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.”


Shop Talk – September 23
11:26 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Politicians Trying to Control the Message

The panelists discuss the poor treatment student journalists sometimes receive from news makers, and how it’s symptomatic of a larger problem.

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Third Trial Possible
2:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Belknap Case Heard by Illinois Supreme Court

Credit Wiki Commons

The Illinois Supreme Court is reviewing arguments over whether a McDonough County man should get a third trial in the death of a young girl.

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Cost Prohibitive
1:32 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Plan for Marijuana Facility Goes Up In Smoke

Cannabis plants
Credit Wiki Commons

A medical marijuana cultivation center will not be built in McDonough County.

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Large Amount of Cocaine
7:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Traffic Stop Yields Drug Arrests

Deloris Darnell
Credit McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said they pulled over the driver of a car who seemed to be having trouble finding her way around the downtown area early Wednesday.

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Shop Talk – September 16
2:29 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fake News Sites Designed to Deceive Voters

The Shop Talk panelists talk about political websites that are made to look like news sites.

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Could Return Next Year
6:25 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Macomb High Soccer Coach Suspended

Coach Moore and the boy's soccer team in a huddle
Credit Eli Blasi / From the petition to Reinstate Coach Moore As MHS Men's Head Soccer Coach

After a roughly three hour closed door meeting, the Macomb Board of Education agreed to suspend head coach Jeff Moore without pay for the balance of the 2014-15 soccer season.

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The Business of Music
11:17 am
Fri September 12, 2014

So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

Loren Weisman and his book at Tri States Public Radio
Credit Rich Egger

A veteran of the music industry said artists must spend time taking care of business if they want to succeed in the industry.

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Cardinal Point
5:59 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Western Illinois Wind Farm Waiting for Market to Improve

Construction of a wind farm in western Illinois could begin once the demand for wind power bounces back.
Credit Rich Egger

It’s been a few years since the Cardinal Point Wind Farm was proposed, and it might be a few more years before construction begins.

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Shop Talk – September 9
1:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Dangerous Job of Reporting from Overseas

The Shop Talk panelists discuss why they think the job is becoming more dangerous for foreign correspondents.

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Locked Up in Knox County Jail
3:11 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Galesburg Bank Robbery Suspect Caught

Tyson Stevens is accused of robbing a Galesburg bank
Credit City of Galesburg

It did not take long for Galesburg police to identify a suspect in the robbery of F & M Bank, 21 East Main St.

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