On-Air Staff


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 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.


GARY MARTIN, SPORTS ANCHOR (6a-9a Monday-Thursday)

Gary Martin is a graduate of Murphysboro High School (2003), and graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2009 with a Radio/TV Degree. Gary anchors the morning sportscasts on WJPF Every Monday through Thursday recapping all of the previous day’s sports action on The Morning News Watch with Tom Miller. Gary is also the Programming Director for 103.5 ESPN (WXLT-FM) as well as the voice of Carterville Lions football and basketball, both of which can be heard on News Radio WJPF.



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.