Daniel Musisi

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.

Ways to Connect

Heartland Festival Orchestra

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Heartland Festival Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor David Commanday join’s host Jenn Gordon to talk about the Heartland Festival Orchestra’s upcoming spring and summer concerts featuring guest artists Tessa Lark, Christopher Taylor, and the Classical Mystery Tour.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, January 22, 2021. Our top story is about how high school sports are close to resuming in Illinois and two Peoria-area athletic directors say players and coaches are excited and eager to return to action. You'll also hear how the five candidates on the primary ballot to replace outgoing Peoria mayor Jim Ardis say they want to lead the city through its current challenges and into the future.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, January 21, 2021. Our top story is about how as the Federal Correctional Institute in Pekin endures its second COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is monitoring conditions at all prisons and jails. You'll also hear how overall demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is strong in the Peoria area, but that's not as true for the Black and Latin-X communities.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Our top story is about how with our region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are preparing to offer indoor dining for the first time in months. You'll also hear how Stark County, Illinois was the base of operations for the Gypsy Coeds, a group of young women from the Bradford area who piled into a 1926 Ford Model T and toured the country in the 1930's and early 1940's. WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter recently spoke with John Butte, who owns that infamous car.

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With the region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are offering indoor dining as an option for the first time in weeks.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria area will roll out the next phase of coronavirus vaccines to frontline essential workers and people age 65 and older starting this week. You'll also hear how about ten thousand workers across more than a dozen Illinois hospitals run by OSF HealthCare have received the firest dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Soprano Michelle Areyzaga and Maestro George Stelluto join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the Poeria Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert entitled “Curtain Up! A Broadway Matinee”. The performance airs Sunday, January 17 at 3pm on WTVP World 47.3.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, January 15, 2021. Our top story is about how two men making history in leadership positions with prominent Peoria institutions will be the featured speakers for Monday's 35th annual Martin Luther King march and service. You'll also hear how Illinois is now a year into cannabis conviction expungements. Some counties like Peoria wiped away those records way ahead of schedule, but others are still working through the process.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, January 14, 2021. Our top story is about how analysts say auto sales dipped by 15 percent last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's the indutry's worst showing since the 1980's. You'll also hear how interior designers and decorators are seeing more business due to all the video conferencing during the pandemic. You'll also get some helpful tips from these professionals, on how to best present your "Zoom room" on screen.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, January 11, 2021. Our top story is about how many Tri-County area public safety personnel are among the first wave of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. You'll also hear from Tazewell County Republican Chairman Jim Rule. The chairs of five different county Republican parties will meet later this month to appoint a replacement for former State Senator Bill Brady. The votes in the process will be weighted based on the amount of votes Bill Brady received in each county in the 2018 election.

Soulside Healing Arts

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Hannah Ramlo of Soulside Healing Arts joins Jenn Gordon to talk about wellness, mindfulness, and how the WellFest virtual festival can help you start the New Year with a holistic approach to your health.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, January 8, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois House Republicans will make another effort to tackle redistricting during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. You'll also hear from Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, who said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry. WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter spoke to Hoffman about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted travel and what she's expecting in 2021.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Our top story is about how collective trauma healing and Black mental health are among the presentation topics this weekend in a Peoria-based virtual wellness seminar hosted by Soulside Healing Arts. You'll also hear how despite Peoria City Council positions being non-partisan, histical context coupled with nuanced rhetoric can sometimes be a clear giveaway to a candidate's partisan allegiance.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Our top story is about how members of the Illinois House Republican caucus say they're open to discussing remote legislating this year, but bipartisan talks are ongoing. You'll also hear from Manual High School senior Amir Sykes. He is serving his second term on the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council. The SAC aims to provide students' perspectives and concerns about the state's education policies.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, January 4, 2021. Our top story is about how the April 6th consolidated election will include one contested race for a seat on the Peoria Public Schools Board of Education. You'll also hear about how an ultraviolet robot under development in Peoria could be an affordable and safe sanitization option for hospitals, offices, and other indoor spaces. Tim Shelley spoke with Suruz Miah - an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Bradley University - about his concept.

  

Corn Stock Theatre

On this week’s episode of Out & About Jenn Gordon talks to Megan Johnston, Anna Oxborrow, and Chris Peterlin from Corn Stock Theatre about "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”. It's a clever take on the holiday cinematic classic, where  the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Seven actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done by two Foley artists. The production will air on December 25 at 8pm as part of the WCBU Presents Series.

    
 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Our top story is about how wetland construction along the Mackinaw River makes a huge difference in restoring local water systems. But the conservation group working to make that happen faces issues with funding and getting landowners on board. You'll also hear from Peoria International Airport director Gene Olson. The pandemic has hit the travel industry hard in 2020.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Our top story is about how one West Bluff resident's generosity through COVID-19 is now coming around full circle. You'll also hear a follow up with Peoria High School senior Imani Abdul. She was one of the members of the Woodruff Career and Technical Center's culinary team. The team had won the ProStart state competition last March, but were denied a chance to attend the national competition due to the pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 21, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois eviction moratorium has been extended another month. But eventually, it will end. Tim Shelley spoke with Prairie State Legal Services attorney Katie Pinter about the onslaught of cases they're expecting when that happens. You'll also hear how tonight, Saturn and Jupiter will be close enough to each other that they can be perceived as one bright star.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

This week on Out and About, Maestro George Stelluto talks with Jenn Gordon about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s December Concert: A Season of Hope. The concert combines select musical offerings with inspirational messages from religious leaders in our community. A free performance will be broadcast on WTVP’s Create station 47.4 on Saturday, December 19 at 8PM.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 18, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion will retire next month after 26 years with the department and nearly three years as its leader.  You'll also hear how quarantining from COVID-19 has allowed more time to take up new hobbies like arts and crafts. You'll hear how that's been great for some area businesses.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, December 17, 2020. Our top story is about how holiday traditions look a bit different this year, but celebrations and traditions like Hanukkah are still continuing to happen in their own ways. You'll also hear from Jukebox Comedy Club owner Dan Conlin. The day the laughter dies could soon be here in Peoria, as Conlin warns this latest temporary closure could become permanent.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Our top story is about how some of the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers Tuesday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  You'll also hear from Peoria Journal Star sports reporter Dave Reynolds. He recently concluded a 38-year run with the Journal Star, covering Bradley men's basketball since 1990. He has also witnessed high school basketball championships and saw several future star athletes come through the area.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria City Council will vote to approve a consent decree with the U.S. EPA after 14 years of negotiations over the city's Combined Sewer Overflow problems.  You'll also hear from Dr. Samuel Sears, OSF HealthCare's director of Behavioral Health Physician Services. He talks about the toll of the pandemic on health workers, and how he's helping to manage the resulting stress and tension.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 14, 2020. Our top story is about how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Central Illinois very soon.  You'll also hear how it's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic. The culinary team at Woodruff Career and Technical Center took first place in the restaurant management category at the Illinois ProStart Invitational last March, just days before the governor's first stay-at-home order.

WCBU & WGLT

On this week’s episode of Out & About, Jenn Gordon talks with Scott Kanoff and Dan Matisa from the Bradley University Theatre Department. Daniel adapted Charles Dickens’ classic holiday novella into a radio play production, which is now available to listen to on-demand as part of the WCBU Presents performance series. Listen to A Christmas Carol A Radio Play

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 11, 2020. Our top story is about how a new cutting-edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois.  You'll also hear from Congressman Darin LaHood, who says getting a new coronavirus relief package passed remains his top priority this month, even if it means he has to stay in Washington, D.C. until it gets done.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, December 10, 2020. Our top story is about how the peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching, so you may want to take some time to look at the night sky on the night of December 13th or the early morning of the 14th.  You'll also hear from mayoral candidate and councilman, Jim Montelongo. After more than a decade on the Peoria City Council, Montelongo believes he is the best choice to follow Jim Ardis as the city's mayor.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Our top story is about how those experiencing homelessness are at a greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. You'll find out who's helping this vulnerable population here in Peoria - and how they're asking you to help. You'll also hear from Bradley University President Stephen Standifird. Bradley University's fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic was unlike any other in the school's history.

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