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Published:January 7th, 2006 10:43 EST
Chicago area radio station to broadcast mayors' forum

Chicago area radio station to broadcast mayors' forum

By Matthew Kent

By Matthew Kent

ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Local community radio station, WRLR 98.3 FM, which serves the Round Lake Area and much of western Lake County will be broadcasting live, for the first time ever, the Round Lake Chamber of Commerce and Industry's mayors' forum on Thursday, January 19. It starts at 12 Noon and will covered beginning to end. The broadcast will also be streamed from the station's website at: www.wrlr.fm 
 
The Chamber meeting, which will be held at the Round Lake High School theater, annually brings together all the area's five mayors (Ted Mueller, Hainesville; Bill Gentes, Round Lake; Rich Hill, Round Lake Beach; Terry Lumpkins, Round Lake Heights; Ila Bauer, Round Lake Park) to update chamber members on the progress their villages have achieved last year and to report on each town's plans for 2006. 
 
WRLR will carry the broadcast in conjunction with the Chamber. Businesses and residents who can't attend the event or hear the live broadcast will have the chance to hear it when it is rebroadcast at various times and days (TBA) in the weeks to follow. 
 
Since going on the air September 4, 2005 with its inaugural broadcast, WRLR-FM (98.3) has accomplished several notable firsts in the short span of less than a year. 
 
"WRLR's initial 'first' was a news scoop of an annoucement by Illinois State Sen. Geo Karis, speaking at the inaugural broadcast ceremony, stating her intention to run for reelection in the upcoming March primary. Another news exclusive was the broadcast of a motorist's eyewitness report of a traffic related pedestrian fatality on Christmas weekend," station President Bish Krywko said. 
 
The station has done numerous remotes from local festivals and live play-by-play coverage of various high school football games last year. It currently is doing play-by-play of hign school basketball games. 
 
Another historic first will be when the station does wall-to-wall election coverage from the Lake County building in Waukegan for the March primary (starting at 6:30 p.m.). Roving reporters will visit a number of campaign headquarters election night for key local races," Krywko said. "As far as we can tell, never before has there been this kind of reporting in Lake County."