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.
February 10th, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with retired McDonald's executive Bob Langert about his new book 'The Battle To Do Good.' Langert served as Vice President of Social Responsibility and Sustainability for the fast food giant, and details the company's efforts to respond to critics. In the monthly 'Doing Good' segment, Brian talks with DuPage PADS President and CEO Carol Simler about homelessness in the county. This week's show, also gives listeners a sample of this week's African American Read-In at College of DuPage. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens has a story on a unique youth choir from Rockford. And, for this week's 'One More Thing' segment WDCB's Wayne Messmer has some thoughts on Valentine's Day
February 3rd, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks with garden book author Shawna Coronado as she embarks on a cross country tour to promote her new book 'The Wellness Garden.' College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian for the monthly 'Night Sky' segment. Joe explains the recent discovery of a 'fossil galaxy.' On this Super Bowl Sunday, Brian revisits a conversation he had last year with an advertising professor at the University of Illinois; they discuss the phenomena of big budget commercials during the big game. In the look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell has the story of a central Illinois teacher who is using art to start conversations about historic injustices. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of Walter Isaacson's book 'Leonardo Da Vinci'.
January 27th, 2019
This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe visited the American Writers Museum this week and talked with museum President Carey Cranston about the 'Bob Dylan: Electric' exhibit. The nominees for this year's Academy Awards were announced this week, College of DuPage's Brian Kleeman has a look at the 'Best Picture' nominees. Chicago's Adler Planetarium has a new show that puts the moon in the spotlight, First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with Adler Astronomer Mark Hammergren about the show. In this week's look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Dusty Rhodes has a look at programs that prepare students for careers related to death. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Brian visited with Brookfield Zoo Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler to learn more about the zoo's Amur Leopards.