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John Hoscheidt

Owner/General Manager
On-Air: Play-by-Play Commentary for most high school football broadcasts

John has been WRMJ’s General Manager since the station signed on, June 12th, 1979. He purchased the station in July of 1984 along with a group of local businessmen. John became the sole owner in 1995.

Besides his managerial duties, John also broadcasts a local sports report Monday through Saturday mornings at 7:25 a.m. and he continues to broadcast high school football games on Friday nights along with filling in on high school basketball, wrestling, softball and baseball broadcasts.

John is a 1976 graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television. John earned second team All-America honors during his college baseball career and still holds the SIU career record for triples. John played professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization for three years before beginning his broadcasting career.

John is married to JoAnn, who is a first grade teacher at Taylor Ridge Elementary School. They have three daughters — Kelly, Julie and Lisa. John loves to play golf in his spare time.

John might best be known for his excitement during his football broadcasts and his signature phrase, “Touch Down Aledo, Touch Down Green Dragons!”


Jim Taylor

News & Sports Director, Sportsline Host
On-Air: M-F 7 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Sportsline Saturdays 9:05 a.m.; Sports Broadcasts

Jim Taylor has served as News and Sports Director at WRMJ since September of 1990. He is the voice of “Western Illinois Today News” at 7 a.m. and Noon. Jim also hosts “The WRMJ Sportsline” every Saturday morning at 9:05 during the school year. The show includes interviews with local coaches and special feature interviews pertaining to High School Athletics.

In addition, Jim is the primary voice of basketball, baseball, and softball broadcasts at WRMJ. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in the Media Category in April of 2007 and received the 2008 Friends of Athletics state award from the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.

Jim is one of just a few broadcasters who have received the Illinois Broadcaster Association’s prestigious Silver Dome Award for both news and sports coverage. He won the state’s highest broadcasting honor for his play-by-play work in both 2002 and 2007 and for anchoring and producing “Western Illinois Today News” in 2004, 2006 and again in 2009.

The IBA also presented Jim with a Silver Dome Award in 2005 and 2008 for “Sportsline,” and the “High School Sports Spotlight,” a program that features interviews with local student athletes. He also won the IBA’s “Best Sportscaster Award” in 2009, 2010, and again in 2011. In addition in 2010, he claimed another IBA award for the state’s “Best News Reporter” and in 2011 he won an IBA “Community Service Award” for his work with the Brandon Ballard Foundation.

His work with Mercer County Crime Stoppers also resulted in WRMJ receiving the Illinois Crime Stoppers Media Organization of the Year Award in 2004. Jim has also won honors from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, receiving the Illinois Friend of MADD Award in 2000 for his media coverage.

Jim met his wife while broadcasting a high school basketball game. The couple resides in Mercer County with their four children—Ty, Tess, Tatum, and Teagan.

Jim is also a contributing writer for the Quad City Times. He has also been hired by the IHSA Internet Network, where he has called the state football, volleyball, softball and basketball championships and the state track finals.

In addition, Jim works for the Illinois Farm Bureau Radio Network and is also a regular contributor for the Illinois Radio Network.


Terry Tracy

Program Director
On-Air: Monday-Friday, 5  – 10 a.m.; 12:20 – 1 p.m.; Saturdays 6 – 10 a.m.

Terry began working at WRMJ in April of 2002, and became Program Director in August, 2003. He is an avid sports fan. Terry was born and raised in Aledo and currently lives in the rural Aledo area.

 


Judy Bedford

Sales Representative
Office Hours: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 Betty Wages

Late Morning Host; Bookkeeper; Copy Writer
On-Air: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A native of Canton, Illinois, Betty joined the WRMJ family in August of 2007 as the copywriter and late morning  host. She stays busy crafting and playing board & video games with her family, as well as fishing and watching football & hockey. Betty can also be heard on many of WRMJ’s commercials.

 


Patti Hanson

Weekday Afternoon Host; Copywriter
On-Air: Weekdays 1 to 5 p.m.

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Cynthia Stoner

Traffic Director
Office Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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