Southern Illinois TV Blasts From the Past
Jeremy Finley(KFVS)
Finley, formerly of KFVS is now at WSMV TV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, TN.   He lives there with wife, also a Southern Illinois area airwave Veteran, Rebecca(Howerton).
Larry McIntosh(WPSD)
Larry, the retired sports director for WPSD TV for many years, does both on camera and voice over work in local tv commercials.
Ben, formerly of KFVS TV(where he worked the Carbondale bureau) is now the Coordinator of Political Events for Newschannel 5 in Nashville, TV.
Ben Hall(KFVS)
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Rebecca Howerton(Finley)(WPSD)
Rebecca worked as the assignment editor at WSIL, then worked as a reporter for the WPSDs Illinois bureau. She is  currently a Communications Director for a foundation in Nashville.  Her husband is former KFVS reporter Jeremy Finley.
Randall Kamm(KFVS)
The former KFVS anchor now can be found on KSN TV in Witchita, Kansas as a reporter.
Dave Stricklin(WPSD, KFVS)
Dave Stricklin, formerly of WPSD, KFVS and also radio station WCIL in our area now has a government relations practice in Chicago, Springfield and Washington, DC.(Gardner, Carton and Douglas).

Mr. Stricklin also as worked as Director of the State of Illinois' Washington DC office for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  He also served for 3 years as Chief of Staff for the Governor when the Governor was a member of Congress from the 5th Congressional District of Illinois.  Prior to that Stricklin was Chief of Staff to Representatives Louis Slaughter(New York) and Glenn Poshard(IL).  He now heads Stricklin and Associates(click on picture for current bio)
Jane McGarry(WPSD, KFVS) is now the weeknight anchor at NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition to the TV stations in our area, she once was a reporter/producer and Host of a magazine show on WRAJ Radio in Anna, Il.

Ms. McGarry is a graduate of SIU and has won several awards including "Personality of the Year" 3 times by the American Women in Radio and Television.

She is now married and has a son.
Jane McGarry(WPSD, KFVS)
Sandra Hughes, formerly of WCEE TV in Mt. Vernon now is a CBS News Correspondent based  in Los Angeles.

In fact WCEE was Ms. Hughes first job in broadcast journalism.  Since her beginnings in Mt. Vernon she's worked at KMOV in St. Louis, WLKY in Louisville, KY and WTVR in Richmond, Va.

She has recieved an American Woman in Radio and Television Award(in 1988) for a series of "Eye on America" reports for CBS Evening News on wage wars as well as a Missouri Broadcasting Award,Louisville Metro Jouralism Award as well as a Public Service Award in Illinois.

She an her husband, Brian Kazarian, live in L.A. with their 2 children.
Sandra Hughes(WCEE TV)
Terry Turner(KFVS)
Terry Turner, former anchor/reporter at KFVS is now a writer/producer for US Department of Defense's The Pentagon Channel, in Washington DC.  Mr Turner has had an impressive career, you can view his online resume by clicking here. View his  blog by clicking here.
Hillary Andrews(KFVS)
Formerly of KFVS, Andrews can now be seen as an on-air personality on the WEATHER CHANNEL.  There she can be seen regularly on the morning and weekend weather segments.
Carrie Cline(KFVS)
Carrie Cline, formerly of KFVS is now at WSAZ, Newschannel 3 in West Virginia .

There she is an  anchor/reporter. Cline and her husband Jasper, are the proud parents of  a daughter Gabriella.
John Harth(KFVS)
Harth, who was at KFVS from 1974-1981 has left television and now is Rev. John Harth, pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Missouri.
Richard Gue(WSIL)
Rick Chambers(a.k.a.) Richard Gue, former anchor at WSIL is now at KCAL in Los Angeles, California, where he and his family live.  He has won numerous awards and is actively involved in numerous community projects there.
Lindy Thackston(WSIL)
Lindy Thackston, former morning anchor and reporter at WSIL TV 3,  has moved on to a reporting job at First Coast News(WJXX ABC-25 and WTLV NBC-12) in Jacksonville, Florida.
Barry Hiett(WSIL)
Barry Hiett, former sports director at WSIL TV 3 is now a reporter at WHNT TV 19 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Jim Cox(WSIL)
Mr. Cox, who used to host the interview show "The Hour" in the seventies is now the news director for KEZK radio in St. Louis.
Karl Streips(WSIL)
Streips, former reporter and weekend anchor at WSIL from back in 1984-85, has had quite the career.   After leaving channel 3, he moved on to KTVA-TV in Topeka, KS.  From there he moved to Latvia in Eastern Europe, his family's "old country", where he remains.  There he teaches Journalism at the University of Latvia where he does a seminar on radio and television presentation and American mass media.  He also continues to work in television where he hosts a Journalism Roundtable.  For eight years did a daily interview show on Radio Latvia.

Karl had the great privilege to serve as translator to President Bill Clinton when he visted Latvia in 1994(and he also got to ride on Air Force One!).  He also provides the Latvian voice for the broadasts of the Academy Awards and the Eurovison Song Contest there.

Tony Hensley(KFVS)
Tony, former reporter for KFVS is now reporting for WTVQ TV 36 in Lexington, KY.
Dan Phillips(WPSD)
Dan left WPSD to become a sports anchor at WZTV in Nashville, TN.
Ms. Hendricks is now at WCIA TV in Champaign, Il.  To read her current bio click here.
Jennifer Hendricks(WSIL)
Amy Watson(WPSD)
Amy left WPSD in December of 2005 to spend time with her family.  Amy has returned to the airwaves with former WSIL reporter Steve Hayslip on the morning news at WTVF  in Nashville, TN(oddly enough her former WPSD co-anchor Scott Couch's former home)
Tamara Gibbs(WSIL)
Ms. Gibbs is now a reporter at Eyewitness News 11 station in Durham, NC, . Read her station bio here
Mike Jannsen,former weatherman at WSIL TV 3,  now makes his television home at WGNO TV 6 in New Orleans as the weekend weathercaster.....Mike left WSIL just in time to land smack-dab in the middle of Hurricane Katrina.  Read Mike's WGNO bio here.
Mike Jannsen(WSIL)
Gary Roedemeier(WPSD)
Roedemier, former anchor who began his career  at WPSD in the late 60's, now is an award winning anchor at WHAS TV 11 in Louisville, KY.  Read his current bio here.
Mike Sola(WPSD) Sharla Jolly(WSIL)
Mike Sola, formerly at WPSD, is now a weathercaster/feature producer/reporter for WILL the broadcast service
for the University of Illinois and  also assists in teaching an Old Time
Radio Drama Course for the College of Communications.

Mike is married to another Southern Illinois Blast from the Past,  Sharla Jolly,  who worked for WSIL TV..  She reported/produced and anchored some the Channel 3 newscasts during her stay there.  She is now in the Office of Public Affairs for the University of Illinois..

They have 2 daughters, 2 dogs and reside in  Champaign-Urbana.
(click on Mike's picture to see his bio on the WILL site)
Sandy Moore(KFVS)
Sandy Moore(KFVS) attended SIU in the Radio-Broadcasting department from 1981-1985, worked in the WCIL newsroom from 1983-1985, then worked at KFVS from 1985 to 1986.  There she did the weekend weather and worked as a reporter during the week.  She then worked on Capitol Hill for a few years, then in Japan at a PR firm.  Moore is now the Senior Director of Media Relations at the McGinn Group in Virgina.
John Knicely(WPSD)
John Knicely, former reporter for WPSD TV and weekend anchor is now at WCCB TV in Charlotte, NC.  Click on his picture for more.
Scott Couch, former anchor at WPSD,  has landed back in Nashville at WZTV Fox 17.  Click on his picture for his bio
Scott Couch(WPSD)
Samatha Davies(WSIL)
Samantha Davies, formerly the morning meteorologist at,WSIL-TV for almost 2 years, starting in July of 2005, has left for WNBC in New York.

Mark Johnson(KFVS)
Mark Johnson, former sports announcer at KFVS is now at KTVB-TV in Boise, ID.  You can read more about him here.
Cal Sisto(WPSD)
Longimte WPSD TV Chief Meteorologist Cal Sisto retired in October 2007.  Cal now resides in California with his wife.
Shawn Smetana(WSIL)
Former WSIL TV reporter Shawn Smetana is now a reporter at WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC.  Read more about him here
Lauren Bercarich(WSIL)
Bercarich, a former reporter and weekend anchor for WSIL is now a reporter at WKRC-TV in Cicinnati, OH