On-Air: Play-by-Play Commentary for Mercer County 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, and they have three daughters Kelly, Julie, and Lisa and several grandchildren. 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 Mercer County, Touch Down Golden Eagles!
News & Sports Director, Sportsline Host
On-Air: M-F 7 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Sportsline Saturdays 9 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 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 received the Illinois High School Association’s Distinguished Media Service Award in 2015; 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. In 2023, Jim received the Illinois Softball Coaches Association Sportsperson of the Year Award and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Herrins Achievement Award.
Jim is one of just a few broadcasters that has received the Illinois Broadcaster Association’s prestigious Silver Dome Award for both news and sports coverage.
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
On-Air: Monday-Friday, 5 – 9 a.m. and 12:20 – 1 p.m.; Saturday 6 – 9 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.
Office Hours: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kia began working part-time at WRMJ in 2002, and has done “a little bit of everything” from copywriting to on-air announcing. Always having a passion for radio, she began her role in sales as an Account Executive in May, 2019.
Kia was born and raised in Aledo, where she currently resides with her husband Darren, and children, Owen and Emerson.
Office Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Account Executive; Sports Desk Host; Sports Broadcasts
Office Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WRMJ welcomed Ty Taylor to its team as a full-time employee on July 1, 2022. Ty had previously worked for WRMJ while a student at Mercer County High School and Augustana College in various capacities, including being the host of WRMJ’s High School Football Scoreboard.
Ty is a 2016 graduate of Mercer County High School and a 2020 graduate of Augustana College with a degree in Communications.
Ty serves on the WRMJ sales team as an Account Executive as well as continuing his on-air duties hosting the Sports Desk and broadcasting high school athletic events.
Late Morning and Afternoon Host, Weekdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Terry James started part-time at WRMJ in January of 1996. He has worked at radio stations in the Quad Cities, Milwaukee, and Nebraska. Terry lives in Sherrard and keeps coming back to Mercer County and WRMJ and can be heard during the day on WRMJ.
Host of The Edge of Country program, Sundays at 6 p.m.
Host of Classic Country Sunday, every Sunday morning