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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Theatre Reviews
11:03 am
Wed January 28, 2015

"Other Desert Cities" offers nuanced performances

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

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"

Credit Barry Cloyd

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"

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

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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Out and About
7:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Conductor celebrates a holiday homecoming with PACC

Joseph Henry has returned as conductor of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. This weekend, he leads them in their annual concert, "An American Family Christmas." He talks about the process of creating the right mix of material for each year's program, which this year includes a new setting of the text "O magnum mysterium" by composer Frank LaRocca. We also talk about the history of PACC's annual holiday concert. Performances are tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at Five Points Washington.

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Out and About
5:26 am
Fri December 12, 2014

TazWood Dance Company takes its final bow.

This week, we're talking with Mary Dexter, founder of the TazWood Dance Company, which is presenting its final performance this weekend, after a 32-year run. "One Last Time" features some routines drawn from the company's past performances, and new pieces. It also includes archival video, and the return of the some of the company's alumni. Dexter talks about the early days of TazWood Dance , and reflects on bringing the curtain down on the company. "One Last Time" will be performed Saturday night at 7:30 at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

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Theatre Reviews
11:09 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Review - "The Sound of Music"

Peoria Players Theatre presents “The Sound of Music” as it final production in 2014. 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
6:45 am
Fri December 5, 2014

GAR Hall hosts telling of "A Christmas Carol"

This week, we're talking with actor Doug Day. This weekend, he'll present a reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." He talks about editing the well-known holiday story down to a manageable lengthy, about using both the text and his voice to help distinguish the many characters in the story. He also gives us a sample of what's in store. The performance is Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the GAR Hall in downtown Peoria.

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Out and About
1:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

PSO concert celebrates "Nature's Majesty"

This week, we're talking with Susan Hoffman and Marcia Henry Liebenow, from the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Their next concert features three works inspired by the natural world, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John WIlliams and Jean Sibelius. It also includes two of the PSO's own musicians as soloists. The performance is Saturday night at 8:00 at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre.

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