Ryan loves being on the radio. Not a day goes by that he does not consider himself blessed to have grown up in and around the radio business. His family once owned stations, and he has worked in radio since age 11. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his lovely wife Amber and his is new baby boy Luke. You'll also find him taking in new movies, and watching college football. Ryan enjoys attending church, spending time with family and friends, and wrestling with his fun-loving beagle-terrier, Max. He's a big fan of everything 'pop culture', and it goes without saying Ryan LOVES Country Music!
Middays on WRUL
Dakota & Tucker
Dakota loves America, golden retrievers, and Little Debbie Snack Cakes. Not to mention Country Music! Having grown up in a tiny Oregon lakeside town, she knows what it’s like to go nuts, living out in The Sticks. She also appreciates that, out of all musicians, country artists make an effort to look attractive. Yep, she’s that shallow.
Dakota has no cake-eating dwarves at home (kids), nor a spousal unit; but she does have a young orchid named Cleo, currently in full bloom. When she’s not on the air, Dakota moonlights as a Countdown Specialist: handling numbers 16 through 10. She plays Texas Hold ‘Em in her spare time, but is so bad at it that she gets taco sauce all over the cards; and loses so much, she has to pay people in turquoise jewelry.
The Rush Hour Rodeo with Mike Erwin
Monday through Friday 2p - 6p on 97.3 WRUL
Mike cranks out your requests weekdays from 2p - 6p on the Tri State Boomer. We had a feeling the Rush Hour Rodeo would be a good show, but we had no idea it would have the impact it has, becoming one of the Tri State's favorite shows. Mike keeps the tunes coming (the songs that people request...imagine that, a radio station that actually plays what the listeners call in and say they wanna hear - what a concept!!!) and he also tosses in information that matters to the audience, throws in funny comments and does it all still making sure the show is fit for listeners of all ages. Tune in...and phone in your request too! Call toll free 1 - 800 - 700 - WRUL (9785). Mike would love to hear from you (as long as you're not a drunk uncle)!
WRUL Evenings/Weekends/Fill ins
Jenny believes that every moment in life has a soundtrack that you get to pick out for yourself. Live through music, live through a dream, or live through life, let each day be monumental. Some of her fondest memories are rocking out to the radio in the back of her mom’s vintage, metallic green Ford mustang, which is where her love for music began. She has a knack for making people laugh, a true gift for sarcasm, and keep up with her, because she likes to keep it real on the radio. So, relax, because when you spend some time with her, hopefully you get that laid back, warm and fuzzy feeling, like the end of a good John Hughes movie. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, we should all believe in happy endings.
Biscuit could not manage to keep his mouth shut at home or in school so it only made sense to set his sights on radio. From getting paid just to monitor the radio equipment, to promotional work, to producing then to becoming an on-air personality Biscuit has been involved in almost every aspect of radio all out of the pure fascination and love he has for music and radio. Biscuit loves interacting and entertaining people and truly believes he was born to make people smile and laugh so radio will always be a part of his life.
WROY/WRUL News Director
Jordan Rowe began his official career with WROY and WRUL radio in October of 2012. A native of Albion, Illinois, Rowe interned at WROY/WRUL during the winter of 2010 while attending Geogetown College in Kentucky. After a stint at a news/talk radio giant in Cincinnatti, Rowe decided to come home and help build a news leader in his native area.
Roger Hobbs is the voice of the Carmi White County Bulldogs on 97.3 and WRUL.com. He's been calling games on the radio stations for nearly 20 years now and has been behind the mic for all Bulldogs sports for about 15 years. A retired educator, Hobbs truly cares about the youth and making sure they get the recognition they deserve. While he's obviously a fan, listeners can count on Roger to remain unbiased in his calling of the games, a characteristic that has even opposing team's fans singing his praises. With witty commentary and a focus on keeping listeners on top of the action, WRUL sports has an entertaining winner with Roger Hobbs. During football, Roger's assisted by Denny Anderton and Scott Rice. During boy's basketball, Joey Lane (a former student and friend) provides color commentary. When he's not researching for the next game, Roger enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with family.
Mornings on AM 1460 WROY
Scott, originally from the Alton area, has been on air with WROY for more than 30 years and has held down the morning show on 1460 for more than two decades now. From 6 - 10, Scott produces two newscasts, provides tons of entertainment information, community events, a thought for the day, celebrates birthdays with listeners, handles Swap Shop duties, the request hour and a whole lot more. In addition, Scott serves as a reporter for WROY and WRUL News, produces on location sports broadcasts and helps with engineer duties when the stations have transmitter issues or need maintenance. He's a humble guy with an affinity for ice cream, he does a heck of a Kermit impression and Scott loves St. Louis Cardinal baseball.
JJ has been working in radio and television in a full or part-time capacity since 1977 when she graduated from Ohio University with a BSC in Radio/TV/Journalism.
JJ enjoys doing mobile DJ gigs since she can engage the crowd in a live atmosphere & see everyone smiling while having so much fun! She also loves spending time hanging out with her pets as well as hiking, alone or with her significant other.
Ted "The Bear" Richards
Time flies when you’re having fun on the radio. Ted’s favorite movie is Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman in “Unforgiven,” they’re the best, he says! He also likes “Saving Private Ryan” and he’ll be so happy when all of our troops are home. He was in the USAF for 4 years, saying it was a great experience.
Ted loves a good cup of coffee with toast and jelly. He writes and reads just about every day, and Ted still enjoys catching a high school baseball game.
Jay’s more than 40 years radio career started with a deep passion for music as a teenager while playing his bass guitar in garage bands out west where he was born. His best friend is his wife, Janet, and his four-legged pals, Riley, Clara and Hobbes.
When Jay’s not having fun playing the greatest hits of all time he enjoys reading historical biographies, Italian cooking, any hot rod or car show he can find, and throwing the ball for Hobbes, his golden retriever.
Matt's worked at the radio stations for 7+ years and has served in just about every on air capacity. There's nothing he can't do and that's why WROY/WRUL is so lucky to have...Matt Schreifels. He currently works part time as he's now pursuing a career in education.
Matt started his radio career in 2006 at Wabash Valley College before getting a degree from Illinois State University in communication and psychology. After college, he started a business and then moved to Nashville TN to pursue his dream of being a hit song writer and singer. The stars seemed to align for Matt in Nashville and within a year, he found himself traveling in a tour bus with best friends across the country. Then in 2013, Matt had some major health problems that brought him back home to Carmi IL. Now, he says he's right where he needs to be working in radio in sales and marketing. He enjoys, "being close to home, working at such a great radio station, playing music, and promoting 97.3 WRUL" everywhere he goes!
The newest Account Manager of WROY/WRUL, Kelli lives in New Haven with her fiancé Josh. Kelli is a 2006 graduate of NCOE High School & continued her education with a degree in Business Administration. She has always been involved in music – from band/choir, competitions, playing taps for military funerals, singing for local benefits, playing piano for the community church, even giving lessons for a while. Originally from the pharmaceutical field, she is very excited about her recent move to radio and is very happy to be back working in the community. In her spare time Kelli enjoys fishing, going to concerts and most of all spending time with her family.
Kim splits time between WROY/WRUL radio and sister station WYNG in Mt. Carmel where she lives. She's served in many roles as needed over the years including Afternoon News Director, show producer and on air jock. She's definitely one of the most fun loving folks we've ever had the pleasure of working with at the stations and also one of the most caring. Kim works as an advocate for several causes that mean a lot to her including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and you can bet that if Kim cares about you and you care about something...Kim cares about it too. This pic was taken just a few years back...but we LOVE it (it really shows her spirit)!
Tammy's been working at WROY and WRUL for more than 30 years. She's the Office Manger, Traffic Director, Secretary/Bookkeeper and a lot more. Tammy updates many sections of wrul.com, keeps every member of the staff organized, moving in the right direction and is quite possibly the single most important person at the radio station. She lives in Carmi, is married with two children (and a VERY special grandson). She enjoys church, walking, The Amazing Race, crime investigation shows and most of all spending time with family and friends.
With a decade under his belt at WROY and WRUL, Jc Tinsley (pictured here with Sammy Kershaw at a Corn Days celebration) is the Station Manager and fills many different roles. From sales to production, on air to promotions, sports to website and social media administration, there's not much Jc hasn't done at some point in his career at the Tri State Boomer. A native of Woodlawn, Illinois, Jc's life has cut a tornadic path from Jefferson to White County. He now lives in McLeansboro but admittedly spends most of his waking hours and life in Carmi. Jc's married with 3 kids and is the only male of the household (including the animals). He has served as President of the Carmi Chamber of Commerce, President of the Carmi Kiwanis Club and also sits on the White County Fair board, all positions he was elected to by his peers. To contact Tinsley whether you have questions, comments or concerns, dial 618.382.4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.