Regional Media News Archives for 2016-12

About Regional Media - Virden Broadcasting

Regional Media - Virden Broadcasting owns and operates radio stations and multimedia websites in Henry, Bureau, Stark, Knox, and Rock Island Counties in Illinois along with Scott County Iowa.  Regional Media - Virden Broadcasting was originally formed by Randal J. Miller, a Shelbyville, IL native, in 1980, to build a new FM radio station in Virden, Illinois. In early 2007 Current Owner, President & CEO of Virden Broadcasting Fletcher joined Mr. Miller and purchased the company a few years later. One of the Regional Media – Virden Broadcastisng stations, WKEI-AM 1450 becoming the first AM radio station in Illinois, to be simulcast on an FM translator at 104.3 FM. Regional Media - Virden Broadcasting has adapted to new HD Technolicy by upgrading facilities, added stations to its portfolio, and continued its mission To serve our communities responsibly by informing and entertaining; and impact the local economies we serve using effective marketing strategies for area businesses.

Regional Media to Exclusively Broadcast Bettendorf Bulldogs High School Sports

April 2015

Regional Media to Exclusively Broadcast Bettendorf Bulldogs High School Sports


(Bettendorf) Regional Media- Virden Broadcasting has announced a new partnership with Bettendorf High School.  Rewind 93.9 WYEC will become the exclusive home for the Bettendorf Bulldogs for all online and on air broadcasts.

Regional Media will no longer broadcast Rock Island Rocks games on Rewind 93.9 WYEC and .

When asked about local sports coverage, Regional Media’s President and CEO Fletcher Ford said, “With exclusive coverage comes commitment to the student athletes, their parents, and the community that follows them. That is why our team covers every game. Not being able to provide game coverage for ALL games would ultimately hurt the radio listener experience causing some games to not be heard at all. We are pleased that Bettendorf shares the same passion and the goals of our company!”

Beginning with the 2015/2016 season, Regional Media’s Rewind 93.9WYEC, along with, will be broadcasting live ALL Varsity Boys Basketball, Boys Football games and additional coverage of summer training camps and live coach's interviews throughout the off-season.

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting entered into a multi-year agreement with Bettendorf High School to broadcast many seasons of local sports. Local Sports broadcasting, along with various other local outreach programs,  are an important part of Regional Media’s culture and vision.

Kevin Skillet, Associate Principal and Activities Director from Bettendorf High School says, "Bettendorf High School is very excited to partner with Rewind 93.9 WYEC for coverage of all of our home and away football and boys basketball games starting in the 2015-16 school year.  This is a great opportunity for our students, parents, and fans to stay connected to our teams through live radio broadcasting of these events.  We have alumni all over the world, and I feel confident they will appreciate the live internet streaming of the games"

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting Teams Up for Regional Job Fair

The City of Kewanee, City of Galva, Regional Media Virden Broadcasting, Kewanee Economic Development Corporation and Partners in Job Training and Placement are teaming up for a Job Fair on Thursday, July 10th from 2 Pm to 6 Pm in the gymnasium of Wethersfield Elementary School. Job seekers from Henry, Stark, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island Counties are invited to attend and look for available work at Regional Media Virden Broadcasting, McDonalds, Goods Furniture, Great Dane Trailers, BDI Screens, Alcoa, LMT Industries, Good Samaritan Societies and more business from across the area. Businesses can still sign up to take part in the Regional Job Fair by contacting Lynn at Partners in Job Training and Placement at 309-788-1587 (Ext. 105). 

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting to Bring The Back Road Music Festival to Galva in August of 2014

February 2014

Regional Media Virden Broadcasting to Bring The Back Road Music Festival to Galva in August of 2014

The Back Road Music Festival, an inaugural event, comes to Henry County, Illinois, this summer 2014.  Galva, IL and the Galva Park District play host to four premier Nashville based musical acts, for one day of country music festival fun.  Proudly presented by Regional Media stations Hog Country 102.5 WJRE and Wiley Park Productions, the Saturday August 16th event will provide a first ever opportunity for West Central Illinois music fans to see and hear their favorite Nashville stars of past and present in Galva, IL.  Please stay tuned in early March for our official talent lineup announcement and more!


The Tri-County area represents most of the hard-working, country-loving small-towns between West Central Illinois' two most prominent metropolises in Peoria & the Quad City Area.  Therefore, we feel that its location and locale make Galva a prime meeting ground for the best fans in all of music!


General admission tickets and V.I.P. passes for this new festival go on sale March 1, 2014, starting at 10 am CT.  All tickets, as well as parking passes, can be purchased at, with an introductory price of $35 for all venues of The Back Road Music Festival. Please check out for any desired information, and we'll see you at the show!

WKEI Affiliates with CBS Sports Radio

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WKEI Affiliates with CBS Sports Radio Network
(Kewanee)--WKEI Newstalk 1450 AM/104.3 FM in Kewanee, part of Regional Media, will begin carrying live weekend programming from the CBS Sports Radio Network, effective August First.
WKEI will all carry CBS Sports Radio Network programming, from 12:06am Saturdays, until 11:59pm Sundays, starting August First.

Local programming now heard on Saturday and Sunday mornings will continue to be heard as it has been on all 3 stations, as well as any high school, college or major league baseball sports broadcasts.

In making the announcement, Regional Media's Fletcher Ford said "The addition of the CBS Sports Radio Network will make WKEI a further destination for listeners on Saturdays and Sundays."

All CBS Sports Radio Network weekend programming on WKEI will be aired live from the network. Weekend personalities to be heard include Tiki Barber, John Feinstein, Scott Ferrall, Doug Gottlieb, and Jim Rome, among others from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and

WKEI is streamed online at 24 hours a day. 

Miller Media Group Sells Regional Media/Virden Broadcasting to Fletcher Ford

November 2012


The Miller Media Group, headquartered in Taylorville, today announced it is selling its Virden Broadcasting Corporation subsidiary, which owns 3 radio stations in Kewanee.


Miller Media Group head Randal J. Miller is selling the Kewanee subsidiary to the sales manager of the Kewanee cluster of stations, Fletcher Ford of Bluegrass, Iowa.  Purchase price for the transaction was not announced.


Ford has been sales manager at the Kewanee cluster since April 2007, and had over 10 years of retail ownership experience before joining the stations.


Miller has owned the Kewanee radio stations since December 30, 1994.  Under Miller's direction, listenership and advertising sales revenue have both grown.  WKEI Newstalk 1450 added an FM repeater at 104.3 in September 2007; WYEC 93.9 was added in 2003; and WJRE Hogg Country 102.5 increased its power and coverage in 2005.


Also under Miller's ownership, WYEC moved its signal to cover the Quad Cities, and added a 2nd broadcast studio in Moline, both in 2008.


Miller said that he has been blessed to have been part of the Kewanee and Tri-County business community the past 18 years, and added that under Ford's ownership, local radio will continue to thrive in the Tri-Counties and the Quad Cities.


Transfer of ownership from Miller to Ford is expected following Federal Communications Commission approval, which is expected in the next 60 days.


Miller remains owner of 8 other radio signals that cover Taylorville, Pana, Shelbyville, Clinton, and Charleston.