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Ottawa to test water treatment plant filter upgrade

There may be a better way to remove radium from Ottawa’s drinking water than what’s currently used at the water treatment plant on E. Norris Dr. Tonka Water will install a hydrous manganese oxide or HMO system to test it in the spring. The company says HMO is a mineral that radium binds to. HMO…read more »

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Marcia A. Hughes, 78

Marcia A. Hughes, 78, of Streator passed away Friday morning January 18th at Heritage Health in Streator. A visitation for Marcia Hughes will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday at the Elias Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Marcia Hughes will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel…read more »

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It’s Wednesday and time for a mid-week “Second Cup” at 1430AM

Wednesday’s show will include a visit with Majoy Hennessey at NORAD giving us the information on how to track Santa on Christmas Eve.  Plus, an IVCC Eagle Eye Update where we will give you information about their dental program.  Food News and Radio Trader too.  Karen Rhodes here, your host for “The Second Cup” and…read more »

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Karen Rhodes

Karen Rhodes
Host of The Second Cup

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.