Rich Egger

News Director

Rich is the News Director at Tri States Public Radio. Rich grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago but now calls Macomb home. Rich has a B.A in Communication Studies with an Emphasis on Radio, TV, and Film from Northern Illinois University. Rich came to love radio in high school where he developed his “news nerdiness” as he calls it. Rich’s high school had a radio station called WFVH, which he worked at for a couple years. In college, Rich worked at campus station WKDI for three years, spinning tunes and serving at various times as General Manager, Music Director and Operations Manager. Before being hired as Tri States Public Radio’s news director in 1998, Rich worked professionally in news at WRMN-AM/WJKL-FM in Elgin and WJBC-AM in Bloomington. In Rich’s leisure time he loves music, books, cross-country skiing, rooting for the Cubs and Blackhawks, and baking sugar frosted chocolate bombs. His future plans include “getting some tacos.”

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Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward of WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, died last week when they were shot and killed while doing a live story from a water park.  The woman they were interviewing was wounded.

11 friends will get together to showcase Nora and Delia Ephron’s play, which is based on the 1995 book by Ilene Beckerman.  The 10 cast members are women, while the lone male involved in the production is Lynn Thompson, who is directing the play.

Podcasts vs Broadcasts

Aug 25, 2015

There is a bit of a debate right now in the public radio world about whether a greater emphasis should be placed on podcasts rather than the radio.

Rich Egger

Public universities in Illinois find themselves in an odd situation.  A new school year is underway but the state has no budget for higher education, which means there is no state money coming in to the public institutions.

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Macomb School Superintendent Mark Twomey set a goal of having 100% of third grade students reading at grade level.

A recruiting manager told Shop Talk panelist Jasmine Crighton he would not hire someone she referred.  The reason?  "Questionable content" posted by the applicant on social media accounts.

The Shop Talk panelists share their thoughts on what young journalists need to know as they prepare for a job in the industry.

Abby Wendle

Street art – also known as graffiti art – is often done under cover of night.  But on a sunny, hot, and humid mid-summer afternoon in Galesburg it was done during the light of day in a small downtown plaza.

The NFL team told credentialed reporters they are no longer allowed to report on what they see during training camp.  They also cannot talk to players after practice without having submitted a request for approval 24 hours prior.

The black and white photograph, taken in 1912, shows George "Duffy" Lawton standing outside a clapboard shack propped up on stones and concrete. He's gazing up at the smiling love of his life, Harriette White, whose head and torso poke out through an open window.

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C.T. Vivian's family moved from segregated Missouri to Macomb when he was young because his parents felt he would receive a better education in a university community.  Now that community's school district plans to honor the civil rights activist for his lifetime of achievement.

Columbia Journalism Review posted an article about what it's like for writers who are paid by the click.

A few months ago a New Jersey man filed a request with a local township under the state's Open Public Records Act.  The township responded by suing him.

Rich Egger

Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a one-year contract extension with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The new pact runs through August 1, 2016 and contains the same provisions as the city's current agreement with the CVB.

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The tornado that tore through the Warren County community of Cameron caused extensive damage.  But no one was killed and no serious injuries are reported.

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