On-Air Staff



Tom Miller is the host of the News Radio WJPF Morning Newswatch Monday through Friday from 6:00 to 9:00.

Tom has lived all his life in southern Illinois began his radio career in Harrisburg, his hometown, in 1976 and spent much of that time on the music side of radio. But after an unsuccessful attempt to be elected to the Williamson County Commissioners, he was offered the slot as Program Director of WJPF/WCIL-AM as well as the morning show host position.

Since his arrival WJPF has been awarded Medium Market Station of the year, and “Best Public Service Program” by the Illinois Broadcasters Association, as well as being awarded the “Leaders Among Us Award” from the Southern Illinoisan newspaper. Tom is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace and was also awarded the “Seven Seals Award” by Illinois National guard for his work on behalf of the Illinois national guard. The “Seven Seals Award” is the Illinois National Guards highest civilian award.

Along with his on air announcing duties he also serves as the Operations Manager of River Radio and its six radio stations.

When not at work Tom spends his time with his girl Kate and his dog Geddy Lee looking for deer across southern Illinois.

“In the absence of truth, rumor prevails” Tom Miller




Michael Roberts is a native of Walker, Minnesota, but lived in Jackson County for most of his life. Michael began his career in radio in 2009 at the age of 15, providing color commentary for Murphysboro Red Devil basketball. Shortly after turning 18, he was a staff member at River Radio. Michael began working with News Radio WJPF in the Spring of 2012. Michael has been the News Director and morning anchor since November 2014.

While his career was blossoming, Michael was a Captain of the Murphysboro Red Devils football team, as well as an active participant in volunteer work throughout the city through the Murphysboro Key Club, a group still close to his heart.

Michael can be heard delivering the latest state and local news every morning at :06 and :36 past the hour on The Morning News Watch with Tom Miller. When Michael is not working, you can find him cruising back roads throughout Southern Illinois. Michael can be contacted via his e-mail: michaelr@riverradio.net


MIKE MURPHY, SPORTS DIRECTOR (6a-9a Fridays, 6a-8a Saturdays)


Mike started at WJPF in 1976 while still attending SIU, working under News & Sports Director Mike Powell. Mike has been News & Sports Director, Program Director and served two separate periods as General Manager of WJPF.

Mike is currently Sports Director at River Radio and co-host of the award winning SportsVoice program which airs Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Mike also does play-by-play for the Herrin Tigers and the John A Logan Volunteers.

Mike won the Merle Jones Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism in 2001, is a member of the Herrin High School Sports Hall of Fame, has been tabbed top Play-by-Play Announcer twice in voting by the Illinois Broadcasting Association, and winner of Best Broadcast Team with partner Scott Hudson.


DEREK FOGEL, SPORTS ANCHOR (6a-9a Monday-Thursday)


Derek Fogel is a 2014 graduate of SIU and former baseball player for the Salukis. Derek is the morning sports anchor for WJPF Monday through Thursday.

Derek is also the Program Director for 103.5 ESPN (WXLT-FM), a Co-host and Executive Producer for “Riding the Pine”, the voice of Carterville Lions Basketball and the Host of “Overtime”, the high school football postgame show.

Also during his career at River Radio, Derek was an on-air personality for 101.5 CIL-FM and a fill-in play-by-play and color commentator for Marion and Herrin High School sports.

Derek is a 3rd generation broadcaster, following his grandfather Jerry Fogel and father Dave Fogel into radio.




Carrie Ligon is a native of Southern Illinois. Her career in radio began when she was 17 years old for WIBH Radio Station in Anna, IL. Carrie attended SIU and graduated with a degree in Radio/Television. Carrie is happy to be working at River Radio, providing Southern Illinois with the latest news.




At 15 years old, Leigh Caldwell embarked on a journalism career at former radio station WFRX in her hometown of West Frankfort. After college at SIU-C, she spent two decades in Florida, where she worked for a handful of metro newspapers and as a TV news director. But all roads eventually lead home, and Leigh is thrilled to be back in southern Illinois. She is passionate about her hometown and gives her time to a number of causes in her community. She can be heard anchoring the news on WJPF and as an on-air personality for 101.5 CIL-FM and The New Magic 95.1.




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A Tolkien fan and video gamer at heart, Rachel Gregson is from the small town of Red Bud, Illinois. She began her River Radio career as a board operator and personality for 101.5 CIL-FM in 2014.

Rachel is a Fall 2015 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Journalism.

She is currently an on-air personality for CIL-FM and News Anchor for WJPF. Rachel is happy to be here to provide great music and news for all of southern Illinois. Rachel also loves to delve into the local theatre scene and has been a thespian since the age of 14.