Illinois History Minutes

April 14 Illinois History Minute


It’s the anniversary of WILL’s Patterns Magazine, first published this month in 1974. The University of Illinois had published WILL program schedules going back to the 1930s, available to anyone who asked. But Patterns was more elaborate, and sent only to the Friends of WILL --- supporters who donate money for WILL Radio and TV.  

At least one listener missed the simple program listing. And in a letter printed in Patterns said quote “we don’t feel the need of another fancy booklet”. But Patterns Magazine represented the increased role of listeners’ and viewers’ financial support in the growth of WILL. Illinois Public Media continues to send Patterns Magazine to Friends of WILL members today --- although you can also read it for free at