So far, people seem very friendly, and I didn't realize how badly I needed to get out of Chicago to be able to relax and reflect. Here are a couple of people I met who work far away from Chicago, all the way in Champaign–Urbana at WILL Radio: Steve Morck, who's a host and producer (left), and Brian Moline, who's the Morning Edition host and Managing Editor. They seem really friendly and are very content with what they're doing...and busy. Seems like that public radio station is doing lots of interesting stuff and is expanding...which is rare in the radio world!
|They had no idea about my podcast...guess it doesn't play in Peoria.|
- In other journalism-related news, here's a writer who you'll probably be seeing a lot more of, not just around Chicago, but throughout the nation: Joe Ward, who has written some stories for The Reader. One notable article he's written is "A Chicago cop’s daughter’s suicide sets family on mission," which is the kind of long-form writing that is not my strong suit, which is why what he's doing is so admirable.
- And the final journalism-related story (I'm successfully being consistent, apparently) is that I interviewed City Hall reporter and Political Editor Craig Dellimore, who has the kind of job at WBBM Newsradio that lots of people in the INBA and beyond would probably want.
All right, back to my East Peoria adventure...stay tuned.