John "Radio" Russell, an Indiana University graduate is a veteran of over 50 years of local broadcasting having worked at 15 Chicago and suburban radio, TV stations and newspapers. John has also written 15 books including "Valley Voices" the history of Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana radio. . He is retired from public relations for the Illinois Department of Transportation, and was the voice of IDOT on the state's expressway low power traffic radio stations. In addition, John did live on the air traffic reports for Chicago stations WLS and WMAQ. In 2009, John received an honorary lifetime membership in the American Federation of Musicians, Chicago Chapter 10-208, for his promotion of local musicians, bands and performers. He also recieved a RAMI Community Service Award in 2012.
For the past 15 years, John has hosted "Midwest Ballroom" on the College of DuPage radio station WDCB. "Midwest Ballroom" also airs nightly on WTPB LP at 8 00 P.M. John is also the host of WTPB LP's "Everyday People" and a new show called "Local Performers" which airs Sundays at 1 PM. John may be contacted at email@example.com.
Dr. Murray Hanson
Dr. Murray Hanson is the retired Pastor of Third Presbyterian Church of Rockford and is the Radio Station Manager of WTPB-LP. He and his wife, Mary, are originally from Southern Minnesota. They have two children and five grandchildren, all of them living in Rockford. Murray was the driving force behind the development of of WTPB-LP, completing the license application with the Federal Communications Commission in 2000. WTPB-LP aired its first program in the spring of 2005.
Mike Williamson has been entertaining Rockford Audiences for over 30 years with his smooth, rich vocal style. His "Magic Monday" benefit for the American Cancer Society ran for 16 consecutive years playing both the Metro Centre and the Coronado Theater. He is excited to be a part of the WPTB family and his show, "Mike Williamson & Friends" will spotlight many regional singers and musicians. Also included will be some of his favorite album cuts from concert performers that he's seen in Chicago and Las Vegas.
In April, 2015 Mike received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the RAMI Ceremony (Rockford Area Music Industry) and he also was presented with Composer Of The Year along with musical collaborator Bruce L. Warden. He performs regularly at The Butterfly Club in Beloit, WI and sometimes at Rockford's Stockholm Inn. Mike may be contacted at www.MikeWilliamsonMusic.com