Daniel Musisi

Morning Edition 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 and board operator for All Things Considered at NPR member station, WAMU. When he and his wife decided to relocate to Chicago, he landed a position as a master control engineer at WBEZ, Chicago Public Media. In 2018 after five years at WBEZ, Daniel and his wife Katie moved with their children Olive and Desmond to Peoria to be closer to family. 

 

Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in audio production from American University in Washington, DC. Daniel is also an accomplished DJ, with over 20 years of experience djing night clubs and special events including the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. State Department, the White House, and the 2013 Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball. 

 

Daniel is also a vinyl record collector and a bicycle enthusiast, who has been known to bike in to WCBU in the dark at 4:30 in the morning to host Morning Edition.

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Rioting, looting, and mayhem broke out on the streets of Peoria in the early Monday morning hours.

Peoria Art Guild

This week on Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild about the 2020 Member Show, the incoming works of Morgan Elser, and their plans to welcome back the public into the gallery space. View the 2020 Member Show Virtual Gallery

Soulside Healing Arts

This week on Out and About, Hannah Ramlo, founder and director of Soulside Healing Arts Studio, joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to mitigate the barriers that exist between people and holistic wellness. Soulside continues to offer classes and instruction through their online wellness offerings at https://www.soulsidehealingarts.com/.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/

Capstone Photography Class 2020 - Bradley University

This week on Out and About, Associate Professor of Photograhy, Margaret LeJeune talks with Jenn Gordon about creating “Through Our Eyes” an online exhibition of the capstone photography class at Bradley University. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. To view the exhibition visit www.bradleyuniversityphoto.com

Baldovin Commercial Development

In an effort to stay afloat during the stay at home order, restaurants continue to adapt.

Slow Hand BBQ in Peoria Heights made the decision to close when the executive order went into effect. Co-owner Rob Mathisen said most important to them was social responsibility and doing their part to keep the community safe. Also important was their responsibility to the food itself.

Peoria Ballet

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com

Art Inc

On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.

Book Rack Used Books

Many small businesses in Peoria were forced to close once the State of Illinois deemed them non-essential last month. Book Rack Used Books on North Knoxville Avenue was one of those businesses. But owner Stacy Hardin received approval from Governor Pritzker’s office to reopen this week for the first time since March 21.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

Peoria Art Guild

Local arts organizations are adjusting to social distancing guidelines in an effort to stay safely connected to the community. 

Courtesy Michelle Simmons

Thirteen-year-old David Simmons of Monmouth saw the need for personal protective equipment and decided to put his 3D printing skills to good use.

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing businesses to close their doors -- some temporarily and others for good. But one Peoria business owner recently decided to brave the uncertainty and opened his doors for the first time.

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Illinoisans have been ordered to "stay at home" to slow the spread of COVID-19. But some Peoria businesses are still finding ways to connect with the community and serve their customers.