Zion Lutheran Church for three terms encompassing 24 years. He also continues to sing in the chancel choir for 38 years. Russ has been married to Christina M Hughes for 42 years, has three children Elizabeth, Andrew, and Aaron along with 6 grandchildren, Katherine, Wesley, Avalyn, Cullen, Lincoln, and Owen.

 

Mike Cocquit - Sports Broadcaster 

Mike is the voice of Geneseo High School Football and Basketball for Regional Media Sports. Mike Cocquit is a veteran of over 20 years in professional radio. Mike is lead reporter for Geneseo News which airs weekday morning on WKEI. Mike is also lead announcer for Geneseo Football and Basketball games while providing color commentary for Geneseo Softball and Volleyball.

 

 

Andrew Hughes - Sports Broadcaster/Part Time On-Air/News Correspondent

 

Chandler Gilbraith - Construction/Project Manager

Chandler is also a lifelong native of the area. He currently performs the remodeling projects that Regional Media has during our exciting growth period over the last two years. He graduated from Annawan High School and started college at Augustana. He then entered the United States Air Force, in the Security Forces field. He served one tour in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom, while fighting the War on Terror. He currently resides in Sheffield, IL with his girlfriend Jessica, and their two sons Rhett and Rory. He currently is enrolled in further education in Marketing and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.