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."

BIFF

The soon-to-be director of the Beloit International Film Festival says it’s a very special event in a number of ways.

Max Maiken will take over as executive director when this year’s festival, which begins Friday, concludes March 5. He has worked with the festival, affectionately known as BIFF, for several years and is the current Assistant Director. He says the transition at the top is historic for the organization.

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On February 28, voters in Aurora will whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor of Illinois’s second-largest city.

DCCG

Several choirs from the DeKalb community and Northern Illinois University will raise their voices to raise money for the nonprofit DeKalb County Community Gardens in the third annual "Make Our Garden Grow" concert Sunday in NIU’s Boutell Concert Hall.

Eric Johnson, director of Choral Activities at NIU, says he started the concerts with two visions in mind.

NIU

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 includes substantially less funding for Northern Illinois University compared to the last full state budget enacted in Fiscal Year 2015.  The proposed FY2018 appropriation for Northern Illinois University, for example, is $77,428,800.  That's a 17 % reduction from the $93,189,500 allotted to NIU in FY2015. 

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Most musical ensembles of great renown have some large institution behind them. Not so with the St. Olaf Choir. Its home is a tiny college, but its stage is the world. 

St. Olaf Choir director Anton Armstrong says the choir’s success also is built on a foundation of support that goes back to the very beginnings of the college.

Music has been essential in the curriculum since its inception. There was a hymnal that was one of the required textbooks back in 1874,” he says.

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