U Speak Belleville? Podcast

U Speak Belleville? Conversations with people living in Belleville, Illinois. Just across the river from St Louis, Missouri stands a town built on coal mining and stove factories. Join in in conversations with its many diverse residents to discuss life in one town in the American Midwest.
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Jan 31, 2022

Rick and Rocky head out on a Sunday night to review the week that was. Along the way Rick considers the implications of taking on the self-imposed challenge of creative work, friendships and disagreements, Joe Rogan, Left and Right. Join in as the two save a wayward pitbull.

Feb 25, 2021

Patty Gregory is running for mayor of the city of Belleville.

Feb 15, 2021

Belleville's Mayor Mark Eckert speaks about leading the city during Covid-19, the condition of the city as we are emerging from a challenging year, and his reasons for wanting to run for one more term.

Mar 5, 2018

Brendan Kelly is currently serving as St Clair County State's Attorney. He is running for Congress in Illinois' 12th District.

Nov 22, 2017

Mariah Grey of Mariah Grey Coaching ( lives and works in Belleville. Her website invites clients to “Fall in love with you – and write your own love story…”

In this episode of U Speak Belleville? we discuss much about relationships, including:

  • Strengthening and focusing our communication skills
  • Discovering and speaking our feelings clearly
  • Saying No to things we genuinely don’t want
  • Taking care of ourselves

Mariah runs a coaching website and blog at where she writes about relationships and self-discovery and self-improvement.

Mariah is also a massage therapist who works at Massage Envy in Shiloh.

Mariah’s Muses Facebook Group:

Nov 2, 2017

David Bequette wants to be the Democratic Candidate for Congress in Illinois' 12th District.

He has served as a Marine and worked in as a government contractor. He and his wife, Irina, spent time with their children in Armenia where Irina finished her Doctoral Thesis. 

The couple started a coffeeshop chain in Armenia that employed Syrian refugees, put an emphasis on environmental stewardship, clean business practices that refused to take part in the questionable business practices that were commonplace in Armenia at the time. They were successful and even went on to influence the contemporary business climate in Armenia.

Now Bequette is running in the Democratic primary to represent Illinois' 12th District. His platform is built on: Inclusive Leadership, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Cuts in wasteful spending, Common-Sense Social Protections and Modern Employment Opportunities. 

Oct 16, 2017

Randy Shinn is a Belleville, Illinois / St Louis area videographer with several documentaries available for viewing on his Vimeo channel

Listen to his discussion of his documentary subjects, Susan Stone - aka The Dancer of Life Dancer, Bob Romanik and several others.

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Apr 7, 2017

In the 1970's Belleville girl, Judy Geluck, met an aspiring musician who would go on to become Waylon Jennings' bass player. She tells the story of the 70's and 80's Nashville scene, being Duke Goff's girlfriens, running with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and others.

Mar 21, 2017

Greg Latinette played drums and Tony Mayr, bass and guitar in Belleville Illinois punk band Max Load. The band just reissued their LP along with a CD, DVD, poster and liner notes. Listen in!

Mar 5, 2017

Dallas Cook discusses his philosophy of government and work, his feelings that Belleville is dangerous and what he intends to do about it and his alleged connections to Bob Romanik.

Mar 2, 2017

Norm Greenberg is one of the most distinctive voices broadcasting from Belleville, Illinois and surrounding areas.

Norm began his local professional career at WIBV Radio, in Belleville, Illinois.

He served as newsman, announcer, salesman, program director, president & general manager.

On our show Norm discusses everything from the changing radio environment to politics. 

Feb 13, 2017

Partners at Belleville Illinois' Human Resources consulting firm, Vertical Performance discuss their unique approach to team building, leadership and building community.

Feb 9, 2017

Belleville Illinois Home Designer, Lori Creason Powell discusses her successful approach to her chosen fields: design and real-estate in Belleville, Illinois. 

Feb 9, 2017

Leo Brown, a Belleville-based author and psychic stopped by the studio to talk shop. She is the author of "Honey, I'm Fabulous and So Are You"

Feb 9, 2017

Mike Wells is a young, brash Libertarian Blogger based in Belleville, Illinois. He is a stage actor in the St Louis area.

We talked about politics and Star Wars on a cold winter morning. 

Feb 9, 2017

Max Load were probably Belleville's first punk band. They formed in 1978 and recorded. I speak to Terry Jones and Mike Yaffe about the Belleville music scene then and about a few legendary characters.