Illinois Pioneers

WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 14, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Little Theatre on the Square founder Guy Little

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 17, on WILL-TV
Guy Little

Guy Little talks about his role in bringing 175 famous singers, comedians and actors, including Betty Grable, Kitty Carlisle, Tab Hunter and Robert Conrad, to central Illinois for productions at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan. He tells fascinating stories including cooking for Betty Grable and working with the temperamental actress Ann Sothern. He talks about how he decided he wanted to make theater his life when he was very young and saw The Merry Widow at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. "I sat in the front row and I said, 'That's what I want to do.' "

Watch the full episode:


WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 10, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Television anchor Jennifer Roscoe

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 10, on WILL-TV
Jennifer Roscoe

Host David Inge talks to the longtime WCIA news anchor about the reality that her job isn't as glamorous as people think it is. Roscoe has two children, one with special needs, and talks about the difficulties of being a mom who works nights. In 2011, a change in Illinois law made it possible for Roscoe, who is adopted, to get a copy of her birth certificate. After she got a name and phone number for her birth mother, her co-workers nudged her to call. She tells a moving story about the night when, in between newscasts, she talked to her mother, and then had to run do the 10 o'clock news. They met on Mother's Day of 2012.

Watch the full episode:


WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 27, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Tim Nugent, game-changer for students with disabilities

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 3, on WILL-TV
Tim Nugent coaching U of I wheelchair basketball team

At the University of Illinois, Tim Nugent founded the first comprehensive program in higher education for people with disabilities, and helped establish the university as a power in collegiate wheelchair athletics. Host David Inge talks to Nugent about what it was like for students with disabilities when he started his program after World War II, the difficulties he faced in convincing university faculty and administrators that disabled students belonged on campus, and why wheelchair basketball was an important part of his program.

Watch the full episode:


WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 19, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Former Champaign Mayor Dannel McCollum

7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 26, on WILL-TV
Dannel McCollum

The former Champaign mayor talks about how his family’s involvement in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case affected him as a child, reflects on his years teaching school, and relates behind-the-scenes stories about the city’s Boneyard Creek and Virginia Theatre projects.

Watch the full episode:


WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 17, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Wolfram Research Co-Founder Theo Gray

7:30 pm Sept. 19, 2013, on WILL-TV (repeated Jan. 9, 2014)
Theo Gray

Theo Gray, innovative software developer and popularizer of science, began studying chemistry but changed course when he was asked to join in the creation of a groundbreaking computational software program called Mathmatica. He’s also a prominent element collector and author. He tells Illinois Pioneers host David Inge that he doesn't write about science because of a missionary zeal to convince people that it's cool. "I do this stuff because I think it's fascinating," he said.

Watch the full episode:


WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 12, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

Early childhood education pioneer Lilian Katz

7:30 pm Sept. 12, 2013, on WILL-TV (repeated Jan. 2, 2014)
Lilian Katz

Illinois Pioneers host David Inge interviews Lilian Katz, University of Illinois professor emerita of early childhood education, who is known worldwide for her expertise in child development and teacher education. They talk about how volunteering at her children's cooperative nursery school introduced her to child development. She describes what children should learn in pre-school, how the project approach in early education encourages learning, and what she thinks of standardized testing and computers in the classroom.

Watch the full program



WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 05, 2013 ~ Comment (0)

2013 Season Premiere: Lou Henson on Sept. 5

David Inge Returns to WILL to Host
Host David Inge with Lou Henson

Illinois Pioneers returns to WILL-TV in September, with retired WILL-AM host David Inge coming back to conduct engaging interviews with former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson (Sept. 5), University of Illinois early childhood education pioneer Lilian Katz (Sept. 12), and Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray (Sept. 19). Former Champaign mayor Dannel McCollum is featured on Sept. 26, interviewed by former WILL general manager Mark Leonard. David is a guest on WILL-AM's Focus at 10 am Thursday, Sept. 5.



WILL - Illinois Pioneers - February 24, 2011 ~ Comment (0)

Champaign African-American History

WILL-TV’s Illinois Pioneers looks at African-American history in Champaign, Ill., through the eyes of Estella Merrifield and Hester Suggs, sisters and members of the Nelson family, one of the earliest African-American families in the city. Through their memories and photos, the program chronicles a portion of history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights protests of the late 1960s.

They talk about their grandfather, Joseph Nelson, who around 1900 was one of the first African Americans in the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department, and describe the importance of organizations such as the American Legion in the lives of African-American residents. Churches, such as Salem Baptist and Bethel AME, were all-important as well, they said.


Page 2 of 4 pages  < 1 2 3 4 >