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.


Almost a decade after the team disbanded and the league closed down, professional indoor football has returned to the Quad Cities. Tuesday, one day after practice began, the Quad City Steamwheelers held a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open their new office in downtown Moline. 

Today's headlines:

  • The federal tax overhaul helped boost profits for HNI Corporation,
  • With virtual reality you can explore the new I-74 bridge before it's built,
  • And this week NIU remembers the campus shootings 10 years ago.

It should be cloudy today with a high near 30, but with wind chills as low as zero.

New Tax Law Helps HNI

Feb 12, 2018

Thanks in part to the new tax law, earnings rose last year for HNI Corporation. The Muscatine-based maker of office furniture and fireplaces reports a profit of $2 per share in 2017, compared with $1.88 the previous year.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 12, 2018

today's headlines:

  • a new study on the possible impact of closing just one lock along the upper Mississippi River,
  • a prediction that farm income will be the lowest since 2006,
  • and Government Bridge will be closed to vehicles from this morning through Wednesday. night.

The forecast: it should be sunny today, with a high around 23. 

(R) Ill. Air National Guard, (I) Ill. Gen. Assembly

On Midwest Week, the upcoming republican primary for governor of Illinois.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

today's headlines:

  • the winter storm is bringing heavy snow to eastern Iowa and northern Illinois,
  • following a fatal fire in December, free smoke alarms will be installed in Davenport this weekend,
  • and the Iowa legislature considers banning nearly all abortions.

More snow today with a high around 24.


Hoping to prevent more injuries and deaths, Davenport firefighters and the Red Cross will install smoke alarms for free this weekend. They'll install them in the Five Seasons Trailer Park where a fire in December killed a young woman and her four children.

today's headlines:

  • a Davenport man is charged with Tuesday's fatal shooting in East Moline,
  • the Illinois Board of Higher Education makes a modest budget request for next year,
  • and a former vice president of Farmers National Bank pleads guilty to embezzlement.

Cloudy today with a 40% chance of snow, high 25. 

A Davenport man is charged with first degree murder following Tuesday's fatal shooting in East Moline. 29 year old Willie Minor is being held in the Rock Island County Jail with bond set at 5 million dollars.

today's headlines:

  • the precautionary boil order for all of Clinton could end later today,
  • a developer wants to build new apartments in downtown Moline,
  • and next week's active shooter workshop in the Quad Cities.

It should be partly sunny today with a high near 17, but with wind chills as low as zero.