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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.


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November 17th, 2019

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to a fly fishing expo at the Mayslake Peabody mansion. Reidar Hahn has served as the chief photographer at Fermilab for more than 30 years, he's retiring at the end of the year. Brian talked with Reidar about his lengthy career. The Lizzadro Museum opened in a new location this week in Oakbrook, Brian was there for the ribbon cutting and talked to Lizzadro family members about the new museum. In our look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Jon Norton talks with a musician performing as part of a centennial celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, Tim Gioe has a review of "The Nickle Boys" the new book from Colson Whitehead.

November 10th, 2019

This week at First Light, reporter Kevin Deiber introduces listeners to a local teacher, artist, and Hall of Famer. Truth be told, Paul Farris has been enshrined in two halls of fame. In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment First Light host Brian O'Keefe discovers that College of DuPage is 'up to SNOW good' for the holiday season. Then Brian takes listeners to the Oak Park River Forest Museum for a discussion about the new exhibit that celebrates the Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association's 30th anniversary. Illinois Public Radio's Charlie Schlenker looks at how some communities are boosting affordable housing to reduce segregation. Finally, on the eve of Veteran's Day, Wayne Messmer remembers 'The Greatest Generation.

November 3rd, 2019

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe visits with an animal ecologist at the Dupage Forest Preserve District to talk about coyotes. Dan Thompson doesn't think there has been an explosion in coyote populations, but he says they are becoming more bold. College of Dupage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto stops by for the monthly 'Night Sky' segment; Brian and Joe discuss the transit of Mercury. Palatine based author Cynthia Clampitt's new book continues her passion of the relationship between food and history, this time she looks at the role of pigs throughout time. Illinois Public Radio's Dusty Rhodes has the story of the controversial step one downstate school district has taken to save money. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal programs Bill Zeigler takes Brian to visit an egg laying mammal.

October 27th, 2019

This week at FIrst Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to an unusual store in North Aurora, Scott's Antiques and Curiosities is creepy and it's cooky. Meanwhile, Brian revisits the tour he took last year of Chicago's first municipal cemetery. In the periodic 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel give listeners some guidance on how to start composting. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Peter Medlin has the story of one of the country's best FFA clubs. Then in the 'One More Thing' segment WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of Richard Cohen's new book "The Last Pirate of New York."

October 20th, 2019

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to a new exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. 'Stay Tuned: Rock and Roll on TV' is the latest result of a partnership between MBC and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. First Light reporter Kevin Deiber has a different look at rock and roll, he visited with the man behind the planned Illinois Rock and Roll Museum in Joliet. A fire consumed the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Aurora this month, First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with Aurora Historical Society Executive Director John Jaros about the loss of the massive temple. In our look at stories around the state, we have a pair of Halloween inspired stories from our Illinois Public Radio partner stations. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment WDCB's Wayne Messmer reflects on the happiness of children.

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