Station Staff

 

Fletcher M. Ford - President and CEO 

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

 

Jason Gilbraith - Vice President

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 at Whiteman AFB, MO, as a Munitions System Technician/AMMO.  Carter is stationed in Europe in Security Forces. 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 games on her phone.

 

Jason Chute - General Manager in Macomb, IL

Jason is a native of 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.

 

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 - Kewanee Cluster: 

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.  

 

Bob McKee - News and Sports Director - Kewanee Cluster: 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. 

 

Sam Woolsey - Sports Director - Sterling Cluster: Sam grew up in Geneseo, IL where his love for sports started. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor's in Broadcast Production. Sam hosts the sports show "The Pulse" each day on WDSR. He is the area guru for local high school sports, national sports headlines and all does all the sports updates throughout the day, each weekday. When Sam isn't doing on-air broadcasts, at night, he is calling play-by-play for the Sterling Newman Comets. Sam enjoys watching ALL Chicago sports and hanging out with family and friends.

 

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 of 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.

 

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 few 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 two sons Rhett and Rory. He currently is enrolled in further education in Marketing and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.