WNIU Seasonal Specials
1:50 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Echoes Of Christmas - Friday December 21st at 9am

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.

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WNIU Seasonal Specials
1:40 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Sunday Baroque: Highlights From Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" - Sunday December 23rd at 8am

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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.

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8:27 am
Wed November 14, 2012

President Obama To Host News Conference Today

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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.

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"Free-Range Radio" presents:
2:24 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

State of the Re:Union is back on WNIJ

WNIJ Presents:
9:48 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Saturday Blues Halloween Show!

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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.

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Freakonomics Radio
8:32 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Freakonomics Radio Is Back On WNIJ!

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.

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Colorado killings
12:14 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

24 murder counts, 116 attempted murder counts for Colorado shooting suspect

Prosecutors in Colorado today charged James Holmes with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the July 20 deaths of 12 people and wounding of 58 during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

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7:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Living in Rockford: a practical perspective

This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.

In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.

Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years.  They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago.  Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family:

But it had problems too.

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WNIJ Special
5:37 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

The Capitol Steps on WNIJ

Hot enough for ya? Spend an hour in the air-conditioned indoors before heading out for Wednesday night's fireworks, and join 89-5 WNIJ for The Capitol Steps' 4th of July Edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." Washington's irreverent political troupe takes a mid-summer look at what's been happening in our nation's capitol lately, including the Presidential campaigns and the Supreme Court's recent decisions on immigration and health care. Don't miss The Capitol Steps, Wednesday evening (4th of July) at 6pm, on 89-5 WNIJ.

10:04 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Pilot killed in plane crash near Monroe Center identified

A Lancair 235M lies in a cornfield near Monroe Center. The pilot was killed when the plane caught fire and crashed Tuesday.
Jacqui Stephens photo

A Will County man  who took off from the DeKalb airport en route to Rockford was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in a farm field at 19164 Crill Road near Monroe Center.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday night, the Ogle County Coroner had not released the man's name, but both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times cite people close to the pilot who identify him as Tom Plodzien, resident of Meadow Creek Airpark, outside of Monee. Records list Plodzien, 77, as the owner of the plane. 

Earlier in the day, WNIJ's Mike Moen reported from the scene that authorities were preventing onlookers and reporters from getting close to the crash itself, which was obscured by the corn crop. He said a helicopter hovered above the site and an ambulance was near the actual crash, but he was unable to see specifically what was happening.

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