On Deck

Podcast, 5:44 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. Weekdays

On Deck is a daily news podcast produced by the WCBU Peoria Public Radio newsroom and hosted by Daniel Musisi. New episodes are available every weekday by 7 a.m.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 9, 2021. Our top story is about how local wineries are hoping to bounce back after a difficult year.  You'll also hear how live event and performance spaces are beginning to make a big comeback after being closed due to the pandemic. 

  


 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 8, 2021. Our top story is about how it will take at least another two weeks to determine who will be Peoria's next mayor.  You'll also hear from Mayor Jim Ardis. For the first time in 22 years, he won't be a part of Peoria city government.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria mayoral race is still too close to call. Tim Shelley tells us where we're at in the process, and what needs to happen to determine the winner. You'll also hear how lawmakers want to change how people get insurance company approval before medical treatment. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Our top story is about how the Housing Authority of Champaign County's newest affordable housing complex is in Henry, a river town about an hour due north of Peoria. You'll also hear how Dr. Harold Kasimow was just 3 years old when the Germans took control of his Polish village. Now 83, he's telling his Holocaust survival story in Peoria.

  


 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 5, 2021. Our top story is about how four Bradley seniors have launched the "Bring the Beat" program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Center. You'll also hear how small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 2, 2021. Our top story is about how a network of volunteers keep watchful eyes on water quality in streams and rivers across Illinois, and you'll soon have a chance to join them. You'll also hear how on Tuesday, voters in Washington will make city history in choosing their mayor for the next four years. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 1, 2021. Our top story is about how Representative Darin LaHood says the COVID-19 vaccine offers the best path back to normalcy. You'll also hear how Democratic lawmakers serving Peoria at both the state and federal levels are putting their support behind a variety of LGBTQ bills. Community members are sharing what those bills would mean to them. WCBU's Christine Hatfield has more on a virtual town hall to highlight the continuing fight for LGBTQ rights.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Our top story is about how several Peoria City Council candidates say the most important quality they want in the city's next police chief is effective communication. And as we end Women's History Month, our Kristin McHugh speaks with Barbra Kerns - a Lydia Moss Bradley scholar and Bradley University's executive director of Learning Design and Technology - about the school's founding and Mrs. Bradley's life and legacy.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Our top story is about how a new air conditioning system at one Peoria County high school hinges on whether voters are willing to accept a property tax increase. You'll also hear from Bradley University professor Brad Andersch, who is researching ways to combat drug-resistant bacteria. He's also a Pew Charitable Trusts "Superbugs" ambassador. 

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 29, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria City/County Health Department is receiving its first batch of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses this week, and how they'll be deployed. You'll also hear how as a member of the National Association of Counties Broadband Task Force; Tazewell County Board Chairman David Zimmerman is in a position to know about the so-called digital divide - the term used to describe the lack of high-speed internet in rural America. He talks to WCBU's Steve Tarter.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 26, 2021. Our top story is about how with Peoria Stadium in need of major repairs, a multi-million-dollar effort is underway to modernize and revitalize the historic venue. And with a local election around the corner, you'll also hear how Peorians can rest assured that registering to vote and casting a ballot is easy because of Illinois' election laws. But at least one major barrier still exists for some residents with studies showing a correlation between financial security and voter participation.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 25, 2021. Our top story is about how the Pekin and Hollis school districts are touting Central Illinois' first electric buses. You'll also hear how Election Day is less than two weeks away and Peorians will soon be selecting their first new mayor in 16 years, and the two candidates vying for the office have different views on the biggest issues facing the city. 

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Our top story is about how uncertainty over the ongoing redistricting process was a main topic at a Senate hearing focusing on West Central Illinois needs over the next ten years. You'll also hear how hate crimes directed towards Asian Americans have spiked sharply over the past year, as politicians and others speak of the COVID-19 pandemic using derogatory and often racist language.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Our top story is about how last Friday was Match Day for fourth-year medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. Tim Shelley tells us how one student navigated this past year amidst the pandemic. You'll also hear how an Illinois state representative wants to ban violent video games. He says they contribute to increased carjacking in Chicago. 

  


 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 22, 2021. Our top story is about how a recently formed non-profit organization wants to bring youth baseball to Peoria's neighborhoods. You'll also hear how with work on the Interstate 74 Murray Baker Bridge complete, the Illinois Department of Transportation is focusing its attention on a new span three miles northeast. 

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 19, 2021. Our top story is about how the Bradley women's basketball team is just a few days away from making school history when they take the court in an NCAA Tournament game for the first time ever. You'll also hear from business owner and three-term council member Jim Montelongo, who is running against fellow council member Rita Ali to be Peoria's next mayor.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 18, 2021. Our top story is about how Bradley University is returning to a more traditional, in-person education this fall as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available. WCBU's Tim Shelley spoke with University President Stephen Standifird about the Hilltop's transition back to normalcy. You'll also hear from at-large council member Rita Ali, who is running against fellow council member Jim Montelongo to be Peoria's next mayor.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Our top story is about how Bradley University President Stephen Standifird has fulfilled one of his promises made to the Bradley community - to improve diversity and inclusion in the wake of the George Floyd protests. You'll also hear how WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter recently spoke to Michael Freilinger, CEO of the Downtown Development Corporation, about expected residential growth and housing trends in the downtown and Warehouse District areas.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Our top story is about how Tri-County local governments will receive 140 million dollars in aid from the American Rescue Plan signed into law by the president last week. Tim Shelley breaks down how some of that money may be used.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 15, 2021. Our top story is about how a young teen from Monmouth recently won one of three U.S. Cellular Future of Good awards given to teens doing extraordinary things this year. Over the past year, David Simmons has been creating face shields for his community using his 3D printer, and his efforts have earned him a $10,000 prize. You'll also hear how the Reverend C.T.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 12, 2021. Our top story is about how Peoria area healthcare professionals say the COVID-19 pandemic led to the expansion of telehealth services in the past year, and those options are expected to keep growing after it ends. You'll also hear how a year ago, in-person church services came to an abrupt halt, and they all moved online. As churches look to transition back to in-person worship, Charlie Schlenker reports on the hopes and worries faith communities have about what that looks like.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 11, 2021. Our top story is about how Tazewell County is honoring its Underground Railroad conductors with new grave markers. You'll also hear from double-lung transplant recipient, Mayra Ramirez. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic the 28-year-old contracted the virus and ended up in the ICU. The virus severely damaged her lungs and her doctors concluded she would not survive the virus, unless she got a double lung transplant. In June, Mayra became the first U.S.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Our top story is about how Saint Patrick's Day is a week away and although Peoria's March parade is canceled this year, Irish pubs are still planning celebrations. You'll also hear how rape crisis centers are facing many hardships during the pandemic. 

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Our top story is about how one Peoria High School graduate is on his way to the NFL draft. You'll also hear how the East Bluff Community Center is growing. WCBU's Tim Shelley recently sat down with the EBCC's new executive director Kari Jones to talk about their new push towards more youth engagement and outreach in the neighborhood.

  



 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 8, 2021. Our top story is about how it's college application season and COVID-19 is having an impact. WCBU student reporter Olivia Streeter checked into enrollment processes with three local higher learning institutions. You'll also hear how two of the 19th Century's most important intellectuals crossed paths in Peoria in 1870.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 5, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois business leaders say inequity harms the early educational development of Black and brown children, and that ultimately impacts the workforce's readiness later on. You'll also hear about a Peoria native who is chasing after his dreams on this season of NBC's The Voice.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 4, 2021. Our top story is about how with some central Illinois student athletes facing a stretch of double duty, many programs are striving not to spread the players too thin. You'll also hear how Melodi Green is a Peoria native who worked hard to make her dreams of becoming an attorney come true. Now she's the first Black woman to head the Juvenile Division of the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois is still struggling with a teacher shortage. And some superintendents say it could be years before the crisis is over. That's according to a new study. You'll also hear about Middle America. It's the new series premiering on WCBU this Friday. It features protagonist Wendell Bauer, who guides you through unique central Illinois and personal stories, all interwoven with local music. You'll hear from show creator and producer Jared Grabb.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Our top story is about how after weeks of brutal cold in central Illinois, spring weather started arriving over the last few days. WCBU correspondent Tory Dahlhoff brings us the thoughts of residents as they emerge from isolation to soak up some much-needed sun. You'll also hear how the Sankoty Lakes Resort is set to open soon in Spring Bay. For the tiny Woodford County river town, it may serve as an anchor for more good things to come.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 1, 2021. Our top story is about how the Chillicothe Library's NEA Big Read starts tomorrow. WCBU's Tim Shelley talks with librarian Catherine Barnett about what they hope people take away from the book "Lab Girl."  You'll also hear how former U.S. Attorney John Milhiser left his job last week as part of the Biden transition. Milhiser's central district of Illinois covers 46 counties including the Tri-County Area.

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