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Last men standing

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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I’m now on Facebook

I joined Twitter a while back. But I canceled my account the same day.

I decided that my “tweets” — the short accounts of what’s going on in my life — generally aren’t that interesting to me so they probably wouldn’t be that interesting to others, either.

Who wants to read, “I shook the cobwebs out of my sleepy head, sat at the breakfast table and discovered that my beloved wife had prepared French toast for me”?

That may be of some interest to someone who owns stock in the companies that make Wonder Bread, Land O’ Lakes butter and Log Cabin syrup. But that’s about it.

Facebook sounded like a better fit for me. But I procrastinated when it came to joining. Even though several of my buddies have been encouraging me for months to open a free Facebook account, I resisted, thinking that dealing with Facebook might be a bit beyond my limited computer abilities.

Then came an invitation to join Facebook from my friend Jon Book. And that got the wheels in my gray matter turning.

Jon is a fine broadcast engineer — there is none better — but I didn’t think he knew that much about computers. In other words, when I had a computer problem at the radio station, Jon wasn’t my first call. Or my second.

But then I get this e-mail saying Jon is on Facebook, and he wants me to join. Wow, did I feel behind the times! After almost passing out from the shock, I thought, ‘if Jon can do it, I can do it.’

And I did. Last night, right after supper. I joined Facebook.

Looking back, it wasn’t difficult at all. They walk you through it. And I’m happy with the results.

By joining I learned that I have scores of friends, relatives and former classmates on Facebook, and I’ve already connected briefly with many of them. From this point on, I can read what they have written and respond to it only if I want to.

If I want to write about my life, I will. But if I don’t have anything to share beyond the breakfast menu, I won’t post anything. Thanks, Jon Book, for nudging me electronically forward.

Copyright 2009 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


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