Herb Trix

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 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.

Some home and business owners in Moline have received an early present from the city. Following a decision in October by the city council that they were no longer needed, utility deposits have been refunded to more than 2,000 accounts. 

QC Joins Iowa Rideshare

3 hours ago
Bi-State Regional Commission

The Quad Cities has joined a statewide effort in Iowa to promote car pooling. The Bi-State Regional Commission and public transit agencies have launched QC Rideshare as part of the Iowa transportation department's Rideshare program.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will travel to northwestern Illinois Tuesday to celebrate an anniversary. One year ago, he signed the Future Energy Jobs Act which helped convince Exelon to keep open nuclear power plants in Cordova, near the Quad Cities, and Clinton in central Illinois.

tonight's headlines:

  • a former neo-Nazi was the keynote speaker at an anti-hate symposium on Saturday,
  • the Quad Cities has joined a statewide ride sharing program in Iowa,
  • and the 16th annual Bikes for Brains hands out more than 100 bikes to local children.

Gradual clearing overnight with a low near 19, Sunny on Tuesday, high 27.

Bikes for Brains 2017

Dec 11, 2017
Tori Charnetzki / WVIK News

More than 100 children now have their first bicycle. On Monday Bikes for Brains held its 16th annual giveaway, to insure needy children will have a good Christmas.

tonight's headlines:

  • Davenport appeals the possible re-instatement of its former fire chief,
  • the economy will be the focus for Fred Hubbell when he campaigns in eastern Iowa this weekend,
  • and the PGA Tour honors longtime local volunteer Chuck Austin.

Increasing clouds tonight, slight chance of snow, and a low near 23. Sunny on Saturday, high near 27.

One of the democratic candidates for governor will kickoff a statewide tour this weekend in eastern Iowa. Starting in Iowa City on Sunday, Fred Hubbell plans to hold 14 stops, over four days, focused on the economy.

Trustees of Black Hawk College have chosen an interim president who'll take over in January. On Thursday the board announced Doctor John Erwin will replace Bettie Truitt after she retires at the end of this month.


After recently setting records, passenger traffic has been falling this year at the Quad City Airport. And it's "fighting back" with an advertising campaign and a trip calculator.

tonight's headlines:

  • Illinois residents will pay a "blended" rate on their state returns due next year,
  • new TSA rules are going into effect for electronics,
  • and Genesis Health System dedicates a history wall at its east campus in Davenport.

Mostly clear overnight with a low near 13. Sunny on Friday, high 34.