News from Illinois Public Media
NEWS: Higher Minimum Wage Could Have Ripple Effect
Workers who make more than the minimum could see their pay go up. Even though only a relatively small percentage of workers make the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, that pay level serves as a wage floor for all workers. When it moves higher, other wages ratchet up too. More from NPR News.
NEWS: In C-U, Politics Runs in the Family
Politics is a family affair in some households and it’s not just the Kennedys, Bushes and Daleys—central Illinois has those families, too. Illinois Pubic Media’s Jim Meadows talks to members of three C-U political families for a three-part series this week.
7:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 17
If you love Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey, you’re probably already dreading the conclusion of season 3 on Feb. 17. Cheer up! Make a gift to WILL and come to our Season 3 finale viewing party! Keep reading for info on how to get tickets.
For our February 2013 pledge drive, WILL Radio is taking a bold new approach—we won’t interrupt programs with lengthy pledge breaks. With your support, we hope to reach our goal of $40,000 in a different way. Help us Clear the Air—and enjoy this video we created to explain the concept!
Craig Cohen, Illinois Public Media’s director of news and public affairs, will be leaving the station Feb. 22 to take a job as host of a new talk show at Houston Public Media.
Timely market reports and expert analysis
Citizen commentaries on AM580
4:45 and 6:45 pm on Fridays
November 02, 2012:
John Kindt on Bambenek v. Board of Elections
The Year’s Outstanding ‘Backseat’ Reads, for Ages 9-14
NPR’s Backseat Book Club decided to hold an informal poll to identify the best-loved children’s books of 2012. They reached out to booksellers and one librarian to find out which books bowled them over this year. Read more.
Weekdays from 4 to 5 pm
Friday night in Urbana, the Krannert Center will present Paul Dresher Ensemble’s production of Schick Machine, which features percussion virtuoso Steven Schick exploring a stage full of huge, invented instruments. I’ll talk with Paul Dresher on the Thursday edition of “Live and Local.” And we’ll hear about “All Out A Cappella” at Unity High School, happening Saturday in Tolono.
Here’s a video of the Jupiter Quartet playing the 4th movement of the String Quartet by Maurice Ravel. They were Kevin Kelly’s guests just before their inaugural performance in the community at the Allerton Music Barn Festival.
9 am-noon weekdays
Why have just a good morning, when you can have a classic morning? Join Vic for his show right after Morning Edition on WILL-FM 90.9. He’ll share classical music and keep you company!
FM 90.9’s digital service provides three streams of content: FM 90.9 HD1 airs a simulcast of the FM music service; FM 90.9 HD2 airs a 24-hour music service, including programming from the C-24 classical music service and WILL-FM’s locally produced programs. HD3 airs the news and information service, also available on AM 580.
Danda Beard, who has worked in development at WILL for the past 23 years, has been named as the new director of development at Illinois Public Media.
6 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12
Champaign Public Library
Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, a new documentary about the civil rights leader, is Illinois Public Media’s February Community Cinema feature. It was produced by Young’s niece, Emmy Award-winning journalist Bonnie Boswell.