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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Peoria's Hidden Treasures
1:55 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 21, 2013

As part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, the Peoria Public Library is displaying the Balance Crazy Quilt and other works on loan from the Peoria Historical Society. The Peoria Women’s Club is furnished with multiple artifacts and works of art, including several paintings by sisters Nona and Emily White. And the Peoria Riverfront Museum is showing eight newly-acquired works by women artists.

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Out and About
11:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Out and About - October 18, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jared Bartman about his new album "Misery Makes Strange Bedfellows." It's being released in conjunction with a concert on Thursday, October 31st at the Apollo Theatre, which also features performances by John Vanderslice and Samantha Crain. We listen to a few tracks from the new album, and talk a little about Bartman's upcoming tour of the East Coast.

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Peoria's Hidden Treasures
5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 7, 2013

Today, we’re looking at works on display in downtown Peoria, all participating in the city’s Celebration of Women Artists. The Contemporary Art Center features works by Chicago artist Christie Rojek and members of the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild. Around the corner, the Peoria Art Guild displays a sculpture by Ashley Morgan, and photographs by Barb Hoffman.

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Out and About
12:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Out and About - October 11, 2013

This week, we're talking with Brian "Fox" Ellis. The annual Springdale Cemetery Tours continue this weekend. Ellis and others will portray notable residents of Peoria who are buried at the cemetery. This year, they will be re-visiting several figures they've portrayed over the last ten years. The tours continue Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

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Theatre Reviews
8:32 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Review - "Evil Dead: The Musical"

Just in time for Halloween, a musical at Corn Stock Theatre parodies the standard tropes of horror movies, with its production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” 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
11:47 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Out and About - October 4, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jim Babrowski, from Peoria Players Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park." The play depicts a pair of mismatched newlyweds and their different expectations for married life. He also talks about other productions coming up in Players' 2013-14 season. "Barefoot in the Park" opens tonight and continues through October 13th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Theatre Reviews
12:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Review - "Scapin"

Illinois Central College opens its theatre season with the comedy Scapin. An adaptation of the story by Moliere adds contemporary flavor to classic character types. 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
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Out and About - September 27, 2013

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-14 season with a concert Saturday night. We talk with PSO Music Director George Stelluto, and with soloist Olga Kern. They talk about the works on the program, and about the the connections between "high" classical music and "pop" culture. Kern also talks about how winning  the Van Cliburn competition in 2001 affected her career path.

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Out and About
8:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Out and About - September 13, 2013

This week, we're talking with the Peoria Art Guild's Beth Reusch. The 51st Annual Fine Art Fair runs September 28th and 29th on the Peoria Riverfront. The fair features the work of 150 artists, selected from a pool of 600 applicants. Reusch talks about one of the artists appearing for the first time this year--he's coming all the way from Israel--about some of the interactive art experiences the fair offers, and about all of work that goes into organizing the event each year.

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Theatre Reviews
8:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Review - "Les Miserables"

Peoria Players Theatre opens its 95th season with the musical “Les Miserables.” 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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