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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 23rd, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe sits down with Naperville native Robert Fieseler about his book 'Tinderbox', it recounts a deadly arson fire in New Orleans gay community during the early 1970s. Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications has a new exhibit that looks at the intersection of music and politics, Brian walks listeners through more than 60 years of protest music. On a different musical front, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Executive Director Heather Ireland Robinson joins Brian to reflect on the past and look to the future. In the weekly look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford looks at how Illinois became the first state to pass the 19th amendment 100 years ago. In this week's 'One More Thing' Brian takes listeners to Brookfield Zoo to visit with some of the zoo's newest and youngest animals.
June 16th, 2019
This week at First Light, for Father's Day, host Brian O'Keefe visited with College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman to discuss grilling tips, tools, and techniques for dads. In his on-going series on roadside attractions in the region, Brian takes listeners to the Illinois Railway Museum. This spring, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry opened a wearable tech exhibit, Brian revisits 'Wired to Wear.' In the First Light look around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Breanna Grow has the story of a unique program for central Illinois High School students. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of The Library Book by author Susan Orlean.
June 9th, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe goes into the wood to learn more about local planning for 'The Great American Camp Out.' In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment, Brian visits the Downers Grove based Sharing Connection furniture bank. 'Doing Good' is made possible thanks to a partnership with Giving DuPage. University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian for the 'Farm to Table' segment with some advice for backyard gardeners. Illinois Public Radio's Lee Gaines has a story about the removal of book from a prison library in central Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler and Brian visit the zoo's 'Coast' building to see a new exhibit on the Great Lakes eco-system.
June 2nd, 2019
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talks with the author of a new biography of Southern Blues great Robert Johnson. Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow think they've written the definitive history of a life that has been shrouded in mystery and legend. In the monthly 'Night Sky' segment College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian for a discussion of NASA's accelerated plan to send people back to the moon. The College of DuPage Board of Trustees expects to formally hire Dr. Brian Caputo as the college's next president later this month. Dr. Caputo joined Brian to talk about his goals and priorities as COD's seventh president. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens takes listeners on a tour of art galleries in the Rock River Valley region. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Wayne Messmer offers a wake up call.
May 26th, 2019
This week at First Light, Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place for a number of Civil War soldiers. For Memorial Day, host Brian O'Keefe visited with author and historian Larry Broutman. Brian also takes listeners out to the Morton Arboretum to talk with the artist behind the Nature Connects exhibit of Lego sculptures. With spring, the DuPage Forest Preserve District's Willowbrook Wildlife Center is seeing a surge in injured and abandoned baby animals, Brian talks with naturalist Stephanie Touzalin for the 'Into The Woods' segment. Illinois Public Radio's Laura Kennedy has a discussion with a central Illinois native who is working on Broadway. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of Daniel Mason's historic novel 'Winter Soldier'.