Jay Pearce

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 Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL.  He has worked at radio and television stations up and down Illinois as well as in Missouri and Texas.  Additionally, he taught broadcasting journalism at SIU and University of Illinois.  Pearce serves on several boards of directors including the Quad Cities Illinois Rotary Club; ONE Foundation, Bettendorf; Illinois News Broadcasters Association Foundation; and the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association.  Pearce's wife, Melisse Trentz, is a Moline, IL native whose ancestors were some of Mercer County's early residents.  He has a son, Dale; a daughter, Sara; and a stepdaughter, Mannon (yes, named after the Mercer County community).

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Illinois colleges and universities, like Augustana College, have been reallocating funds to cover for missing state dollars.
WVIK Staff

On Friday, Illinois lawmakers approved $600 million in short-term aid for state colleges and universities. Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign the measure, which includes nearly $170 million for Monetary Assistance Program grants to low-income students.

Illinois state senator Neil Anderson stopped by for a tour of WVIK.

WVIK Staff

Contributions to area non-profit organizations through this year's John Deere Classic "Birdies for Charity" program set a new record.

$8.7 million. That's nearly $2 million more than the previous record set in 2012, and it's over $2 million more than last year.