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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.)

May 20th, 2018

This week on First Light, Brian O'Keefe talks with jazz guitarist Fareed Haque about his decision to retire from teaching and what the future holds. In the 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visited Peck Farm Park and discuss community gardens. For five years Chicagoan Jim Bacor has installed mosaic art in potholes around the city, Brian visited the artist at his studio and saw one of the installations. In the 'One More Thing' segment researchers at Brookfield Zoo are taking part in a global project to guarantee the life and welfare of marine mammals in captivity.

May 13th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe was on board the first sight-seeing cruise of the season on the Fox River, Captain Rich Anderson's been running the tours for 32 years. WDCB News reporter Gary Zidek has the latest installment of the ongoing 'Doing Good' series. He talked with Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala and Director of Volunteer Engagement Shelly Schmitz. College of DuPage students read from the upcoming Prairie Light Review literary journal, Brian talked with PLR Advisor Trina Sotirakopolus. In honor of Mother's Day, WDCB's Wayne Messmeer has a classic tribute to mothers; and in the One More Thing segment book reviewer Tim Gioe tells you about Atul Gawande's book "Being Mortal."

May 6th, 2018

This week, at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with the founder of an improv theater based in downtown Wheaton, and talks with College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto about what you can see in the night sky during May. Workers at Cantigny are putting the finishing touches on renovation of the public gardens at the park; Horticulture Director Scott Witte took Brian on a tour of the redesigned gardens. Illinois Public Radio's Susan Stephens visited the biggest tree in Illinois, the massive cottonwood is being called the Bicentennial Tree. In the 'One More Thing' segment, Brian takes you behind the scenes at Brookfield Zoo to learn a little about a captive breeding program for a critically endangered frog species.

April 29th, 2018

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