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In Memoriam 2016

Dec 19, 2016

Music suffered heavy losses in 2016, a year like no other in recent memory. We bid unexpected farewells to the very brightest stars — David Bowie and Prince — but we also lost masters from every corner of the music world, from classical composers and jazz greats to world music superstars, soul singers, country giants, prog-rock pioneers and record producers. They left us with unforgettable sounds and compelling stories. Hear their music and explore their legacies here.

(Credits: Tom Huizenga, producer; Mark Mobley, editor; Brittany Mayes, designer)

Sessions from Studio A - Hey!Rabbit

Dec 15, 2016
Carl Nelson


Hey!Rabbit performs "Lansing" in WNIJ's Studio A.


Hey!Rabbit performs "Lena" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Guy Stephens/WNIJ

Rockford native and New American Theater founder J.R. Sullivan says he conceived of his Hometown Holiday Show as a celebration of the season, and of his hometown.

He brings the 21st production of his show, featuring Sullivan and a troupe of friends, back to Rockford this weekend, Dec. 10 and 11.

Sullivan says the format mirrors one of the holiday staples at NAT, the company he founded and led for many years.  He says the main show was an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” 

Sessions from Studio A - Name the Moon

Dec 8, 2016
Carl Nelson

Name the Moon performs "Car Fun" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Name the Moon performs "Goddamn" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Name the Moon performs "Los Angeles" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60, named for the number of years he's been in the business.

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