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First Light

Sunday, 7 to 8 a.m.


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 okeefe@cod.edu.

This program is available for sponsorship! (Contact Ron Horan for more details.)

November 18th, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talked with people involved in Chicago's youth empowerment program West Town Bikes during the organization's fund raising event. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Brian and DuPage Forest Preserve ranger David Sima went looking for a flock of wild turkeys. College of DuPage Floral Design instructor Denise Walden gives listeners some tips on making a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table. Illinois Public Radio's Connie Kuntz went along on a Rockford University bird banding project. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo's Andre Copeland took Brian to meet Georgette, the zoo's turkey vulture.

November 11th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to Operation Support Our Troops office and warehouse in Lisle. The organization is working to reduce homelessness among veterans and provides care packages to active duty military. In the 'Doing Good' segment, a spotlight on the REACH food pantry that serves more than 200 families each month. The Aurora Historical Society drafted a long time symbol of civic pride to celebrate veterans; Andy Aurora traded a signature look for camouflaged fatigues. Fermi Lab created a program to help veterans get their start in science and technology careers. Brian talked with a couple veterans involved in Fermi's 'Vet-Tech Internship' program. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Wayne Messmer encourages listeners to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who've served in the military over the years.

November 4th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to an annual celebration of coffee, Coffee-Con was held recently in Warrenville. College of DuPage celebrates Veteran's Day each with a community wide read-in, organizer Bob Hazard discussed the event and its history. It's the first Sunday of the month, so College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian for a discussion of space news and what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky this month. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Charlie Schlenker created an audio montage of a vigil to mourn and remember the people killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe tells us about Adam Federman's biography of food writer Patience Gray.

October 28th, 2018

This week at First Light, it's the Halloween show. Host Brian O'Keefe took a walking tour of Chicago's first municipal cemetery. A Northwestern University professor says even though its now the popular Lincoln Park, there are probably still thousands of bodies buried there. In the periodic 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visit a farm stand that is part of many family's Halloween tradition. What's Halloween without some treats, Brian visited an old fashioned candy store in Naperville. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Laura Kennedy talks to Eric Vogel. The central Illinois man is a self-styled ghost hunter. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Brookfield Zoo's Andre Copeland tells listeners about Fluffy, a giant tarantula sometimes referred to as a Bird Eating Spider.

October 21st, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe visited with the man who created a program to help people with disabilities climb the world's tallest trees, now Tree-Hab could be coming to the Fox Valley. College of DuPage hosts its annual Native American Symposium in the coming days, organizer John Paris says the event is designed to give native populations a way to tell their own story. Brian also visited with Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald as the environmental group kicks off a campaign to raise awareness for the need to improve water and stream quality on the Fox River. In the 'stories from around the state' segment, Illinois Public Radio's Jaclyn Driscoll takes listeners to meet a man who has been working the soil in Illinois for more than 70 years. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB's Wayne Messmer celebrates communities and individuals that overcome adversity.

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