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."


The Illinois State Police say more than 91,000 concealed-carry permits have been issued in Illinois since the state began allowing people to carry concealed guns around in public a year ago.

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The NIU Art Museum’s latest exhibition, "Local Visions," features items plucked from the homes of area collectors. 

Peter Olson is the assistant director of the museum, and one of the curators for the show.  He says a couple of years ago, he was thinking of possible themes for an exhibition.

“I’m an artist and my house is full of artwork that I love, and I know a lot of other people who are artists and who have a lot of artwork themselves that inspires them . And that seemed like a great idea for an exhibition.”

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I’m standing in one of the galleries housing the exhibition with Freeport Art Museum Executive Director Jessica Modica.  In front of us is "At the World’s End: Only Evil Will Travel in a Straight Line," a painting by Dan Brinkmeier.

At first blush, it’s a farm family having a picnic. But then you notice the bleeding lamb, people flying or wearing animal masks and, like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” a house in the air.  Modica says the artist admits that the picture is chock-full of symbols.

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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.

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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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.  

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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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.

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