The 21st Show

Boodhoo and Hobson recount their days at WILL radio

Left: Niala Boodhoo, former host of

Left: Niala Boodhoo, former host of "The 21st" and right: Jeremy Hobson, former co-host of "Here and Now" Illinois Public Media/WBUR

On April 6, 2022, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the home station of our show, Illinois Public Media. On the night of April 6, 1922, the University of Illinois brought WILL-AM (then WRM) to life.

We talked with two WILL alums. Niala Boodhoo was the inaugural host and executive producer of The 21st. She is now the host and editor of Axios Today. You may also hear her on 1A from time to time.

Jeremy Hobson grew up in Champaign-Urbana. He first became associated with WILL in elementary school when he interviewed writer Dave Barry for the "Treehouse Radio" program! He was also an intern and reporter at WILL while attending the University of Illinois. You may also know Jeremy as a former host of public radio’s "Marketplace" and "Here and Now." He also recently guest-hosted the show "Left, Right, and Center."


Niala Boodhoo

Inaugural Host and Executive producer, The 21st | Host of Axios Today

Jeremy Hobson

Former WILL intern and reporter | Former host, Marketplace and Here And Now

Click here to listen to the first episode of The 21st from March 14, 2016.

Click here to listen to an April 2013 interview with Jeremy Hobson on WILL-AM's Focus 580. 



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