On-Air Staff

MICHAEL ROBERTS, NEWS DIRECTOR/ANCHOR (6a-9a Weekdays)

Michael Roberts began his career in radio in 2009 at the age of 15. By the age of 18, he was a staff member at River Radio. Michael began working with News Radio WJPF in the Spring of 2012 under Ted Maguire, then Joe Ragusa. Michael has been the News Director and morning anchor since November 2014. Michael can be heard delivering the latest state and local news every morning on The Morning News Watch with Tom Miller. Michael can be contacted via his e-mail: michaelr@riverradio.net

 

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

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 throughThursday. He 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.

 

RACHEL MARIE, NEWS ANCHOR

Rachel Marie is glad to be a part of the River Radio family and is from Red Bud, Illinois. She is a student at SIU- Carbondale and is hoping to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Journalism by the end of Summer 2015. She is currently a DJ and personality for CIL-FM and News Anchor on  WJPF. Rachel is happy to be here to provide great music and news for our listeners.