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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2:05 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Finalists for Tri States Public Radio GM

Interviews for the general manager position at Tri States Public Radio on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus will be held June 22, June 26 and June 28.  Current General Manager Dorie Vallillo will retire June 30.

Candidates include Sharon Faust, director of development, Tri States Public Radio; Jonathan Ahl, former news director at Iowa Public Radio (Des Moines); and Mike Savage, director and general manager of WKCC in Kankakee (IL).

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The Future of Print
1:44 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Shop Talk - June 19

The panelists talk about the New Orleans Times-Picayune's recent decision to cut back to just three print editions per week.  The 175-year old newspaper also handed out pink slips to numerous employees last week.

Panelist Lisa Kernek believes there is a move in the industry toward creating a hybrid between an on-line newspaper and one that's in print. She is saddened by the news out of New Orleans, though she thinks print will not go away.

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45th Annual Event
12:24 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Thousands Show Up for Snake Alley Art Fair

The crowd checks out some yard art
Rich Egger

The Snake Alley Art Fair in Burlington started 45 years ago with just a few people selling work. They hung their art on snow fence that was set up along what's been called the most crooked street in the world.

This year the fair drew around 100 artists who set up booths not just on Snake Alley but also on the adjacent Heritage Hill streets.

They were joined by musicians, food and drink vendors, and thousands of art lovers looking to connect with a painting or a piece of jewelry or some other work of art.

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Exhibit at WCIAC
9:29 am
Mon June 18, 2012

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

The West Central Illinois Arts Center
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Dean Rockwell and Fred Jones

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb is trying something a little different. Instead of asking artists to display works, it asked collectors to share a favorite piece.

The show, which opens Friday, June 22, is called “A Few Of Our Favorite Things.” An opening reception will be held 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on June 22.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Artist Fred Jones, who helped put together the show, said those who contributed pieces were also asked to write a short blurb about the art work.

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Heritage Days Preview
11:04 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Emphasis - June 15

Bob Anstine (foreground) and John Hallwas
  • The June 15 Emphasis with guests Bob Anstine and John Hallwas

Rich Egger's guests are author and historian John Hallwas and former Macomb Mayor Bob Anstine. They talk about the city's annual Heritage Days celebration, which takes place Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24.

Heritage Days began during Anstine's administration. He thinks the first one was held in 1981.

“We were looking for an annual activity. We came up with this concept - the city city council, the Chamber of Commerce, and others - and that's when it started,” Anstine said.

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