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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.)

August 12th, 2018

This week, at First Light host Brian O'Keefe talks with the curator of a new exhibit at the DuPage Historical Museum. Zachery Bishop brought together the 'DuPage Architects' exhibit that opened this week. Brian revisits a story about a larger than life exhibit at the Morton Arboretum. Ronald McDonald House Charities Vice President of Programs and Services Lisa Mitchell gives listeners a look inside one of the Chicago area's newest Ronald McDonald Houses. In the 'Look Around the State' Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens visits Dixon and former President Ronald Reagan's boyhood home. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler takes listeners to Tropic World

August 5th, 2018

This week at First Light host Brian O'Keefe and College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto talk about recent discoveries about Mars as the red planet puts on a brilliant display in the night sky. Brian takes listeners to a special pop-up exhibit to celebrate 125 years of Vienna Beef. In the 'Farm to Table' segment, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian visit the Doty Nursery in Elburn. Illinois Public Radio's Jason Parrot has the story of a historic barn in Eastern Iowa; the Galloway Barn was destroyed in recent severe weather. Finally, WDCB Community Volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of the 2017 novel "Exit West" for the 'One More Thing' segment.

July 29th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe visited with the new Director of Nursing at College of DuPage. Dr. Debra Gurney looks forward to building on the program's success. The show also remembers Val's Halla Records owner Val Camilletti, she died this week. Brian talked with Val earlier this year in advance of Record Store Day. The Chicago area is home to two unusual stores, we'll take you out to American Science and Surplus, the store that specializes in the odd and unexpected. In this week's look around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford remembers the Great Flood of 1993. We wrap up this week's show with a commentary from Wayne Messmer in the One More Thing segment.

July 22nd, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes you out to the ballgame...a vintage ballgame. Five vintage baseball teams played in the 5th annual Red Oak Vintage Baseball Festival at Cantigny. The DuPage Forest Preserve District's Stephanie Touzalin talks about the insect behind a signature sound of the summer. Brian visited with McKinley Park community organizer Dayna Calderon and took a walk through the neighborhood's namesake park. Illinois Public Radio's Bryan Bloodworth has the story of the growth of what was once a fringe sport in the state; and in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo's Bill Zeigler takes listeners to visit with the zoo's tiger.

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