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Riverfest music lineup brings back Sunday performances in 2017

Ottawa Riverfest’s 2017 music lineup is out and Sunday is back. Mayor Bob Eschbach says vendors wanted to keep things going on Sunday. Mike Story and Kim Stafford on the music committee say the committee decided to make it all local starting after the parade. The Starved Rockers Music Rock School will put local talent…read more »

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Ham radio Field Day coming to LaSalle County park

Ham radio operators will camp out at Shabbona Park in LaSalle County this weekend. It’s the annual Field Day when amateur radio clubs around the country set up antennas and radios of various types and try to contact as many other clubs as they can. Joe Tokarz, call sign KB9EZZ, says you don’t have to…read more »

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Gypsy Moth Spraying This Week

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is spraying for Gypsy Moths this week beginning Wednesday morning. Gypsy Moths, and their larva, kill trees and destroy bushes. They are an invasive species not native to the continent. The spray used to treat the moths is called Splat-o and consists of water, wax, and pheromones that confuse male Moths…read more »

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LaSalle County Board terminates unneeded committees

It’ll be mostly the record keepers who notice, but nine LaSalle County Board committees and commissions have ceased to exist. They served specific purposes that came up years ago—in one case three decades ago—and then weren’t needed anymore. But until County Board action this month to undo the previous action that created them, they still…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.

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger

Ethan Kruger started his broadcasting career in college after realizing that he liked hearing himself talk a little bit too much. After a brief stint of spinning records at Eastern Illinois University’s student FM station, Ethan realized his love for reporting the news. He loves where he works and is always excited to discuss what’s happening in the community. Ethan sees it as a privilege to serve the good people of LaSalle County through broadcasting.

Ethan likes board games, the outdoors, and watching all the different versions of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

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