Welcome to 97.5 the Rock!

Momma G’s Interview With John Lodge.
Note: Recording starts after the question, “Did you ever imagine that you would have such a long and successful career in music?”


John Lodge, of The Moody Blues, on
The Morning Buzz with Momma G
this Wednesday!

John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues and he’ll be calling in to talk with Momma G this Wednesday, November 13th at 10 am.  Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from “Ride My SeeSaw,” to “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band),” “Isn’t Life Strange?” and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums.  If you have questions for John, please send them to mommag@wdlj.com. She’ll do her best to add them to the conversation.

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We Love Our Listeners!

Recently, we have received a lot of love and support for 97.5 the Rock from some very dedicated listeners. During a few days of near total outage, due to an unforeseen equipment failure, our listeners showed the love big time. Some refusing to listen to another station and chose to pull out their vinyl while we underwent repairs. That is dedication! While we are still undergoing some more improvements, things are pretty close to normal. We just want to say thank you to all who support us here at WDLJ FM, from our audience to our sponsors. We love what we do and we love you for the warmth, concern and dedication you show us every day. We hope our friendship with you is one that will last for years to come. That’s all…Rock on!

Winning With 97.5 the Rock…

Congratulations to Verla Geiger! Verla was the winner of our $1500 Visa gift card give away, sponsored by Bradford National Bank and Excel Bottling. Big THANKS go out to all of our registration sponsors for helping us to celebrate our 15 years on the air.

We’re excited to give more in 2019! 97.5 the Rock will start monthly give aways beginning in February. “How do I enter?” Good question! Just follow the following instructions:

  1. Listen to 97.5 the Rock
  2. Visit our sponsors or use their products
  3. Take a selfie from their place of business or using their product
  4. Post, email or mail in your pics to us

It’s that simple! Show your love for great rock-n-roll by supporting the folks who make it possible. Post your pics to our Facebook page (or send in a private message), email to wdlj@wdljfm.com or mail in those photos to WDLJ, PO Box 2, Carlyle, IL 62231. Beginning in February, we will announce a monthly winner on the 2nd Friday of the month.

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces at the places we love. Double your entry by telling them, “97.5 the Rock sent me!”

You could win free products, concert tickets, money OR a vacation! Something new each month. Join in the fun and let’s make 2019 a winning year!!

Register Today for our

$1500 Give Away!!

Friday, December 21st, we will be giving away a $1500 Visa Gift Card to some lucky listener!! Thanks to Bradford National Bank and Excel Bottling, 97.5 the Rock is giving away $1500 in honor of our 15 years on the air! You could win, but you have to register. We’ll start the box pick up, beginning Wednesday, December 19th, so get out there now. Here’s where you can register:

Bradford National Bank: Both Greenville locations and in Highland
The Corner Keg Pub in Highland
Rooster’s Pub in Staunton
Roadhouse Harley-Davidson in Mt. Vernon
Gutzler’s Furniture in Nashville
Deien Chevrolet in Trenton
K & J Chevrolet in Carlyle
The Keys in Keyesport
Boat Works in Keyesport
Excel Bottling in Breese
Lisa Sauer State Farm in Highland
Rural King in Highland
The Red Duece in Germantown
Finley Flooring in Highland
Turf Bar and Banquet in Breese
The Caddy Shack in Centralia
Becker Jewelers in Breese

And the Winner Is…


Congratulations!! Dennis (aka William) and Pam Watts are the winners of our Cabo Give Away!!  Thanks to all of our signature sponsors: Total Access Travel, Excel Bottling, Bradford National Bank, Twin Oaks Golf Club and Deien Chevrolet (where our winners registered)!! And to all of our registration locations, thank you as well!


Get Registered to Win!!

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Registration has begun for our big Cabo Give Away!! We will be getting listeners registered from now until the end of August for a trip for 2 to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! All YOU have to do is get to one (or ALL) of our Registration Locations and you could be the lucky one who wins. Just visit the following businesses and look for our registration box at one of the following locations:

Bradford National Bank (Greenville, Highland and Marine)
Excel Bottling (Breese)
Deien Chevrolet (Trenton)
Twin Oaks Golf Club (Keyesport)
Dairy King (Trenton & Breese)
Turf Bar & Banquet (Breese)
Chiro-Med Chiropractic & Weight Loss Center (O’Fallon)
Lisa Sauer State Farm (Highland)
Rooster’s Pub (Staunton)
Gutzler’s Furniture (Nashville)
Broadway Bar & Grill (Highland)
The Keys Restaurant (Keyesport)
Roadhouse Harley-Davidson (Mt. Vernon)
Boat Works (Keyesport)
The Caddy Shack (Centralia)

More to come!

WANTED: Registration Locations

Cabo Postcard

97.5 the Rock has teamed up with Total Access Travel, Bradford National Bank, Excel Bottling, Deien Chevrolet and Twin Oaks Golf Club to send YOU to CABO!!! For real!!! We are giving away an all inclusive trip for 2 to Cabo San Lucas!!

The excitement begins on May 1st, registration begins. Businesses, throughout the listening area, will be hosting registration boxes from May 1st thru July 31st. Listeners will ONLY be able to register at these locations. Tell your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, winery, bar, bakery, dog groomer, dentist and retails shop to GET IN ON THE ACTION! The more the merrier! 🙂

The winner will be drawn in August … date, time and place to be determined. We truly have the best sponsors and listeners in all of radio land and are so excited to celebrate 15 years on the air! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for keeping us rocking for so long. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you! Here’s to 15 more!!!



Raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Clinton County Campaign! Make a donation at https://netdonor.net/page/16307/donate/  and let Momma G know what song you’d like to hear on The Morning Buzz on Wednesday, January 31st! Let’s have some fun and raise some funds!


Our Valentine’s Day
Give Away is…underway!

You can now register at the following locations:

Rooster’s Pub in Staunton
Bradford National Bank (Both Greenville locations)
The Corner Keg in Highland
The Keys in Keyesport
Deien Chevrolet in Trenton
Becker Jewelers in Breese
The Caddy Shack in Centralia
Twisted Sisters in Kell
Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle
Rich’s Records in Collinsville
Poppy’s aka Widmer Floral in Highland
Gutzler’s Furniture in Nashville
The Smokehouse in Pierron
Agent: Sandie LaMantia at Berkshire Hathaway
Home Service Elite Properties in Edwardsville


We’re Doing it Again!

We finished out a great year by giving away a $1000 Visa Gift Card to one lucky listener, thanks to Bradford National Bank and Excel Bottling. Thanks also to all of our participating registration sponsors! What a great time we had and congratulations to Justin Kern, our big winner!


We had so much fun that we want to keep the giving … going. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we are putting our heart into another great give away.  This time the winner will receive…

1-Night Cabin Stay from Woodland Cabins

$100 Visa Gift Card from Bradford National Bank

A Beautiful Pandora Necklace from Becker’s Jewelers

2 – 60 Minute Massages from Massage Envy

2 – 60 Minute Facials from Massage Envy

1 – Case of Cherry Ski from Excel Bottling          

Stay tuned for a list of our registration locations. If your business would like to become a participating sponsor, give us a call at 618-594-2620 or contact us through our “Contact Us” page (link above).

Register to Win!

Our “Grand Holiday Give-Away” is under way! Registration boxes are in place! We’ve had a great response from business owners all over our listening area. This means more places to register and hopefully there’s a registration location near you. Take a look below at our list of locations and as always, when you visit any of our sponsors let them know you heard about them on 97.5 the Rock!


Post updated November 27, 2017

Grand Give-Away

What’s New?


First of all…Happy Halloween!! Scary as it may seem the “Holiday Season” is upon us. We here at 97.5 the Rock are gearing up for a great give away. It’s going to be a “Grand” holiday season this year, because we are giving away 1 grand ($1000) to some lucky listener. You heard right Bradford National Bank and Excel Bottling are bringing you the 97.5 the Rock’s Grand Holiday Give-Away! We are currently in search of businesses who would like to participate in the fun by becoming a registration location. If you have or know a business who would like to bring in more foot traffic and get loads of publicity for a very LOW PRICE, then they will want to take part in this grand ol’ event. Check the link below for pricing. Along with the packages listed, all registration location businesses will be included in our 60 second promo spot that will run 8-10 per day during the months of November and December. They will also receive cross promotion via our website and Facebook page. Contact 97.5 the Rock via the contact us link above, by calling 618-594-2620 or sending email to sales@wdljfm.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Holiday Packages Plus

Rockin’ the Weekend…

Join 97.5 the Rock Friday, October 6th in Highland, IL at Chipper’s Pub at 1017 Main Street. We’ll be kicking off your weekend, broadcasting live from 6-8 Friday night. Then stick around as the Orr & Rolens Acoustic Show takes the stage at 9. Great company, great music and great times to be had by all at Chipper’s!

Then it’s off to St. Rose on Saturday, October 7th for Cheers and Beers to 150 Years! It’s the big event that kicks off the 150th Anniversary Celebration of St. Rose, IL. The day starts off with a 5K & 1 mile fun run. Registration is at 9am at St. Rose School and the run starts at 10am. We’ll be there, live from Noon til 2pm at St. Rose Park, to ring in the Craft Beer Tasting Event that goes to 5pm. Come by, say “hi!” and have a drink with us!

Find us at either location and you might just win tickets to Six Flags Fright Fest!

Thank You!

Thanks to the Fish House and the Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Jaycees for having us out for all the fun today! We hope that both the Outdoorsman Show and Street Art/Hops and Color Fests were a huge success. We look forward to coming out again next year. Everyone was so great and we just love the new experiences and meeting new people. Thank you, also, to the Corner Keg Pub and Quick Print Tees of Highland, Illinois. Everyone loved the shirts! They were a big hit.


Good luck to all of those who got entered to win NHRA Midwest Nationals tickets. We’ll be drawing the winners on Monday (September 18th). Thank you to all who listen and keep rockin’!

Big Day for 97.5 the Rock!

19955948_479554482394350_7236258434432999241_oJoin us as we take our show on the road, Saturday, September 16th! It all starts with our live broadcast from the Outdoorsman Show at the Fish House in Carlyle. The  Outdoorsman Show will be a fun-filled two day event with clay bird shoots, duck calling contest, wild game cook off, bow shoot and lots of vendors. Bird Dog Mafia will be there doing pointing dog demonstrations. There’ll also be great food and live music! We will be broadcasting live from 9-11am.

Then…join us in Highland for the 15th Annual Street Art Fest and the 2nd Annual Hops and Color Beer Tasting Festival. There’ll be great works of art, delightful craft beers, food AND we’ll be broadcasting from noon til 4pm.


Find us and you could win tickets to the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park on September 29th! As always, we look forward to meeting you!


20934752_1538070572919676_7920484739372122575_oCelebrate and Win! Come out to Greenville for the Bradford National Bank 150 Birthday Bash!

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Join 97.5 the Rock and Bradford National Bank, Sept. 2nd, as they celebrate the 150 years in the business of banking and community service. Bradford National bank has been doing it right for a century and a half and shows no signs of slowing down. Come out and spend the day with your friends in banking and rock-n-roll. Momma G and Jack Davis will be broadcasting live from 4-6 and they have your chance to win tickets to see Deep Purple and Alice Cooper on September 8th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. It’s going to be a fun filled day of food, games and music! The Swamp Daddies start the show at 4, followed by Jeff Chapman and the Brother Jefferson Band at 6. Then the areas best Journey tribute band, Stone in Love rock you through the night!

Join 97.5 the Rock and Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Southwestern Illinois on Wednesday, August 30th


We’ll be joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois this Wednesday (August 30th) from 4 to 6:30 at Auffenberg Ford in O’Fallon, Illinois. Visit their website to learn more http://houseraffle.bbbsil.org/ and we’ll see you there!

Thank You for
Rockin’ the Lake with Us!


We would just like to thank everyone, once again, for the big success of our 1st Annual Lake Party! Keyesport Boat Rentals, Tradewinds Marina, The Keys, Boatworks, The Fish House, AVH Graphics, Bradford National Bank, 3 Way Landscape Creations, Twin Oaks Golf Course, Wilford Printing Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery and, of course, … Excel Bottling (makers of SKI!!), thank you and…you ROCK!! But also, a HUGE “THANK YOU” to our listeners! We are overjoyed at the warm response you give us everywhere we go and it is a true joy to meet you when we are out and about. We thank you for listening and we hope we can continue to rock your world for years to come. Now, enough of that mushiness…Let’s Rock!!!




Father’s Day is coming and 97.5 The Rock wants to hook Dad up! We’ve got a killer prize package which includes a $50 Visa gift card (Bradford National Bank), $100 BBQ Meat Bundle (Red Barn Farm), $400 Weber Gas Grill & $100 Collman Cooler (Rural King) and a 4 pack of Cardinals Tickets for the June 30th game along with a huge Cardinals goodie bag! All you have to do is enter to win at one of the following locations:

1. The Corner Keg Pub – Highland
2. The Key’s – Keyesport
3. Pizza & Cream – Centralia
4. Excel Bottling – Breese
5. Sam’s Pizza – Highland

If you would like to add your business to the list of registration locations, give us a call at 618-594-2620 or send email to sales@wdljfm.com.