Illinois Public Media

Feature Story

brochure says this is the NAEB tape network

Public broadcasting’s roots in Urbana

In 1948, Illinois Professor of Communications Wilbur Schramm brought a loose-knit group of educational radio station managers, called the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB), to Urbana to discuss their mission and how to attract funding. These discussions and subsequent conferences would go on to form the philosophical cornerstone of public broadcasting as we know it today.

Latest News

Illinois Newsroom

WILL FM

Atomic Age Cocktail Party
Atomic Age logo with an illustration of a man and a woman on a blanket listening to a radio. Text reads Episode 1027 Summertime

Summertime (1027)

This time on the program, we celebrate the season with a show featuring Summertime songs. Buddy Greco gets things hot, Jack Jones makes some promises, Percy Faith visits his…
Evening Concert
Gershwin

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast

Tuesday night July 5 at 7:00 on the Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 it’s the “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast” with their Independence Day…
Classic Mornings
classic mornings logo with bird and music note

Lessons in Harmoney

Do you wonder what I’m doing during those minutes just before showtime?

WILL AM

Illinois History Timeline

July 1 Illinois History Minute

It’s July First. And on this day in 1969, Governor Richard Ogilvie signed a bill creating Illinois’ first state income tax. The tax had passed on a bipartisan…
The 217 Today Podcast
A boat of fishermen starts their day fishing for Copi, the new name for Asian Carp, on the Illinois River.

217 Today: Illinois chefs get creative with ‘Copi cakes’

In today's deep dive, we'll learn how some restaurants are serving up Copi – known formerly as "Asian Carp" – as part of Illinois officials'…
The 21st Show

Best Of: Thomas Geoghegan on democracy, economic inequality, and more.

Our guest for the second half of the show has represented workers going up against their employers, argued before the US Supreme Court, and is the author of half a…

WILL TV

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair takes an intimate look at a treasured American pastime through the lives of six people whose passion, preparation, and pride come together at the local fair. The…
Mid-American Gardener

Mid-American Gardner - June 16, 2022

After a couple of weeks off, we return to the studio in style with a full panel for you.
Mid-American Gardener

Mid-American Gardner - May 2022

In May, we get out and about as we make a return visit to Chuck Voigt's family farm to see some fun things he's planting this year. Also, we visit a popular local area…

What to Watch This Month

With a gift of $5 or more per month, WILL Passport provides extended access to your favorite PBS and WILL-TV programs, on-demand, anytime, anywhere.

women in 1920s clothes text says Frankie Drake Mysteries stream now

Frankie Drake Mysteries

Join the case and get to streaming all four seasons of Frankie Drake Mysteries right now with your WILL Passport on the PBS Video App.