Mount Pulaski's Karl Scroggin retires from WUIS
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[March 31, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- WUIS-FM
91.9 Public Radio of the University of Illinois at Springfield gave
its longtime classical music director, Karl Scroggin of Mount
Pulaski, a classic retirement send-off Thursday with several
extremely complimentary speeches by WUIS staff and former staff. The
reception was complete with shrimp kabobs, a bartender service of
wine in glass stemware and a chef on duty cutting delicious prime
rib for sandwiches.
For nearly 30 years, Scroggin has delighted and
educated WUIS listeners with his seemingly bottomless knowledge of
classical music. His widespread classical fan club tunes in
religiously to relish the themes in his delivery of classical music
during his daily morning programs.
Even listeners from out of
state have been able to hear him and other WUIS programs via the new
streaming technology -- as far as Juneau, Alaska, reports Sam
Bertoni, who was a classmate of Karl's older brother, Michael, in
the mid-'60s. Unfortunately, Michael
wasn't on hand for his brother's send-off, having paid the ultimate
price in serving his country in Vietnam many years ago.
On Thursday, 100 or more well-wishers stopped by to wish Karl a
bon voyage in his retirement, hoping to hear him in future
substitute performances when called upon.
A WUIS online description of Karl serves as a lasting tribute to
"For 20 of the last 30 years, classical music enthusiasts have
welcomed the soft and quiet demeanor of WUIS host Karl Scroggin. The
calming tenor (more of a baritone, really) of his voice, coupled
with the encyclopedic detail in which he can discuss his musical
selections, has earned both Karl and WUIS widespread respect
throughout the classical music community."
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Bill Wheelhouse, general manager of the station, orchestrated the
event, culminating with a presentation to Scroggin by the station
staff of a complimentary pass to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with
an overnight stay in the Palmer House.
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[Text from file received from Phil Bertoni]