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WILL - WILL Highlights - July 25, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bresnahan joins IPM and Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications as President and CEO

Read more about our new chief executive, Moss Bresnahan.

New CEO Moss Bresnahan

The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, announce today that Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan will join the teams at WILL and WTVP. He will serve as President and CEO of both entities starting in September 2014.

Bresnahan brings with him extensive experience in public media serving in senior leadership roles with a variety of licenses in small and major market stations across the country. He has also been active in a number of public media and community associations. Most recently he was President and CEO of KCTS-TV, which serves over 2.7 millions viewers in Western Washington and British Columbia. Bresnahan is no stranger to Illinois. “My first job in public media was in the Quad Cities!” he said.

The joint management agreement between WILL and WTVP began in the fall of 2013. A novel position, the cooperative executive leadership arrangement was designed to increase collaboration between the stations, benefiting the audiences and communities they serve. Under the leadership of current WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk, who is scheduled to retire in August, this arrangement has been a success.

“We have two great stations here and the staff at each is so dedicated and has such a great legacy,” Bresnahan said. “With the changing media marketplace and the digital world I think we’re in a great position to work together to really meet the new demands of public service that go along with public broadcasting; to find the efficiencies and strategies that can make public broadcasting more sustainable and more vital in these communities.”

Joe Strupek, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, the governing body of WTVP added, “I’m excited about the possibilities. This isn’t about WTVP or WILL, it’s about central Illinois and providing educational and entertainment content and connectivity through public media and how we can take the next step to further connect with our audiences.”

“This was a complete unknown. We went into this not knowing what would or could happen. What has evolved is a tremendous partnership—between leadership, between the stations and the staffs. The next unknown was, would we be able to find someone who could take the idea we had and take it the next step? We are thankful to find in Moss the individual who will be able to do that, who can take that step.”

College of Media Dean Jan Slater said, “Moss has a lot of experience in public broadcasting from all avenues. More importantly he really gets public media and what the mission is. He’s seen it evolve and is committed to what it can be.”

 “This partnership is groundbreaking. We’re not merging two stations. We’re keeping their strong local identity, but creating stronger public media through that," she said.  "For a university licensee and a community licensee to be able to do the things we’ve done in a short amount of time has been more than we could have imagined. With this kind of momentum, we are thrilled about what the future holds."


WILL - WILL Highlights - July 28, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Jupiter Quartet—Plus!

Host Roger Cooper presents the Allerton Music Barn Festival Jupiter Quartet-Plus! concert with Wuna Meng Piano and Bernhard Scully, horn.


WILL - WILL Highlights - July 28, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Frontline: Losing Iraq

9 pm Tuesday, July 29, on WILL-TV: Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?

Iraqi with face wrapped and gun

In a special developing report, Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders, the investigative team traces the U.S. role from the 2003 invasion to the current violence — exploring how Iraq itself is coming undone, how we got here, what went wrong and what happens next.

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WILL - WILL Highlights - July 27, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Big Picture Science: Replacing what ails you

5 pm Sat (repeated 10 am Wed) on WILL-AM: We may soon be able to cure what ails us by replacing what ails us.

Graphic of a replacement organ

Germs can make us sick, but we didn’t know about these puny pathogens prior to the end of the 19th century. Just the suggestion that a tiny bug could spread disease made eyes roll. Then came germ theory, sterilization, and antibiotics. It was a revolution in medicine. Now we’re on the cusp of another one. This time we may cure what ails us by replacing what ails us.

Bioengineers use advancements in stem cell therapy to grow red and white cells for human blood. Meanwhile, a breakthrough in 3D printing: scientists print blood vessels and say that human organs may be next.

Plus, implanting electronic grids to repair neural pathways. Future prosthetics wired to the brain may allow paralyzed limbs to move.

We begin with the story of the scientist who discovered the bacteria that caused tuberculosis, and the famous author who revealed that his cure for TB was a sham.

Guests:

Thomas Goetz – Author of The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
Jose Carmena – Neuroscientist and biomedical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley; co-director of the Berkeley-UCSF Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses
William Murphy -Bioengineer and co-director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ali Khademhosseini – Bioengineer, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital




WILL - WILL Highlights - July 26, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

The Rhino Who Joined the Family

7 pm Wednesday, July 30, on WILL-TV: Fifty years after a wildlife vet raised an orphaned black rhino in his family home, his children search for clues about the rhino's fate.

Rhino in front of Mike Condy sitting in the grass

Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

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