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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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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.

October 13th, 2019

This week at First Light, Wheaton's Joe Adkins has grown the state's largest pumpkin for the fourth year in a row, host Brian O'Keefe visited Joe in 2017 to see the enormous orange gourds. In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment, Brian talks with Neurofibromatosis Midwest Executive Director Diana Haberkamp. The organization serves people living with the disorder and provides volunteer opportunities for people throughout the region. Fall trout season at the DuPage Forest Preserve is just a few days, Brian was at Blackwell Forest Preserve as 3,200 rainbow trout were added to Silver Lake. Illinois Public Radio's Sam Dunklau has the story of faith communities that face the choice of disbanding or relocating. In the 'One More Thing' segment, Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs introduces listeners to a giant centipede.

October 6th, 2019

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners onto the Russell Kirt Prairie at College of DuPage for a bird walk with retired English professor John Cebula. With the arrival of autumn there have been weather extremes across the country, Brian checked in with Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka. In the monthly 'Night Sky' segment Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto and Brian discuss the increased knowledge of black holes, and let backyard astronomers know what there is to see this month. In the 'One More Thing' segment, Tim Gioe has a review of 'Furious Hours' by Casey Cep.

September 29th, 2019

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners on a behind the scenes tour of DuPage County's largest storm water management facility. The former Elmhurst quarry has helped reduce flooding in the lower Salt Creek watershed. University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel offers some guidance on cleaning up and clearing out your backyard garden. Brian talks with a couple of Fermilab researchers as the lab and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology remember Leon Lederman. Illinois Public Radio's Charlie Schlenker has the story of how Girl Scouts in central Illinois continue to attract girls and remain relevant. Finally, in this week's 'One More Thing' segment Wayne Messmer encourages resilience in the face of challenges.

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