Fishing Line and Outdoor Show
Simulcast Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Don Dziedzina and Jim DaRosa report on area fishing and outdoor
events throughout Northern Illinois. Don, Jim and their many
guests will entertain you with an hour of outdoor news, prizes,
giveaways and more. The Fishing and Outdoor Show is heard
every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on WSPY 107.1
FM, WSPY 1480 AM, WSQR 1180 AM and WCSJ 103.1 FM
Don has been involved in the outdoors industry for nearly
35 years. As an outdoor writer, Don has published columns
in eleven weekly newspapers, three monthly outdoor magazines,
and one bi-weekly outdoor newspaper. In 2005 and 2006, Don
won the Illinois Outdoor Writer of the Year Award. In 2005
he won the Readers' Choice Award from MidWest Outdoors Magazine.
And, the Illinois Press Association awarded Don with first
place in a writer’s competition for a sports column. The column
that won was deer hunting in southern Illinois.
In 1995, Don began to produce
and host the Illinois Outdoors Television Show. This show
is taped on the water and in the field featuring the great
outdoor opportunities that we all enjoy in Illinois. This
show has been on the air every week since 1995 on a number
of different television stations in the Chicago market and
is currently reaching nearly seven million households weekly.
Don’s second television show,
The All Outdoors Television Show began in 1999 and continues
to run every week. This show is co-hosted and co-produced
by Rich Komar. The All Outdoors TV Show is a studio show that
features outdoors news, new and unusual outdoor products,
guests from the outdoors industry, photos, and more. Ron Miltzow
provides viewers with fishing or hunting tips every week.
This show has been light heartedly coined as being, “The only
All Outdoors TV show taped entirely indoors.” This show airs
in the greater Chicagoland market.
In May of 2006, Don joined the
long running outdoor radio team of Ray Ludkevicz and Jim DaRosa
on The Fishing Line and Outdoors Radio Show that broadcasts
live every week on four radio stations in northern Illinois.
In 2008, the show celebrates its 25th year of weekly broadcasting.
An avid angler and one who also enjoys hunting, Don loves
to share his experiences with others in his numerous columns,
TV and radio shows, seminars, and public appearances.
Jim has been an avid hunter and fisherman for over 45 years.
Growing up in Southern Illinois, Jim began hunting and fishing
around Crab Orchard Reservoir and Lake of Egypt near Carbondale,
Illinois. At the ripe old age of 15, Jim caught his first
five pound bass and harvested his first Canada goose and mallard
duck, since then Jim has been hooked on the outdoors. Jim
has dedicated more than 45 years in pursuit of largemouth
and smallmouth bass from Mexico to Minnesota. He is a 20 plus
year veteran of competitive bass fishing (over 200 events),
having won several individual and team events in the Midwest.
Some of his honors include winning
the CBFA Bass Fishing Classic at the Fox Chain of Lakes. Jim
was always a strong contender on both team and individual
bass fishing events. Jim is the co-host and founder of the
Fishing Line and Outdoor Radio Show now in its 25th season.
Some of his favorite broadcasting memories include, being
part of the press corps at many B.A.S.S. Masters Classics
and sharing fishing and hunting experiences with his listeners
and fellow co-hosts Ray Ludkevicz and Don Dziedzina.
In addition he has served as
a Pro Staffer and field tester doing promotional work for
many leading fishing and boating companies. Jim is a frequent
presenter of fishing seminars at local and regional fishing
clubs and sport shows. Jim founded the Southwest Chicago Fishing
and Boating show. Proceeds from the show have gone to fund
many worthwhile charities, including the prevention of child
abuse. Jim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and
is retired from the field of Parks and Recreation after 35
years of service. Retirement has given Jim additional time
to pursue his love and passion for the outdoors.
In the summer you can find Jim
chasing trophy smallmouth bass on Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota
where Jim has a summer home. In 2006 Jim began guiding for
“brownies” on Mille Lacs and very much enjoys teaching people
how to fish, and gets great satisfaction watching someone
catch a trophy or their “personal best”. In 2007 Jim guided
24 trips and spent over 100 days on the big lake. He is a
licensed Master Pilot Guide through the state of Minnesota
and is fully insured. Winter time pursuits include a passion
for duck and goose hunting, upland game hunting, and some
ice fishing. Visit his web page, www.FishSmallmouthBass.com