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
11:06 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Out and About - August 2, 2013

This week, we're talking with Bryan Blanks. He's directing Corn Stock Theatre's production of "The Wiz." It's the first time this show has been staged at the Corn Stock Tent. Blanks talks about his own history with the show, what he looked for in casting his production, and about the work he did ahead of time to ensure a strong turnout at auditions.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Out and About - July 26, 2013

This week, we're talking with Jimmy Ulrich about Peoria Players' upcoming youth production of "All Shook Up." The "jukebox" musical features music made famous by Elvis Presley, and a story about a small Midwestern town, thrown into disarray by the arrival of a motorcycle-riding drifter. Ulrich says the music -- along with the fact  that it's a newer musical --  makes the show a treat for both the performers and the audience. "All Shook Up" runs August 7th through the 11th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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Theatre Reviews
12:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Review - "The Music Man"

Arc Light Productions is currently presenting the musical “The Music Man.” 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
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Out and About - July 19, 2013

This week, we're talking with photographer Scott Cavanah. He and Matt Buedel are the creators of the exhibit "Every Other." Over the course of a year, the two took turns creating photographs based on a theme suggested by the other. The resulting photos are now collected in the exhibit. "Every Other" is on display through July 30th at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch. A reception with the artists is Saturday morning from 10:00 to noon.

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Theatre Reviews
7:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Review - "Anything Goes"

Corn Stock Theatre is presenting the musical “Anything Goes,” as part of its summer season. Douglas Okey 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
3:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Out and About - July 12, 2013

OutThis week, we're talking with Erin Craig. She plays Reno Sweeney in Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming  production of "Anything Goes." The show features a treasure-trove of Cole Porter music and a heavy dose of tap-dancing. "Anything Goes" opens tonight, and runs through July 20th under the tent at Upper Bradley Park.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Out and About - July 5, 2013

Out and About
12:10 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Out and About - June 28, 2013

This week we're talking with Chip Joyce. He's directing Eastlight Theatre's production of "Jekyll and Hyde," a musical adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale. The production continues with performances Friday and Saturday night.

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Theatre Reviews
8:30 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Review - "The Foreigner"

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season continues with a production of “The Foreigner,” starring Peoria native Steve Vinovich. 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 June 21, 2013

Out and About - June 21, 2013

This weekend, Corn Stock Theatre opens its production of "The Foreigner," starring Peoria native, and professional actor, Steve Vinovich. Vinovich has performed on stage, film and television since graduating from the University of Illinois; he's recently returned to New York after many years in Los Angeles. He talks about how the idea for the production came about; why he's fond of this play and this particular role; and about his 40-year career as a working actor.

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