Lineup and Talent

103.5 ESPN Radio is proud to have the most professional and best local sports staff in Southern Illinois.  Below you will find some of our local hosts and a brief description of their shows and/or responsibilities around here at 103.5 ESPN!


Matt Varney  Matt Varney is the 103.5 ESPN Program Director and also the morning sports anchor. He graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Media and a focus in Radio.

Matt was born and raised in Bloomington, IL. He came to River Radio in January, 2017.

Matt lives in Herrin with his wife Marisa and son Cooper. They also have two cats, Jedi and Lily.

Matt has been the play-by-play voice of the Murphysboro Red Devils since 2019. He has done play-by-play for John A. Logan women’s basketball since Spring 2021.

He is a Detroit Tigers fan and, thus, well-acquainted with misery.


Mike Murphy & Scott Hudson – SportsVoice
SportsVoice hosted by Mike Murphy and Scott Hudson is a regional call-in Sports Talk Show with a National sound.  Every Saturday morning at 8:02 Mike Murphy, Scott Hudson and “DH” are open for business.  The guys of SportsVoice tackle it all from the Bears and Bulls to the Salukis and Volunteers.  Listeners can call, text or even message the guys via Facebook, Twitter, or the 103.5 ESPN Textline!  The area’s award winning call-in Sports talk show features ticket giveaways to SIU and John A. Logan Men’s Basketball!  Check out SportsVoice at 8:02am on Saturday Morning!