Samantha Barnes is a Director of Content for Townsquare Media Quincy/Hannibal and Morning Show Co-Host on 97.9 KICK FM. She has been in radio for over 20 years in the Quincy/Hannibal area and lives here with her husband and two daughters. Sam is an avoid Hallmark Channel fanatic, she loves everything Christmas and would have tree up all year if her husband let her. She is a Missouri Broadcaster Award Winner for Best in Documentary/Public Affairs and Air Talent for a Morning Drive. Samantha is originally from Brooklyn, New York but has called Quincy home for over 30 years and knows the local market very well.
Hidden Illinois State Park Might Be the Best Kept Secret
Illinois is home to some of the best state parks in the nation, but there is one you may not know of that is a hidden gem in the state.
The Oldest Restaurant in Illinois is 176 Years Old and Still Open
I am sure when it comes to running a business of any type staying in business is extremely hard. But for one Illinois restaurant, they found some sort of magic dust because they are the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in Illinois since 1847.
A New $40 Million Discovery Zone is Coming to the St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo just announced a massive new destination discovery zone coming to the zoo in 2026.
Missouri Landscape Apparently Not Beautiful Enough For Experts
A new ranking came out and, for some reason, Missouri ranks pretty low on their list of the most beautiful states.
Hazard Hoarder Conditions Result in 41 Missouri Puppies Rescued
These are stories that just break my heart, but also joy knowing that these puppies will have a better life.
Legally in Missouri Can Dogs Hang Their Heads Out Car Windows?
Every time I see a dog hang their head out a car window I know they are living its best life at the moment, but is it legal?
Illinois Ranks Top 10 for Best States to Visit for Storm Chasers
A new ranking was just released with the best states for storm chasers and Illinois ranks in the top 10.
Step Back in Time in This 124-Year Old Missouri Mega Mansion
This Missouri mansion located in St. Louis is a look into the past of the city's rich history.
Wait, Illinois Has Castles? See the Epic Road Trip You Can Take
Baseball, Chicago Style hot dogs, football, museums, Illinois is known for a lot of things but I never thought Castles was one. Yes, there are majestic castles in Illinois and you can take one epic road trip to see them all. You can take a road trip to see the few castles that grace some towns and cities, and one of them is right here in Quincy. The...
See if Quincy, Illinois Police Have Recovered Some of Your Stuff
It's like the lost and found, but in a police kind of way. The Quincy, Illinois Police Department recently shared that they've recovered some items which remain unclaimed. Is it possible that they have some of your stuff? Here's how to find out.