Program Host(s): Brian O'Keefe
First Light tells stories from across the Chicago area…Illinois and occasionally neighboring states. The goal is to spotlight the countless interesting people, places, events and more as a way to help listeners start their Sunday morning. ‘First Light’ continues WDCB’s goal of telling stories that might otherwise go untold, and it will also reimagine some of the community-focused elements of our news magazine programs that listeners have enjoyed over the years. The show continues a more than 25 year partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, DuPage Forest Preserve District and will expand those relationships to include a number of other groups and organizations across the Chicago metro area. ‘First Light’ airs Sunday morning from 7:00-8:00 (the full program will also be posted to the station’s website each week), and leads into our popular arts and culture magazine ‘The Arts Section.’ WDCB’s Brian O’Keefe will host the show and serves as Executive Producer and he welcomes your suggestions for stories, email ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 15th, 2019
This week at FIrst Light, Brian O'Keefe visited a new virtual reality gaming arcade in Wheaton, Arcade V gives gamers a way to get in the game. College of DuPage celebrates Constitution Day this coming week, Brian talked with one of the organizers of the event. Palatine author Cynthia Clampitt has now written two books that explore the link between food and history. Brian talked with Cynthia about 'Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs'. Illinois Public Radio's Jim Meadows has the story of how volunteer groups around the state are breathing new life in to historic movie palaces. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe reviews the latest novel from Kate Atkinson.
September 8th, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe visited the Elmhurst History Museum to get an early look at a new exhibit. 'The Power of Children' looks at the lives of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White and the impact they had on society. In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment Brian talks with Giving DuPage Executive Director Shefali Trevedi about the series of big events the agency has planned for the fall. Later today, the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will host 'Frida-fest' to promote next year's Frida Kahlo exhibit. Diana Martinez wants everyone in the area to be as excited as she is for the international exhibit. In the look at stories from around the state Illinois Public Radio's Ryan Denham talks with Kathleen O'Gorman about her recent visits to Border Patrol Detention centers. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB's Wayne Messmer remembers what was definitely not a typical day.
September 1st, 2019
This week at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins host Brian O'Keefe for the 'Night Sky' segment. This month's discussion includes a look at NASA's plan to send a next generation rover to Mars. First Light reporter Kevin Deiber has the story of a college football hero from the 1940s who still inspires athletes at North Central College. With summer coming to a close, Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visit a local nursery to talk about THE fall flower. In the weekly look around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Chase Cavanaugh looks at the arrival of sports betting in the state. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler took Brian to visit the zoo's animal hospital.