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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Next Thursday evening, April 24, the NIU School of Music hosts a program featuring the berimbau.  An original cycle of music for the Afro-Brazilian instrument ranging from solos to sextets will be performed.

Greg Beyer is the director of the NIU Percussion program. Beyer is also director the ensemble Projeto Arcomusical.  The group's six members all play the berimbau, which resembles a long bow with a round gourd in the middle.  

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Public Safety officials say they are confident that they have accounted for all residents of the devastated DeKalb County community of Fairdale and are preparing the next steps in the process.

Kirkland Fire Chief Chad Connell said Friday afternoon that search operations were winding down at the unincorporated town on Highway 72 west of Kirkland.  He said teams were going through the rubble one last time with dogs to make doubly sure nothing had been missed. 

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The Rockford Area Arts Council’s 13th annual Spring ArtScene takes place 5-9 p.m Friday, April 10, and 3-9 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at 39 venues across the Rockford metro area.

Lenae Weichel is rehabbing 304 North Main Street in downtown Rockford with an eye to development.  The former home to a succession of insurance companies has been stripped, and there are holes and patches where workers have had to gain access to burst pipes and old wiring. 

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This weekend, the Amphion String Quartet joins with clarinetist David Shifrin for a concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.

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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance opens its production of British playwright Peter Barnes’ ‘Red Noses’ Thursday night , March 26, at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb.  The play, set at a time the Black Death was killing millions of people in medieval Europe, is a comedy. 

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Next week, cellist, singer, composer, improviser and Beloit College alumna Helen Gillet comes to the college for a solo concert.  Downbeat Magazine recently named her a “rising star."

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Officials from across northwest Illinois met in Rockford Wednesday to discuss creating a uniform building code across the region.

City officials says there were around thirty people in attendance.  One of those was Dennis Sweeney, Executive Vice President of the Home Builders of the Greater Rockford Area.  He says there were officials from DeKalb and Dixon as well as Freeport and Rockford at the meeting.  Sweeney says everyone likes the idea of one set of standards across communities in the region.   

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Spring is in the air, and that means more large trucks and farm machinery on the roads.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott says as the snow melts and the ground thaws, the softer ground makes roads more susceptible to damage.  To protect them, many side roads are closed to semitrailers until the soil dries and stabilizes.

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The Rockford Dance Company closes its current season with performances this weekend at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  It also finishes the company’s first season under its new artistic director.

On a Monday night, under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Wayland Anderson, a half-dozen members of the Rockford Dance Company practice a number from his interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Rachel Hackler has been with the company for four years.  She’s stoked.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the Democrats aren’t making a serious effort to solve the state’s budget woes. 

A Democratic proposal to sweep money from several state accounts and use it to fund daycare subsidies and other programs that are running out of money has passed out of committee in the state legislature.

But Rauner says the measure is a distraction, not an answer to the problem.

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