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."
Take WILL with you anywhere you go. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, just head to the app store and do a search for "WILL Radio." The new WILL app allows you to stream our AM and FM stations, stay up to speed on the latest news coverage, listen to past episodes of your favorite programs on demand, and much more.
The WILL Radio App allows you to listen to WILL AM and FM, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the program schedule for WILL streams all at once! You can explore On Demand content, search for programs, bookmark a program for later, and wake up to WILL with the alarm clock!
• DVR-like controls (pause, rewind, and fast forward). You can pause the live stream to have a conversation and pick up right where you left off! Or rewind to catch a comment you just missed!
• Listen to live streams from WILL even while traveling! Start the app and your favorite station starts playing – no clicks to start listening.
• Integrated program schedules for all of the WILL streams!
• One click stream switching – flip over to the program you noticed on another stream with a single click.
• Listen to WILL in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails!
• Access WILL’s programs easily and quickly.
• DVR-like controls. Pause, rewind and fast forward your program with ease.
• When listening to programs, individual segments (when available) are listed so you can review and choose one or listen to the entire program.
• Easy to access past programs.
• The WILL Public Radio App displays the web page associated with the program or program segment you are listening to On Demand so you can explore for more information.
• The unique “Search Public Radio” feature finds stories or programs across hundreds of stations and web pages and makes it easy to play instantly.
• Easily share stories and programs with family and friends via the “Share” button.
• A built in Sleep Timer and Alarm Clock allows you to go to sleep and wake up to your favorite station.
It's time to announce the winners! Most categories were very close, and we’re excited that our schedule allows us to air the top two or three programs on each night.
The top vote getter in each category will be aired first, followed by the next most popular show - see the full schedule below. Thanks to everyone who voted – this truly is your public television station!
Friday, July 11
8:00 PM CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY*
9:20 PM MASTERPIECE CLASSIC DOWNTON ABBEY – Series 1 Episode 4
Friday, July 18
8:00 PM NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA THE MORNING OF CREATION (1946- 1980)*
10:00 PM NATURE - ATTENBOROUGH'S LIFE STORIES: LIFE ON CAMERA
Friday, July 25
8:00 PM AMERICAN MASTERS CAROL BURNETT: A WOMAN OF CHARACTER*
9:30 PM AMERICAN MASTERS PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG
Friday, August 1
8:00 PM LINCOLN: PRELUDE TO THE PRESIDENCY*
9:00 PM 10 SISTERS: A TRUE STORY
10:00 PM MEDICARE MAN: REMEMBERING DAN PERRINO AND MEDICARE
* denotes top vote-getter