View from the Cab: King of the waves?


After almost eight years have passed since my time as news and programming director on the Pontiac, Illinois radio airwaves, I still get comments about my former time on-air.

A woman told me in a local store the other day that she missed me on the radio and remembered me on the morning show, even recalling when my son was born back in 2010. She said she now enjoys reading about my farming adventures in the newspaper. It is always nice to get feedback.

For those of you that may not realize it, I am still on the radio and haven’t gone anywhere – I just moved up or down the dial a few frequencies. The Central Illinois Farm Network has a wide range of radio coverage throughout central and east central Illinois thanks to our fine affiliates.

If you live near or are traveling through Gibson City, catch me on WGCY 106.3 FM. You can hear my weekday morning show, “A Central Illinois Morning” 5:06-5:35 a.m. complete with news, sports, weather, witty commentary (at least I think) and ag headlines. The station also airs my shorter ag updates later in the morning.

I also have the pleasure of hosting the weekly “Friday Afternoon Oldies Get-Together” radio program on WGCY each week from 1-5 p.m. when it’s not farming season. This gives me a chance to interact with my listeners as they can phone in their requests from the 50s, 60s and 70s every week by calling the listener line at 217-784-8676.

In the Bloomington-Normal market, listen to my ag programming on WJBC 1230 AM which runs shortly before 6 a.m. and over the noon hour. WJBC listeners can enjoy “Central Illinois Today,” the “Rural Report,” and “Soybean Minute” Monday through Friday as I invade the airwaves for a few minutes at a time.

The latest additions to the Central Illinois Farm Network are in Springfield. “Central Illinois Today” can be heard on WMAY 94.7 FM/970 AM and WUSW 92.7 FM around 5:30 a.m. each morning. WMAY also carries my midday report of ag news over the lunch hour.

You can take the radio stations away from me, but you can’t take the radio out of me. I guess the same could be said for those of us in farming. Tune-in when you get the chance. You won’t be disappointed.

(The View from the Cab blog is powered each week by Petersen Motors of Fairbury)

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