One of the best known voices in all of Illinois broadcast history has unplugged his microphone. Ben Kiningham has retired ending an amazing 30+ year career in broadcast news.
I don’t know that I met Ben more than once in my brief time in radio news 20 years ago. Back then he and Becky Enrietto were the voices on what I think (give me a break if I’m wrong, its been a long time) was then called the Capital Information Bureau. They sent out feeds on state news to subscribing radio stations. They were based here in Springfield (operating out of WTAX, I believe) and were invaluable to me in providing news not only from the far away state capital but from all parts of the state. There were not many days I did not use at least one CIB story and on a slow news day in Freeport, Illinois they were real life savers.
Good luck, Ben, and many, many thanks for the good work. You once made my job a whole lot easier.