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
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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Out and About
12:56 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Out and About - September 6, 2013

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Their new season opens this weekend with a concert, "Very Mozart." It features Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony, the Flute and Harp Concerto, and a set of Ancient Airs and Dances by Ottorino Respighi. Commanday talks about some of the pieces on the program, the soloists featured in this concert, and the distinctove appeal of Mozart. The concert is Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Out and About - August 30, 2013

Charlie Brown is playing Jean Valjean in Peoria Players Theatre's upcoming production of "Les Miserables." He talks his own interest in the long-running musical, the specific story arc of his character, and how he's approached the character. "Les Miserables" runs September 6th through the 15th.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Out and About - August 23, 2013

Nate Downs joins us to talk about Corn Stock Theatre's production of "Company." A fan of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Downs says this was one of his "bucket list" shows. Through the stories of perennial bachelor Bobby, his girlfriends and his married friends, the show presents multiple takes on love, marriage and relationships. "Company" runs August 23rd through 31st at Corn Stock Theatre in Peoria.


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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Out and About - August 16, 2013

This week, we're talking with Lee Wenger, organizer of the concert Peoria Public Radio's Concert in the Park. He talks about how the event was first developed last year to replace the station's annual record sale. Like last year's concert, this year's event features a variety of musical entertainers -- cast members from musical theatre productions, two choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. The concert is Friday night at 7:00 at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Gates open at 6:00.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Out and About - August 9, 2013

This week, we're talking with Eric Mills, from the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria. Their annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration Weekend is August 30th and 31st (Labor Day Weekend). It features a Friday night concert of acoustic musicians paying tribute to Dan Fogelberg. Saturday night's concert features The Don Campbell Band. Eric talks about both concerts, and about the nationwide "Fogelberg family" that the event brings to Peoria each year.

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Theatre Reviews
7:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Review - "The Wiz"

Corn Stock Theatre’s summer season is currently presenting “The Wiz.” Brian “Fox” Ellis 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
11:06 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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