Read more about our new chief executive, Moss Bresnahan.
The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, announce today that Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan will join the teams at WILL and WTVP. He will serve as President and CEO of both entities starting in September 2014.
Bresnahan brings with him extensive experience in public media serving in senior leadership roles with a variety of licenses in small and major market stations across the country. He has also been active in a number of public media and community associations. Most recently he was President and CEO of KCTS-TV, which serves over 2.7 millions viewers in Western Washington and British Columbia. Bresnahan is no stranger to Illinois. “My first job in public media was in the Quad Cities!” he said.
The joint management agreement between WILL and WTVP began in the fall of 2013. A novel position, the cooperative executive leadership arrangement was designed to increase collaboration between the stations, benefiting the audiences and communities they serve. Under the leadership of current WTVP President and CEO Chet Tomczyk, who is scheduled to retire in August, this arrangement has been a success.
“We have two great stations here and the staff at each is so dedicated and has such a great legacy,” Bresnahan said. “With the changing media marketplace and the digital world I think we’re in a great position to work together to really meet the new demands of public service that go along with public broadcasting; to find the efficiencies and strategies that can make public broadcasting more sustainable and more vital in these communities.”
Joe Strupek, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, the governing body of WTVP added, “I’m excited about the possibilities. This isn’t about WTVP or WILL, it’s about central Illinois and providing educational and entertainment content and connectivity through public media and how we can take the next step to further connect with our audiences.”
“This was a complete unknown. We went into this not knowing what would or could happen. What has evolved is a tremendous partnership—between leadership, between the stations and the staffs. The next unknown was, would we be able to find someone who could take the idea we had and take it the next step? We are thankful to find in Moss the individual who will be able to do that, who can take that step.”
College of Media Dean Jan Slater said, “Moss has a lot of experience in public broadcasting from all avenues. More importantly he really gets public media and what the mission is. He’s seen it evolve and is committed to what it can be.”
“This partnership is groundbreaking. We’re not merging two stations. We’re keeping their strong local identity, but creating stronger public media through that," she said. "For a university licensee and a community licensee to be able to do the things we’ve done in a short amount of time has been more than we could have imagined. With this kind of momentum, we are thrilled about what the future holds."
9 pm Fri., Aug. 1: Emotional story of central Illinois sisters separated in childhood.
Ten Sisters — A True Story, produced by WILL-TV in 2007, tells the emotional life story of the 10 Waggoner sisters who grew up caring for one another in a two-room house wracked with parental discord and financial troubles. Following a 1942 court proceeding at the Coles County Courthouse, Illinois' state social services sent the girls to live in separate orphanages and foster and adoptive homes. The poignant film pairs their tragic early experiences with their recent efforts to restore their family ties and regain the closeness they shared 65 years ago. The narrative weaves dramatic reenactments of painful and light-hearted moments from the sisters' childhoods with interviews and old family photographs.
The program was runner-up in the WILL Fund Your Favorites viewer poll in the local production category. The category winner, Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, airs at 8 pm Friday, Aug. 1.
More information on Ten Sisters.
The Moth Radio Hour joins WILL-AM’s schedule this month at 10 am Tuesdays, as NPR’s Tell Me More goes out of production. The Moth Radio Hour features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Each show mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor.
The Moth was originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen). Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs such as StorySlam competitions that contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour.
“I love the feeling of The Moth,” says program producer Jay Allison. “You can feel the risk each storyteller takes, getting up before us to recount something spellbinding and real. It makes you recognize how rare it is to hear truly honest, vulnerable voices on the airwaves.”
To replace Tell Me More, we’ll be offering a different program each day at 10 am Monday through Friday, with some of our most popular weekend programs repeated to give you another chance to hear them.
In other changes, This American Life moves from 1 pm to noon Saturday; Travel with Rick Steves moves from noon Saturday to 6 pm Sunday.
Here's the rest of the 10 am weekdays schedule:
Mondays: On the Media
While maintaining the civility and fairness, On the Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency .
Wednesdays: Big Picture Science
Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. The show reveals science as an adventure.
Thursdays: TED Radio Hour
Hosted by Guy Raz , the program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme, and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.
Fridays: State of the Re:Union
Hosted by Al Letson, the program takes a journalistic, documentary-style approach, with each episode focusing on one city or region.
8 pm Thursdays on WILL-TV: Adventures of a socially challenged doctor in a Cornish village.
DOC MARTIN is a catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly). The series follows the celebrated London surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. After retraining as a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy village of Portwenn replacing their deceased local doctor. But his abrasive personality doesn’t exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.
7 pm Sunday on WILL-FM: Performing Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Beethoven: Variations, Op. 44 (André-Michel Schub, pno; Cho-Liang Lin, vln; Gary Hoffman, cello)
Schubert: Quartettsatz (Yoon Kwon, Lily Francis, violin; Beth Guterman, viola; Julie Albers, cello)
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major (Menahem Pressler, piano; Erin Keefe, violin; Beth Guterman, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello)
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2013 (SFE): (#14-10)
Arthur Benjamin: Oboe Concerto on Themes of Cimarosa. Robert Ingliss, oboe; Orion String Quartet; Kristen Bruya, bass
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. Benjamin Beilman and Lily Francis, violins; Teng Li and Carla Maria Rodrigues, violas; Ronald Thomas and Nicholas Canellakis, cellos
A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, courtesy of NPR.
Hey--who invited basil downy mildew to the pesto party? In this episode, Lisa Bralts consults local experts on the new-ish plant disease.
Host Roger Cooper presents the Allerton Music Barn Festival Jupiter Quartet-Plus! concert with Wuna Meng Piano and Bernhard Scully, horn.