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Jim Leach is a lifelong Springfield resident whose first radio gig was at WMAY -- in 1983! After a stint as a reporter at Channel 20, he rejoined the station part-time in 1990, and began working there full-time in 1995. A year later, he began hosting his daily talk show. These days, Springfield wakes up with Jim and his unique blend of fiery conversation, newsmaking interviews, hard-hitting facts and unbridled opinion. Jim is a multiple winner of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award and the Illinois Times Readers' Choice Award.

Today's Show: Monday, September 17, 2012

Who's ready for war with Iran (I mean besides you, Netanyahu)?!?  We'll talk about that, and about a listener's war with me because I wasn't exactly sympathetic to his complaint.  Here's his original post to me:
Memorial is spending millions of $ on new construction, but ask current employees how they are benefiting? A 30 year veteran of the "Health System" who started in Emergency and graduated to the ICU over that period is awarded $250 for their service at the Employee Service Anniversary dinner. That's not even $10 per year. More like a slap in the face rather than an award. And mirroring the current trend in Business, the suits are requiring employees to do more- so much more there are employees now showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome - with less. Granted, the money is $250 that person didn't have before, but consider the blood, sweat, and tears endured in 12 (sometimes more) hour shifts in a 30 year period. I'd feel slighted, AND pretty upset.

I said I'd be thrilled with any kind of bonus for having worked at my job for years, and couldn't imagine being upset at being given an extra $250.  He responded with an even angrier Facebook post:

You may know politics, but you proved today your knowledge of healthcare workers and their profession is extremely juvenile. I don't know how you host a radio show with that shoe sticking in your mouth. You agree that less than $10/year for 30 years of service as a healthcare professional is an adequate pat on the back?! Really?! You'd love it if WMAY reciprocated that amount to you for your term of service? Planting yourself in front of a mic is REALLY tough. How many lives did you save during YOUR shift. How many times did you have to look in the eyes of family members and tell them their loved one "isn't going to make it" or "I'm sorry, they've passed away". 3 decades of that as a healthcare professional takes a toll. The rookie nurses just out of school- the majority of them don't make it because of all the stress they encounter right out of the blocks. That group usually moves to a cushy physician's office job, or leave healthcare altogether. Walk one shift in a nurse's pair of shoes. Have Admitting berate you in one ear because you can't take a new patient because at the moment, you and 4 others are doing the damnedest to save the patient you're currently attending because he/she/ - children too- are at death's door. Think about the lives you've encountered and affected in that 12 hour- or most times longer- shift and multiply it times 30. I charge you. Get out and "ride along" for a shift in the ICU or Emergency. Oh yeah, the newborn ICU would be the greatest place to start. Jim, I enjoy your show and the politics you exchange, but you missed this one by a mile.

So is it an insult to give a hard-working 30-year employee a $250 bonus?  And where can I go to get insulted like that?

All that and more coming up -- listen live 6-9am on 970 WMAY or online at

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