Read more about our new chief executive, 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."
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.
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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The Moth Radio Hour joins WILL-AM’s schedule this month at 10 am Tuesdays, as NPR’s Tell Me More goes out of production. The Moth Radio Hour features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Each show mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor.
The Moth was originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen). Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs such as StorySlam competitions that contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour.
“I love the feeling of The Moth,” says program producer Jay Allison. “You can feel the risk each storyteller takes, getting up before us to recount something spellbinding and real. It makes you recognize how rare it is to hear truly honest, vulnerable voices on the airwaves.”
To replace Tell Me More, we’ll be offering a different program each day at 10 am Monday through Friday, with some of our most popular weekend programs repeated to give you another chance to hear them.
In other changes, This American Life moves from 1 pm to noon Saturday; Travel with Rick Steves moves from noon Saturday to 6 pm Sunday.
Here's the rest of the 10 am weekdays schedule:
Mondays: On the Media
While maintaining the civility and fairness, On the Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency .
Wednesdays: Big Picture Science
Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. The show reveals science as an adventure.
Thursdays: TED Radio Hour
Hosted by Guy Raz , the program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme, and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.
Fridays: State of the Re:Union
Hosted by Al Letson, the program takes a journalistic, documentary-style approach, with each episode focusing on one city or region.
WILL-TV will be off the air from 10:30-11:30 am and WILL-FM will be off the air from 9:30 am-noon. Comcast and DirectTV viewing, along with radio Web streaming, won't be affected.
Weather permitting, we'll be replacing tower lights on WILL TV/FM tower on Wednesday, July 30. We'll need to reduce power and, for a period of time, go off air on FM and TV while a tower climber is next to the broadcast antennas. WILL-FM will be off air from about 9:30 am-noon and WILL-TV will be off air from about 10:30-11:30 am. Our classical service on 101.1 FM will not be affected, and we'll still be streaming WILL-FM on the Internet. The TV signal will continue to broadcast on Comcast cable and DirecTV. Maintaining our tower lights is a requirement by the FAA and FCC. We appreciate your patience.
Host Roger Cooper presents the Allerton Music Barn Festival Jupiter Quartet-Plus! concert with Wuna Meng Piano and Bernhard Scully, horn.
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?
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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Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert found out about some of the newest online material.
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.
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.
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
Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, 8 pm Friday, Aug. 1, on WILL-TV. Ten Sisters: A True Story follows at 9 pm.
This WILL-TV-produced documentary, which won the WILL Fund Your Favorites viewer poll in the local production category, features historical reenactments and interviews with prominent Lincoln scholars, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Douglas Wilson, Michael Burlingame and Orville Vernon Burton.
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Ten Sisters: A True Story airs at 9 pm. It details the 1942 Coles County (Illinois) proceeding that separated the 10 daughters of Glen and Ruth Waggoner from each other and their parents. The program is a 2007 WILL-TV production.
At 10 pm is Medicare Man: Remembering Dan Perrino and Medicare 7, 8 or 9, a 2013 documentary about University of Illinois music professor Dan Perrino's founding of a Dixieland jazz band to bring members of the campus together in the midst of tensions over the Vietnam War.
From NPR News: For the working poor, the cost of doing laundry can be prohibitive. A growing movement aims to help.
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