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.
July 21st, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with Wheaton native Justin Burau as he prepares to take part in the DuPage County Fair rodeo, and he's never performed in a rodeo before. Brian visit with a local yoga instructor in Elgin; Danielle Kerr teaches 'Goat Yoga' at her farm. University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian for the periodic 'Farm to Table' segment. For this installment Richard and Brian discuss maintaining your home landscape during the heat of the summer. Illinois Public Radio's Charlie Schlenker takes listeners to an antique snow mobile museum in central Illinois. Finally, WDCB's Wayne Messmer offers one of his 'Messmerizing Moments' for this week's 'One More Thing' segment.
July 14th, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talks with DuPage Forest Preserve naturalist Stephanie Touzalin about butterflies and what you can do to attract them to your yard. The Elmhurst History Museum continues to celebrate the region's small amusement parks with its 'Worlds of Wonder' exhibit. In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment, Brian visits with the Executive Director of the Community Career Center in Naperville. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey looks at the trend toward smaller prison populations in Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Brian visited the albino alligator named Snowflake at Brookfield Zoo.
July 7th, 2019
This week at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian O'Keefe for their monthly 'Night Sky' segment. This time Brian and Joe spend some time reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and COD's plan to celebrate the accomplishment. This week's show also takes listeners to Adler Planetarium's 'Imagine The Moon' exhibit, Brian talked with astronomer Mark Hammergren about the exhibit and planetarium show. Brian continues his series on the region's roadside attractions, this Illinois Adventure is a visit to what could be the state's first roadside attraction. Illinois Public Radio's Madelyn Beck has a story on the plan to develop a river port in the southernmost Illinois city. This week's 'One More Thing' segment has a review of Anne Youngson's novel 'Meet Me at the Museum' from WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe.
June 30th, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to an airshow where none of the pilots left the ground; then in the 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visit a regional 'idea garden.' This week saw the home video release of 'The Public' Brian visited with the Executive Director of Aurora's Hessed House. Ryan Dowd served as a consultant to the feature film. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Mary Cullen has the story of a comprehensive addiction record in central Illinois. Finally, in this week's 'One More Thing' segment Wayne Messmer celebrates the rolling suit case.
June 23rd, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe sits down with Naperville native Robert Fieseler about his book 'Tinderbox', it recounts a deadly arson fire in New Orleans gay community during the early 1970s. Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications has a new exhibit that looks at the intersection of music and politics, Brian walks listeners through more than 60 years of protest music. On a different musical front, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Executive Director Heather Ireland Robinson joins Brian to reflect on the past and look to the future. In the weekly look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford looks at how Illinois became the first state to pass the 19th amendment 100 years ago. In this week's 'One More Thing' Brian takes listeners to Brookfield Zoo to visit with some of the zoo's newest and youngest animals.