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Local Radio Veteran Jim O’Hara “Exits” Country WLLR-FM Amidst More I Heart Radio Cuts

November 6th, 2020
Local Radio Veteran Jim O'Hara "Exits" Country WLLR-FM Amidst More I Heart Radio Cuts

Jim O’Hara, a giant in local radio who has led one of the most successful ratings runs in Quad-Cities radio history for almost three decades on WLLR, is with the station no more, according to a report on radioinsight.com. The terms of O’Hara’s exit are unknown, as to whether it was a retirement, a forced retirement, or a layoff, but the news was located in a larger story about dozens of election week layoffs at I Heart stations across the country. WLLR is owned by I Heart Radio. The news was delivered in a one line blurb amidst the larger story about the layoffs, saying, “Jim... Read More

A Tribute To A Rock Island Treasure: Roald Tweet

November 5th, 2020
Local Radio Veteran Jim O'Hara "Exits" Country WLLR-FM Amidst More I Heart Radio Cuts

Roald Tweet had a way with words, with listeners, with his comforting voice, and his patient, relentless curiosity and compassion will be felt in the Quad-Cities for years to come. The 87-year-old Augustana College professor emeritus of English died on Wednesday after a brief illness (congestive heart failure and Covid-19), and the tremendous loss reverberates throughout the community. “He was my teacher from the time I was seventeen till now,” said Ann Boaden (Augie Class of ’67), a longtime English professor who retired in 2016. “His brilliance, his puckish wit and playfulness, his persistence... Read More

Beloved Author, Radio Personality, Augustana College Professor Roald Tweet Dies at 87

November 4th, 2020
Local Radio Veteran Jim O'Hara "Exits" Country WLLR-FM Amidst More I Heart Radio Cuts

Kai Swanson of Augustana College, Rock Island, related Wednesday: “It is with a heart made heavy by a thousand light memories that I inform the Augustana community of the passing of Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English.” Tweet, 87, died today after a brief illness. He became a member of the Augustana English Department in 1960, and remained there until his retirement in 1999; he chaired the department from 1967 until 1984. In 1998, he was appointed to the Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, the second person (after Dorothy Parkander) to hold the College’s first endowed position. Tweet... Read More