Tom Personalities

6:00 am – Noon: Derek Schlegel – Big D

An Ottumwa native, Derek has been known to survive in this rural wilderness with nothing but a pocket knife and free wireless internet. Currently pursuing his lifelong passion of having people listen to him, Derek enjoys the simpler things in life. Like rocket science, space exploration, and applied thermodynamics. He seriously didn’t just look those up in Wikipedia.

His duties include being on air for 97.7 TOM FM 6am-Noon Monday through Friday, and making sure the music is ‘aight’.



 12:00pm – 6:00pm  Russ Argo

Russ, The ‘Workday Navigator’/’Back in the Day Café Barista’

He’s an avid Disc Golfer, with an eccentric and eclectic taste in music. Quixotic and a bit of an enigma, Russ is a good co-worker. Despite the rumors that he was once fired for playing Plastic wrap dodgeball during work hours.    Did I mention, he’s an avid disc golfer… I mean, literally.
The dude will not stop talking about it!


6:00pm – 12:00am  JVA

JVA, international man of mystery, returns to his familiar weeknight spot on Tom FM. His travels took him to many distant and strange lands: the jungles of Brazil, the deserts of Egypt, and the endless shrimp of Red Lobster. He journeyed to the great pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and the magnificent Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. He’s spoken to the Queen of England, shaken hands with presidents, and given the raspberry to Vladimir Putin. So why, after all his adventures, has he returned to humble Ottumwa? Why has he come back to this place, just to pick up his headphones and tell his silly stories between songs?
“Dude, have you ever eaten at the Canteen? That’s the stuff right there.”

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