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
7:59 am
Wed March 5, 2014

ICC production presents a cross-section of work in America

Credit Illinois Central College

The musical “Working” presents a multi-faceted look at work and its role in American life. A production of the musical is now on stage at Illinois Central College. 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.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Director sees humor and humanity in "Clybourne Park"

Credit Bradley University Theatre

This week, we're talking with Egla Birmingham, director of Bradley University Theatre's production of "Clybourne Park." Set in the same house as "A Raisin in the Sun," the play offers a perspective on how race and family have changed over the past fifty years. Birmingham talks about what she finds appealing in the script, and about working with young actors to bring the text to life. "Clybourne Park" continues through Sunday, March 9th.

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Out and About
12:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Corn Stock production asks "What is art?"

This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, Corn Stock Theatre Manager, about their production of "Art." The play tells the story of three friends, whose friendships are upended when one of them acquires a piece of modern art. She talks about the three actors who make up the cast, and about what the show has to say about both art and relationships. She also talks about an art exhibit Corn Stock is hosting in conjunction with the production.

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Theatre Reviews
7:55 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Corn Stock production examines art, relationships

The purchase of a piece of modern art escalates into a conflict among three friends, in the play “Art.” A production is now on stage on Corn Stock Theatre. Douglas Oakey  has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. 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
5:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

PSO offers "Romance" in its next concert

This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, about "Romance," tonights concert with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Stelluto talks about striking  a balance between large, orchestral pieces on the program and smaller works performed by a jazz combo. He also talks about working with soloists Linden Christ and Ryan Lanning to select the music in the concert. And he talks about some of his own favorites -- from Nat "King" Cole and Billy Eckstine, among others.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

"Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players

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This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in Peoria Players' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Out and About
12:12 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

"Seasonings" combines seasonal essays and photographs

Nathan Irwin and Suzette Boulais talk with Roberta Koch about "Seasonings," a multi-media presentation at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. A group of actors will read from essays and columns by Jerry Klein, longtime columnist for the Peoria Journal-Star. The essays, which reflect on the changing seasons in Central Illinois, will be accompanied by local photographs by Joe Couri. "Seasonings" will be performed Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Giant Screen Theatre.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

CAC exhibit features selections from "The Monkey Project"

Credit Randy Witte

This week, we're talking with Randy Witte about "The Monkey Project," a multi-year effort to collect drawings, paintings and sketches of monkeys. Participants have included celebrities like Betty White and Jack Black; artists and filmmakers; and notable Peoria residents. An exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center features 30 works drawn from his collection of more than 900. It runs through February 7th.

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Theatre Reviews
7:30 am
Wed January 22, 2014

"A Piece of My Heart" Provides Cathartic Look at War (Review)

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The play, “A Piece of My Heart” presents a different perspective on the Vietnam War, telling the stories of six women who served. Douglas Oakey has this review of a production at Corn Stock Theatre, for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League. 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
7:59 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Corn Stock production presents unique perspective on wartime

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This week, we're talking with Cindy Hoey, manager of Corn Stock Theatre.  Their latest production, "A Piece of My Heart," recounts the stories of six women during the Vietnam War. Hoey talks about the cast director Amy Williams has assembled for the production, about the play's resonance at a time when more women are involved in and affected by wartime service, and about the theatre's desire to stage a production with multiple strong roles for women. "A Piece of My Heart" opens Friday night, and continues through January 26th.

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