Regional Media is one of the most respected media companies in the midwest. We believe in the power of Radio’s unique ability to fulfill the timeless need for human touch and local awareness that connects us all. That connectivity is rooted in deep local involvement in the communities we serve, meaningful content, compelling entertainment, and a passionate pursuit to be the best choice for our clients, colleagues and community. Our management team serves as leaders in the industry, and our people and stations have received numerous accolades, nominations and awards.
Fletcher Ford, our President, and CEO is a lifelong native of the Midwest. He was born in Peoria, IL, and grew up most of his life in the Quad Cities area. He has over 20 years of experience in business and has won numerous awards. Fletcher's work and expertise in with major and small market clients, and various other businesses. He has been in broadcasting for many years and continues to improve local radio. ...Read More
Darren is not foreign to Regional Media’s culture being part of the team for three years back in 2012. Mr. Brown spent seven years with the Quad City Steamwheelers arena football team as their Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager where he first met Regional Media President and CEO Fletcher M. Ford. In his most recent business, Darren was the owner-operator of Country Financial in Viola Illinois. Born in Laguna Beach, California, raised in Burlington, Iowa Darren moved to the Quad Cities in 2003 where he met his wife Brittany. They currently reside in Orion, Illinois with their two girls Kylee and Kamryn. They also have two dogs that are a big part of the family, Chase (Miniature Australian Shepherd) and Chloe (Half Lab, Half Australian Shepherd). ...Read More
Audra Lynn Ford, Business Manager
Audra, a longtime business owner, and entrepreneur, is in charge of the companies traffic department and the office of the President of the company. Audra has longstanding ties to the local communities with vast involvement in her local church. Audra runs various Bible study programs, works with local charities throughout the area. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing games on her phone.
Kim Stevenson, Executive Assistant
Kim Stevenson is Administrative Assistant at our Davenport Iowa office. Kim was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She attended Rock Island High where she Graduated in 1996. Her and her long time boyfriend have a Dog and a cat together.
Rick Blacker, General Manager - Kewanee, IL
Richard “Rick” Blacker is no stranger to the Kewanee market. Rick has worked with Regional Media from 2006 to 2015. Rick also worked in Radio with Prairie Radio Communications running the Muscatine, IA Radio Stations as the General Sales Manager. Rick has had a long career in sales, marketing and business development. Working and developing several businesses prior to working with Regional Media. Rick also worked in the trucking industry as a broker selling Over the Road trucks, Heavy Equipment and Bucket Trucks. Rick was born in Butte, Montana and grew up in Mandan, ND. When he was released from the Army after serving 8 years he took a position at the Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck North Dakota, a Lee Enterprise Newspaper and was transferred to Muscatine, IA to serve as the Single Copy Sales Manager at the Muscatine Journal and, this is where he started his career in advertising sales and marketing.
Bill Jankowski, General Manager - Princeton, IL
Bill Jankowski is the current Local Sales Manager in Princeton, IL. Bill is no stranger to media sales as he has 18+ years of newspaper sales, radio sales and radio management. He is also a well respected color analyst for local basketball broadcasts in the Starved Rock Country area. Born and raised in Ottawa, IL where he currently lives with his wife, Amy.
Justin Shuman, General Manager - Sterling, IL
Justin has lived in the Sterling/Rock Falls area for over 45 years graduating from Sterling High School and then attended Sauk Valley College. He's been married to his wife Tonya for 19 years and they have one son. Justin has been in the media business for over 18 years.
Dave Levora, Planet 93.9 Program Director and Morning Show Host
Dave grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and was raised on a steady diet of legendary radio stations like WGN and WLS. He decided at a very early age that he was going to be on the radio and wasn’t shy about letting anyone who’d listen know about his master plan to grow up and be an on-air personality. After graduating from Marist High School in Chicago (GO REDHAWKS!), Dave attended Loras College in Dubuque, where he worked on the campus radio station (KLOR) and after a brief internship, landed a job reading the news/sports and obituaries on WDBQ-AM. For real. Obituaries. It was one of the more popular segments on the station. He also hosted “The Sunday Night Alternative” on KLYV-FM from 1993-1995 (a particularly great time to be playing Alternative Music, whatever that term means). Dave left Dubuque for the Quad Cities in May of 1995 shortly after the launch of The Planet 93.5 KORB-FM where he handled the evening shift until 2000, when a format change found The Planet becoming 93 ROCK. Dave became the host of “Levora in the Morning”, a show which as you might have already guessed…took place in the morning. In April of 2004, Dave moved from 93 ROCK to 97 ROCK to co-host The Dave & Darren morning show with Darren Pitra. The duo would later move to ROCK 104.9 where they would continue to wake up the Quad Cities until July of 2014. After 19 years on the air in the Quad Cities, Dave found himself the victim of a format change. His radio exodus allowed him to work on other pursuits including launching a podcast network (Nacho Radio) and hosting a TV show dedicated to craft beer (WQAD’s “Brewed”). Dave was co-host of AM Quad Cities in WOC-AM for two years but is thrilled to be back on the air with Darren Pitra as Dave & Darren can now be heard on The Quad Cities REAL Alternative Radio Planet 93.9. Dave lives in Bettendorf with his wife (Jenni) and their son (Owen).
Darren Pitra, Planet 93.9 Morning Show Co-Host and Sales Account Manager
Darren Pitra is a 30 plus year veteran of Quad Cities radio. He has also worked with the Quad Cities River Bandits. He attended Orion High School and the University of Iowa. Darren loves live music and has gone to over 1,000 concerts. He lives in Bettendorf, IA and likes to spend his free time with family, friends and his dogs.
Sean Kernan, News Director, Kewanee
Sean Kernan has been a radio professional in the Quad Cities and Henry County for more than twenty years. Sean has hosted morning shows, afternoon shows, overnight shows, weekend shows and any other time of the day just so he can be on the radio and talk to you. For the last 7 years Sean has also been a professional film critic and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Televsision Journalists Association. As a member of the BFCA, Sean casts a vote in the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards seen across the country on the CW Network. Sean is currently the host of WKEI Morning Show from 6 AM to 10 AM on WKEI RegionalDailyNews.com 100.1 FM and 1450 AM. In his spare time Sean loves the Chicago Cubs, his favorite movie is The Big Lebowski and he never turns down a free meal.
Tom Katz, Programming
Tom Katz is originally from Los Angeles CA. He relocated to Minnesota in 1992, leaving the fun and sun and earthquakes and wildfires of the southwest behind. In Minnesota, Tom worked for community radio stations. KDHL Radio, in Faribault MN, farm news and classic country station. Also in the same broadcast family, Tom was at Power 96, a classic rocker, and Star92, today's hit music, and covered news on KBGY and KRUE92 and voiced station profiles and liners, all in southern MN. Later, in another market, Tom hosted The Morning Show on Lake Hits 95, and some afternoon drive at KWNG in Red Wing, MN. "I don't like major market broadcast conglomerates that are detached from the listener." Tom moved to Morrison IL in 2015 and joined Regional Media in August of 2018. "Some people are photographers, writers or artists of some form. My creative and communication outlet is radio. Radio offers information on events around us to form a mental photo, brings a spoken story to life, and paints the picture of people and locations when you can't be there yourself." After 22 years of radio, Regional Media Sterling is now where Tom calls home. "WSDR is the best communication station I have been at!"
Paul Bomleny, Programming
Bureau County native Paul Bomleny has done it all in local radio. He even used to produce, print and distribute the "Sunrise Reporter" daily news sheet to around 50 area businesses. Paul enjoys broadcasting local sports and earned second-place at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards Best Sports Play-By-Play for Princeton Tigers football. Another honor was broadcasting a Princeton-Hall girls basketball game from Chicago's United Center, sitting in the same seats the Bulls announcers do. Paul says taking over the WZOE-AM morning show has been one of his proudest accomplishments. Paul stepped away from radio in 2018 but returned after Regional Media acquired WZOE. He says what brought him back was Regional Media's priority of providing local radio to our community. Paul's morning show airs from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and also online at PrincetonNewsNow.com.
Amy Kernan, Programming
Marty Wells, Sales Department
Marty is a native of Sterling and attended the University of Illinois. His very long career in sales and customer service has included positions as bar manager, restaurant manager, and sales consultant. He has assisted business owners, marketing directors, and others in charge of advertising to promote and grow their locations through the Power of Radio for more than six years. His face and professional experience are familiar to many Sauk Valley area residents. Marty lives in Morrison with his wife Deb and is active in his church as Finance Council secretary. His favorite sports teams, who he follows very closely, are the Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Vikings, and Iowa Hawkeyes football team.
Wayne R. Miller, Chief Engineer
Wayne is a native of Illinois with vast ties to the local community throughout the state. Wayne is a product of local radio and his passion is serving the communities by ensuring that radio stations across the area sound the absolute best they can. With an extensive personal history in radio dating back to his college days, it is safe to say Wayne is one of the best in the area. Along with serving as the Chief Engineer for all Regional Media stations, he is an inspector for the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the head of engineering and IT for The Illinois Farm Bureau Radio Network. Wayne has also held the state of Illinois Emergency Communications Chairman (EAS).and IT for The Illinois Farm Bureau Radio Network. Wayne has also held the state of Illinois Emergency Communications Chairman (EAS).
Cammeron Michael, Engineering/Operation
I grew up in the radio business with my father. I immediately fell in love with the sense of community that you feel in the industry. Each day we work to help our communities by providing great programming and a voice for so many. I am also deeply in love with my....car collection.