New Radio Debuts on WRHL AM 1060 (Rochelle IL)
For 25 years WRHL AM 1060 has featured News, Talk, and Sports programming. That all changed today when Newstalk 1060 became Good Time Oldies 1060! Good Time Odies 1060 will be playing the Greatest Hits of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. From the Beatles, Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and everything in between. The popular WRHL Morning Show from 5:30am - 9:00am will remain the same, focusing on News, Weather, Sports, Farm Programming and more. WRHL will continue to be your home for The Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox, plus the NFL and NCAA football and basketball. You can also listen to Good Time Oldies 1060 in crystal clear sound on WRHL.net & with the Good Time Oldies 1060 Mobile App, FREE for download for Apple & Android!
Serenity Hospice Receives Grant
Serenity Hospice and Home was recently awarded a grant from the Woodward Charitable Trust based in Rockford, IL. Serenity was among only eleven not-for- profit organizations chosen this year to receive money from the Trust and they were recently recognized at a luncheon at Francesco’s. Serenity’s grant is for the exclusive use of purchasing a bariatric, or oversized, bed for one of their rooms at Serenity House in Oregon, IL. “We are honored to receive grant money from the Woodward Charitable Trust,” said Lynn Knodle, Executive Director. “It is a very worthy and honorable group of organizations chosen this year and we are very blessed to be among them. An oversized bed at our hospice home will bring comfort to families and patients for years to come. We are all very fortunate to live in a community with such a generous organization as Woodward.”
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Byron Generating Station License Renewal
Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced the approval of Byron Generating Station’s license renewal application. The approval is the culmination of a rigorous, multi-year process that licenses Byron Station to operate until 2044 for Unit 1 and 2046 for Unit 2.
“Nuclear energy is an essential part of the energy mix in Illinois and is needed for the state to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power plan to reduce carbon emissions,” said Byron Station Site Vice President Mark Kanavos. “The NRC’s approval of the license renewal demonstrates that Byron Station has met all the criteria to provide around-the-clock reliable, carbon-free energy until at least the middle of the century.”
“The community has benefitted from our partnership with Exelon Generation and the license renewal for Byron Station is a positive for the entire region,” said Chris Millard, mayor of the city of Byron. “Many people rely on the economic activity the station’s large employee base brings to the area, and we hope the facility continues to operate for another generation of Northern Illinois residents.”
Byron Station supports approximately 5,100 direct and secondary jobs in Illinois, and the facility contributes $1.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.
While license renewal provides Byron Station the opportunity to operate for decades to come, there is no guarantee. The facility continues to face economic challenges due to distorted markets that don’t properly recognize and value all carbon-free energy sources equally. Exelon announced in September that it will defer any decisions about the future operations of Byron Station for one year.
Exelon personnel spent thousands of hours preparing the license renewal application that was submitted to the NRC on May 29, 2013. This process involved reviewing thousands of documents, a detailed review of historical equipment and component performance, a safety and environmental review and a rigorous review of the existing maintenance and engineering programs. The reviews were conducted to ensure the station is capable of maintaining plant systems over the extended license period.
The plant’s original 40-year operating license was set to expire in 2024 for Unit 1 and 2026 for Unit 2.The 40-year term for initial nuclear plant operating licenses is based on amortization schedules to finance large utility projects, not on safety, technical or environmental considerations. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, the original legislation authorizing civilian use of nuclear energy, permits nuclear power plants to renew their operating licenses.
Byron Generating Station generates nearly 2,300 megawatts of electricity, enough for more than two million homes. Byron Station also reduces the region’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Over the last 10 years, Byron Station has operated at 93.8 percent of capacity, which is above the industry average of 91percent and according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, significantly higher than the next closest U.S. baseload electricity provider, coal (59%).
Kris Wexell of 102.3 The Coyote (WYOT-FM) Named Best Radio Personality in Illinois
The Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) recently held their annual awards banquet at the I hotel in Champaign, Wednesday June 15 th . Each year the IBA recognizes excellent in broadcasting across the state of Illinois in several categories for Small Market, Medium Market, Large Market, & Chicago Market for Radio and TV. Entries are submitted, broadcasters (radio & TV) in other states across the country vote to get the finalist then winners. Kris Wexell of 102.3 The Coyote (WYOT-FM) was awarded “Best Radio Personality” in the state of Illinois for his work on The Coyote Morning Show. (for small market) Wexell says, “I’m shocked and humbled at winning the award, to be named number 1 in the state is big honor, I wish my grandma Ruth who passed away last summer, who was a big supporter of mine was here to see this, but I know she’s watching from above.”
102.3 The Coyote with offices in Rochelle IL, serving all of North Central Illinois including (Oregon/Byron/DeKalb) online at www.1023thecoyote.com
Discover Oregon by Bicycle
A few new bike routes are available throughout the Oregon area. 9 routes with maps and cue sheets have been created. Below is the link providing 9 routes, all the maps, and descriptions. The routes all begin and end in Oregon. Each goes through one or two of the small towns around. The routes range from 24 to 45 miles. Cyclists agree they are the best roads and routes in Ogle County.
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