Advisory Board, Ex-Officio Member
Randy became the NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008. With the 2014 merger with Illinois Issues magazine, Randy also began serving as publisher.
Randy finds the public media mission to serve the community a great honor, "The commitment to credible information the public radio listener supports is critical and refreshing. Especially as commercial journalism model has contracted." Eccles confesses, "It's great to be a news junkie at Springfield's top radio news operation."
Randy moved from Arizona where he was the promotions director and assistant program director for KTAR News 92.3 and KTAR Sports 620. He worked with the news and talk shows and with almost all the market sports teams: Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals, and Sun Devils. He also enjoyed working with spring training and the Fiesta Bowl. A favorite fundraiser for charity was the annual staff stage performance of the radio play of Dickens' A Christmas Carol usually starring the tallest athlete in town as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
Randy found his way to Arizona on spring training preproduction trips for Chicago Cubs broadcasts. He enjoyed it enough to make the move in 2002 after being at WGN Radio since 1990. At WGN, Randy was the executive producer for Cubs, Bears, and Northwestern broadcasts; produced The Kathy & Judy Show and Punnett; and served as assistant program director. Breaking coverage of The Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Chicago River flood, and the Sosa/McGwire home run chase stand out as memories. While at the Tribune Company, Randy also served as a Technology Leadership Development Associate and was the "Web Daddy" of wgnradio.com which Radio Ink named the Best Web Site in Radio at the time.
Randy is originally from the Chicago area where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School and North Central College in Naperville. Randy also attended the University of Evansville. He worked as a student manager at the stations at each of these schools, WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.