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 – June 11
11:17 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Politicians Avoiding Journalists

The Shop Talk panelists talk about politicians who are using YouTube and social media to make announcements rather than holding news conferences.

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Bill Tops $12,000
4:18 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Prosecutors Pushing for Restitution in 911 Hoax

Alvin Montgomery
Credit Macomb Police Department

The McDonough County State’s Attorney’s office said its goal is to receive restitution for police agencies that responded to a hoax 911 call in Macomb on March 6.

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Emphasis – June 7
11:45 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Programming Changes at Tri States Public Radio

Jonathan Ahl

This week’s guest on Emphasis is Jonathan Ahl, General Manager of Tri States Public Radio. He talks about programming changes that will begin July 1.

“We spent a lot of time listening to a lot of shows,” said Ahl, adding there are two reasons for the changes: NPR’s decision to end Talk of the Nation (it airs for the final time on June 28), and listener feedback.

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Shop Talk – June 4
12:28 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the Chicago Sun Times’ decision to lay off all 28 of its fulltime photographers.

One day later, reporters received a memo about a training program for using their phones to take photos in the field.

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Tim Van Alstine
11:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

WIU Still Paying AD After Resignation

Tim Van Alstine
Credit Western Illinois University

Documents from Western Illinois University show Tim Van Alstine, who last week resigned as Director of Athletics, will continue to be paid for the remainder of his contract, which runs through June 30, 2014.

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