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Herb Trix

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Augie.

  • On Midwest Week, a long investigation by NPR and the Marshall Project details abuse of inmates, and seven deaths, at the federal prison in Thomson, Illinois.
  • For the second time in three weeks, a guard at the Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois has been hospitalized after being exposed to drugs while screening mail for inmates.
  • A bill to protect possible victims of sexual assault and harassment has passed the US House and now goes to the Senate. The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, was proposed by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, of Moline and Illinois' 17th District.
  • Cheri Bustos has started her final year in the US House.
  • Tuesday Republican candidate for governor Paul Schimpf began a three day tour of Illinois to introduce his lieutenant governor running mate, including a stop in Rock Island. Carolyn Schofield is from Crystal Lake and currently is vice-chair of the McHenry County Board.
  • Illinois will work with local health departments to help more people get booster shots. Monday Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will more than double the number of people staffing regional sites to administer vaccinations, prepare vaccine doses for clinic personnel, and to do data entry.
  • Thanks to the state, airports across Illinois will be able to make a variety of local improvements. Wednesday Governor J.B. Pritzker officially announced grants totaling 94 million dollars from the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program.
  • For the first time in 35 years, workers for John Deere have gone on strike. Members of the UAW set up picket lines early Thursday morning after negotiators Wednesday failed to agree on a new contract.
  • Amazon has chosen the Quad Cities to build a new fulfillment center. On Wednesday local leaders announced it'll be located in north Davenport, along Interstate 80, in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center.
  • Western Illinois University began offering classes in the Quad Cities in the late 1960s. After years of hosting classes in various locations, the...