People

  • News Producer

    Alex Rusciano has been WCBU’s news producer and reporter since 2010.  His beats include covering Peoria Public Schools, Peoria County government and the City of East Peoria. He also covers general community matters as they arise. Alex...

  • Membership Manager

    Betty is Membership Manager, she joined Peoria Public Radio in the spring of 2003.  Prior to that Betty lived and worked in Naperville, IL.  There she held a position as a Fleet Supervisor at a pharmaceutical company managing leasing, inventory...

  • Interim Executive Director / Chief Engineer

    Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Bill Porter is Bradley University’s Director of Broadcast Engineering and Chief Engineer of Peoria Public Radio and WTVP-TV. Bill also serves are Peoria Public Radio's Interim Executive Director . Bill’s...

  • News Producer

    Cass Herrington is a News Producer and Announcer for WCBU Public Radio. Previously, she reported for Tri-State Public Media in Evansville, Ind. where she covered local news and hosted a weekly news magazine. Herrington has received awards for...

  • Underwriting Manager

    Cindy Dermody grew up in Milwaukee. Upon graduation from the University of WI-Madison, she moved to Peoria. Since Cindy enjoys working with people, she has been in sales for more than twenty-five years and has been WCBU’s Underwriting Manager...

  • Operations Manager

    Daryl Scott serves as Peoria Public Radio's Operations Manager and the local co-host of Morning Edition. While attending college at Western Illinois University he began working at NPR member station WIUM in Macomb, Illinois. After graduating he...

  • Underwriting Representative

    Joe Bennett began his career in broadcasting on a morning rock radio show in 2001. After spending ten years as a television news photojournalist and reporter, he recently came back to his roots joining Peoria Public Radio as an Underwriting...

  • Radio Information Service Director

    Native Peorian Lee Wenger joined WCBU as Membership Manager in the summer of 1996.  Late in 1998 he became an on air host, and was made Director of the WCBU Radio Information Service, a free sub-carrier broadcast service bringing local...

  • Administrative Support

    Lisa Polnitz joined Peoria Public Radio in January of 2004 and is responsible for all Administrative Support responsibilities for the station.  Her professional experience includes 27 years of administrative/technical areas of responsibility.<...

  • Program Director

    Nathan Irwin has been WCBU’ s Program Director since 2001. Prior to that, he was a talk-show producer and announcer for New Hampshire Public Radio. His first radio job was KFJM-FM in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He grew up in upstate New York,...

  • News Director

    Tanya Koonce is the News Director at Peoria Public Radio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.  Tanya started her...