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Q: I was interested to see the item in your column the other week about the spot you have scheduled with Joel Greenberg. I’m assuming this is an NPR station, and I’ve tried to tune in the frequency, but am a little out of range of it. What market area does this serve? Also, are you sharing this with other affiliates? Syndicated or something? ­— Mike O’Brien, Summit

A: I am excited to be doing ‘‘Outside’’ with Greenberg, best known as author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region. Our outdoors show with an outside view will run at 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 3 on WKCC-FM (91.1). That’s a new public radio station in Kankakee with an on-air coverage area primarily in Will, Kankakee and Iroquois counties, but there is streaming on All shows also will be archived there. Sharing with other affiliates is certainly our hope, but nothing is definite so far. I set up a Facebook page: ‘‘Outside with Dale Bowman and Joel Greenberg.’’

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM


Ryder Olsen took this photo for Buck of the Week: Unplugged across from his house in Burnham. He said as many as three bucks sometimes show up. Send nominations for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, to


Thomas C. Dunstan, David Kenney, Bob Long Jr. and Ed Mullady were selected as the 2011 class for induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Mullady, the great protector and promoter of the Kankakee River basin, holds the unofficial record for teaching fishing classes and has published The Sportsman’s Letter for 52 years. Long, ‘‘The Fishin’ Guy’’ for the Chicago Park District, is the driving force behind Mayor Daley’s ‘‘Fish ’N’ Kids’’ program. Dunstan, professor emeritus of biology at Western Illinois, is a leading authority on birds of prey. Kenney, professor emeritus of political science at Southern Illinois, was director of the Illinois Department of Conservation from 1977 to 1984. They will be honored at the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace on March 26.



Jan. 8-9: Gurnee, registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at (847) 856-1229.


Tuesday: Central-zone hunting for ducks, mergansers and coots ends.

Thursday-Sunday and Jan. 14-16: Late-winter antlerless-only firearm and the special CWD deer seasons.

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