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.

Riverfront Improvement Commission

The city of Davenport has just spent a lot money improving a downtown landmark. On Sunday, a ribbon cutting will be held for the new deck at the Freight House.

COVID and the Movies

Aug 7, 2020

On Midwest Week, what do movie reviewers do when the theaters are closed during a pandemic ?

- three more COVID deaths in the QC,

- Dubuque issues a mask mandate,

- and Illinois extends unemployment benefits for 20 weeks.

Obsessed With Sharks

Aug 6, 2020
Brian Buckles

Brian Buckles is passionate about art, marine life, and ocean conservation. The 36-year-old Bettendorf native blends those loves in a new exhibit open at Beréskin Gallery and Art Academy, in Bettendorf.

When the new school year begins, the Bettendorf schools will use a hybrid plan. 

Rock Island Arts Commission

Something surprising will appear in Rock Island the next time it rains. Members of the Arts Commission have started stenciling messages of encouragment on sidwalks around the city that will only become visible when they're wet.

- another local death from COVID-19,

- Iowa school districts want to make their own decisions about re-opening,

- and Com-Ed pleads not guilty. 

Augustana College

A pastor now serving at a Lutheran Christian retreat center in Washington State will be the next Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life at Augustana College. The Reverend Melinda Pupillo will begin at the college in January, and succeed Richard Priggie who retired last spring.

Family Museum

The Family Museum in Bettendorf, will save about $300,000 by closing for two weeks this month, furloughing its staff, and leaving nine open jobs unfilled, along with other budget cuts.

- at least two Iowa school districts plan to defy the governor's order,

- COVID cases continue to increase in the Quad Cities,

- and new help for local residents to find jobs.