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Vol. 3, No. 2: February 2010


An Online Newsletter from WSIU Public Radio

WSIU Radio To Cover February Primaries WSIU 91.9 FM, WUSI 90.3 FM, and WVSI 88.9 FM, the public radio stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be providing local and state election night coverage on Tuesday, February 2. Primary election returns will begin airing at 8pm. WSIU will provide local updates

at the top and bottom of each hour, as well as live reports on state wide races from Illinois Public Radio. NPR will also provide coverage of state primaries on February 2. For more information about the upcoming election coverage, log on to

Tune in This Month to Morning Conversations Dr. Pamela Smoot on February 1, who will discuss Black History Month events and talk about the significance of this year’s celebrations. On February 2, host Jennifer Fuller recaps the political campaigns and talks about projections with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Executive Director David Yepsen and Political Scientist John Jackson. Dr. Pamela Smoot. Photo: Provided.


ebruary kicks off with a special Morning Conversation featuring

Throughout the month, Morning Conversations will be interviewing local lawmakers about the events occurring in Springfield and Washington. Also, February

is American Heart Month! Jennifer Fuller will again have reports focusing on heart health, including an interview with Prairie Heart Institute Cardiologist Dr. Caesar Coello, who will walk us through a cardiac catheterization. Morning Conversations is always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you! Please e-mail them to or log on to Tune in at 8:30am on Tuesdays and other weekdays, as scheduled, for weekly broadcasts.

Do You have a Really Big Question?


ver wanted to know how emotions shape our worldview? Or maybe even how we face our own mortality? These questions and more have inspired great works of art, literature, and philosophy, and they contribute to the overarching themes on the recent series of SoundVision Productions’ The Really Big Questions (TRBQ).

• Emotion: How Do Emotions Shape Our World? Sunday, February 7, 8pm

TRBQ considers the intersection of empirical science and the humanities and what that conversation can or cannot tell us about who we are and what we value. WSIU Radio will air the series this month as follows:

• Religion: Can Science Explain Why We Believe? Sunday, February 28, 8pm

newscaster, weekend host of All Things Considered, and frequent fill-in host on many NPR programs.

TRBQ is hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary who has been a Morning Edition

For more information about TRBQ, visit

• Consciousness: What is Consciousness? Sunday, February 14, 8pm • Death: How Do We Face Our Own Mortality? Sunday, February 21, 8pm

Photo: SoundVision Productions.

SIRIS New Employee Profiles Randy Hopper

Katrina Stackhouse



Photo: Rachel Snow.

eet Randy Hopper, a junior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business. Hopper began volunteering with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) during the fall semester of 2009. With the turn of the new year, Hopper was hired as one of the organization’s operations assistants.

As a student employee, Hopper finds SIRIS’s services to be a valuable resource for the region. “We are the only service in the southern region of Illinois that specifically provides radio programming for individuals with visual disabilities,” states Hopper. “Our main goal is to get the local news to those who can’t read it for themselves.” When Hopper is not working with SIRIS, you can find him contributing in one way or another to the world of music. He is a talented musician who plays the guitar and piano and enjoys writing music for both instruments.

Photo: Rachel Snow.

eet Katrina Stackhouse, a graduate student in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC. For the past six years, Stackhouse has worked faithfully with WSIU Public Broadcasting. At the beginning of the new year, she took on a new role within the public media arm as a volunteer reader and student employee with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS).

In her short time working with the organization, Stackhouse recognizes that SIRIS is a lifeline for many people. “Good communities are connected communities, and SIRIS helps the elder members of our region stay connected to what is happening in the places they live,” she states. “SIRIS’s listeners are the matriarchs and patriarchs of our communities; therefore, we should make sure these individuals have access to quality information and insightful entertainment.” In her free time, Stackhouse enjoys working as a freelance writer and graphic designer.

Learn how you can give back to your community as a SIRIS volunteer by calling (618) 453-2808 or clicking on the SIRIS tab at

Love is On the Air at WSIU Radio!


ake Valentine’s Day a little sweeter for family and friends while supporting WSIU Public Radio. Your gift in support of WSIU Public Radio will send a box of handmade, gourmet chocolates from The Chocolate Factory in Golconda, Illinois, to your special someone. Chocolates can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States on or before February 14, courtesy of Mail Boxes Etc. of Carbondale. WSIU Radio will include your personalized Valentine message on an attractive gift card along with your chocolates. Half-pound boxes of gourmet chocolates are available for a pledge of $45 or send a luscious full-pound box for $60. Also, choose the ultimate chocolate fantasy: a 2-lb box of gourmet goodies for your $100

donation. Regular or sugar-free confections are available in all sizes. Supplies are limited! So place your secure online order at or by phone at 1-800-745-9748. EXTENDED ORDER DEADLINE Orders must be received by 1:00PM on Wednesday, February 10 for Valentine’s Day delivery. Those received after that time may not arrive by February 14. IMPORTANT NOTES Contributors will receive an e-mail confirming their online gift to WSIU Radio. If the chocolates are meant to surprise an individual who has access to your email account, be sure to list an unshared email account, or print and delete your e-confirmation immediately!

In the spirit of surprising one’s Valentines, WSIU Radio will hold the SIU Foundation gift receipt intended for tax records until February 14. Note that the charitable contribution of one’s total pledge will be reduced by the fair market value of each box of chocolates ordered, which is shown below in parentheses. Regular Chocolates $100 pledge = 2 pound box ($26) $60 pledge = 1 pound box ($14) $45 pledge = 1/2 pound box ($9) Sugar-Free Chocolates $100 pledge = 2 pound box ($31) $60 pledge = 1 pound box ($17) 445 pledge = 1/2 pound box ($11) For more information about “Love is on the Air”, visit

Sat, 3pm • Sun, 6pm February 6 • New Releases Join host Bryan Kelso Crow for a roundup of new and recent releases from both sides of the Atlantic. February 13 • A Woman’s Heart 1994 saw the release of one of the bestselling CDs in Irish music history, “A Woman’s Heart,” featuring the title song by Eleanor McEvoy. Soon thereafter, “A Woman’s Heart 2” was released followed by “A Woman’s Heart: A Decade On” in 2003. This week’s program features highlights from all three albums, spotlighting some of the leading vocal and instrumental work by Irish and American women. February 20 • The Birds of the Air This week, we test the record library’s search engine to find songs that include bird names in their titles, like “The Lark in the Morning,” and “The Yellow Bittern.” Water birds and land-based birds are also invited. February 27 • Old Favorites Vocals and instrumentals from the past several decades rub shoulders with each other in this week’s mix of old favorites.

Thank You, Underwriters! Together, our members and underwriters make public radio possible! Please join us in thanking the underwriters who recently began or renewed their partnerships: Attitude Designs The Bank of Herrin Budslick Counseling & Psychotherapy Services The Chocolate Factory College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC Design Gallery

WSIU connects you and me to our local community. -Dylan Cook, Carbondale, Illinois

Much of the information in the news is determined by individuals outside of our community. There are only seven corporations that own the media. Public broadcasting is an independent media source that offers local programming you can’t find anywhere else. It also presents unbiased news that engages people and encourages them to think for themselves. WSIU has provided students with an outlet to obtain local information. It is another avenue for students to stay connected with their university and community and to remain informed of what is going on around them. As a former undergraduate student employee with SIRIS, I have witnessed how WSIU Public Broadcasting significantly contributes to the local community. My name is Dylan Cook, and WSIU is powered by me.

Kiwanis Club of Carbondale Mail Boxes Etc. Southern Illinois Hematology/Oncology Touch of Nature Environmental Center at SIUC Women for Health & Wellness, Inc. To see a complete list of WSIU underwriters and information about underwriting WSIU programming, visit us online at or call (618) 453-4286.

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