Randy Eccles



Randy became the NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008.  With the 2014 merger with Illinois Issues magazine, Randy also began serving as publisher.

Randy finds the public media mission to serve the community a great honor, "The commitment to credible information is critical and refreshing, especially as the commercial journalism model has contracted."  Eccles confesses, "It's great to be a news junkie at one of Springfield's top news operations."

Randy previously worked at KTAR in Phoenix and WGN in Chicago.  A Chicago area native, Randy also served stints at student-run stations WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch discusses NPR Illinois PodCamp in her State Journal-Register column.

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Mia Woods

Thanks to Grab-a-Java for welcoming listeners during this spring's fund drive.  NPR Illinois is honored to be a sign of the times!

After several weeks of investigation, Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed as host of On Point.

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The Future Fund is an endowment that has awarded $69,000 to programs that help youth through a competitive application process.  

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
September 1, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
TBD, Springfield


Advisory Board purpose

  1. Consider Community Advisory Board requirements
  2. Review bylaws
  3. Refine Community Advisory Board expectations

Advisory Board membership

  1. Approve transition to staggered terms 
  2. Determine when to launch Nominating Committee

NPR Illinois update

NPR Illinois midday program the 21st is featured describing its first year growth, behind the scenes work, and mission to grow its service to you.

It's clear you have something to say about the historic impasse entering its third year.  Here are some of the early contributions:

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
June 2, 2017

For major public media junkies, here's the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) President Pat Harrison appearing before the House Appropriations Committee - Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Scroll to the end to learn a lot about public broadcasting.

An article on the budget impasse's impact on Illinois public broadcasters from a trade journal.

Steven Spearie of the SJ-R talked with local public media managers about the potential impact of the Trump administration budget proposal.

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 3, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Suggs Performance Studio, NPR Illinois Studios
2340 Theodore Dreiser Lane, Springfield


Whitehouse with Indivisible program logo in front.

The, at least, octennial time of transition is upon us.  The first 100 days of a presidency may have decreased in productivity but they are still likely to see change from the previous administration (Julia Azari, A President's First 100 Days Really Do Matter, fivethirtyeight.com).  Already, the Trump administration is very active.

NPR Illinois is included in this look at the impact of the state budget impasse on charitable giving in the capital.

Julie Wurth reports on how the state budget impasse is looking inside UIUC.

What are you enjoying the most from new host, Chris Thile , on A Prairie Home Companion?

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Sangamon State University Newsletter / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

A few items in this Mission Control:

  • The first drive.  
  • Amanda Vinicky Moving to Chicago.  
  • Election 2016.  Explained.  
  • Past Due.  

Jake joined Karl Scroggin in studio just before he retired. Here's a more recent performance with Fred Child.

Carter Staley / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

I noticed recently that Prairie Home Companion hasn't been showing up on Sunday afternoon. I wanted to check-in -- is that a permanent schedule change?

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
September 8, 2016, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Union League Club, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago

1.  Welcome.

2.  Introductions.

3.  Management Update.

a.  Budget

b.  Strategic Plan Evolution

c.  Advocacy Initiatives

4.  Editorial

a.  Top issues? – meeting state/community needs?

b.  Education

c.  Statehouse

d.  Ideas

5.  Advisory Board 

a.  CPB Requirements

b.  Board Expectations Review


6. New Business

This is from the June 28, 2016 Daily Show:

Look for the NPR Illinois appearance at :02:36.

Here at NPR Illinois, we've been concerned we might have to drop some programs due to the ongoing budget impasse.  

A friend told me the other night that over the past year he's discovered NPR while driving for Lyft. He said he didn't find it exciting at first but there was nothing better to listen to and now he loves it. Then he began revelling in all the NPR staff names he's learned. This is a similar process I experienced over a decade ago. We're sold quick excitement in media so often over context and community. Great radio is like making a new friend. It takes time to for this new acquaintance to evolve into a good companion. Public radio has the depth to make you want to spend more time with it. I'm glad I did. For my friend, here's a fun post from 2009 to discover your own NPR name. Comment here to share yours. P.S. Commenting for NPR Illinois Mission Control, I'm Srandy Kinsale.

It feels like Illinois is lost without a map these days.  The current quiet drive is trying to navigate the fog but has been slow moving as of late.  An additional $60,000 is needed to reach goal by next Tuesday (May 31).  If we're still short of our destination then, we'll go into OVERDRIVE June 1.  


  I am so appreciative for the Calendar Club members and other donors who support NPR Illinois.  I hear this sentiment from staff, members, and listeners.  It's what makes public radio special.