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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.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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New Facebook site designed for Q-C radio folks

Here is a photo from the site, showing a young Dave Shropshire at KSTT.

 

Thanks to a couple of radio guys, current and former members of the Quad-Cities radio media and their friends now have their own site on Facebook. TV folks are welcome, too.

Quad Cities On Air is a place to share Q-C media-related photos, videos, audio clips and stories.

The site was started Dec. 4 by Terry James and Shawn Geyssens.

James last worked in the Q-C in 2006 as a newsman at WOC and the other Q-C Radio Group stations. He is now in Lincoln, Neb., where he is the Nebraska Radio Network’s news director.

Geyssens, who no longer works in the media, is a former deejay at Power 98.9 and KUUL.

“We thought there needed to be a place where people who have gotten out of the business — or are still in it — could talk about the good old days and post their video, audio and pictures,” said James. “We have gotten our hands on some old air checks that radio geeks like us will love. We really need, and hope people will submit, items and join in discussions about the good old days.”

James said the site is not a place to bellyache.

“We don’t want to complain about what radio has become but celebrate what it used to be.”

Copyright 2010 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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