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.
October 21st, 2018
This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe visited with the man who created a program to help people with disabilities climb the world's tallest trees, now Tree-Hab could be coming to the Fox Valley. College of DuPage hosts its annual Native American Symposium in the coming days, organizer John Paris says the event is designed to give native populations a way to tell their own story. Brian also visited with Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald as the environmental group kicks off a campaign to raise awareness for the need to improve water and stream quality on the Fox River. In the 'stories from around the state' segment, Illinois Public Radio's Jaclyn Driscoll takes listeners to meet a man who has been working the soil in Illinois for more than 70 years. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB's Wayne Messmer celebrates communities and individuals that overcome adversity.
October 14th, 2018
This week at First Light, the Chicago Wolves celebrate their 25th season this year, host Brian O'Keefe talks with Wolves Executive Vice President Wayne Messmer about the team and its silver anniversary year. Every month at First Light, Brian talks with a local non-profit for the 'Doing Good' segment, this month he met with business mentors with the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE. College of DuPage Anthropology instructor Dale Simpson Jr. has made setting straight the historic record of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. Brian talks with Dale about his research and the remote South Pacific island. In the show's weekly look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens visited a new community kitchen in Freeport. Then, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler takes Brian to visit the zoo's only Gerenuk.
October 7th, 2018
This week, at First Light, Illinois is marking its bicentennial year. As part of the celebration the Illinois Supreme Court debuted a traveling exhibit at College of DuPage. Brian O'Keefe was on hand for the ribbon cutting and talked to the people involved in the exhibit. College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian for this month's look at what you can expect to see in the night sky this month. Then, Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel visited Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn to learn a little more about one of the signature flowers of fall. In this week's look at stories from around the state Illinois is moving toward greater reliance on renewable energy sources and that has local governments working to keep pace with zoning regulations. Finally, in this week's 'One More Thing' segment, book reviewer Tim Gioe offers his thoughts on "Reckless Daughter" the biography of Joni Mitchell.
September 23rd, 2018
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talked with Chicago historian Richard Lindberg about his upcoming book 'Tales of Forgotten Chicago.' Lindberg is working to uncover interesting stories that are frequently left out of the city's history. Brian also visited with College of DuPage Counselor Dr. Michael Duggan about his work to provide a pathway to success for higher education students on the autism spectrum. The DuPage Forest Preserve District's Urban Stream Research Center held an open house recently, Center Coordinator Jessi DeMartini takes listeners on a tour of the facility and what she and others are trying to accomplish. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Jon Norton looks at the growth of small recording studios in central Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment WDCB's Wayne Messmer talked with some 3rd graders about their plans for retirement.