Stuart J. Wattles Named WRJN News Director!

Press Release


Subject:  Stuart J. Wattles named WRJN & WVTY News Director

Wattles says News his career goal since age 11

Dated:  February 13, 2019

Contact:  Rick Jensen, Group News Director, Magnum.Media


Magnum.Media has named Kenosha native Stuart J. Wattles News Director of radio stations WRJN and WVTY.  “Oldies & Info” WRJN is heard on three frequencies, AM 1400 Racine, FM 99.9 Racine and FM 98.1 Kenosha.  Sister station WVTY, “VTY Country” is heard on 92.1 FM.  Wattles has worked in Kenosha-Racine local radio since 2002.  He is a 1996 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha and attended Kenosha’s Gateway Technical College.


Wattles stated, “For me, News became a passion at age 11 and has been my career goal ever since.  Having grown up in Kenosha and now raising two kids here with my wife, I have a genuine interest in both the present and future of our communities.  I’ve seen a lot of change over the years, but never so much happening all at once as there is these days.  I look forward to interviewing, writing and reporting the News to our listeners.”


Magnum.Media Group News Director, Rick Jensen, who joined Magnum in 1994, said, “Over its 93 year history, WRJN has been fortunate to have a number of talented and dedicated News reporters.  We had applicants for this position from across the country and were most impressed with Stuart’s talents, coupled with his local roots and desire to carry forward the WRJN news tradition.”


Magnum.Media owner, Dave Magnum, added, “We’re pleased Stuart applied for this important position.  In the interview, he really struck Rick and me as possessing an inquisitive mind and deep curiosity — traits vital to an effective newsperson.”


Jensen, who has been covering News on the stations since October, will continue to anchor WRJN afternoon Newscasts during Van McNeil’s air shift, while Wattles will anchor morning and midday News, working alongside orning host Mike Clemens and midday host Lew Turner.  Jensen will continue to deliver morning Newscasts for “92.1 VTY Country.”