Curtis Bisbee

Web Design/Content Production

Curtis is the Web Design/Content Production person for Tri States Public Radio. Curtis Maintains and updates the website for TSPR, produces content for online and on-air use, including elements for pledge drives, online campaigns and daily voicing duties weekdays from 5:00pm- 5:00am and both Saturday and Sunday. Curtis was born in California, and spent his younger years out west. He later bounced around the midwest until he was in 8th grade, when he and his mother settled in Belvidere, IL. Curtis attended Belvidere High School, graduated in 1996. Then attended WIU where he started off as a law enforcement major, before finally figuring out that radio was where he wanted to be. As a child he would record songs off of the radio and put together his own little one man radio programs that only his mother and a few others would ever hear. Following a visit to a radio studio in Rockford, IL when he was in 5th grade the seed of radio was firmly planted in his mind, though when he first attended college he was wary of pursuing a career in radio until he landed a late night spot on 88.3 The Dog his junior year. Following that experience he decided to switch majors and began to pursue his long held dream to hear himself on the radio on a daily basis. In Curtis’s down time he enjoys drawing and painting, spending time with his wife Marjorie and his two sons Aiden and Cole, playing guitar, caring for his African Cichlid tank and helping his eldest son care for his fish and reptile terrarium.

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2:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Should letter values change on the Scrabble board?

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All Scrabble players know that Q and Z are the highest scoring tiles. You can get 10 points for each, in the English language version of the game. But according to one American researcher, Z really only deserves six points.
Not all letters change under these proposals but those that do tend to have fallen in value. In explaining why his overall point distribution is lower, Lewis blames Q which, as he puts it, is an "outlier", much harder to play than other letters.
3:38 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Time to boost the bottle bill?

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The Iowa Recycling Association wants to expand the bottle bill. Under its proposal, bottled water, tea, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverages- milk and juice being the exceptions- would be included in the bill.
For one week in 2011, a waste characterization study was conducted at the Iowa City Landfill during which officials sorted through 50 tons of incoming trash. "From couches down to cigarette butts," said Jennifer Jordan, the city's recycling coordinator.
Station News
5:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

AIS Auction 2012

Kevin and Ashley showing some AIS Auction items

There are over 100 items up for bid, including art and handcrafted pieces, sports-related clothing and collectibles, gift certificates, event tickets and more.

All proceeds go toward the costs of broadcasting quality audio programming for the visually impaired in the Tri-states area. Online auction winners can pick up their items from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday, Nov. 12 -Friday, Nov. 16, or by appointment. Bidders outside of Macomb but within the AIS listening area may have items delivered at no cost. Shipment of items outside the listening area can be arranged as well.

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Elections
6:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NPR Elections 2012, Final Debate Live Chat

NPR News is offering a live chat for the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. This final debate is being moderated by Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and Moderator of Face the Nation. The debate is taking place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. The chat will be open during the day Monday for comments prior to the debate, and will remain open for live comments during the debate. Make your comments, or just follow the conversation, below.

Elections
7:45 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Vice Presidential Debate Live Chat

As part of their special coverage of the 2012 Elections, NPR News hosted a live chat during the Vice Presidential Debate. Joe Biden and Paul Ryan met at Centre College in Danville, KY for this debate. You can still look through the conversation below.

In The Tri States
8:37 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Pledge Drive- Thanks!

The generous listeners of Tri States Public Radio pledged more than $56,000 during our Fall 2012 Membership Drive! Thank you to the hundreds of people who did their part to support high quality news and information programming as well as classical, jazz and folk music for southeast Iowa, west central Illinois and northeast Missouri. While the number is impressive, it is a little short of our goal of $66,500, but there is still time to pledge here.

Elections
7:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

NPR Elections 2012, 1st Debate Live Chat

NPR provided a live chat during the first Presidential debate of this election season, if you missed the conversation Wednesday night you can still look through and see what people had to say, below...

News Blog
10:32 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Area Cooling Centers for the Public

Due to the extreme heat we are experiencing around the area, a number of public cooling stations have been set-up. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of relief from the heat please check the list below to find the closest location in your area.

In Macomb, IL

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11:45 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Concealed Carry on Adams County Ballot

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The Adams County (IL) Board has voted to place a question about carrying concealed firearms on the November ballot. The results of the referendum would be sent to the state.
Non-binding resolution will just ask voters if they believe the Legislature should enact concealed carry Adams County voters in November will see a concealed carry question on their ballots. The Adams County Board Tuesday night voted on a resolution to send the issue to the voters.
Districts looking at two-district scenarios
2:20 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Consolidation is Still an Option for Districts

Despite the failure of the proposed consolidation of Abingdon, Avon and the Bushnell-Prairie City school districts, consolidation in some form is still on the table.

The “Just Vote No” committee in the B-PC district was the most vocal group opposed to the measure. They opposed including Abingdon because of the length of bus rides for students who would have gone to junior high school there. Many members support a consolidation with Avon.

Voters have not had a chance to decide on that option.

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