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Ken DeCoster begins new job as TV reporter Monday, June 2

Ken DeCoster is a native of Wilmette, Ill.
The Rock River Times

Longtime Rockford radio personality Ken DeCoster will officially make the transition to television when he joins the WREX-TV (NBC) news team Monday, June 2, The Rock River Times reports.

A graduate of Marquette University, DeCoster worked in Rockford radio for more than 30 years. For 19 years, he was the news director for stations currently owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

From 1995-2014, DeCoster's daytime slot on WNTA-1330 AM and NTA-100.5 FM surveyed current events and covered Rockford headlines. DeCoster was also known for his Friday night high school football coverage.

DeCoster was let go from Mid-West Feb. 21, when NTA-FM dropped talk news for a variety music format. Mid-West Family Broadcasting purchased the station from Maverick Media in 2013. Mid-West also own and operates WXRX-104.9 FM, WGFB -103.1 FM (B-103), WRTB-95.3 FM, (The Bull, formerly Bob FM) and WNTA-1330 AM (LaMovida).

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of covering local news,” DeCoster said. “I’ve been reporting news in Rockford since 1981 and I still enjoy the work.”

DeCoster will report the news during the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts. He will cover local news, including politics, education, crime and Transform Rockford.

DeCoster and his wife, Kristina, have two daughters and live in Rockford.