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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.)

December 9th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talked with the owner of Moore's Toys & Gadgets in downtown Wheaton; the specialty toy store has a unique try before you buy option. The monthly 'Doing Good' segment, shines a spotlight on Wooddale's Earthpaint. Founder Chris McCarthy founded the non-profit that is recycling latex paint and providing jobs for workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With holiday entertaining season in full swing, Brian visited with the people behind a massive cocktail book, it's equal parts cook book and coffee table book. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Ryan Denham has an update on Rivian's plans to build electric trucks and SUVs in central Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, a visit to the reindeer at Brookfield Zoo.

December 2nd, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe spends some time with out-going College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau. The College's sixth president's tenure ends this month when she leaves to become President of the U.S. Navy Post Graduate College. It's the first Sunday of the month, so College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian to talk about space news and what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky this month. With the holiday season underway, Brian revisits what has become one of his favorite stories of a local group working to make sure low income children have a toy to play with this Christmas. Monday is the 200th anniversary of Illinois Statehood, Illinois Public Radio's Tara McClellan-McAndrew looked at what Illinois had to do to win statehood. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB's Wayne Messmer spends a little time thinking about time

November 25th, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners out to one of the region's few remaining 'you cut' Christmas tree farms. Abbey Farm in Aurora has thousands of trees ready to take center stage in your living room. The DuPage Foundation just celebrated Community Foundation Week, Brian talked with foundation CEO Dave McGowan about the organization and what it does. Looking for some entertainment for a holdiay party, consider a board game. Brian talked with Glen Ellyn based game developers Joe and Lauren Barron about their company Gray Matters Games. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Laura Kennedy has the story of a new program to expose kids to art in central Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB book reviewer Tim Gioe tells listeners about Stephen McCauley's novel "My Ex-Life."

November 18th, 2018

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talked with people involved in Chicago's youth empowerment program West Town Bikes during the organization's fund raising event. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Brian and DuPage Forest Preserve ranger David Sima went looking for a flock of wild turkeys. College of DuPage Floral Design instructor Denise Walden gives listeners some tips on making a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table. Illinois Public Radio's Connie Kuntz went along on a Rockford University bird banding project. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment Brookfield Zoo's Andre Copeland took Brian to meet Georgette, the zoo's turkey vulture.

November 11th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe takes listeners to Operation Support Our Troops office and warehouse in Lisle. The organization is working to reduce homelessness among veterans and provides care packages to active duty military. In the 'Doing Good' segment, a spotlight on the REACH food pantry that serves more than 200 families each month. The Aurora Historical Society drafted a long time symbol of civic pride to celebrate veterans; Andy Aurora traded a signature look for camouflaged fatigues. Fermi Lab created a program to help veterans get their start in science and technology careers. Brian talked with a couple veterans involved in Fermi's 'Vet-Tech Internship' program. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, on the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Wayne Messmer encourages listeners to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who've served in the military over the years.

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