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
11:57 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Peoria Art Guild presents "Nude Attitude"

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Beth Reusch joins us this week, to talk about the Peoria Art Guild's exhibition "Nude Attitude." The event is tonight, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The exhibit includes representations of the human figure, employing a range of techniques media. The event includes live performances, lessons in figure drawing and a live canvas.

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Out and About
12:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

"The Mountaintop" looks at Dr. King's final hours

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This week, we're talking with Susan Felder, who's directing Bradley University Theatre's production of "The Mountaintop." The play, by Katori Hall, depicts an invented interaction between Dr. Martin Luther King and a hotel maid, in the hours before King's assassination. Felder talks about the play's "warts-and-all" look at King, and the realities of race in 1960s America. She also talks about the two actors featured in the production, and working with them to create performances that worth both as history, and as drama.

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Out and About
7:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Peoria Symphony brings a slice of Paris to its next concert

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George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, joins us to talk about the upcoming performance by Quartetto Gelato. The ensemble is known for its musical range--Saturday night's concert will evoke classical music, jazz and Edith Piaf. It begins at 8:00 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Stelutto also talks about cellist Michael Block, who has been making appearances and giving performances around the Peoria area this past week.

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Out and About
11:16 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Corn Stock Theatre to debut new play

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Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming production, "Humanity Stew," is a collection of short plays by local author Hale Garrison. It offers a biting, sometimes ludicrous, but often sympathetic, look at relationships, politics and celebrity. We talk with Garrison about his writing process. We also talk with director Victoria Rians about bringing the works to life on the Corn Stock stage. "Humanity Stew" runs February 13th to 22nd at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse.

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Out and About
12:25 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

"Cabaret" looks at the seedier side of 1930s Berlin

Chip Joyce joins us this week to talk about Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Cabaret." He tells us this show has been on his "bucket list" for several years. He also talks about how the show has been updated and revised over the years. The Peoria Players production is based on the 1990s Broadway revival; it's a little darker than earlier versions, and uses cast members to supplement the orchestra. "Cabaret" runs February 6-15 at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Theatre Reviews
11:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

"Other Desert Cities" offers nuanced performances

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Corn Stock Theatre’s production of 2015 is “Other Desert Cities,” a 2011 family drama written by Jon Robin Baitz. 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
1:42 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Barry Cloyd talks about his new CD, "Southland"

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This week, we're talking with Barry Cloyd. He's getting ready to release his tenth CD, "Southland." He talks about the process tha goes into putting a new album together -- this was was recorded both in Peoria, and in Nashville. He also talks about his songwriting process, and previews a couple of songs from the new CD. "Southland" will be released on Friday, February 13th, with a release party and concert at the Forest Park Nature Center.

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Out and About
7:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

The Penguin Project presents "Seussical, Jr."

Andrew Morgan is the director of The Penguin Project, which allows children with special needs the chance to participate in the performing arts. Their next production -- "Seussical, Jr." -- will be presented January 23rd-25th at Eastlight Theatre. He talks about the mission of the organization, how they differ from other areas theatres, and about some of the performers in this year's production.

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Out and About
7:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

HFO begins the new year with "Dancing and Romancing"

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We talk with David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra about their upcoming concert, "New Year's Greeting." The concert features Strauss waltzes, along with music from Broadway and Hollywood. Commanday talks about the evolution of the orchestra's annual new year's concert, about the soloists Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, and about the non-profit the orchestra is featuring in this concert.

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State News
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Illinois drivers paying less at the pump

The price of a gallon of Regular-grade gasoline is now below the 2-dollar mark at many gas stations in downstate Illinois.

Analyst Patrick DeHaan, with the gas-price-tracking website GasBuddy.com, thinks those prices may be within five or ten cents of bottoming out. He says gasoline prices should start rising in January or February, when oil refineries cut back production for seasonal maintenance and retooling. But DeHaan predicts gas prices in 2015 will stay lower overall than the year before.

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