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WDCB's Brian O'Keefe to Retire

January 14th, 2020

WDCB announces the upcoming retirement of Brian O'Keefe, its Coordinator of News & Public Affairs, who has been with the Glen Ellyn-based jazz station for almost 30 years.

He joined the staff at WDCB in February of 1991 as Assistant News Coordinator, before becoming the Coordinator in 1995. Prior to WDCB, he had worked as a student reporter at WKYU at Western Kentucky University and worked in commercial radio as News Director of WDXN in Clarksville, TN and at WMUF in Paris, TN.

O’Keefe served two terms as president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association (INBA) Board of Directors and continues to serve as treasurer of the INBA Foundation.

Brian O'Keefe has interviewed hundreds of county, state, and federal leaders during his tenure. And he's worked through the years to share the stories of College of DuPage itself, interviewing all but one of COD's presidents along the way.

"I've always seen what we do as an important service to the community," O'Keefe said.  "Frequently WDCB News was the only broadcast outlet to cover stories that affected the day-to-day lives of the nearly one million people in DuPage County. I am proud to have been part of WDCB and to have served the station's audience for so many years. There are great stories in every community and it has been my pleasure to tell some of those stories."

"Brian's professionalism has been an important part of WDCB's growth from small suburban station to respected player in the Chicago public radio landscape," says Station Manager Dan Bindert. "And he's been a key to keeping our roots in the western suburbs strong along the way. We wish him all the best on his well-deserved retirement."

O'Keefe will continue hosting and producing his weekly "First Light" program (Sundays, 7-8am) as well as overseeing WDCB's public affairs programming through the month of April.