Giant potato wows hundreds at WDWS

Giant potato wows hundreds at WDWS

The "Tater Team" that rides in the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck said the kind of reaction they got Wednesday in Champaign makes their job very rewarding.

The group made its way to the area on Tuesday and parked its truck at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center as a part of a five month tour across the country.  The group includes ambassador and driver of the potato truck Larry Bathe and ambassadors Kristie Wolfe and Ivan Nanney.

Nanney said the energy people provide when they come to see the truck helps a lot when the crew is on the road for such an extended period of time.

Wolfe said traveling around the country and getting to interact with and meet people is a pretty good job.

If you missed your chance to see the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck on Wednesday, it's not leaving Illinois just yet. The truck headed over to Macomb Wednesday afternoon for an event there this weekend.

Local foodbank benefits from potato truck stop

The head of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in Urbana said the support that the foodbank gets from the Champaign-Urbana area shows how great the community really is.

The foodbank's Executive Director Jim Hires made the comments Wednesday during a food drive at the WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center in conjunction with the appearance of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck.

Hires said events like the potato truck stop help the foodbank make sure people are aware of the need to fight hunger in the area.

Hires added that summer is the time of greatest need for donations at the foodbank.  He said that every dollar donated leads to around $10 worth of food.  Hires said it was very exciting to be a part of such a cool event with the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck.

The amount of food donated at Wednesday's potato truck stop wasn't immediately available.

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Orbiter wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am

I kinda wanted to see this giant spud myself, after reading the announcement earlier this week in the News-Gazette online.  However, that story AND this one both neglected to give the address of the event.  Not many people know where the "WDWS-WHMS-WKIO radio center" is located, even if they happen to listen to one of those stations.  It is very poor reporting to announce an event, and to describe it's outcome, without giving the street address!


Oh, sure, I guess I could have spent some time and tried to find the location of this radio center on the web somewhere, but DATE, TIME and LOCATION are three key facts that should be part of any news story.  It shouldn't be left up to the reader to wonder.  The N-G is supposed to be the primary news source, and readers shouldn't have to do further research elsewhere just to follow a story.