Greg Bishop moved to central Illinois where he practices new journalism at Midwest Family Broadcasting in Springfield, Illinois. Bishop continues his education in communication at the University of Illinois at Springfield working on a thesis about media frames and the Occupy Wall St. movement.
During his full time job, Bishop wears many hats. He's the morning drive news anchor and city hall, county board reporter for 970 WMAY. With Midwest Family you may hear him as a disk jockey weekends on Alice @ 97.7 and he writes and produces the WQLZ Music Minute for 92.7 weekday mornings.
He also is the Director of New Media for Midwest Family's Springfield, Illinois, stations and the first person in the history of the Illinois Broadcaster's Association to be honored with the Silver Dome Award for Best Use of New Media ('09 and '10 winner, '11 finalist).
In addition to these responsibilities, Bishop produces and hosts a four hour talk show Saturday evenings on WMAY.
As a talk show host for Saturday Session, Bishop goes beyond the conventional acceptance of authority and reality. He has long felt there was a different story behind what was being presented.
What is globalization? Is our public sphere dying? Why is the mainstream not talking about important issues to individual liberty?
Greg Bishop has spent tireless hours researching topics that range from the elite secret societies and supranational organizations to the mainstreams media's conglomeration and oligopoly and power over the message. Its there and openly exposed on Saturday Session!
How BishopONAIR began
He began taking journalism classes and getting involved with Springfield's Capitol Area Career Center and their student radio station 88.3 FM The Edge WQNA. There, he brushed up on his on-air skills. During this stage in Bishop's just beginning career, he found himself listening to talk radio at every moment that he could, flipping through the major news networks routinely and also reading anything and everything he could get his hands on while surfing for alternative media outlets providing critical analysis of world events building a desire to get that alternative view of the world, the non-mainstream view, to an audience who needs to hear that side of the story.
Bishop was presented a godsend. Springfield Illinois' leading rock station 92.7 WQLZ was having a Survivor-type recruitment program called "Project Zero Talent". Knowing that WQLZ was operated by Midwest Family Broadcasting which also operates Springfield's leading AM talk station, 970 WMAY, Bishop jumped at the chance to become a member of the locally owned and operated Midwest Family team.
Being an intern with the radio group, Bishop was given many excellent opportunities. He was privileged to be a part QLZ's Morning Freak Show with Val Knight, Mikey Austin and Bodine and later was graced by co-hosting Davis and Company on 970 WMAY with former Illinois congressman Jack Davis. Bishop was also given an opportunity to host a Saturday talk show on the best talk radio station in Springfield Illinois. He has been on the air with Saturday Session since June 2006, covering the issues others local hosts wouldn't dare.
Bishop shakes things up throughout the week as well. In 2011 while covering the Springfield City Council, Bishop saw something that could only be described as public sphere theater. Bishop alongside Springfield radio legend Ray Lytle created the Springfield City Council Roundup (hear a recent episode below). It's reality radio in rare form. Bishop brings the in-depth stories with clips from city officials and Ray provides the raw reaction. The audience gets a civics lesson that is real and real fun!
It's live, it's local, it's passionate, it's defiant and it will never stop questioning authority--it's BishopONAIR!
Here are some recent productions from Bishop
Recent Saturday Session Podcast
Recent Council Roundup
Bishop's YouTube Channel
WMAY's YouTube Channel
WQLZ's YouTube Channel