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.   

 

Darren Brown - Chief Operating Officer

Darren is not foreign to Regional Media’s culture being part of the team for three years back in 2012. Mr. Brown spent seven years with the Quad City Steamwheelers arena football team as their Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager where he first met Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher M. Ford. In his most recent business, Darren was the owner operator of Country Financial in Viola Illinois. Born in Laguna Beach, California, raised in Burlington, Iowa Darren moved to the Quad Cities in 2003 where he met his wife Brittany. They currently reside in Orion, Illinois with their two girls Kylee and Kamryn. They also have two dogs that are a big part of the family, Chase (Miniature Australian Shepherd) and Chloe (Half Lab, Half Australian Shepherd). 

 

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 - Corporate Office

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.

 

Cammeron Michael - Engineering/Operation

 

Mark Samuels - Account Manager - Kewanee, IL

Mark is originally from the Chicago suburbs, and has called Annawan home for the past 5 years.  He graduated with his BS in Marketing from Bradley University where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team.  Mark stays involved in the community by coaching the Annawan Jr. High boys basketball team. Mark is new to radio, but not to success. He is anxious to show the area communities his talent and abilities. 

 

Marty Wells - Account Manager - Sterling, IL

Marty is a native of Sterling and attended the University of Illinois. His very long career in sales and customer service has included positions as bar manager, restaurant manager, and sales consultant. He has assisted business owners, marketing directors, and others in charge of advertising to promote and grow their locations through the Power of Radio for more than six years. His face and professional experience are familiar to many Sauk Valley area residents. Marty lives in Morrison with his wife Deb and is active in his church as Finance Council secretary. His favorite sports teams, who he follows very closely, are the Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeyes football team. 

 

Josh Billet - Sports Broadcaster - Kewanee, IL

 

Chasity Hall - Board Op - Kewanee, IL

 

Sam Woolsey - Operations Manager - Princeton, IL 

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.

 

Sean Kernan - News Director - Kewanee, IL

Sean Kernan has been a radio professional in the Quad Cities and Henry County for more than twenty years. Sean has hosted morning shows, afternoon shows, overnight shows, weekend shows and any other time of the day just so he can be on the radio and talk to you. For the last 7 years Sean has also been a professional film critic and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Televsision Journalists Association. As a member of the BFCA, Sean casts a vote in the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards seen across the country on the CW Network. Sean is currently the host of WKEI Morning Show from 6 AM to 10 AM on WKEI RegionalDailyNews.com 100.1 FM and 1450 AM. In his spare time Sean loves the Chicago Cubs, his favorite movie is The Big Lebowski and he never turns down a free meal.

 

Steve Osborne - Sports Broadcaster - Kewanee, IL

 

Kalvin Peart - Sports Broadcaster - Kewanee, IL

 

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
Andrew Hughes is a part-time on-air personality and News Correspondent in Kewanee. Andrew is a native of Galva and also works part-time as a Sports Announcer on Annawan and Wethersfield Girls and Boys Basketball.

 

Jeff Borders - Board Op - Macomb, IL

 

Paul Bubb- Sports Broadcaster - Macomb, IL

Bubb moved from the playing field to the press box when he began as a color commentator for Monmouth College Fighting Scot football for WRAM and later WMOI in Monmouth. He served as color commentator for the Scots as well as Bi-County football and basketball before moving on in his career in college athletics. Along the way Bubb has served as commentator and analyst for college football and basketball at Cal State Northridge, Idaho State University and Murray State University. Paul resides in Macomb and works at Western Illinois University as Executive Director of Development.

 

Tammy Nehrkorn - News - Sterling, IL

 

Thomas Anderson - Program Director - Sterling, IL

Tom Katz is originally from Los Angeles CA. He relocated to Minnesota in 1992, leaving the fun and sun and earthquakes and wildfires of the southwest behind. In Minnesota, Tom worked for community radio stations. KDHL Radio, in Faribault MN, a farm news and classic country station. Also in the same broadcast family, Tom was at Power 96, a classic rocker, and Star92, todays hit music, and covered news on KBGY and KRUE92 and voiced sation profiles and liners, all in southern MN. Later, in another market, Tom hosted The Morning Show on Lake Hits 95, and some afternoon drive at KWNG in Red Wing, MN. "I don't like major market broadcast conglomerates that are detached from the listener." Tom moved to Morrison IL in 2015, and joined Regional Media in August of 2018. "Some people are photographers, writers or artist of some form. My creative and communication outlet is radio. Radio offers information on events around us to form a mental photo, brings a spoken story to life, and paints the picture of people and locations, when you can't be there yourself." After 22 years of radio, Regional Media Sterling is now where Tom calls home. "WSDR is the best communication station I have been at!"

 

Luke Wall - Sports Broadcaster - Kewanee, IL

 

Kyle Jackson - Sports Broadcaster - Sterling, IL

 

Todd Waninger - Sports Broadcaster - Sterling, IL


Andrew Paxton - Board Op - Sterling, IL

 

Kim Stevenson - Business Manager - Corporate Office

 Kim Stevenson is Administrative Assistant at our Davenport Iowa office. Kim was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Attended Rock Island High where she Graduated in 1996. Her and her long time boyfriend have a Dog and a cat together

 

Paul Mellema - Sports Director - Macomb, IL

Throughout my four years at WIU I have gained a ton of experience doing play-by-play/color commentary, sports talk shows, and audio/film production. I have also done plenty of work for the student-run News3 newscast, and I’m hoping to bring all the skills I’ve learned there to this
company. I grew up in North Aurora, Illinois and graduated from West Aurora High School in 2015. I will receive a bachelor’s in Broadcasting and Journalism from Western Illinois this coming December.