Radio Waves: Olaf Nelson on Illinois’ first alligator gar since 1966

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Olaf Nelson talks about being the first to catch an alligator gar in Illinois since 1966 and other topics related to his conversion to a focus on native fishes this afternoon on “Outside.”

The story of catching the first alligator gar since 1966 in Illinois is a worthy enough tale, but equally important is Nelson’s interest in helping people, especially fishermen, understand native fishes.

His specialty is suckers, with a focus on redhorses, as ishown by his web site

You could say he wears his love of native fishes, as his tee-shirt shows when he came into the WKCC studios.

“Outside” airs from 4:30-5 p.m. Mondays on WKCC-FM (91.1) in Kankakee. The rebroadcasts are at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

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Laurel Soper, the web tech and digital media person for KCC, has put together the podcast system at

The Facebook page for “Outside with Dale Bowman” is at!/pages/Outside-with-Dale-Bowman/241327739268720

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