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Ralph Lawler

Jan 29, 2018
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This is a story about basketball broadcasters, and following in the footsteps of professionals you admire.  And in the end, it’s about building your own legacy.

Growing up in Peoria Illinois, Ralph Lawler spent many nights listening to Chick Hearn, who was then the radio voice of the Bradley Braves.

Lawler played basketball through high school and once played in a state basketball tournament with Chick Hearn at the mic.

Childhood Dream Leads Steiner To Role as Voice of the Dodgers

Jan 21, 2018

This is the story about baseball broadcasters and a little boy’s dreams.

Hall-of-fame announcer Vin Scully began calling Brooklyn Dodger games in 1950.

Before the 1958 season, Scully headed west with the Dodgers.

After sixty years---at the end of the 2016 season, Vin Scully put a wrap on his Hall of Fame career as the Voice of the Dodgers.

Growing up in New York a young Charlie Steiner often listened to Vin Scully’s radio broadcasts of Steiner’s favorite team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

We're talking with Chris Peterlin. He's directing Corn Stock Theatre's production of "Leaving Iowa." It's a "memory play," in which writer Don Browning goes on a road trip to scatter the ashes of his late father, with multiple flashbacks to a fateful family vacation. The play was written by two alums of Bradley University; this production is the first time it's been presented in central Illinois. Peterlin talks about the emotional tone of the play, and about the challenges of staging the multiple scenes that take place in the family car.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Bradley University in Peoria is a key player in an ongoing competition aimed at deploying 3-D printers to build habitats on Mars if and when humans travel to the red planet. 

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Seven entrepreneurs made their pitches to investors for the final day of Brave Launch at Bradley University Thurs.

Scott Kanoff and Susan Somerville Brown are with us this week, to talk about the Bradley University Theatre Department's production of "Little Women." It's a musical adaptation of the well-known novel, and Kanoff describes it as perhaps the department's most ambitious undertaking. After staging several rock-oriented musicals in the past few seasons, the department wanted its students to experience a more traditional musical this year. They were also looking for a show that offered multiple prominent roles for female performers.

Our guests this week are George Stelluto, conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra; and Gary Roberts, President of Bradley University. The Peoria Symphony begins it's 120th season this weekend. They talk about the shared history of the orchestra and the university (which celebrates it's own 120th anniversary this year). The concert recognizes other notable anniversaries, of Johannes Brahms and Leonard Bernstein.

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Governor Bruce Rauner announced last week that Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping down from the post after a long run. Poet Laureate is a position that comes with a title, but no job description, no budget, no staff , and no salary. Stein, a Bradley University English professor, has held the position since December 2003.

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Bradley University slid down a spot in the US News & World Reports' ranking of best regional colleges, but it still landed in the top ten.

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A Bradley University game design team is getting a chance to put their creation on one of the world's largest gaming stages.

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Flags are being flown at half-staff on Bradley’s campus for the next three days to honor the school’s winning-est basketball coach.

Bradley University Prepares for Commencement Sat.

May 8, 2017
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Bradley University is preparing to send off more than a thousand graduates this weekend.

Bradley Speech Team Places Second in National Tournament

Apr 24, 2017
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Bradley University’s speech team swept several categories during the National Forensic Association’s National Championship last weekend in Eau Claire, Wis.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at Bradley University say a building on campus has become the first to use solar panels as its primary source of energy. 

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An actor who's known for his quirky dad roles in the movie "Mean Girls" and the ABC sitcom "The Middle" is getting an alumni award at Bradley University.  Neil Flynn graduated from the Peoria university in 1982 and was on the school's speech team for four years. 

Peoria Makes Way for Bradley's $85M Construction

Mar 29, 2017
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The Peoria City Council amended the Bradley University development plan to allow for the construction of a new building along Main Street. 

Bradley this summer will demolish Baker Hall, which houses the business college.  In its place, the university will construct a building that will allow instruction for both business and engineering courses.

Bob Michel Remembered

Feb 25, 2017
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A number of dignitaries joined Bob Michel's family and friends today for his memorial service. The services was at Michel's amateur, in the Renaissance Coliseum at Bradley University.

The long-time Congressman was a highly decorated World War II Veteran with legendary statesmanship.

Michel had a special gift for consensus building and respectful policy making. During his 38 years in congress he was the longest-serving minority leader. Hence, anything he achieved in legislative policy happened with strong bipartisan support.

This week, we're talking with Scott Kanoff, from the Bradley University Department of Theatre Arts, about their production of "These Shining Lives." The play tells the story of women who worked at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, IL, the toll that work took on their health, and the legal case they pursued against the company. Kanoff talks about the play, why they selected it, and some local connections to the story it recounts. The performance on Sunday, February 26th, the department will also present a moot court trial on the legal issues involved in the story.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder at Bradley University

Feb 24, 2017
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One of the women who founded Black Lives Matter wants a grassroots movement to counter what she calls the suppression of African American opportunity.

Patrisse Cullors told an audience at Bradley University, today’s political environment is not new. She compares it to the time when she grew up in the 1980s and early 90s.

Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

Feb 22, 2017
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The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

Saying Farewell to Statesmen Bob Michel

Feb 17, 2017
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The longest-serving US House minority leader died this morning. Bob Michel was 93.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Bradley University in central Illinois is moving forward with plans to build a new, $86 million business and engineering complex.

A Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday for using information obtained in the 2015 Bradley University data breach to file false income tax returns. 41-year-old Gbadebo Adebiyi appeared before U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade.

 

Adebiyi admitted to conspiring with others to get refunds from false income tax returns including the information obtained from the data breach Bradley reported in March 2015. Bradley employee’s personal information was used to file 2014 false federal income tax returns.

 

Bradley University joins a chorus of American colleges and universities to end the executive order that suspended the entry of refugees, immigrants and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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The 2nd Annual Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication kicks-off tomorrow at Bradley University. Symposium participants include its namesake, alumni and L.A. Dodgers Play-by-Play announcer Charley Steiner as well as the play by play announcers for the Cubs, the Cardinals and ESPN. Female sports writing pioneer Diane Shah is also participating.

Today, we're talking with Dr. John Jost from the Bradley Music Department. He's conducting the Bradley Community Chorus, Chorale and Symhony Orchestra in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" next Sunday. Jost notes that Verdi's background as an opera composer is on display in this choral work, in it's intensity and sudden emotional contrasts. He also gives a little background on the work, and talks about the process of putting three large ensembles and soloists together for the upcoming performance.

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Many have already cast a ballot in vote by mail or early voting. But some are still weighing their options in the final week leading up to election day.  Two Political Science Professors at Bradley University are helping us break down some of the things voters are deciding on in this election.

Bradley University and Caterpillar are teaming up with NASA for what’s being called the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The goal is for teams to develop technologies to build a habitat on Mars using 3D printing.

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Our guest this week is Scott Knoff, who's directing "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" at Bradley University. The play features three retellings of an episode of "The Simpsons:" as a tale told around a campfire, again as a performance by a group of re-enactors, and finally as a grand opera. Kanoff says the play is an exploration of the act of storytelling and the function stories have in a our culture. He also talks about some of the "table work" the company did in its preparation, and about audience response to the show's opening weekend.

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The Former Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader is speaking at Bradley University Monday. Tom Daschle is speaking​ about his co-authored book “Crisis Point.” He wrote it with former Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

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