By Jim Hagerty
Longtime Rockford radio personality Ken DeCoster will officially make the transition to television when he joins the WREX-TV news team Monday, June 2.
DeCoster worked in Rockford radio for more than 30 years. From 1995-2014, he was the news director for the stations of Mid-West Family Broadcasting, formerly Maverick Media.
Over the years, his highly rated talk shows on WNTA-1330 AM and NTA-100.5 FM covered area current events and news from the Rockford area. DeCoster was also known for his coverage of area high school football. He was let go Feb. 21, along with fellow radio veteran Doug McDuff, when NTA FM dropped its talk format.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of covering local news,” DeCoster, a graduate of Marquette University, said. “I’ve been reporting news in Rockford since 1981 and I still enjoy the work.”
DeCoster will work the Monday through Friday dayside shift for Rockford’s NBC affiliate. During the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts, he’ll cover local news, including politics, education, crime and Transform Rockford.