Author: Karen Rhodes | The Second Cup | AM 1430 WCMY
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Host of The Second Cup weekday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30

Born and raised in Ottawa, I absolutely love this community. I attended all Ottawa schools and participated in choir at OHS. My parents also were born and raised in Ottawa attending the schools locally.

I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers (one is deceased). My father had his own business in Ottawa for over 30 years, sadly he passed away in 1995.

Personally, I am a cancer survivor, I have been divorced and have four children plus five grandchildren. I have been with WCMY 1430AM for 10 years and feel very blessed to have my dream job.

As a young girl my only wish was to be on WCMY. I listened to Dan Parker, Bunny Morse and of course Jay LeSeure every day. Then, one day, Jay said they were looking for some on-air talent. So, I bravely typed up my story, also talked about my ambition to be on the air and sent it off to Jay. After that, my dream came true and I have been living it ever since.

  • Mike McGrogan from Handy Foods IGA will be on the show today and of course our good friend Mark Strehl from Fox 32 Chicago. Before we wind up, Mike Cooper from OHS will bring us a Booster Club Break. We are ready to take you straight into the long weekend here at 1430AM WCMY with "The Second Cup" at 10:15 following the 10am news.
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  • Today show will include a "Morning Brew" with Scott Struchen and Judy Terando from IVCIL. Karen's Flix 'n' Tix too !! Don't miss your chance to win free movie passes to the Roxy Cinemas. It's all coming up on "The Cup" about 10:15 at 1430AM WCMY.
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  • From the Ottawa Memorial Association, Katie Troccoli will sharing about the Ottawa Memorial Day Ceremony on the show today. Quintin Overocker will call in with an Eagle Eye Update and wrapping up the show, Kayli Battles from PVL. Enjoy a mid-week "Second Cup" with me, Karen Rhodes about 10:15 at 1430AM WCMY.
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  • Kevin Chalfant will stop in today to give us the rundown of musical performers for the upcoming Wine and Jazz Festival this morning on WCMY. Plus, our fun friend Mike Robinson from OSF St. Elizabeth and Steve Swett after the 11am news. It's raining outside but don't let that get you down, just join me Karen Rhodes for a "Second Cup" and let us put a smile on your face today about 10:15 at 1430AM WCMY.
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  • Hear about some great pets to adopt on a beautiful Monday morning in Starved Rock Country when we talk to Susie Tonielli from Pet Project on "The Second Cup." Principal Nate Pinter will bring us our final Ottawa Elementary School report for this school year and after the news at 11am, Olivia Romine checks in from Streator and the Illinois Valley Brain Injury Clubhouse. Lets get the show off and running for a new week at 1430AM WCMY following your 10am news.
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  • Today Jonny and I will be hanging with our heroes the Illinois State Police at Dunkin Donuts raising funds for Special Olympics. It's Cop on the Top Day" so come have some fun with us at Ottawa's Dunkin' Donuts on north Columbus St. starting about 10:15 at 1430AM WCMY.
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