165 Miles for USO of IllinoisHit-Mix alumnus and Iraq veteran doing WEIU proud!
Hit-Mix 88.9 is proud to call Brian Andries one of its own, especially in light of his most recent philanthropic efforts! Andries walked 165 miles from Oswego to Charleston in an effort to raise money for USO of Illinois.
Brian was recently featured in Eastern Illinois University's EIU360 online magazine, and the story includes an on-air interview with our own Rob Calhoun! Make sure you check it out!
Nature & Science ProgrammingEvery Tuesday Night!
For the viewer who always needs to know more about the world around us, we bring you Nature and NOVA each Tuesday evening.
Tuesday, May 28
Nature: Great Zebra Exodus, 8 p.m. - When thunderclouds begin to gather over Botswana's Kalahari each year, 20 000 zebras begin an ancient journey, as southern Africa's biggest animal migration gets underway. In a never-ending quest for grass and water, the striped herds make their epic trek across the vast otherworldly landscape of the Kalahari's Makgadikgadi Pans, through prides of lions, and past families of meerkats, taking on the desert salt pans in their own way.
The story of this spectacular annual migration is told through the eyes of zebra stallions, their mares, and their young, revealing the trials and triumphs and the fascinating social bonds that hold zebra families together.
NOVA: Decoding Neanderthals, 9 p.m. - Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans --people physically identical to us today -- left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundred of thousands of years.
So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did we make love or war? That question has tantalized generations of scholars and seized the popular imagination. Then, in 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome -- an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago -- but their analysis showed that "we" modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today.
My WEIU Story - Zach Nugent
My name is Zach Nugent and I co-anchor Black Hills FOX News at 9 weeknights in Rapid City, South Dakota. I first became interested in journalism as a freshman at Eastern Illinois University. An academic adviser encouraged me to take a news writing class as an elective, and I fell in love with the field of journalism.
Shortly into my freshman year, I began volunteering at WEIU and continued for nearly five years as I completed my undergraduate and graduate coursework. I can honestly say I learned more from the hands-on experience I received at WEIU than in any single class I took. Starting behind the cameras, I had a chance to work from the bottom up and get a true feel for every position in a working newsroom. From operating a camera and teleprompter, to live reporting and anchoring, WEIU gave me the opportunity to explore and find my niche.
Upon graduating, I applied to stations across the country and pursued an opportunity as a weekend anchor and producer/weekday reporter in South Dakota, and within 18 months I was promoted to weeknight co-anchor. Everyday I still think of the lessons and values I learned through my time at WEIU. Whether out in the field reporting, behind the desk anchoring or picking up any odd production jobs around my current station, I am able to do it with the confidence and drive that was instilled in my by the staff at WEIU.
We've got graduation covered!Spring 2013 Commencement on WEIU
In case you couldn't attend EIU's spring commencement ceremonies and missed our live stream of the events, DVD copies are available in our online store to help you preserve these once-in-a-lifetime memories forever!
Masterpiece Classic!: Mr. SelfridgePart 8 (Series Finale) | Monday, 8 p.m.
Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton comes to the store. An even greater celebrity plans a visit, and Harry and Rose attend a shocking play.
About the Series
Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the new eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "Bleak House"). Also starring are Frances O’Connor ("Madame Bovary"), Aisling Loftus ("Page Eight"), Zoe Tapper ("Zen"), Amanda Abbington ("Case Histories"), and Samuel West ("Any Human Heart"). Who knew shopping could be like this!
Sandy Roberts - Champaign, IL
"I love the fact that on Saturday nights from 8 p.m. til midnight you have movies!"
WEIU membership is important to Sandy, and you can also be a proud member!
Beth Ridgeway - Charleston, IL
"If we don’t support PBS it will go away and it won’t be there for our children or grandchildren and they won’t have the opportunity to learn the things that we did…and we can’t have that!"
WEIU membership is important to Beth, and you can also be a proud member!
Andrea McKenna - Program Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? June 2012
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: Masterpiece Classic, such as Downton Abbey, Birdsong and Mr. Selfridge and Masterpiece Mystery such as Sherlock, Inspector Lewis and Wallender. The best of British television drama comes right to your TV without commercial interruption! What's not to like?
What have you learned while working at WEIU? Coming from a very different market in Texas, I've had to quickly learn about the community that WEIU serves, and I've become very fond of it. As I've gotten to know the staff at WEIU, I've learned how dedicated they are to bringing the kind of quality television that has relevance to the community, but still entertains and stimulates viewers — no easy feat in the age of 200 channels.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? The question should be "Why wouldn't someone become a member of WEIU?" If you've ever enjoyed the wide range of programming WEIU provides; if your children or grandchildren have ever learned about letters or numbers or even social skills from the 11.5 hours of stimulating, non-violent and educational kids' programming WEIU provides each day; if you've been able to experience an opera or a Shakespearean play or a rock concert or a Broadway show that you wouldn't otherwise have had access to; if you've learned to knit or do woodworking or to cook by watching WEIU's programming, then why shouldn't you be a member of WEIU?
Is WEIU as important to you as it is to Andrea? Become a member today!