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Big D & Bubba

When you're sitting in the car wondering if the person in the next car over in traffic thinks that you've lost your mind because you are seemingly laughing hysterically to yourself, or sitting in the parking lot at your destination waiting for us to finish a topic, silly phone call, interview, game or conversation.....We are right there with you. And with you all the way. We know how crazy life can be....and we want to be your goofy, chubby, best radio-friend refuge from the harsh reality of being pulled 100 different directions by your spouse, kids, boss, coworkers, etc.

If you are new to the show,...um......hi! We hope to get to know you, and hope that you put up with us long enough to get to know us as well. Click on the bio's below to learn a little about each of us. If you've been a friend of ours for awhile, still click below, and see how well you know us!

By the way...because EVERYONE asks us.....We met in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., where Big D was hosting a morning show and Bubba was hosting afternoons. We immediately hit it off, both on and off the air, and ended up pairing up to co-host a show together at the ripe old ages of 24!


On-Air Schedule
Monday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba
Tuesday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba
Wednesday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba
Thursday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba
Friday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba
Saturday 05:00am - 09:00am Big D & Bubba

Diane Ducey

Diane Ducey is a Tolono native who graduated as a Unity Rocket in the mid 80's then graduated from EIU and landed a gig at K-104 in 1989 as her first paying gig as a DJ. She's worked on various stations here in the C-U area and in Lafayette, LA where her daughter Gabrielle was born towards the end of the 90's. She came back to Illinois to do radio in Chicago at The Eighties Channel until it went to a Latin format of Viva 103.1 and was hired by Stevie Jay to be on the air as that hometown girl done good, always smiling.

Diane met Mike Anderson and fell in love, marrying in September 2001 with their honeymoon in NYC. The happy couple was do to fly out on 9/11, which proved to be challenging. Daughter Anna came in 2002 and their son Aidan in 2003. Having a couple of dogs and rabbits fill her home with fun adventures and laughter. Diane serves on many committees as an active parent in Unit 7 and volunteers frequently at St Patrick's Parish in Tolono as well as the festival called "Tolono Fun Day" the last Saturday in June. With kids involved in sports, dancing, scouts, show choir, acting and the park district programs, Diane and Mike love to see them in action. You'll often see her working the microphone at various events with charities asking her to emcee various events and benefits like 5K runs or walks.

When Diane graduated from college she started to DJ at clubs and got her own mobile DJ equipment for parties, weddings and reunions. She loves to keep the those attending in a good mood with great music choices for all. Music has always been part of her life, especially seeing LIVE shows like The Eagles, Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson! Going to see sporting events is another passion in case you see her at a game, yell out "Duce!" As the youngest of 6 kids, when everyone gathers for a family affair, there's 27 present.

Enjoying life to the fullest, if you have a comment or suggestion: bring it! Diane.Ducey@sjbroadcasting.com


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 01:00pm - 05:00pm Local Program
Monday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program
Tuesday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program
Wednesday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program
Thursday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program
Friday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program

Ken Cunningham

Hi, I'm Ken Cunningham originally from Tuscola and now living in Rantoul. Join me each afternoon on US1059. Together we will get through the workday and the drive home with today's country and the favorites from the past. Join me on 105.9-FM, online here at www.us1059.com or download the US1059 App on your Smart Phone between 2PM and 7PM weekdays! Call (217) 239-1059 to interact, request songs and win prizes from US1059.

Favorite Quote: "Ken, You're a great bull s$%tter...you should work in radio." - My Mom


On-Air Schedule
Monday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program
Tuesday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program
Wednesday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program
Thursday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program
Friday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program

Radio Lia

I’m Lia. The host. The Facilitator. The sticky substance that holds the stories together with the songs. I’m the gal who can’t for the life of me keep a secret yet everyone seems to tell me their secrets anyway. I love my job. I’m happily married to the luckiest guy on earth, Chad. I have 4 kids. All of them smart, spoiled and love country music. In my spare time I play word games, mind games and lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes of peace at least once a day. Here’s a secret about me: I never talk on the phone when I’m not at work. That could be because I do it every night for hours. My sisters complain constantly about me never calling them back. Even my husband occasionally goes to voice mail. We have 2 dogs and spend as much spare time as we can on our boat. Even holidays like Christmas and New Years we’re on that boat.


I was born and raised in Kentucky. My mom, a Southern Belle housewife, and my dad, a farmer, bar owner, janitor, banjo picker, had finally had enough kids. I was the last of four and, believe me, I think I was the reason they didn't want anymore! I grew up a small town in Kentucky, with not much to do there but plug my ears while my dad tried to pick his banjo and run through the sprinklers on a hot summer's day. I was definitely a Daddy’s Girl. Even though I hated that banjo, I loved my dad. The hardest thing I ever went through in my life was the death of my dad. I was only fifteen--too much for a young girl to take! When I was a kid Country Music was always around. In the car, in the house, at my dad’s bar. I have to admit most of my teenage years were spent listening to Rock Music. I was a HUGE fan of Pink Floyd. We’d have music wars in our home with my dad cranking up “He Stopped Loving Her Today” to dry to drown out my “Comfortably Numb.”

I left Kentucky, my family, my friends and my life behind after my dad passed and moved hundreds of miles cross-country to be with my oldest sister, Connie (my role model, best friend and confidante), and her husband. I finished school and moved out on my own at 17. I went off to college with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Purely by accident, I got into Country radio. Believe me when I say that I am sure my dad teamed up with God to make that happen.

As far as this show goes, I just want you to know that we all work very hard each night to put this thing together. I'm so lucky to have such a great team of people to work with.


On-Air Schedule
Monday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia
Tuesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia
Wednesday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia
Thursday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia
Friday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia
Saturday 07:00pm - 12:00am Nights with Radio Lia

Michael Carpenter

Mike Carpenter is US1059's overnight guy! Join Mike for the late night country each weekday on US1059 between Midnight and 5AM.

Mike is an Urbana Native, graduate of Urbana High and The U of I Urbana-Champaign. Mike is an avid sports fan and is regularly featured on The Tay & J Show on US1059's sister station ESPN 93.5. Mike also is the lead singer and guitarist in the band, Decadents.


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 12:00am - 06:00am Local Program
Saturday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program

Rob Stone


On-Air Schedule
Monday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program
Tuesday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program
Wednesday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program
Thursday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program
Friday 12:00am - 05:00am Local Program
Saturday 09:00am - 02:00pm Local Program

Josh Laskowski

Josh Laskowski is happy to be playing country music again on US1059 each Saturday from 2PM to 7PM.

In his spare time, Josh is owner and operator of Eye CU Photo Booths. He also spends a lot of time on his new house he purchased in October 2012.

Josh moved to Champaign Urbana in 2007 after spending time in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and his hometown of Decatur, IL. Josh is very active in the community MCing various events and serving on several committees including Freedom Celebration and Sweetcorn Festival to name a few.

Josh graduated from Brown College in Mendota Heights, MN in 2004 with his degree in radio broadcasting. Josh lives in Urbana.


On-Air Schedule
Saturday 02:00pm - 07:00pm Local Program

Crook and Chase

Lorianne Crook & Charlie Chase have been hosting radio and television shows featuring the best in country music since 1983! Crook & Chase were just inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in February, 2013.

These days, you can tune in to their long-running radio show -- The Crook and Chase Countdown -- on over 220 stations in the U.S. including US1059!

Visit crookandchase.com/pages/crookandchase.html to learn more about Crook & Chase.


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 09:00am - 01:00pm Crook and Chase Countdown

Fitz

Fitz has three kids, a Boston Terrier named Susie Lou Snuffoluffogus and a really hot wife who is far too beautiful for him, is with him out of pity and is trying to find a way out. Fitz brings a unique feminine perspective to the show because he is truly a 6’7” 245 pound baby! You might think he is an NFL linebacker but truly, he is an overgrown pansy. Fitz lives for reality TV. Be glad you can just laugh at him and that you don’t have to live with him.

Listening to Fitz is not like anything else you've ever heard or experienced. Fitz has been described as someone with a huge heart who lives his life on the radio. His conversations and stories range from comical to profoundly honest. Some have described Fitz's show as a radio hybrid of "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live" with parody songs and comedy bits. Others have described his show as Ellen meets Oprah. Fitz describes it as High School with a paycheck! It's not just a radio show…its entertainment that you become a part of. After hearing Fitz once, you'll be hooked.

Fitz grew up as the middle child in the small, North Texas, country town of Bowie. Fitz’s mother, a theater arts teacher, always said he would be the President of the United States or in the state penitentiary. Thankfully, he put his energy in the right direction and ended up somewhere right in the middle, choosing a career in radio. From the young age of six, Fitz could be heard on the airwaves calling radio stations begging the DJs to put him on the air. Years later, as president of student body for his high school, Fitz was responsible for school announcements every morning. Even then he couldn't resist making his daily two minutes on the intercom as entertaining as possible for all who listened. "I went to my principal one day and told him that his announcements were not entertaining. I begged him to let me do the daily announcements and the next thing y’know, I had 3 minutes every morning to start people’s day with a laugh." And the rest, as they say, is history.

After high school, at the age of seventeen, he started hounding the program director of KNIN in Wichita Falls, TX. His persistence finally paid off when they allowed him to have a few hours on the weekend, but just as things started to get going in the right direction, the station was bought by a different company and Fitz was let go. It's no surprise though that when the new owner found a tape of Fitz's weekend show, he immediately realized that a mistake had been made, and he promptly called Fitz, offered him the morning show and at the the tender age of eighteen. His dream had come true, and The Fitz Radio Program was born!

Fitz was always striving for the next best thing, so he made a demo tape and sent it off to a station called 93Q in Houston, TX. They offered Fitz the co-host position for their top-rated morning show. From there he had stints in Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX, where at the age of 23, he was the host of his own morning show and the youngest ever to accomplish that in a top ten radio market. Fitz is currently the host of the top rated, “Fitz in the Morning" show on 100.7 The Wolf in Seattle, WA.

In January 2011, Fitz was chosen from thousands of radio hosts throughout the nation to fill in for Regis on Live with Regis and Kelly where he impressed producers and ABC executives with his interview of Sir Anthony Hopkins and other segments on the show. He is known as the only person ever to “High-Five” Sir Anthony Hopkins during an interview. Kelly Ripa almost poisoned Fitz by putting lavender oil in his mouth while giving him a facial. Fitz survived and it made for great television. Elsewhere on the small screen, Fitz was also the host of the nationally syndicated show "Fitz on Fox Allaccess USA" During Fitz's downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, singing and watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, reruns of “The Golden Girls” and “Wonder Years” and “My Cat from Hell”.


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 05:00pm - 08:00pm Powered By Country with Fitz

Rick Jackson

Every Sunday morning starting at 6 a.m. tune in to Rick Jackson’s Country Hall of Fame for a selection of the greatest stars and songs in country music history. If you are a country fan, you’ll know most of the songs.

With a good dose of fun and respect, Rick presents the songs with colorful stories and information about the music, singers, songwriters, and behind the scenes players.


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 06:00am - 09:00am Rick Jackson’s Country Hall of Fame

Alabama's Randy Owen

Country Gold with Randy Owen, is a four hour show hosted by the front man and lead vocalist for the iconic band Alabama. Country Gold is music-intensive, with anecdotes from a guy who ruled the country music charts during its golden age.

Randy is a country music legend, with 43 # 1 singles, over 75 million albums sold and over 150 industry awards including - 8 ACM and CMA "Entertainer of the Year" honors, 2 Grammys, 23 American Music Awards and a proud member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Country Gold spotlights classics from the 1970s through the mid-90s.


On-Air Schedule
Sunday 08:00pm - 12:00am Country Gold with Alabama's Randy Owen

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