The Michigan Radio Network
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Chris Lepley--Sports Director
Chris joined Michigan Radio Network in the fall of 2000, after 3 years working for former Michigan Farm Radio Network owner Bob Driscoll at WION in Ionia. There, the Specs-Howard graduate was a programmer, account executive and on-air talent. Chris has a huge passion for sports and names the 2004 NBA World Champions Detroit Pistons one of his favorite teams. He lives in Lansing
Rob Baykian - News Director
Rob, a Detroit native, began his broadcasting career more than 25 years ago. The Michigan State University Journalism graduate began his career at WCER in Charlotte, before stints at WFYC in Alma, WDBI in Tawas City, WRBJ in St. Johns and WILS in Lansing. He was also a minority partner and Director of News Operations for the Michigan News Network from 1981 to 1996. That was followed by a switch to television, as Capitol Bureau Chief for WLNS, Lansing’s CBS affiliate, from 1996 to 1998 before returning to network radio at the Michigan Radio Network. Rob’s also been a columnist for the Greater Lansing Business Monthly since 1995. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Sheila, and their daughter, Charlotte.
Tim Skubick - Capitol Correspondent
A senior member of the Capitol Press Corp, Tim Skubick wears a variety of hats in Michigan political journalism, only one of which is working for MRN. In addition to his role as Capitol reporter for the network, Tim is political editor for Lansing’s NBC affiliate, WILX, and is a stringer for WWJ in Detroit, among other roles. Tim also anchors public television’s interview show, “Off the Record,” which chronicles Michigan government and the state’s four governors during Tim’s more than 30 years covering the state capitol. Tim, who was recently inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has published two books focusing on the Capitol and Michigan politics, He lives in Okemos with his wife, Gayle.
Bill Thompson--Audio News Editor
Bill Thompson, a native of the Mt. Pleasant area, worked at several radio stations throughout Michigan before joining the network more than a decade ago. He spent time at WION in Ionia, WITL and WJIM in Lansing, WJOR in South Haven and WSOO in Sault Ste. Marie and joined MRN in 1994. In 1994 he was promoted to audio/news editor. The Central Michigan University graduate has been active as a distinguished alumnus, promoting broadcast journalism. He also regularly serves as a panelist for group discussions about radio at CMU and is on the Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Alumni Advisory Board. Bill and his wife, Debbie, live near Lansing.
Dennis Krolik--Operations Manager/DataServe Editor
Dennis joined the network in 2000 after spending 14 years as Michigan State University Audio Coordinator for University Relations. In that capacity, he produced news stories highlighting MSU students and staff for use by working media. Before his MSU days, Dennis spent time at WBCK in Battle Creek, WALM in Albion and served as news director at WJIM in Lansing, where MRN editor Bill Thompson was one of his reporters. A 1969 graduate of University of Detroit, Dennis lives in the Lansing area with his wife, Susan, and is the proud father of three daughters.
Dale George--News Anchor/Reporter
Illinois native Dale George joined MRN as an overnight editor in 2002 after an internship at Illinois Radio Network’s capitol bureau in Springfield. Before his internship at IRN, Dale worked as a reporter at radio stations in Macomb, Ill., and Rock Island, Ill. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and earned a masters degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Lansing.
Dennis Mellott -- President/General Manager
Dennis, who has more than 26 years of radio experience, has worked in several facets within the broadcast industry – including major and small market local radio and more than 12 years on the network side of the business. He is president and general manager of the network group owned by Saga Communications which include the Illinois Radio Network, Minnesota News Network, Minnesota Farm Network, Michigan Radio Network and the Michigan Farm Radio Network. The networks also have sports distribution contracts with several professional and collegiate teams, as well as state high school athletic associations throughout the Midwest. Dennis has served on the National Board of State Radio Networks Board of Directors and is past president of the Board. He is an avid outdoorsman and former Marine.
Ryan Hermes - Director of Affiliate Relations
Ryan takes over as affiliate relations director after spending 11 years in radio news. Three of those years were spent working as a statehouse reporter for the Illinois Radio Network.
Most recently he was the morning reporter for WLS-AM in Chicago. Ryan has also worked previously at WMBD-AM, WJPF-AM, and WTAX-AM – which are all in Illinois. He also spent two years at WOKV-AM in Jacksonville, Florida.
During his time in news he’s been recognized by both the Illinois and Florida Associated Press for his breaking news coverage, feature, writing, and use of natural sound. In 2007 Ryan was named the best downstate reporter in Illinois.
Ryan is from Springfield, IL and currently lives in Chicago.
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