Special Programming

A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries - from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classics and contemporary carols. Join us Tuesday, December 18th at 9am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.

Ira Glass and Company put their unique spin on stories for the holiday season, the way only This American Life can. Join us Friday, December 21st at 7pm or Saturday, December 11th at 11am on 89.5, WNIJ.

American Routes has made its list, and there's no need to check it twice. Join us for our favorite holiday tunes, from the hep jive of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, to the cool sentiments of Frank Sinatra and Elvis, and the ecstatic vibe of Celia Cruz and Bela Fleck. Plus yuletide memories from Diana Krall, Soloman Burke and other special guests. Be ready to bachata, boogie and second line as we celebrate the season. Join us Saturday, December 22nd at 7pm on 89.5, WNIJ.

Former Rockford stage director J.R. Sullivan and Friends celebrate the season with stories, music, poems and more. Join us Sunday, December 23rd at 6pm on 89.5, WNIJ.

Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America's premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.


As you put the finishing touches on your holiday celebrations, Sunday Baroque will create a warm and lovely environment featuring a variety of recent and classic recordings of baroque holiday music. In the 8am hour of the show, we'll hear selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Join us Sunday, December 23rd at 8am on Classical WNIU, 90.5.

Talk Radio News Service

This afternoon, President Obama will hold his first news conference in eight months. WNIJ will bring you live coverage starting at 12:20pm. We expect the President to address his re-election victory, the impending "fiscal cliff" and negotiations with Congress, as well as the resignation of CIA Director Petraeus and the questions surrounding General John Allen, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

State of the Re:Union is back on WNIJ

Oct 31, 2012

WNIJ brings you a new season of State of the Re:Union.  Our specials air on five consecutive Sundays at 6pm, beginning this weekend. With so much talk about "community," sometimes we lose perspective on the real stories of the people working to make homes, lives, and neighborhoods across the country. On State of the Re:Union, Public Radio Talent Quest winner Al Letson travels the country to find those stories -- and tells them with grace, perspective, and deep curiosity.

The Saturday Blues Halloween Show!

Oct 25, 2012

Haven't taken care of your Halloween decorating yet? While you take the time this weekend to set up the cobwebs, scarecrows and jack-o'-lanterns, tune into The Saturday Blues Halloween Special for your soundtrack! It's your chance to hear tunes played only once a year by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dr. John, James Brown and many more. Join Patrick Sheehan for The Saturday Blues Halloween Special, this Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 on 89.5, WNIJ.

Freakonomics Radio Is Back On WNIJ!

Oct 2, 2012

Freakonomics Radio explores “the hidden side of everything.” It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.  Stephen Dubner hosts our five, one-hour specials air at 6pm Monday through Friday this week.