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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.)

June 17th, 2018

This week, at First Light, June is PTSD Awareness month. Brian O'Keefe talks with NAMI-DuPage peer counselor Henry Tyler and College of DuPage Veterans Services Manager Jose Alfarez about the condition and what people can do to help those who are suffering. In the 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visit the manager of a local community garden program and find out that community gardens are helping communities. Brian visits a new store that stocks more than 100 varieties of beef jerky. In our look around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Dan Libman and Carl Nelson chronicle a week-long bike trip on the Rock River Trail. For Father's Day, WDCB's Wayne Messmer offers a 'One More Thing' commentary that remembers dad.

June 10th, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talks with a researcher from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum about efforts to better understand monarch butterflies and their annual migration. In the 'Doing Good' segment WDCB's Gary Zidek talks with Peggy McGuire about Project Help and the service it provides to help parents be better at parenting. Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell takes listeners to a performance by CLAW (Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling). This year marks the 125th anniversary of Vienna Beef, and First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited the company's 'pop-up' museum of company artifacts; and in the 'One More Thing' segment we'll take you to Brookfield Zoo to hear about a special summer exhibit.

June 3rd, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners out to Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport for a flight on a historic airplane. The TAT Ford Tri-Motor passenger plan was the star of this year's Cavalcade of Planes. College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler gave Brian a tour of the four honey bee hives he set up at the Glen Ellyn based community College. In the monthly look at the night sky Brian and COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto preview what you can expect to see in the sky after sunset this month, and they talk about exo-planets. Illinois Public Radio's Dan Klefstad has a conversation and 'Chicago Bound' with Chicago author Sandra Colbert; and in this week's 'One More Thing' segment WDCB's Tim Gioe reviews 'A Stranger In The Woods'

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