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
12:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Out and About - April 5, 2013

This week, we're talking with the Heartland Festival Orchestra's David Commanday. The HFO welcomes legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen and the Stiletto Brass Quintet as guest artists in their next concert. The program features highlights from the jazz age -- music of Gershwin, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and others. The concert is Saturday night at Five Points in Washington.

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Peoria on Faith
4:02 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Peoria on Faith: Multiculturalism in the Peoria faith community

Today, we’re looking at the role of multiculturalism in the Peoria faith community. First, we’ll talk with Imam Kamil Mufti of the Islamic Foundation of Peoria, which serves Muslims from a variety of cultural backgrounds. We’ll hear from Katie Crenshaw, from the Peoria Baha’i Center, to learn about how multiculturalism is woven into the fabric of the Baha’I faith. And we’ll get perspectives on the Latino community in the Catholic church from a nun, and a Catholic immigrant from Ecuador.


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Out and About
2:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Out and About - March 29, 2013

This week, we're talking with Doug Day, director of "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a short play which explores issues about family farming, organic food, and land use. The play is intended to set up a discussion with the audience about policy options and personal choices. Performances in Peoria are Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The play will also travel to Urbana and Springfield in the next few weeks.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Out and About - March 22, 2013

Lindsey Cheney joins us this week to talk about Peoria Players Theatre's production of "Godspell." The show recreates selected parables from the Gospels and features music by Stephen Schwartz. Cheney talks about how the director and cast have updated and personalized the script, about some of the musical numbers in the show, and about how the rehearsal process has created a strong bond among the company. Performances of "Godspell" continue through Sunday.

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Theatre Reviews
4:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Review - "Godspell"

Peoria Players Theatre continues its current season with the musical “Godspell.” 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
4:52 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Out and About - March 15th

This week, we're talking with David Commanday, from the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Their concert Saturday night features the string trio "Time for Three," and their infectious, high-energy performance style. David talks about some of the works the trio will be playing; and about how they blend classical, bluegrass and jazz influences. We also listen to a few selections from Time for Three's repertoire.

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Out and About
12:30 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Out and About - March 8, 2013

This week, we're talking with Ryan Campen, the director of "Frost/Nixon," which  opens this weekend at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse. The play tells the story of the 1977 interviews between former President Richard Nixon and British television personality David Frost. Campen talks about his working with his cast to create portrayals of such iconic historical figures, and about his decision to incorporate live, audio-visual elements into the production.


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Theatre Reviews
12:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Review - "A Raisin in the Sun"

Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of one African-American family in the early days of the civil rights movement. A production is now on stage at Bradley University. Reviewer Douglas Okey says the play has as much to say today as it did in 1959. He 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
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Out and About - March 1, 2013

This week, we're talking with George Stelluto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Their concert Saturday night features music of Mozart, Rossini, Maurice Ravel and Jacques Ibert. Stelluto talks about the pieces on the program and how they fit together. The concert will also feature a performance by winners of the Peoria Symphony Guild's young artist competition.

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Theatre Reviews
12:58 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Review - "Rashomon"

A murder trial becomes the basis for questions about credibility and truth in the classic play “Rashomon.” A production of the play opened last weekend at Illinois Central College Theatre. Cara Rosson has this review for WCBU, and the Live Theatre League of Peoria. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of WCBU or the Live Theatre League.

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