First of all . . .in case anyone is wondering "who the heck is Big B in Big B Files?", the answer is that it is me. Big B is the nickname that was given to me by Ms. Tracy Durdel in the early 1990s that eventually stuck with me and as the saying goes, "the rest is history".
I was born at 7:00 a.m. on June 22, 1975 as a fraternal twin at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL. My twin sister Melissa was born four minutes later at 7:04 a.m., also at St. Anthony's.
I grew up in rural Neoga, IL with two sisters and two brothers (all younger) each. We all attended school in Neoga and graduated from Neoga Jr.-Sr. High School in Neoga, IL in June 1994.
While I attended School in Neoga, I was a member of several clubs at one time or another. Those clubs were S.A.D.D. (Students Against Driving Drunk), The Messenger (school newspaper), Prevention Club, Scholastic Bowl, Tomahawk (yearbook), and A.F.S..
I was awarded the Youth of the Year Award from St. Mary of the Assumpion Catholic Church in Neoga, IL in June of 1994.
After high school, I attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, pursuing an Associate's Degree in Radio-TV Broadcasting. While at Lake Land College, I was a member of the WLKL Radio Club and a Disc Jockey at WLKL-FM in Mattoon, IL. I Graduated from Lake Land in May 1997 with an Associate's Degree of Applied Science in Radio-TV Broadcasting.
I then transferred to Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, IL to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication in the fall of 1997. While at EIU, I concentrated on my studies and worked at WEIU-TV at the same time. While I was at WEIU-TV, I worked all the student positions except for the positions of Producer, Technical Director, Show Director, and Anchor. I Graduated from EIU in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication with a Radio-TV / Film Concentration.
I was employed as a Master Control Operator at WICD-TV NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, IL. I worked there from June 2001 until October 2001. I also volunteered for Believers Broadcasting Corporation at WEIL-LP in Effingham, IL (which they purchased in 2003). In fact, those of you within a 30-mile Radius (Approximate) of Sigel, IL may have seen a little bit of my work at the top or bottom of the hour on when the station was on Channel 54 (Over the Air).
Now, I am living in Chesterfield, MO after living in Florissant, MO for therr wonderful years and am looking for another job in the Broadcasting, Information Technology, or Insurance Fields and in other areas while at the same time maintaining three websites (This website, Neoga Pole People Online [Neoga, IL], and the Big B Online) and with plans to do something along the lines of video work, web design, or computers (from my home in Florissant, MO) and eventually Public Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.
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More Past and/or Volunteer Activities
Volunteer | 2007 – Currently
Covenant Network | St. Louis, MO
Perform various types of volunteer work for Covenant Network, whose mission is to evangelize the Catholic faith primarily through radio and currently operating 41 stations (15 Full-power and 26 Translators)
Have produced spots that have aired on the stations (in St. Louis) that have resulted in additional exposure for a number of events i.e. the Great Authors book signing on 7/26/2014 & the Lest We Forget BBQ event in 2013.
Family Director (Volunteer) | 2012 – 2015
Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus #9981 | Chesterfield, MO
Promoted activities and programs within the Council that would strengthen and support the family life of its members.
Increased the presence of the IW Knights of Columbus Council in the parish community using traditional media (i.e. Radio Spots, flyers, bulletin announcements) and New Media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Council website, etc.)
Volunteer | 2003 – 2006
Believers Broadcasting Corporation / WEIL-LP (Effingham) | Quincy, IL
Produced spots that have aired on the station that have resulted in additional exposure for the station i.e. the Official Station IDs & and other public affairs spots among others
Helped keep the station on the air as a troubleshooter (to a degree) for the station