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After listening to 89.5 WNIJ and Classical WNIU every day for years, Kathy Scarpaci joined Northern Public Radio as a Corporate Support Representative in 2006. She works with businesses and organizations that want to connect with public radio listeners through underwriting messages. You know…"Support comes from...”? Kathy sings with several choral groups and loves the variety of music, art, and theater opportunities in our area.
Cindy Lynn Ostergard is the Director of Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS), which provides local newspaper reading to the print-impaired. Since 2000, she’s the person who recruits and schedules volunteer readers, distributes listener receivers and organizes the NIRIS program schedule. If you’d like to read for - or receive - the service, please call or e-mail her with your interest. Cindy Lynn’s interests include dog rescue and reading mysteries. One of her favorite quotes is from former First Lady Barbara Bush: “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give.”
Abigail Mogge is a business associate at Northern Public Radio and the first voice you will hear when calling our DeKalb office. She works with the Membership and Development departments to process and track revenue and donor information. A lifelong lover of classical music, she enjoys helping listeners track down pieces heard on WNIU as well as stories and commentaries on WNIJ. In her spare time she bicycles, plays classical piano and tries to cook.
Janet Fischer is a Corporate Support representative (another way of saying "sales rep"). She develops partnerships with local businesses, connecting them to the public radio audience through short, tasteful announcements in an uncluttered environment. It's a win-win...listeners appreciate the companies who support their programming! After working many years in Chicago and New York City, where she was just one among millions, she enjoys the connections within a smaller community. She prefers to read non-fiction and loves to learn something new every day. At every opportunity, she travels to explore other cultures and ways of life.
Diane Drake loved radio as a kid, lived it at Southern Illinois University, and considers herself fortunate to still be part of the industry all these years later – especially now, in listener-supported public radio. As WNIJ / WNIU Communications & Events Manager, Diane digs into a mixed bag of projects, from volunteer recruitment and station event coordination to various writing, design, and audio productions. Connecting with interesting listeners, passionate volunteers, newsletter-subscribers, and community partners makes every day on the job different, rewarding, and fun. Only a gig as Chicago White Sox Organist would possibly be more enticing.