People

  • Corporate Support Director

    Anna Chumbley is a central Illinois native and proud Peoria resident.

     

    Anna has nearly eight years of experience in fundraising and development having served in roles at...

  • Host

    Ariele started out hosting jazz and blues programs on WGLT when she was a student at Illinois State University.

    She is currently the host of All Things ConsideredCenter Stage, a show focusing on the music of Broadway...

  • Host

    Daniel joined WCBU with eight years of experience in public radio, primarily in operations and engineering. He started out at WPFW - a Pacifica public radio station in Washington DC - as a remote broadcast engineer, before becoming an engineer...

  • Individual Giving Director

    Jennifer is responsible for donor outreach and services for the WGLT and WCBU annual funds, as well as planned giving and major gifts.

    Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience working in arts administration and grants management at...

  • Reporter

    Joe Deacon is a reporter at WCBU, joining in 2020 after one year as a correspondent for Bloomington-Normal sister station WGLT.

    An Illinois State University graduate, Joe previously spent 18 years with The Pantagraph in Bloomington in...

  • Audio Director

    Not a hunter, skier, ice fisherman or hockey player, Northern Minnesota native Jon Norton has adapted well to what he considers the warm climate of Central Illinois.

    After 20+ years in commercial radio, he's also "adapted" well to...

  • News Reporter

    Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

    For a decade, McHugh was a program officer and senior radio producer for...

  • Development Director

    Melissa Libert leads WCBU's marketing, public relations, and development efforts.

    Melissa previously served as Public Affairs Project Manager at COUNTRY Financial where she led community relations programming and corporate social...

  • Business Manager

    Nicole Welsh is an Illinois State University graduate, where she received her bachelor's degree in Communication. She got her start in radio during her studies at ISU's student radio station, WZND, and she knew right away that radio is where...

  • Intern

    Olivia Streeter is an intern at WCBU. The Illinois State University student joined WCBU in 2020.

  • General Manager

    R.C. began his broadcast career at WDAN/WDNL in his hometown of Danville, Illinois, in 1990 while still a high school student. In 1997 he started at WJBC (replacing Charlie Schlenker!) where he worked as reporter/anchor, play-by-play...

  • Content Director

    Ryan Denham started his career as a copy editor and later business and city government reporter at The Pantagraph in 2006. He later worked for WJBC radio in Bloomington. He now works in website development for Illinois State University...

  • Correspondent

    Steve Tarter retired from the Peoria Journal Star in 2019 after spending 20 years at the paper as both reporter and business editor.

    He joined WCBU in 2020 shortly before the pandemic hit. Tarter, married with four adult children, enjoys...

  • News Director

    Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.

    Before venturing into the world of radio, Tim worked as Assignment Editor and later Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WEEK-TV for several years.

    Tim was also...

  • Correspondent

    Tory Dahlhoff has a varied background in multimedia production that includes TV and film, radio, print, and graphic design. He has also worked in the field of community and economic development in the Greater Peoria region with a focus on...

  • Operations Director

    Travis joined the WGLT staff in 2007 as assistant to the general manager after serving five years as a broadcast journalist, radio host, and public affairs specialist for the U.S. Navy. Promoted to the engineering department in 2009, he is...