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WILL - WILL Highlights - October 02, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Illinois Pioneers: Fred Kummerow

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 2, on WILL-TV: Host David Inge talks to the U of I researcher who sounded early warnings about the dangers of trans fats.

Fred Kummerow

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 01, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Beyond Ferguson, Part 2: A Live WILL-AM 580 Special

10 am Friday, Oct. 3: U of I journalism professor Janice Marie Collins continues a conversation about questions raised by the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Marchers protest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last month, host Janice Marie Collins began a conversation about some of the questions raised by the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri.  At 10 am Friday, Oct. 3, that conversation continues with a a live special focusing on what comes next and the search for solutions. Guests include C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice co-founder Aaron Ammons; Imani Bazzell, founder of SisterNet and Family Advocacy of Champaign County; and  James LaPlace, minister of Church of the Living God, Champaign.

Help get the conversation going on Twitter: #WILLBeyondFerguson, and call in during the show with your questions and comments.

Listen to Part 1 of the conversation, which aired Sept. 5.


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Election 2014 Coverage

News, interviews, candidate debate coverage, and election resources for informed voters from WILL and other public media.




WILL - WILL Highlights - September 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

8 pm Friday, Oct. 3, on WILL-TV: With Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Guy and more.

Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett on stage

The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series’ 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage for incredible performances. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more performing in celebration of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.

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

Paying tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly

Prairie Performances: 7 pm Friday, Oct. 3, on WILL-FM

Kevin Kelly

Roger pays tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly, founding conductor and the driving force behind the group. Kevin has moved to the Chicago area. Kevin was also the host of Live and Local on WILL-FM.


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

WILL-TV to Host 13th District Congressional Debate

Rodney David and Ann Callis

Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville, candidates for Congress in the 13th District, will meet in the WILL-TV studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the News-Gazette, WCIA-TV 3/WCIX-TV 49 and the NAACP of Champaign County.

WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast the hour-long debate live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, as will WCIX-TV 49. WEIU-TV (Charleston) will air the recorded debate at 8 p.m. the same night.

WCIA news anchor Jennifer Roscoe will moderate, with questioning by a panel of journalists including Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette, and Illinois Public Media News reporter Hannah Meisel.

The 13th Congressional District stretches from Champaign-Urbana west to the Mississippi River and to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.

WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast another 13th District debate, hosted by WUIS-FM in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.


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

Illinois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate

Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn

Candidates for governor Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn will meet for the Illinois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate in Peoria at 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 9. It will be hosted by Illinois Public Media and three other Illinois public broadcasters along with the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

Public TV and radio stations throughout the state will broadcast the 60-minute debate. The debate will take place at WTVP (Peoria), which will sponsor and broadcast the debate along with WILL-TV and WILL-AM-FM (Urbana), WSIU-FM-TV (Carbondale) and WUIS-FM (Springfield).

Jak Tichenor, host of Illinois Lawmakers, from WSIU will moderate with questioning by Amanda Vinicky, statehouse bureau chief from WUIS; H. Wayne Wilson, host/producer of WTVP’s At Issue; and Jamey Dunn, statehouse bureau chief of Illinois Issues magazine.

Additional TV stations carrying the debate are WEIU (Charleston), WQPT (Quad Cities), WSEC (Springfield), WMEC (Macomb), WTTW (Chicago), and WQEC (Quincy). Other radio stations broadcasting the debate are WBEZ-FM (Chicago), WCBU-FM (Peoria), WVIK-FM (Quad Cities) and WNIJ-FM (DeKalb).

WTVP-TV, WILL AM-FM-TV, WSIU-FM-TV and WUIS-FM will stream the debate live on their station websites.

WILL-TV will re-air the debate at 10:30 pm Friday, Oct. 10, and 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 12.


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