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
12:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Peoria Symphony opens new season with Brhams and Dvorak

This week, we talk with George Stelluto, conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Their new season opens with a concert Saturday night, featuring music by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak and a guest appearance by violinist Sarah Chang. He talks about the two pieces on the program, the relationship between the two composers, and some highlights of the coming season.

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Out and About
7:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Brazilionaires return to "Live at the Five Spot"

The Brazilionaires perform a mix of jazz, Brazilian, and pop music in their live shows.
Credit The Brazillionaires

This week we're talking with guitarist & singer Rico Johnson of The Brazilionaires to discuss their upcoming Friday night show at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria as part of the "Live at the Five Spot" concert series. Tonight's concert is from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.  at the C.A.C., located along Water Street in downtown Peoria.

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Out and About
8:22 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

HFO season opens with a little Spanish flair

Credit Heartland Festival Orchestra

This wee, we're talking with the Heartland Festival Orchestra's David Commanday. Their new season opens with a concert Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington. It features an appearance by guitarist Jason Vieaux, and Spanish-tinged works by Rodrigo, Arriaga and Chabrier. Commanday talks about some of the pieces on the program, and about finally finding the opportunity to bring Vieaux to central Illinois for a performance.

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Out and About
5:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ten years on, director returns to "Ragtime."

This week, we're tslking with Steve Bortolotti, He's directing Peoria Players Theatre's 10th anniversary production of "Ragtime." He also directed the earlier production. He talks about what drew him to the show, which is based on a historical novel by E. L. Doctorow, and about why he was so eager to stage it again. "Ragtime" runs September 5th through 14th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Theatre Reviews
11:42 am
Wed August 27, 2014

"Spamalot" delivers silliness and hearty laughs

Corn Stock Theatre closes its summer season with a production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Marty Lynch 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.

School is back in session, but summer is still going strong at Corn Stock Theatre, where Monty Python’s Spamalot, the summer season’s last show opened last Friday.

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Out and About
5:59 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Erin Feis brings a slice of Ireland to Peoria Riverfront

This week, we're talking with John Martin, from the St. Patrick's Society of Peoria. He's co-chair of this year's Erin Feis, the annual Irish festival which runs today through Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront. He talks about the many musical groups who will be performing during the festival, and about the process of booking and scheduling them. He also talks about some of the craft vendors who will have works for sale, and events at the festival's cultural village.

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Out and About
6:02 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

"Peoria Public Radio in the Park" offers musical variety show

This week, we're talking with Lee Wenger, organizer and MC of the third annual "Peoria Public Radio in the Park" concert, a fund-raising event for this very station. The concert features selections from two upcoming community theatre productions and one past show, along with a couple of choirs and instrumentalists. We talk about some of the acts on the program, about the food that will available on site, and about the venue. Doors open tonight at 6:00 at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre; the concert gets underway at 7:00.

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Out and About
6:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

IGNITE! Peoria aims to unleash creativity in central Illinois

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Kathy Chitwood joins us to talk about this weekend's IGNITE! Peoria event, being held at the Peoria Civic Center. She describes it as an opportunity for participants to express their own creativity, and learn about some of the hundreds of artists in the region. She also talks about some of the attractions -- ranging from wearable art, to a musical instrument "petting zoo" aimed at kids. IGNITE! Peoria runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Theatre Reviews
6:05 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Strong performances drive production of "Frog and Toad"

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

A series of children’s books forms the basis of the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,”which opened last weekend at Corn Stock 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
5:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Corn Stock presents musical for all ages and species

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Nate Downs is directing Corn Stock Theatre's production of "A Year with Frog and Toad." he talks about how he first discovered the musical, which is based on a series of children's books. He also talks about his own affection for the show (this is the second time he's directed it), why he thinks it works for audiences of all ages, and how he hopes patrons will respond to the production. "A Year with Frog and Toad" opens tonight, and continues through August 9th at the Corn Stock tent.

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