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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Simply The Blues Train

Sep 12, 2007

All aboard for a blues concert on an Amtrak train!

On the Friday of Mother's Day weekend, the lounge car of Amtrak's Southwest Chief was turned into a blues club for a few hours between Chicago and Fort Madison.

John Primer and Dan Beaver performed a show to promote the Simply The Blues festival in Fort Madison.

During this half hour documentary you'll hear from the musicians, passengers, and the man who came up with the idea for holding a blues concert on a train. The program also features a lot of music from the Simply The Blues Train concert.

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