Mitch Ryder -- Mornings 5am - 8am
Join Mitch Ryder mornings on Country Roads 93.3 before Swap & Shop! Mitch has all of the Valley's Best Country to get your workday started along with updates from ABC News, Local News with Lucky Knott and SValleyNow.com, and the latest traffic and your up-to-date forecast from Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core!
"Hey, Mitch Here! Once a bartender, a customer told me that I should be on the radio, because he thought I could talk to a barrel of pickles. He owned a radio-station and gave my first job... and here I am 30 years later and still having fun. I am married and have two wonderful daughters. We love to travel and if we're not doing that, we enjoy golfing, gardening, hiking, camping and really anything outdoors. Thanks so much for letting me be part of your mornings!"
Lucky Knott -- News Director
Lucky Knott is one of the most well-known names and voices in radio news and sports play-by-play in Southeast and Middle Tennessee. He worked at WEPG back in the 1980s and even gave Travis his first radio job! Since then he went on to manage several stations around the state, work in radio news, television, and even as the Public Information Officer for Coffee County, along with teaching Radio-TV Media at Grundy Co. High. Lucky is happy to be here at Country Roads 93.3 WSDQ in Dunlap as News Director for the radio station. In addition, he's also the News Director and Editor of our company's online newspaper -- SValleyNow.com! A three-time nominee for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, he enjoys music, baseball (especially the Chattanooga Lookouts). and high school sports, along with spending time with his wife and daughter. You can catch his local news reports weekday mornings from 5-8am CT, along with updates at 12 Noon, 4pm, and 5pm. You might also catch him reporting sports, filling-in on the radio, or see him at one of our live broadcasts, too! And if you see news happening... EMAIL him or CALL the NEWS LINE at 423-815-NEWS (6397).
Glenn Eidson -- Swap & Shop 8 - 9am
A "hometown boy", Glenn Eidson has been with Country Roads 93.3 WSDQ this time around since October 2022. He's no stranger to the radio though as some may remember him working at WSDQ back in the "AM only" days alongside former owner, Tollye Wayne, reporting news and local sports and events. Having retired after many years as a teacher in the Sequatchie County Schools, Glenn decided in his retirement to make the return to media. As host of "Valley Views" with BTC Fiber, he talks to local leaders, movers, and shakers in the community about everything that's happening in the community...and now he's back on your radio having fun entertaining listeners weekday mornings and getting their Swap & Shop items on the air! Glenn is also our lead local account executive and handles advertising sales and marketing for our valued local advertisers and customers from all around Dunlap and Sequatchie County, Pikeville and Bledsoe County, and all areas the station reaches! Join Glenn for Swap & Shop weekdays from 8-9am to buy, sell, trade and swap your things! Call 423-949-5805 and let him know what ya' have!
Travis Hickman -- Swap & Shop 9-10am
Beginning in the radio business, in 1982, Travis, knew what it was like to start from the ground up. Being raised in a country-based home, music was always around. Since being raised in a remote country area, early morning rising was quite common, and the portable radio in the kitchen was always tuned in to WSM in Nashville, TN. He knew more words to the songs sung by the old country favorites like Bill Monroe, Charlie Louvin, Roy Acuff, Patsy Cline, Flatt and Scruggs and Hank Snow, than most adults during the same time era. Going into radio was like second nature for him from playing the latest hits, to old-timey country even the latest rock and roll. From working on our sister station WEPG beginning the early hours every morning with the Swap and Shop show, selling advertisement on the side and moving on up into the world of behind the stage jobs, Travis has done it all. His earliest claim to fame was the day he met Bill Monroe backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in October 1994. Never missing a beat, his stardom in music was born. Over the years, Travis, has met with many artists in a wide variety of music, from the Grand Ole Opry to Riverbend, even to the well known, Alabama June Jam, none escaped his attendance. In his accolades he has to his credit featured artists such as Loretta Lynn, Charlie Daniels, Brooks and Dunn, Taylor Swift, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton,Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, George Strait, Toby Keith and many, many more!
Kaitlyn Hickman -- Swap & Shop 9-10am
Born and raised right here in Dunlap and the heart of the Sequatchie Valley, Kaitlyn was more or less born with both the "Country Music" and "Radio" gene, since her father (Travis) was in radio at WEPG and later here at WSDQ. Kaitlyn grew up in the halls of the radio station and has grown to love it more with every passing year. She's been working behind the scenes and on air at the station now for several years and you can join her along with Travis weekday mornings on Swap & Shop! Not only is Kaitlyn on air each morning, but she also works behind the scenes in the office taking care of everything from sales and billing to bookkeeping, and other day-to-day operations around the radio stations. When she's not on air or in the office, she's busy with her real full-time job as a Mom of three girls! She loves all kinds of music (not just country). Her tastes include just about anything from the 90's and 2000's and let's not get started on what a huge fan she is of the band Steppenwolf! Her first claim to radio fame was introducing "Born To Be Wild" on the air at WEPG when she was about 9-years-old. Don't let the blonde-ish hair fool ya', because she's the organized one on the morning show weekday mornings -- keeping Travis, Steven, Duke, and whoever she's hosting with on-task, on-point, and making sure the show rolls-on! Listen for Kaitlyn on Swap & Shop...Mornings from 8-10am on The River 104.9 and from 9-10am on Country Roads 93.3!
Sherry Farmer -- Weekdays 10am - 2pm
Sherry Farmer keeps you company during the workday here on Country Roads 93.3 following Swap & Shop! Sherry grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and she graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Psychology as well as a Mousetorate from the Walt Disney World College Program! YES! She really did! Well, not to be outdone by Mickey & friends (and to go along with her now long career in radio) she most recently earned her Masters in Communications. Sherry loves making people smile and playing their favorite music while keeping them informed about the artists they love and their local community.Listen to Sherry weekdays from 10am-2pm on Country Roads 93.3!
Steve Brewer -- Weekdays 2pm-7pm
Who loves country music, entertainment news, rush-hour traffic? Okay, okay...so two out of three, but he'll make your drive through the afternoon drive home a lot better with plenty of all of that! Steve Brewer's listeners find his warm, friendly style perfect for wrapping up the workday, the rush hour drive and for continued listening at home. Steve is an avid sports fan, When he's not on the radio or taking care of radio/work things; Steve can typically be found watching the big game of the week and yelling at the TV. And by "avid sports fan" -- we truly mean that! He also collects hockey pucks! He's also a big collector of vinyl records, and wants a pet mini-pig. We don't ask...we're afraid he'll say why.
John Glenn -- Weeknights 7pm-Midnight
John Glenn holds down the fort weeknights from 7pm-Midnight on Country Roads 93.3. He became a country radio enthusiast long ago... He says one of his earliest memories "...was listening to Don Williams on the radio with my Grandfather, while waiting in line at a grain elevator. I remember the heat of the day, the smell of the grain dust, the hole in the truck's floorboard. I go back to that moment every time I hear a Don Williams song, maybe that's why The Gentle Giant is one of my all-time favorites. That "Eureka" moment is why I love Country radio..." Outside of the studio, John enjoys time with his beautiful wife and two wonderful kids -- fully-immersing himself in life and squeezing the most from all of its moments! Tune in and listen for me weeknights here on Country Roads 93.3 FM WSDQ from 7pm until Midnight!
Logan Carmichael - Engineer / Production
If it's broken...he probably broke it! Wait...no... That's not how it works! Logan Carmichael is our Chief Engineer, IT guru, troubleshooting ninja, and audio production and creative services wizard for Tennessee Valley Broadcasting's 104.9 The River WEPG and Country Roads 93.3 WSDQ. A native of Whitwell, TN, Logan started in radio at the ripe old age of 11 and came to work at WEPG in 1996. You might also remember him from mornings on WSDQ back in 2006. He's worked in other towns like Chattanooga, Atlanta, and just outside of Dayton, OH in Indiana. He came full-circle back to our stations several years back with engineering and production duties and has been here ever since! Logan handles the technical operations of both stations, keeping the radio waves flowing from our towers to your radio....and music going to your web stream or smart speakers and TV! He also handles creative services, production, and programming for the stations -- meaning he's the guy your hear on many of our commercials. Logan also coordinates and runs our seasonal high school football broadcasts of the Sequatchie County Indians, Marion County Warriors, South Pittsburg Pirates, and his alma mater, the Whitwell Tigers on his Nickajack Radio Network in cooperation with the radio stations. When he's not busy working, he's busy as a full-time uncle, raising his niece and nephew. He enjoys listening to all kinds of music (especially Jimmy Buffett -- he's our resident Parrot Head), talking all over the world on his ham radio, watching the Vols, Red Sox, or Braves...and many other hobbies. You can catch Logan filling-in occasionally on Swap & Shop or other shifts, too!
Vicki Messer -- Office Manager
Things just wouldn't get done in a house without a Mom to keep everyone in line. Well....the same can be said about a radio station! Thankfully, WSDQ and WEPG has Vicki Messer to keep up with all of our, uhm, messes. (yeah, we went there!). Vicki is a Marion County native who worked for many years as an EMT/Paramedic both here and in Chattanooga. She's the one you want around to revive you should you need CPR -- yes, she's certified and a trainer! She also has many years of office management and bookkeeping experience, so we've enlisted her help around here as our Office Manager to see that bills are paid, accounting is done, and things are handled professionally and in a timely manner! Vicki is always ready to help Country Roads 93.3's customers and advertisers and she loves country music! While you don't hear her on the radio a lot -- don't let that fool ya! She worked some around our sister station, WEPG, running ballgames and other programs alongside her brother (now owner and morning host) Travis Hickman back in the 80s. Vicki also handles news coverage for Country Roads 93.3 and 104.9 The River from time-to-time and is one of the station's social media divas!