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 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

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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"

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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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Out and About
7:52 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Pirates plunder Peoria Players!

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Laura Garfinkel is directing "The Pirates of Penzance," which opens this weekend at Peoria Players Theatre. She talks about the decision to propose the operetta as part of Players' current season; about the her cast and production team; and about the approachability of the work by Gilbert and Sullivan. Performances of "The Pirates of Penzance" begin tonight, and continue through Sunday, March 22nd.

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Out and About
11:30 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Riverfront Museum examines the urge to collect

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Ann Schmitt talks about an exhibit now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" includes a cabinet curiosities; these private collections of items that inspired curiosity and wonder were an early precursor of the museums we know today. She talks about some of the other items featured in the exhibit, about what the exhibit tells us about the urge to collect, and about a collector's fair the Museum is organizing in May. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" continues through May 25th.

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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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