David Tallacksen has been listening to radio since his early years when he'd tune in to crackly late-night AM talk shows on his GE radio alarm clock long after he'd gone to bed and should have been sleeping. He became a public radio listener in high school when he discovered Car Talk and NPR's newsmagazines on WNIJ, and later went on to work at WNIU while a student at NIU. David started his professional career at KMUW in Wichita, Kansas, and then was able to combine his love of music and public radio as he worked for more than a decade at WBGO, the jazz station for New York City. David is happy to return to WNIJ/WNIU. He resides in Sycamore with his wife, two children, and feline companion Lilly.