People

  • Operations Manager, Host of Morning Classics

    A native of Moline and a longtime resident of Rock Island, Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio/Television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He came to WVIK in January of 1987 as an engineering assistant, and has...

  • Host of 'Saturday Morning Live!'and 'Jazz After Hours'

    Memphis-born Joseph Donald Wooten was sent, at the age of 17, to the seminary at St. Ambrose College by Bishop Adrian of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. After two years he left the seminary, but stayed on at St. Ambrose to pursue...

  • News Director, Host All Things Considered and Midwest Week

    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...

  • CEO, General Manager, Morning Edition Host

    Jay H. Pearce became the station's general manager Oct. 3, 2011. More than half of his 40-year career in broadcasting has been in public broadcasting.   A Detroit, MI native, Pearce grew up in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, IL and received a...

  • Executive Assistant to the Presidente countries.

    Kai Swanson is special assistant to Augustana College’s president, Steve Bahls, a position he’s held since 2005, though he's been on the staff of the college since his graduation in 1986. He grew up in Rock Island, just across Lincoln Park from...

  • Life's winding journey has lead Michael from birth in Johannesburg, SouthAfrica, to the airwaves of western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Along the way Michael spent his formative years three hours down the Mississippi in Quincy, IL. Piano lessons...

  • Music Director, Host of Perspective

    Mindy started at WVIK on the evening shift, one night a week, while still a student at Augustana College. Not long after, the station began overnight service and she took on the graveyard shift for a full six nights. In 1985, she moved to days...

  • Writer and Narrator of 'Rock Island Lines'

    Since 1995, historian and folklorist Dr. Roald Tweet has spun his stories of the Mississippi Valley to a devoted audience on WVIK. Dr. Tweet has published three books as well as numerous literary articles and recored segments of "Rock Island...

  • Editor of Radish magazine

    Sarah J. Gardner is the editor of Radish magazine, a publication serving western Illinois and eastern Iowa with a focus on local foods, environmental stewardship, and building healthy and resilient...