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Utilities remind you to call before you dig

As people start digging for various reasons this spring, Nicor Gas wants them to remember to call 811 first. JULIE, the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators service, will send people out to mark where the underground wires and pipes are. Nicor Gas spokesman Bernie Anderson says just call three business days in advance. The…read more »


Nurses have two options to get their degree.

Illinois Valley Community College is partnering with the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Nursing on a registered nurse to bachelors program. The “Pathway RN/BS Program” allows the transfer of credits from IVCC to SIUE so students can complete a nursing baccalaureate. IVCC Director of Nursing Programs Jennifer Grobe explains what counseling students will get when…read more »

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko

Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five–when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn’t have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he’s worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

Rick is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s broadcasting program. He speaks Esperanto, likes astronomy (SkyCaramba), and makes a hobby of photography.

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