Jon Norton

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 programming and playing jazz and blues music for listeners in Central Illinois.  John Lee Hooker and Oscar Peterson are among his favorite artists.

Norton is an ISU and Chicago Bulls Basketball fan, a Minnesota Twins baseball fan and treasures his time at home with his wife and son. 

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Like many bands, the Bloomington-based quintet Old Smoke used downtime during the pandemic to write and record a new album.

You never know what you’ll hear traveling Highway 309, but what you do hear ... will be good.

Peoria may not seem fertile ground for birthing a Flamenco band. But a side jam during the making of a compilation CD among area musicians grew into one of Peoria’s newest outfits.

WGLT's Highway 309 found its groove in this tumultuous year. And despite the pandemic, or in some cases because of it, the quality of music released in 2020 was again stellar.

The leader and front-woman for the Peoria-based rock outfit Tina Sparkle says she feels fortunate to be married to someone who understands a musician’s life, and that she could be the muse for many a song.

Ken Mayfield, right, National Association of Letter Carriers Oklahoma City Branch president, holds a sign during a news conference in front of a USPS post office Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The Postmaster General Tuesday said the planned changes to postal delivery service that have caused a national outrage won't take effect until next year. Illinois American Postal Union Workers President Bob Gunter said the reversal by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came from that public outcry.

Releasing a new album during the coronavirus pandemic has a silver lining for the bluesy Peoria roots-rock trio Hoosier Daddy.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the live music scene to a screeching halt.

One person died yesterday in a crash on Interstate-74 near Morton involving two semis and a passenger vehicle. 

What is Highway 309? It's the station that plays Aimee Mann, The Strokes, Mavis Staples, and Orville Peck. You never know what you're going to hear on Highway 309. But know that what you hear will be good.

It's not easy to recapture the magic of a family music group after touring exhaustion kills the joy and the chemistry. Kansas City native Danielle Nicole has done that by changing her scene.

Illinois State University men's basketball coach Dan Muller said Thursday he hopes the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a sports-betting ban won't affect how his coaching peers approach a game.

Despite a massive rebuilding effort that included three waves of Ameren Illinois workers, Puerto Rico is still experiencing setbacks to the restoration of electricity for homes and businesses.

A mountain of research—including a stunning new study on the brains of deceased NFL players—is changing the way that the Illinois State football team is practicing this summer.

Two months ago, NPR's Morning Edition challenged listeners to reinvent its theme music. Submissions since have spanned genres, including ambient, dubstep, reggae, waltz, jazz, and blues. Illinois State University School of Music Professor Mark Grizzard recently took up the challenge.  

Grizzard said he's "an NPR addict" who listens to Morning Edition on his commute from his home in Peoria to his teaching position at ISU, and his Doctoral studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  With choral as his specialty, a choral arrangement of the Morning Edition theme was an obvious choice.

When Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, 17 year old Bloomington High School junior Bridget Lantz was thrilled for her father Doug, a huge fan of the band since he was a teen. For this edition of “What’s On Your Turntable,” Doug pulled out a mitt full of Cheap Trick albums from his collection to play for Bridget. The two spent the better part of an hour swapping stories about the band and interpreting song lyrics.