The Susan Show


Join Susan Saunders and Archie Jay each weekday morning on WBNQ. Get your funny on, win prizes and hear a great mix of all the hits! The WBNQ morning show delivers what you need to start your day in Central Illinois.

Call 309-828-1015 to join in the fun on air, or email Live and local, the way it should be.

Susan Saunders

I have been working in radio for over 25 years now, (yes, I started in high school–no lie) and I have worked all over this fine country including long stays in Madison, Rockford, Sacramento,Chicago and for the past 18 years here in Bloomington Illinois at WBNQ.

Born and raised on a small farm in Rochelle Illinois, I trained and competed in all the yummy music programs, theater, and speech team from birth through my college years at Northern Illinois University. Radio became the launch pad for so many performance opportunities that I just couldn’t let it go. Before I realized it, I was a broadcaster first, and everything else second.

Happily married to Derek, who did indeed catch my eye on over 10 years ago. We live just outside of Bloomington in a home that we built with our own two hands. Inside we share it with a 145lb Saint Bernard named Harley who we rescued 6 years ago.

As to the most commonly asked question: “Why stay in Bloomington so long?” Ahh the joys of living in a smaller city and working with great radio people.You can’t beat that. Plus, WBNQ was one of the first stations in the country to allow a woman(me) to lead their morning show, and for that I am very grateful. Being live and local is always my top radio goal, but being Arbitron ranked number one on the number one rated station has been tasty icing on the cake. Find me on Twitter @wbnqsusan and @susansaundersradio on Instagram!


Archie Jay

I’ve been working in radio for six years now, (just like Susan, I too started in High School). It first began from my hometown of Kansas City, MO on the only teen radio talk show in the country, “Generation Rap.” Following High School, I entered college with the mission of headlining my own college radio talk show, which later became the #1 College Radio Show in the Midwest region. 

I learned to walk and talk in Kansas City, I studied healthcare early on, acted in theater and participated in every musical I could get into, until I found my destined calling of broadcast. Radio was the very first place that allowed me to be unfiltered (within FCC means), I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but following my passion for radio early on made everything else around me fall into place. 

Being a recent Webster University graduate, I am taking life full on and enjoying meeting new faces and marching to the beat of my own drum. The question, that most people ask me is: “What is your relationship status?” Well, I am single and I’m enjoying every bit of it, my parents always taught me to know myself before you know someone else. 

It’s not common for most recent graduates to have a job like mine, and I can’t express my gratitude and realize my blessings enough. Being in Bloomington-Normal for such a short time and to have fallen in love with the environment and the people as quickly only makes me that more excited to embark on this new journey. Find me on Twitter @archiejayspeaks and Instagram @archiejayspeaks!