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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Shop Talk – March 12
1:54 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Public Info Officers – Help or Hindrance?

The panelists discuss whether public information officers help disseminate information or get in the way.

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Search Continues For Accomplice
11:59 am
Fri March 8, 2013

One Arrest Made in WIU Hoax

Alvin Montgomery
Credit Macomb Police Department

Macomb police said they arrested a Western Illinois University student for Wednesday night’s hoax phone call to 911.

Chief Curt Barker said Alvin Montgomery, age 25, was taken into custody outside Bayless Hall. Montgomery is charged with disorderly conduct, making a false 911 call, and attempted obstruction of justice.

Police said the final charge was filed because Montgomery tried to delete information from a cell phone.

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Emphasis – March 8
11:42 am
Fri March 8, 2013

The Civil War “An Immense Pool of Sadness”

Steve Berry
Credit Rich Egger

This week on Emphasis, Rich Egger’s guest is Steve Berry, Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He was in western Illinois to give presentations at Monmouth College, Knox College, and Western Illinois University.

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Investigation Continues
12:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Incident Near WIU Campus Proves to be Hoax

Police Chief Curt Barker
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb police surrounded a home for five hours Wednesday evening, believing someone might be barricaded inside. But it turned out they were sent to the home on a prank call.

The 911 center received the call from 509 West Murray around 6:00 pm. Police Chief Curt Barker said the caller was a woman.

“She said there was an individual at the house and she gave the address and said that he had a firearm. And then in the background you could hear the male subject saying, ‘Are you calling the police? Are you calling the police?’ And then the phone went dead,” Barker said.

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Developing Story
9:33 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Ongoing Incident Near WIU Campus

Trooper Dan Hill
Credit Rich Egger

Western Illinois University sent out an alert Wednesday evening stating “Police responded to a 911 call re: person w/gun in an off-campus house in the 500 block of W Murray St.”

As of 9:00 pm, police were saying little about the incident. Trooper Dan Hill, Safety Education Officer and Public Information Officer for Illinois State Police, District 14, said law enforcement had established a perimeter, and officers were continuing to gather information and resources.

He said some houses in the area were being evacuated as a safety precaution.

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