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BLOOMINGTON — WTRX 93.7 FM has changed its format to include a lineup of oldies music from the 1960s and”70s, and exclusive broadcasts of the Bloomington Extreme football and Prairie Thunder hockey teams based at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The former classic rock station also will broadcast Chicago Cubs baseball games, as well as University of Illinois football and basketball games. High school football and basketball games will continue to air.

Radio Bloomington operations manager Ron Ross said the company believed the market was overserved by classic rock formats, and underserved with oldies music. He noted the company wanted to broadcast more sports events, too.

Ross, also WTRX program director, will host a morning show from 5:30 to 10 a.m. with Ric Santos handling the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift. Brad Pierce will host from 3 to 8 p.m. with C.J. Stone taking the 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot and Jennifer Montez covering the 1 to 5 a.m. post.

Farmer City business celebrates 10th year

FARMER CITY — Blue Ridge Pizza will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday with a customer appreciation Party.

The anniversary event is a way for owners Bill and Malinda Snow to recognize the community for its support over the years.n;

"We are blessed that we have had the support that we've had over the past 10 years," Malinda said.n;

The party, which begins at 4 p.m., will include food, door prizes, kids' games, free ice cream and more.

The business is at 508 W. Clinton Ave. and is open for business Wednesday through Saturday evenings. n;

CIRA receives taxiway grant

BLOOMINGTON — The Central Illinois Regional Airport received a $4.9 million grant this week from the federal government for taxiway improvements.

It's the final installment of a $31 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that was announced several years ago, said Carl Olson, CIRA executive director.

The $4.9 million will be used to design and construct a new taxiway, install enhanced landing gear and provide a standby electrical generator, he said.

"These funds also are going to be used to hire local and regional construction firms," Olson added.

Work should begin in June and conclude before winter, he said.

Nicor CEO gets 2005 bonus of $577,350

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nicor Inc., a gas-utility holding company, will pay its top executive a $577,350 bonus, according to a regulatory filing.

President and Chief Executive Russ M. Strobel will receive the bonus under a 2005 incentive plan, the proxy statement said.

Strobel's bonus figures for previous years weren't available.

Nicor, of Naperville, also will pay a $230,940 bonus to Chief Financial Officer Richard L. Hawley, the Securities and Exchange Commission filing said.


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