A former WSPY News reporter and radio broadcaster passed away on Sunday at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer.
Dave Frieders started working for WSPY in Oct. 1988 as a stringer, covering local municipal and school board meetings around the Fox Valley area.
Prior to his time at WSPY, Frieders worked in radio broadcasting for Armed Forces Radio during his time of service in South Korea from March of 1965 to November of 1966.
Here is a clip of Frieders during that time:
Frieders graduated with an Associate's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the U.S. Dept. of Defense Information School in 1964.
For over 20 years, Frieders worked as a deliveryman for the Sandwich Post Office before joining the news team at WSPY.
Frieders was well known to many elected officials in the WSPY listening area, covering many local meetings of boards and councils for the news department.
When he was not covering meetings, Frieders also occasionally substituted behind the microphone for staffers during on-air shifts. Frieders enjoyed working the "Sunday Sunrise" shift, as well as working many of the NASCAR races on weekends.
Over the span of his career with WSPY, Frieders was nominated for and won Silver Dome awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
Former WSPY News Director Ryan Morton shared with us one of Dave's stories from Kendall County in recent years that was submitted for an award.
Frieders worked with WSPY until 2012.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and the funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk.