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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 08, 2014

Two More Grammy Noms For Champaign Record Label

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 3:42)

Isham Jones with his saxophone in the 1920's.

A local record label known for archival work will again be at the Grammys.  'Isham Jones: Happy', on Archeophone Records, reissues 1920 recordings of a saxophonist and Chicago band leader.




WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols’ Early Days Hosting “Midnight Special” On Radio

By Jim Meadows

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(Duration: 6:27)

Mike Nichols in New York on April 1, 2013

Director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at the age of 83, got his start in Chicago, where among other things, he was the original host of "The Midnight Special" on WFMT Radio.




WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 26, 2014

Urbana’s Nic Dillon: On Bringing Harmoniums To Life

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 6:20)

The workbench in Nic Dillon's basement in Urbana

Urbana musician and Central Illinois native Nic Dillon never saw himself as having a regular day job.  Now, the self-described 'mechanic' of harmoniums may never have one again.



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