Nathan Irwin

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, Wisconsin and Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in political science.

Outside the studios, Nathan spends most of his time as an actor and singer. He has performed with Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players and the Bradley Community Chorus.

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Out and About
3:46 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Wheels O' Time Museum gears up for another season

This week, we're talking wih Bobbi Rice, from the Wheels O' Time Museum. The museum may be bext known for its collection of vehicles -- cars, tractors and fire engines -- but it also features artifacts of everyday life. Rice talks about some of the new exhibits the museum is offering this year, and some ongoing restoration efforts. The Wheels O' Time Museum is open now through October 31st.

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Out and About
12:46 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

PSO to present Mahler's Seventh Symphony

Credit Peoria Symphony Orchestra

This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. The PSO is presenting Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 7 this weekend -- the first time the orchestra has performed that work. Stelluto describes the symphony as a "journey from darkness to light," and talks about some of the additional instruments that the score calls for. He also puts the symphony in the context of Mahler's own life. The concert is Saturday night at 8:00 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

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Theatre Reviews
12:54 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Review - "Damn Yankees"

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

One baseball fan’s lament, and an actual “deal with the Devil,” set off the action in the musical, “Damn Yankees.” A production is currently underway at Peoria Players Theatre. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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Out and About
11:28 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Park District presents its first Artist and Comic Expo

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This week, we're talking with Alex Larson about the Peoria Park District's inaugural Artist and Comic Expo. The event features many guests and creators with ties to the region -- including voice actor Larry Kenney, who worked on the 1980s animated series "Thundercats." Artists Jenny Frison and Hilary Barta, who currently work in the comic book industry, also grew up in and around Peoria.  The Expo also includes film screenings, panel discussions and activities aimed at children. The Artist and Comic Expo will be held May 9th and 10th at the Bonnie Noble Center.

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Out and About
11:20 am
Fri April 17, 2015

ICC Theatre presents "All in the Timing"

Credit Illinois Central College

This week, we talk with Doug Rosson, one of the directors of Illinois Central College's production of "All in the Timing." The show is a collection of six short plays by David Ives, each of which explores ideas about chance and variability. Rosson explains the premises behind some of those pieces. He also talks about the logistics of organizing a production that includes a large cast, working on multiple scripts, with three directors. And he talks about why David Ives is so frequently produced in American theatres.

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Out and About
1:10 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Eureka alum directs "August: Osage County"

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Joel Shoemaker is directing Eureka College's upcoming production of "August: Osage County." A graduate of Eureka, he talks about returning to campus in a different capacity. He also talks about the show, which is driven by the complicated dynamics of an extended and multi-generational Oklahoma family. Shoemaker also talks about what he has learned as a first-time director. "August: Osage County" runs April 14th to 18th in the Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College.

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Out and About
12:00 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Gordon Takes the Helm at ArtsPartners

Today, we're talking with Jenn Gordon, the new Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. The Peoria native was active for many years in the local arts scene -- performing with groups like Peoria Players Theatre and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. For the last several years, she's been living in New York, where she worked for Steinway. She talks about her background, the changes she's noticed in the Peoria arts scene, and her hopes for ArtsPartners.

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Out and About
11:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Raines brings "Legends of Broadway" to Peoria Civic Center

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This week, we talk with Harold Meers. He's bringing actor/singer Ron Raines and arranger/accompanist Don Pippin to central Illinois to present their program "Legends of Broadway." The show is a tour through the history of American musical theatre, focusing on the songwriters, and songwriting teams, that shaped the Great White Way. Meers offers some background information on Raines and Pippin, and talks about what to expect from the performance. "Legends of Broadway" is Friday night at 7:30 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

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Out and About
7:06 am
Fri March 20, 2015

"Inishmore" offers darkly comic look at Northern Ireland

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

Tim Wyman directs "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," opening this weekend at Corn Stock Theatre. The play is set in the early 1990s, towards the end of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Wyman talks about the dark humor of the script, about how it treats on- and off-stage violence, and about some of the technical challenges he faced in staging this production in Corn Stock's Winter Playhouse. "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" opens tonight, and runs through Sunday, March 29th.

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Theatre Reviews
11:05 am
Wed March 18, 2015

"Pirates of Penzance" is lively and "comically fun"

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

Peoria Players Theatre continues its season with a production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta that brings together orphans, musical pirates and a modern major-general. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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