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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - February 05, 2014

Pogo Studios Archives Donated to the Sousa Archives

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 4:60)

Recently, Champaign’s famed Pogo Studio closed its doors after nearly 30 years when owner Mark Rubel left for a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. But the music that was recorded there will live on at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois.





WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 18, 2014

Tornado Victims Have Week To Apply For SBA, FEMA Assistance

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 3:44)

Gifford, Ill. in Champaign County following the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado.

Victims of the Nov. 17 tornados in Illinois have until Jan. 27 to apply for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and  homeowner and renter loans through the Small Business Administration.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 15, 2014

Ebert Biopic Confirmed For 16th ‘Ebertfest’, Interview With Director James

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 7:18)

Roger and Chaz Ebert

A movie accounting the late film critic and Urbana native Roger Ebert’s legacy and love for film will be showcased in the Champaign festival he started 16 years ago.

Categories: Cinema, Entertainment

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - January 08, 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes A Very Important First Step

By Linda Holmes

Saturday Night Live ignores so many perennial complaints — that it's stale, that it has a spotty history with women, that sketches are too long — that it was kind of surprising to hear in mid-December that it was holding not-very-secret "secret auditions" to find a black woman to join the cast. Cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah had both been talking about it in different ways, but to have longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels suddenly go for a midseason hire?


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 26, 2013

Disney Animated from Urbana’s Touch Press Named Apple iPad App of 2013

Jason Croft

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(Duration: 5:24)

Apple recently released its list of top apps for 2013. The award for best iPad app went to “Disney Animated” from Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Animation Studios…and the Urbana company Touch Press. Theodore Gray is the co-founder and CCO of the company. IPM's Jason Croft talked with him recently and asked him first to describe the app.


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