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Staff Show Bios

Elburn, Illinois, native Eric Ferguson has awakened and entertained Chicago radio listeners for over a decade after working around the country including Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania. This University of Iowa alum claims he was attracted to a career in radio mostly because of the flashy, form-fitting uniforms that he gets to wear and the early hours allow him to pursue his dream of caddying on the PGA Tour. Eric likes to spend time with the most important people in his life… his wife Jen, his four kids, David Letterman, and the guy making the burritos at Chipotle.

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Coming to Chicago wasn’t a far trip for Melissa, who grew up in Indiana. At the age of 8, Melissa was already writing and creating radio shows on cassette tapes to play for her mom. Although the shows needed some work (we’ve heard them) she decided to pursue a career in radio. Melissa started her radio career in the Hoosier State in Hammond and Merrillville before becoming a researching, idea generator at THE MIX. She consistently strives to be the best Melissa she can be and truly believes there is always more to learn through new experiences in life. The new love of her life is her son Porter who was born in December of 2010. “With a twinkle in his eye, he stole my heart”. “Ok, so that’s super cheesy” she says, but it’s completely true. Check out photos of him on her Facebook page.

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Whip has worked in Chicago radio for literally half his life. He was born in Blue Island, but lived on the Northwest Side of Chicago for his first twelve years, then moved to the Western Suburbs, then went to the University of Illinois – where he studied broadcast journalism, and still remembers the people there who told him not to get into this business, because it’s too unstable. He also likes to say that he’s done a lot of broadcasting in his career, and just a little bit of journalizing…meaning, that his studies have come in handy. He enjoys reporting news, but hates reporting traffic, although he makes a point of trying not to cry about it in front of people when he’s asked to fill in for Melissa. Whip now lives with his wife Stacy, daughter Tori, and two sons Kyle and Alex in the Northwest suburbs, after spending the formative years of his adulthood living on the North Side.

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Violeta was born and raised in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Being first generation American in a super Serbian, restaurant family life has been interesting to say the least.

Violeta attended Resurrection High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

While attending UIC, Violeta held down several internships including a Congressional Campaign, The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and Check Please! on WTTW. However, it was an internship in the Newsroom for a Chicago Radio station where she found her calling….writing, monitoring and compiling traffic reports.

When not making everyone aware of slowdowns and gapers delays during your morning commute, you can find her practicing hot style yoga or enjoying a good happy hour deal. She loves crème brulee, bowling, and birthday’s (but who doesn’t?).

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When he’s not working on home improvements, writing haikus or practicing rhythmic gymnastics – you may catch Glendale Heights native, “Swany”, on the other end of the phone when you’re calling in to Eric in the Morning with Melissa & Whip. He’ll be the one telling you to “turn off your radio!” before you get on the air. This Columbia College grad is happy to be working in Chicago radio and is the creative mind behind many of those catchy musical clips you hear in the morning. You may or may not be surprised to learn that Swany still hangs out with his junior high school teachers and that his guilty pleasures include Phineas & Ferb, Holmes on Homes, and Will Ferrell movies.

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