Dan Klefstad

Manager of Content Strategy & Morning Edition Host

As Content Manager, I oversee everything broadcast on NPR WNIJ and Classical WNIU. I'm also responsible for everything that appears on this website and social media pages. If you have a comment or question about what you hear or see on any of our platforms, email me at dklefstad@niu.edu or call 815-753-0081. I look forward to hearing your ideas about how we can better serve the community. I also look forward to waking you up each morning with the latest news and other information during Morning Edition.

Thanks,

@danklefstad

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Northern Public Radio
7:35 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Northern Public Radio's Interim Director Made Permanent

Northern Public Radio Director and General Manager Staci Hoste

Northern Public Radio’s interim Director and General Manager is now permanent.  Staci Hoste succeeds Tim Emmons, who died last February.  She’ll continue to lead WNIJ, Classical WNIU and NIRIS, a reading service for the visually impaired.  Hoste joined the organization in 2008 as its Development Director, or chief fundraiser.  She says raising money will remain a priority for her.

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-Illinois
11:50 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bones Expert Testifies In Cold Case

An expert witness, plus a jail informant, testified today in the Jack McCullough murder trial. McCullough, 72, is accused of killing of Maria Ridulph in 1957. The trial is being heard by a DeKalb County judge.

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Summer Food Series # 4
5:01 am
Fri July 27, 2012

BBQ "the way it was intended"

  • Morning Edition report from July 27, 2012

For Al Brinkman, barbecue is all about the smoke.  The owner of Al's BBQ Shack in DeKalb, Ill., insists meat should be cooked the old fashioned way: with wood smoke, slowly, for several hours.  "We don't use rubs or marinades," Brinkman says, "and everybody seems to enjoy it that way."

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WNIJ
1:38 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

WNIJ back on the air

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WNIJ listeners, and employees, rejoiced at around 1:30pm Tuesday when power was restored to our transmitter near Lindenwood, Ill. Chief engineer Jeff Glass said the generator, which failed due to lack of coolant, is running again. Glass said WNIJ will operate at reduced power until Commonwealth Edison restores electricity to the transmitter site.

Storms
12:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

WNIJ KO'd by storm, maintenance issue

Thousands of WNIJ listeners lost contact with their NPR programming this morning, when a severe thunderstorm cut the power to Northern Public Radio's transmitter in Lindenwood, Ill. The outage also affected listeners to WNIJ's sister station, Classical WNIU.

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Arts
1:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Rock author: AC/DC better with Bon Scott

Cover for Joe Bonomo's book.

AC/DC was better with Bon Scott? For many AC/DC fans, those are fightin' words.

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Arts
12:01 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut short-story collection.

Molly McNett reads "Ozzie the Burro," one of her stories in One Dog Happy.

Morning Edition interview with Dan Klefstad (June 22, 2012).

 Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Arts
6:17 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut story collection.
  • Molly McNett reads 3 emails from her story "Ozzie the Burro."
  • Morning Edition version (June 22, 2012)

Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Arts
7:16 am
Fri June 15, 2012

NIU poet publishes, alter ego still waits for "Editor" to reply

Cover for Amy Newman's book.

Morning Edition interview with Dan Klefstad (June 15, 2012).

Amy Newman has published more than 200 poems. She is also a Presidential Research Professor at Northern Illinois University. Her alter ego, "Amy Newman," is less successful but clings to the hope that an editor will publish her work.

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Arts
7:02 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Rockford-area author explores the idea of infidelity

Cover for Dan Libman's new book.

Dan Libman has accomplished what most writers dream of. He won the Pushcart Prize for fiction, he's been published in the Paris Review, and lives with a wife -- Molly McNett -- who shares his passion for writing. We'll meet her later in our Summer Book Series.

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