On-Air Talent

Trey Stafford
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 104.9 The Fox

Trey Stafford is the not only the president and general manager of Jonesboro Radio Group, he has also been co-host for Fox Morning Show for the past 20 years with Jim Frigo.

Trey’s love for radio began in fourth grade in 1971. He grew up listening to “The Treehouse”, a daily talk show on KPCA-AM, which is based in his hometown of Marked Tree. Trey realized the hosts never shared information about his school, so he wrote some school news down, took it to the station, and was welcomed to read the report on air himself. Ever since that moment, he was hooked on broadcast and gave up his regular childhood to spend the rest of his life in the business.

Forty-six years later, Trey has received numerous awards and served in major roles for a variety of associations and committees. These include Best Radio Personality from Jonesboro Occasions Magazine, past president of Arkansas Broadcasters Association, past Small Market Radio Committee Representative National Association of Broadcasters, past president of Paragould Rotary Club, past president of Arkansas Officials Association, Manager of the Year (Viking Award) from Saga Communications, Book of Golden Deeds Award from Jonesboro Exchange Club, and Member of the Year from Paragould Chamber of Commerce.

He is heavily involved with community service and activities and enjoys working with Make-A-Wish, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He and his wife, former KAIT anchor and reporter Jenna (Newton) Stafford, have four children—one daughter and triplet sons.

He is interested in sports, music of all kinds—especially live music, politics, and serving the community.

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Jim Frigo
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 104.9 The Fox

Jim has been part of Fox Morning Show for the past 20 years with co-host Trey Stafford. Originally from Los Angeles, he has spent 40 years in the broadcast industry.

He fell in love with the career field by listening to morning personalities growing up—Ray and Ram, Rick Dees, Joe James, etc. Once he noticed that a new radio station was being built in his area, he decided to jump at the opportunity and literally showed up on the owner’s doorstep to ask for a job. He hasn’t looked back since.

Through his time in radio, he has won several awards, including Best Station Marconi Award, Best Station from Occasions Magazine, Station Award for 1994 Arbitron Success 39.6 AQ  51% CUME, and two-time Station Presidents Award.

Jim loves all music having to do with country and western. He also enjoys classic rock, blues, and gospel.

He has two children and one grandson. In his spare time, enjoys fishing, cooking, beer, and travelling. He also likes to raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Christie Matthews
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 104.9 The Fox

Christie Matthews, a born-and-raised Arkansan, arrived in Jonesboro in 1990.

Christie has been honored with numerous industry accolades over her 28-year radio career, including Top 25 Country Program Director Honoree multiple times by Country Radio Broadcasters and Radio Ink Magazine; 2014 Top Small Market Program Director in America by Radio Ink Magazine; Third Best Program Director in America in 2015; Saga Communications Best of Brand Award Winner and Top Program Director; and Make-a-Wish Foundation Fundraiser of the Year.

Christie has a passion for family, radio, and her community.  Christie’s love for children and community is evident in her role as a longtime volunteer and fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. In addition, she is dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds for women’s health.

Country music is her favorite, with Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood in heavy rotation.

Christie and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of two daughters and a son-in-law, and are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first grandchild in September. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, listening to music, and spending time with her family.

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Rob West
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 104.9 The Fox

Rob West came to the Jonesboro area in 2016 with 20 years of experience in radio broadcasting under his belt. He fell into the career after leaving the military on medical discharge. Unenthusiastic about the employment he took up afterward, he began taking classes at a broadcasting school on the advice of a friend.

During his time in radio, he has earned several awards, including Wisconsin Broadcaster Awards for Best Radio Show, Best Original Show for The Great Outdoors, Best Station Promo, and Presidents Club.

He is involved with the following charities and organizations: Make-a-Wish Foundation, St. Jude, P.A.W.S., and the Humane Society.

His musical preferences are country and anything from the 90s. He says he has everything from AC/DC to rap on his phone and claims he can “get redneck” or listen to smooth jazz while working around the house.

Rob and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters together. They are also proud of their yellow lab, coonhound, guinea pig, goat, and 16-foot fishing boat. Rob is interested in hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, and spending time with his family either outdoors or traveling. He is also a huge sports fan with an affinity for football, basketball, and baseball.

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Phil Jams
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mix 106.3, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 100.5 The Eagle

Phil Jams, of Helena, is a 35-year veteran of the radio industry. His career began in high school when he decided to apply for a job at a local radio station where a friend worked.  He was brought on part-time and fell in love.

Since then, he has won BPI Programmers Award for Best Production, the St. Louis Air Award of Best Production, and the Jonesboro Radio Group Legacy Award.

Phil is interested in any charities involving autism or animal welfare.

A DJ with an affection for puns and dad jokes, Phil fills the air waves with classic rock. Personally, he has a love for all genres of music.

He and his wife, Joy, have a son and daughter together.

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Ryan “DJ Ice Tre” Beavers
6 p.m. to Midnight on Hot 107.5

A native of Newport, Arkansas, Ryan Beavers has had eight years of experience in broadcast. Earning his degree in Digital Media and Design with an emphasis in Radio and Television from Arkansas State University’s Department of Media, he was given the opportunity to DJ part-time for Hot 107.5.

He said wanted to be in the industry because he was already involved in music and DJ life, so he thought it was something that would always keep his interest.

His favorite songs are “Song Cry” by JayZ, “Dollar Dream” by J. Cole, and “Jammin” by Bob Marley.

Beavers supports City Youth Ministries and American Red Cross.

In his spare time, he is interested in music, sports, gaming, and being around dogs. He also has a mobile DJ service and does mix-tape hosting.

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Tom Scott
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Mix 106.3

Tom Scott is the morning host of Mix 106.3. Originally from Newport Beach, Cali., he has 28 years of experience in broadcast.

He fell in love with music and broadcasting at the age of seven and joined the Navy later in life to become a radio journalist before obtaining several degrees in radio and television. He feels radio is something he was “created to do”.

He has received various outstanding production awards in the Orange County and Los Angeles markets, Most Creative Production from CBS/Vegas, an award for vocal talent from CBS/Vegas, and Best Production in a Large Market from the 2016 Arkansas Business Association Awards.

His favorite genres include hot/adult contemporary, Christian hits, country, and smooth jazz.

Tom has two daughters. His hobbies include singing, tennis, water sports, fishing, and traveling. He loves to get involved with the following charities and causes: American Heart Association, St. Jude, and child advocacy.

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Leisa Rae
7 p.m. to Midnight on 100.5 The Eagle

Leisa Rae, a native of Lynn, does double duty as an on-air personality and traffic director.

Leisa got her start in the broadcast industry during job shadow day at a Walnut Ridge radio station. A week after her visit, she received a job offer and started as a part-time board operator and host of the Saturday morning edition of “Tradio”.

Sixteen years later, Leisa has received a variety of awards and recognitions for her work. These include Outstanding Production, Outstanding Station/Client Promotion, and Community Service Outstanding Station Promotion by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association; 2nd Runner Up for Festival/Event of the Year 2012 by the Arkansas Delta Byways Awards; and numerous ADDY Awards for radio commercial production and print advertising.

She is interested in any charities promoting the benefit of children – especially programs that get children involved with music. Leisa, herself, was raised on country and classic rock but also enjoys blues, funk, jazz, classical, big band, and swing. Her top artists include Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, and Van Halen.

Leisa is a married mother of one with four bonus daughters and five step-grandchildren. She has a fond love for her guitar and wonders if it thinks of her as much as she thinks of it. In addition, she loves renovation and DIY projects, cooking, spending time with her family, discovering new music, social media, and binge watching.

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