Community station WTPB-LP interviews Everyday People

Rockford’s new community radio station WTPB-LP 99.3 FM will begin a new talk show in early May. Everyday People will feature half-hour interviews with local citizens in all walks of life with important stories to tell. “This will be a different kind of talk program,” says the show’s host, John Russell Ghrist. “No politicians, crooks or attention getters will appear on the program.”

Russell, who uses just his first two names on the air, intends to seek out the area’s older residents who have interesting anecdotes and who can talk about the city’s earlier times. “These will be undated programs that will be archived for future use. They will contain historical information that will be of value for years to come. There is no limit to the individuals who will be happy to tell their stories to our listeners,” John Russell says. “We’ll even go to care centers and talk to seniors who have pleasant memories to share with our audience.”

“I want to get away from the political and tasteless syndicated garbage that most talk shows have turned into,” Russell says. “The people on this program will be local pleasant individuals who will be greeted by our listeners with interest and appreciation.” The shows will be kept to a half-hour in length, so as to not cut into the station’s mostly easy-listening music format. A number of the area’s long-time musicians will be among the first guests on the show. The first guest will be Vince Danca.

Everyday People will be added to the station’s lineup in May, which includes four religious shows including The Lutheran Hour and sermons by Dr. Murray Hanson of Third Presbyterian Church, the station’s licensee. WTPB-LP 99.3 FM plays religious, easy listening, big band music and tunes by area performers. The station also features information updates, community calendar items and weather alerts. Russell also hosts a vintage record program called Musical Memories. Listeners wanting more information about WTPB-LP should contact Third Presbyterian Church at (815) 962-7889. A quality radio is needed to hear the station in the Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park area.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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