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 new evidence may help solve the death of Emilio Perez.

Run With Carl

Aug 28, 2014

An annual fundraising run for college scholarships will end this weekend. After 20 years, organizers of the Run With Carl have decided Monday will be the last one.  Spokeswoman Jamie Lange says the race was started by the Schillig family to honor their son Carl, an avid runner, who was killed in a car accident. Since the first race in 1995, up to 14-hundred people have participated each year to raise money for college scholarships for graduates of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools.  She says the family decided the 20th year would be a good time to end the Run With Carl. 

As the new school year starts, students at North Scott High School are learning how to dodge demolition and construction. Work started this month on the next phase of renovations - the administrative offices, media center, and main entry. Director of Operations, John Netwal, says that follows updating of the locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and bathrooms in the 57 year old building.Netwal says this work at the high school is the latest project included in the updated master plan adopted two years ago.

A world-class education system is possible in Illinois without raising taxes. That's according to Evelyn Sanguinetti, the republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

  As the final weekend of the season begins, the Quad Cities River Bandits still have a chance to make the playoffs. They have five games left, two at home and three on the road. Spokesman Marco LaNave says the River Bandits are two games behind Wisconsin and tied with Peoria for the final spot in the Midwest League Western Division Playoffs. The magic number for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers is "three." The River Bandits will host Clinton tonight (thurs), and then host the Lumber Kings again Friday night for the final home game of the season.

Big Bacon Bonanza

Jun 6, 2014

  All things bacon will be celebrated and consumed this weekend in the Quad Cities. Churches United is sponsoring a fund-raiser on Saturday called "The Big Bacon Bonanza." The organizer, Thea Hansen-Bettis, says they started talking last year about holding some sort of food festival, and noticed all the bacon-themed events being held across the country, but NOT in this area.  "Anybody and everybody I talked to, unless they have some sort of food allergy or dietary restriction, is excited about bacon. There's not a single person I've talked to that said no.

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