Front and CenterCMA Songwriters Series: Darius Rucker | Friday, 9 p.m.
Multiple Grammy and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker performs songs from his recently released #1 studio album Southern Style for the CMA Songwriters Series at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. The Grand Ole Opry inductee is joined by songwriters Casey Beathard, Nathan Chapman, Chris Dubois, Ashley Gorley, Tim James, Charles Kelley, Clay Mills, Frank Rogers and Rivers Rutherford. Collectively they are responsible for some of Rucker’s biggest hits including “Alright,” “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” and his current lead single “Homegrown Honey,” which he performs with co-writers Chapman, and label mate Kelley of Lady Antebellum.
America From the Ground UpWar of 1812 | Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
The series concludes with an investigation of the War of 1812 via shipwrecks and forts along America's northern frontier.
Mary Tyler Moore: A CelebrationWednesday | 9 p.m.
View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her — and millions of others — as TV’s first independent career woman.
Variety Studios: Actors on ActorsSaturday | 9 p.m.
The Season 3 premiere features Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen; Will Smith with Benicio Del Toro; Brie Larson with Joel Edgerton; and Samuel L. Jackson with Michael Keaton.
EIU 360Monday, Feb. 1 | 12:30 p.m.
Great things are happening every day in the Eastern Illinois University community, from the academic and social happenings on campus to the noteworthy accomplishments of alumni in every corner the world. EIU 360, the university's online magazine, captures it all -- to tell the stories of Eastern's impact near and far.
Celebrating 30 Years!July 1, 2015, through July 1, 2016
WEIU is celebrating its 30th anniversary on air for radio and television broadcast!
WEIU broadcast radio 88.9 was introduced on July 1, 1985 and WEIU-TV began broadcast operations on UHF 51 on July 1, 1986, as a non-commercial, educational television station licensed to the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome live, to the campus of Eastern Illinois University." With that introduction, Daniel Thornburgh, then the director of University Relations, christened WEIU-TV during its live on-air dedication on July 1, 1986.
Join us in celebrating 30 remarkable years of serving the University and our surrounding communities! Thank you for supporting WEIU as your public broadcasting station!
Pioneers in AviationThursday | 9 p.m.
"The Early Years" details the birth of American aviation-from the Wright Brothers' earliest flights, through the turbulent era of the 1920s. "The Early Years" documents the captains of the Aviation Industry as young men as they design and construct planes for America's effort in World War I, begin flying the mail in the 1920s, and develop the first passenger airlines. Episode I concludes with the dramatic head-to-head rivalry between the Boeing 247 and the Douglas DC-3 for command of the newly born commercial aviation industry. Highlights include: Footage of the Wright Brothers' famous 1908 demonstration for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Myer, Virginia. Newly recovered footage of the Boeing workshops and factories (circa 1917-1918), as they build aircraft for America's effort in World War I. Newsreel footage of the 1924 U.S. Army Aviation Service "Around-the-World-Flight" in four Douglas World Cruisers. Donald Douglas's moving reminiscence his experience-at the age of 16-as he witnessed Orville Wright's demonstration of the first Wright airplane.
Fringe BenefitsLouisville | Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
The Season 1 finale spotlights the Louisville region. Included: an arboretum and forest preserve; Bardstown, the center of bourbon distilling; and, in nearby Indiana, Squire Boone Caverns. Also: the history of the Kentucky Derby.
Austin City LimitsLeon Bridges/Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Friday, 8 p.m.
Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Fort Worth native Bridges channels an earlier era with songs from his debut LP Coming Home. Denver shouter/songwriter Rateliff centers on the self-titled debut with his band the Night Sweats.
Stinging Dust and Forgotten LivesThe Dust Bowl | Wednesday, 8 p.m.
A look at the 1930s-era Dust Bowl, when a drought coupled with farming practices turned into an ecological -- and human -- disaster.
The Mind of a ChefNew Orleans | Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
When your first restaurant job is Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, you are inevitably destined for great things. As a high school student in New Orleans, David’s eyes were opened by the glamorous Crescent City institution; a long career in cuisine followed. In this episode, he returns to his old stomping grounds at Commander’s Palace, eats with some old friends, explores classic comfort foods and cooks an oyster po-boy with an old friend.
Bill Hill - Charleston, IL
"Education has been my life. Learning has been my life ... and it’s so important that we have the educational programs offered by WEIU. The opportunities (for students) to get hands on experience is immeasurable."
WEIU membership is important to Bill, and you can also be a proud member! Also, send us a message and let us know what WEIU means to you!
Jessie Meyer - Wood Dale, IL
"My organization is a music service fraternity, so of course we want to support music. That organization, Kappa Kappa Psi, holds a membership here with Hit-Mix."
WEIU membership is important to Jessie, and you can also be a proud member! Also, send us a message and let us know what WEIU means to you!
Rob Calhoun - Radio Production Supervisor
When Did You Start at WEIU? September 2004 (part-time); October 2006 (full-time)
What Does WEIU Mean to You? WEIU is unique because it offers a variety of things that are different from other stations. We have great local programming that features people in our community. I think community involvement is very important. Our commitment to the local programming is vital to our continued success.
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: EIU Panther sports broadcasts. Is it wrong to say that since I am on the EIU women's basketball broadcasts? I also enjoy News Watch.
What have you learned while working at WEIU? That we have some of the greatest and hardest working students around. Their dedication to the station astounds me every day I come to work. They are very passionate about what they do and it shows in their work.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? It is very important to support your local station. With state and federal funding being cut, it becomes more difficult to provide programming. With the help of our members, we can continue to grow and give them great, family-friendly choices.
Is WEIU as important to you as it is to Rob? Become a member today! Also, send us a message and let us know what WEIU means to you!
We love to hear from you!
I support WEIU because I know that at any time, day or night we can tune in and we can count on good, quality entertainment and good wholesome programming made available to us. WEIU is what I consider to be a family friendly television station because I know that if my children or grandchildren are visiting and they enter the room where I'm watching TV, I don't have to worry about anything inappropriate being on my TV screen. I know that I can trust WEIU and I love that!
-- Sam, Ashmore
Is WEIU as important to you as it is to Sam? Become a member today! Also, send us a message and let us know what WEIU means to you!
Clark Fairley - Coles County Fair
Clark Fairley recounts the history of the Coles County Fair.
Clark would love for you to tune in to Effingham: This is Our Story on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!
Richard Hummel - Paul Sargent
Richard Hummel tells us about Coles County painter Paul Sargent.
Richard would love for you to tune in to Effingham: This is Our Story on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. We hope you'll join us!