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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Vehicle Design Contest
5:41 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Macomb Police Seek Honor for Squad Cars

A Macomb squad car
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Eric Lenardt

The Macomb Police Department hopes an arresting graphic design will shoot down the competition.

The department entered photos of its new squad cars in an on-line contest by Law and Order Magazine. The winners will be published in the August issue.

Deputy Chief Eric Lenardt said Macomb's car pay tribute to the department's heritage. He said the badges painted on the cars look just like a Macomb police badge and the yellow on the cars matches the yellow in the department's patch.

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Exhibit at WCIAC
4:51 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Art Collectors Talk About Favorite Things

Roberta & Jerry Tyson
  • "A Few of Our Favorite Things" audio montage

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb asked art collectors to contribute a piece for display in its new exhibit. The artwork is accompanied by short narratives that explain its significance to the owner.

The show is called A Few Of Our Favorite Things. More than 30 works are exhibited. They will remain on display through the end of July.

The show includes oil paintings, watercolors, a piece of fiber art and more. The stories explaining why art lovers bought the pieces are as varied as art itself.

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Comments from June 18 Meeting
5:54 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Macomb Alderman Retracts Remarks

Tim Lobdell
Rich Egger
  • The June 18 exchange between Lobdell and Torreson
  • Lobdell's June 25 retraction

Sixth Ward Alderman Tim Lobdell said he erred during an exchange with City Administrator Dean Torreson.  

The exchange during the June 18 City Council meeting concerned eight structures that are to be torn down as part of the city's Fix or Flatten program.

Torreson said he would ask contractors to submit a single bid for demolishing all eight. Lobdell contended that aldermen directed Torreson to seek bids on each individual structure. He said that direction was given the previous week during an executive session.

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The Future of Public Radio
11:54 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Shop Talk - June 26

The panelists follow up on last week's discussion about the future of newspapers by talking about the future of public radio.

Minnesota Public Radio journalist Bob Collins questioned in a blog whether public radio is still willing to take risks. He wondered if a program such as A Prairie Home Companion would be given a chance if it were introduced today.

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Illinois Ethics Exam
7:48 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Professor Fined For Refusing to Take Test

The University of Illinois

A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign math professor will have to pay a $500 fine for refusing to take an on-line ethics test that’s mandatory for all state and university employees. 

In a settlement with the state’s ethics commission, Dr. Lou van den Dries agreed to complete the training in the future. 

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