Last men standing

02 Nov

Seated left to right are Terry James and Mark Minnick. Standing left to right are Nick Linberg and Phil Roberts. Jon Book photo.

Jon Book in the QCRG tech room. File photo.

Anyone want to hire some experienced radio veterans?

The four guys pictured together above represent the final news team that worked at WOC and the five other Quad-City Radio Group stations in Davenport, owned by Clear Channel. At one time, QCRG had five or six full-time news people.

Joined by former QCRG engineer Jon Book, also pictured above in a file photo taken in the QCRG tech room, the radio veterans gathered for breakfast Nov. 1, 2011, at the Village Inn on Elmore Avenue in Davenport to chat about old times and recent events in broadcasting.

In the group photo, taken by Book, shown seated left to right are Terry James and Mark Minnick. Standing left to right are Nick Linberg and Phil Roberts.

James, who was a news anchor/reporter, left QCRG in November 2006 to take a news director job at a station in Milwaukee. He left that station in June 2007 to become the news director of Nebraska Radio Network in Lincoln. He returned to the Quad-Cities in June of 2011 to continue his college education.

Roberts, a news anchor/reporter, was released by Clear Channel on April 28, 2009, and is now semi-retired, doing media-related work on a part-time or freelance basis.

Book, the engineer, was released Dec. 10, 2010, and is looking for employment opportunities.

Minnick, a news director/anchor, was released Feb. 15, 2011, and is currently retired.

Linberg, a news anchor/reporter, was released Oct. 26, 2011, and is considering his future employment options.

Copyright 2011 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.


Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Last men standing

  1. Dan

    November 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Next thing you know, all our radio programming will be from India.

  2. Jim

    November 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm


    I’m not sure if you should call yourselves dinosaurs. It should be dynasty. There was never anything more fun than radio broadcasting spot news with live remotes from everywhere and phoners from the field. I loved election nights where we went wall to wall at the Wisconsin stations where I worked.

    Getting my start in radio was the best thing that ever happened to me. I had to ad-lib, write short declarative sentences, and know a thing or two about my community. How can that be a bad thing?

    My main worry is the future. Where do the new “journalists” learn their trade, earn their stripes, prove their mettle? Will they go to county board ad-hoc sub-committee meetings, stay outside closed door sessions of the city council, or any of the other grunt work we all once did as part of our jobs?

    Probably not. That’s the shame because doing those jobs made us better when the “big” stories came along. Plus isn’t there something nice about living in the trenches and having stories about them once your hair started turning silver?

    Oh well, embrace the future, right?

    With Minick retired, you finding freelance work all around, Terry back in school, and Nick looking, hopefully your radio days will be distant fond memories as you guys bask on some beach because of your Powerball winnings.


  3. Brian (WOC 1994- 2002)

    November 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    How do you get an invite to one of these breakfast? Seems very exclusive. I know people and can drop names if it helps….

    • frontporchexpressions

      November 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Brian: We’ll invite you to the next one.


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