Guy Stephens

WNIJ Here and Now Host

Guy Stephens is the local host for NPR's Here and Now on WNIJ.  He also produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a national or local level.  Guy's degrees are in music, and he spent a number of years as a classical host on WNIU.  In fact, after nearly 20 years with Northern Public Radio, the best description of his job may be "other duties as required."

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Politics
1:04 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Quinn Calls Special Legislative Session To Consider Election For Comptroller

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn has called a special legislative session for Jan. 8, 2015, to create a special election in 2016 for Illinois Comptroller.  Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka died last week after winning re-election in November.  

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Arts
6:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus To Host DIY Messiah

Lisa Fredenburgh leads the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus in rehearsal
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

This weekend, Dec. 21, the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus present a "Sing-Along Messiah," an event often known as a "Do-It-Yourself Messiah."  Audience members are invited to join the choir in singing choruses from Handel’s masterpiece.

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Arts
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

DeKalb Municipal Band: 160 Years Of Music, Friendships And Community Support

Credit DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre.  Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund.  Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.

GS:  Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?

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-Illinois
5:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Semi Truck Struck By Train At Rural Winnebago Crossing: 1 Dead

The area in Winnebago where the accident took place. Google Maps Street View from August 2012.
Credit Google Maps Street View

The driver of a semi-trailer truck carrying corn was killed Wednesday morning when his truck was struck by a train at a rail crossing in rural Winnebago County.  

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-Illinois
6:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Rockford's Stroll On State: People Came For The Party, Rediscovered Downtown

Downtown buildings lit for the 2013 Stroll on State
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The 2nd annual Stroll on State holiday event takes place this Saturday, Nov. 29, in downtown Rockford.  Organizers are hoping to build on last year’s event, and the impact it had on the downtown.

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-Illinois
4:59 am
Thu November 20, 2014

NIU Faculty Member "Illinois Professor of the Year"

NIU Professor Daniel Gebo
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named NIU Professor Daniel Gebo as the 2014 Illinois Professor of the Year.  The award salutes individuals for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.  

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Arts
6:13 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Composition Conveys War's Effects On Vets In Words And Music

Jake Runestad
Credit jakerunestad.com

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is premiering the work of an internationally acclaimed young composer November 9.  Jake Runestad also happens to be a Rockford native.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke to the composer, who now lives in Minnesota, about his work, “Dreams of the Fallen.”  RSO Director Steven Larsen leads the orchestra, the Mendelssohn Chorale and pianist Jeffrey Biegel in the local premiere of "Dreams of the Fallen," a work

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Election 2014
4:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrat Bill Foster Holds On To Seat In Congresss

Congressman Bill Foster basks in his victory Tuesday night.
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

Democrat Bill Foster got a solid win in yesterday’s election to keep his seat in Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.

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-Illinois
12:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

I-90 Construction Done, All Lanes Open Between Rockford And Elgin

Credit Illinois Tollway

Nearly two years of work to rebuild and widen Interstate 90 between Rockford and Elgin is complete.  The Illinois Tollway held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to formally begin removing construction barrels and turning the new lanes on the stretch of I-90 between the two cities over to drivers.  There are now 3 lanes in each direction.
The focus of the $2.5 billion I-90 Rebuilding and Widening project now shifts to the segment between Elgin and Chicago, where work is already underway.

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Arts
2:08 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NIU Production's Message Timeless - And Timely

Stanton Davis
Credit NIU

The NIU School of Theatre & Dance calls its latest production “a bit of musical theatre insanity.”  

“The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” or, as it’s usually known, ‘Marat/Sade,’ is directed by NIU professor Stanton Davis.  Davis says he wanted emphasize the timeless nature of the play’s message.

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