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 email@example.com.
August 4th, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with Ed Dickens. Dickens was at the controls of the 'Big Boy' steam locomotive when it came through the region recently; Dickens was also involved in the ground up restoration of the biggest steam locomotive ever built. In this month's 'Doing Good' segment, Brian visits the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association offices to learn a little more about the agency and the volunteer opportunities it offers. College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian for the 'Night Sky' segment, each month they discuss space news and let backyard astronomers know what they can see in the coming weeks. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Willis Kern has a story about harmonica therapy. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler introduces listeners to a new animal at the zoo.
July 28th, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with author Claire Hartfield about her book 'A Few Red Drops.' The book recounts the deadly 1919 race riot in Chicago that left nearly 40 people dead. Brian also takes listeners out to the Morton Arboretum for a discussion of the 'lego art' display. WDCB News volunteer Kevin Deiber goes looking for treasure at the Kane County Flea Market. Illinois Public Radio's Sam Dunklau talks with the authors of a new book about the state's first state capital and how it has become a virtual ghost town. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, Tim Gioe has a review of Samantha Harvey's novel 'The Western Wind.'