NPR | Illinois Public Radio has been fortunate to be supported by listeners over the years enabling us to develop comprehensive converage of state government and politics. Now NPR Illinois will grow further with the launch of a collaboration with other Illinois public media to increase coverage of education, health/environment, and government.
Last week I alluded to the responses WUIS has received since announcing program cuts and promised to share the drift of their content. Some of the following comments stand on their own, for other thoughts, I provide an explanation.
Significant budget cuts are being made at WUIS / Illinois Issues to best steward us through the uncertain state budget process. WUIS is ending our affiliation with Public Radio International (PRI). Unfortunately, this means the following programs will not be broadcast by WUIS come July:
A new radio station came into the world at noon on January 3, 1975. The first voice broadcast on WSSR-FM was that of Dale Ouzts, director of broadcast services for Sangamon State University, reading technical specifications about the station. Next was a newscast from Rich Bradley, who would continue to be the station's news director for 35 years.
John Wallenstein passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014.
John made a huge impact on WUIS with his quiet leadership and by explaining to his extensive contacts in the business community how supporting WUIS' mission to inform the community also benefited their business.
John was proud to be the force behind making the Education Initiative possible. He raised funds for it over the past two years and headed the search committee to find the first multmedia journalist to head the education desk.
Our thoughts and gratitude are with John's wife, Gracia, and their family. Arrangements pending.
WUIS staff and partners know John best from his time at the radio station over the past decade. The SJ-R's Jim Ruppert shares another aspect of John's life...
When I started working at the state Capitol as a Public Affairs Reporting intern, I never would have imagined that I would be writing this column.
A key point in the PAR program comes in the fall when the interns are matched with their bureaus. It is exciting and nerve-wracking. Classmates and friends become competitors. Who will end up at the Chicago metro papers? Who will the Associated Press pick? While many of my classmates dreamed of the fast-paced atmosphere of a daily paper’s Statehouse bureau, I had a clear top choice in my sights: Illinois Issues.
The first WUIS year end on-air drive ran December 12-16, 2013. December is the month more charitable decisions are made than any other month. A large reason for this is you have a better sense of your tax picture. If you need a 2013 deduction, your support of WUIS will count*. Please consider your first or an added gift to support WUIS news and public radio programs. Click here to give now.
Illinois Issues won five national journalism awards in the 2010 statehouse reporting contest sponsored by Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors.
Columnist Charles N. Wheeler III won first place in the Commentary/Column/Analysis category for magazines for his Ends & Means columns. Wheeler also won a third place award in the In-Depth category for magazines for his examination of the state’s pension problem that appeared in the February issue.
Richard A. Bradley has been named interim general manager of WUIS/WIPA public radio station at the University of Illinois at Springfield, effective January 1. Bradley takes over from Brad Swanson, who retired December 31 after more than 27 years with the station.
Central Illinois listeners will soon be able to dial a new FM station and hear the call letters of WSSR, as Sangamon State's radio station goes on the air. The SSU radio facility has received notification from the Federal Communications Commission of the award of WSSR as the official identification for the station.
The 50,000-watt station is currently under construction and plans to begin operation in late fall at 91.9 on the stereo FM dial.
The complete act that started public media.
Subpart D — Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Sec. 396. [47 U.S.C. 396] Corporation for Public Broadcasting
(a) Congressional declaration of policy
The Congress hereby finds and declares that —
Eight years before WUIS began began broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 initiated consideration in communities and colleges what might be done with public media.
"It announces to the world that our Nation wants more than just material wealth; our Nation wants more than a "chicken in every pot." We in America have an appetite for excellence, too.
While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit.
That is the purpose of this act."
President Lyndon Johnson's remarks up signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967