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WILL - WILL Highlights - October 22, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

8 pm Friday, Oct. 24, on WILL-TV: They perform selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.

Watch a preview of them singing "Nature Boy":

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 20, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Talking classical on NPR’s ‘Here & Now’

Hear what pieces WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected for a classical version of the program's DJ Sessions. Listen to his interview with Jeremy Hobson.

Vic Di Geronimo

WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected five pieces of music to get people excited about classical music, and then talked about them with NPR's Jeremy Hobson, a former WILL Radio staff member.The interview will be featured on Here & Now's DJ Sessions segment sometime between 12 pm and 2 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Tune in and hear what Vic has to say!

Read Vic's blog.

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

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WILL - WILL Highlights - October 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Cellist Carter Brey performs Dvorak Cello Concerto

7 pm Thursday, Oct. 23, on WILL-FM: The New York Philharmonic This Week

Carter Brey

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Alan Gilbert, conductor; *Carter Brey, cello

*DVORAK: Cello Concerto

TCHAIKOVKSY: Symphony No. 5

J.S. BACH: Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Watch a video of WILL’s 13th Congressional District Debate

Rodney Davis and Ann Callis met on Oct. 16 in the WILL-TV studio.

Panelists Tom Kacich and Hannah Meisel, with moderator Jennifer Roscoe and candidates Rodney Davis and Ann Callis

Republican Rodney Davis (Taylorville) and Democrat Ann Callis (Edwardsville) debated the issues of the 13th Congressional District before a live studio audience at WILL-TV on October 16, 2014. WCIA¹s Jennifer Roscoe moderated and candidates answered questions from Tom Kacich, reporter/columnist for The News-Gazette and Hannah Meisel, reporter for WILL radio. #IL13th2014.

The League of Women Voters, NAACP, News-Gazette and WCIA3/WCIX49 also sponsored the debate.

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Big Picture Science: Outliers

5 pm Saturday, Oct. 25, on WILL-AM: Imagining the unimaginable – including unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them.

Black swan

We all have at least some musical talent. But very few of us can play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz. His talent was rarefied, and at the tail end of the bell curve of musical ability – that tiny sliver of the distribution where you find the true outliers. Outliers also exist with natural events: hurricane Katrina, for example, or the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Such events are rare, but they often have outsized effects.

In this hour we imagine the unimaginable – including the unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them. Also, how a supervolcano explosion at Yellowstone National Park could obliterate the western U.S. but shouldn’t stop you from putting the park on your vacation itinerary.


  • Donald Prothero – Paleontologist, geologist, author of many books, among them, Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
  • Dawn Balmer – Ornithologist at the British Trust for Ornithology
  • Jake Lowenstern – Geologist, USGS, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
  • Hank Heasler – Yellowstone National Park geologist
  • Andrew Maynard – Director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan

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