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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014

Director Steve James Reflects On The Making Of “Life Itself”

By Jeff Bossert and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 6:41)

Roger Ebert in 2005.

The documenatary about Roger Ebert's life entitled “Life Itself” makes its local premeire Wednesday, opening the 16th annual ‘Ebertfest’ in Champaign. Director Steve James says it's not the film that he, Roger, and wife Chaz Ebert orginally envisioned.  


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 3:24)

Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”






WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 02, 2014

Champaign Label Preserved 1890’s Recording Named To National Registry

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 2:34)

One of the recordings now part of the Library of Congress’ national registry is considered the first ‘hit’ song by an African-American.  A Champaign-based record label is among those who have worked to preserve it.  




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