Jeff Williams

Associate Director for Radio

Jeff Williams is the Associate Director for Radio and Station Manager for WSIU Radio.  Jeff is a native of southern Illinois and has been in broadcasting for nearly 30 years.    After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he worked in radio and television news in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. before returning to WSIU Radio in 1997, as Morning Edition anchor/reporter.  Jeff became News Director in 2001 and assumed Station Manager duties in 2004.   WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  It  signed on the air in September 1958.  

Ways to Connect

WSIU Radio continues to work on resolving some technical issues that developed over the weekend. Saturday morning the station lost the use of two of its primary computer systems that provide access to several of our regular programs.  We are utilizing a backup process while we rebuild our main audio server.  This process will likely take a  few days to complete. As a result WSIU is having to modify its normal air schedule. We will attempt to maintain as many of the regularly scheduled programs as possible.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Southern Illinois State Senator Gary Forby says he will fight the Governor's proposed budget cuts to southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois State Representative Brandon Phelps has launched a petition drive to show public support for keeping the Tamms Correctional Center open.

Governor Quinn’s Fiscal 2013 Budget proposal calls for the consolidation of eight Department of Human Services Offices in the southern Illinois region.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news along with the regional weather forecast for Wednesday morning February 22, 2012.

Governor Quinn’s proposed budget cuts will translate into the loss of several hundred jobs in southern Illinois.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state headlines and regional weather.

The recent Polar Bear event in Carbondale resulted in under age liquor violations by local businesses.

Southern Illinois State Senator Gary Forby says closing the Tamms Supermax prison will not solve the state’s budget problems.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news and weather.

Chris Miller for Congress

An Iraq war veteran from Carbondale says he's dropping out of the race to succeed southern Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news headlines and regional weather.

State funding will help several southern Illinois school districts preserve arts and foreign language programs.

The First and only Director of Southeast Missouri State University's Show Me Center is retiring.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams reports the latest local and state news headlines and weather.

The National Weather Service has canceled the Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson County and most of southern Illinois south of Interstate 64. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in affect until 6:00 am Tuesday for Fayette, Clinton, Marion, Randolph, and Washington Counties in southern Illinois and St Francois and St.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 am Tuesday: 

An area of snow will begin to move into much of southeast Missouri Monday afternoon. The snow may move east into southwest Illinois and far western Kentucky during the mid or late afternoon hours.

Snow Blanketed Region

Feb 11, 2012
WSIU Radio

Most of  southern Illinois  experienced something that it hasn't seen in a while -- snow!

The National Weather Service says the region received about an inch or less of accumulation.  For most of southern Illinois the snow started as a mix of freezing drizzle and then changed over to snow early Saturday morning.  While snow blanketed most of the region Saturday morning it melted by mid-afternoon.

The National Weather Service says our next chance of snow comes on Monday.

Beginning next month John A. Logan College will host a series of classes on solar energy.

The courses will include classroom and hands-on learning about the design principles and practices of the photovoltaic industry. Aur Beck of Advanced Energy Solutions will be leading the classes. He says the courses are designed to train a solar workforce.  Beck says solar is the only industry right now that is growing by double digits and he'd like to see southern Illinois become a national resource for trained installers.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is suggesting a plan to make people register handguns with the state is NOT one of his gun control priorities.

A Carbondale man faces 11-years in federal prison for using the internet in an attempt to lure a minor into sexual activity.

US Attorney Steve Wiggington says 34-year old Harry William McMillan was sentenced Friday.  McMillan will also serve five years of supervised release. An investigation showed McMillan used the internet to persuade, induce, and coerce an individual under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity.  The incident took place over a period of two days in September of 2010 in Williamson and Jackson Counties.

WSIU Stations

Feb 10, 2012

WSIU Public Radio consists of three analog stations and one HD station licensed to the SIU Board of Trustees.

Chicago  mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for a statewide handgun registry.

Mayor Emanuel says handgun violence affects all of Illinois - NOT just the city of Chicago. But he admits it could be difficult to get downstate lawmakers on the same page. Emanuel says he didn't go into this because he thought it would be a slam dunk.

Missouri Valley Conference

Southern Illinois University Carbondale leads the Missouri Valley Conference in what it spends on athletics.

The Memphis Business Journal has compiled a list of all Division-1 programs based on Equality in Athletics data from the U-S Department of Education for the 2010-2011 school year. During that time, SIU Carbondale topped M-V-C spending at $20.5-million; followed by Wichita State at $18.2-million and Illinois State at $16.6-million.  At the bottom of athletic spending in the Missouri Valley Conference was the University of Evansville at $9.7-million.

Great Central US Shakeout

An earthquake can happen just about any time in the southern Illinois region…

It's Super Bowl weekend and a local food bank will be out in force collecting donations to help feed people in need.

Black History Month

Feb 3, 2012
Fr. Joseph Brown
SIUC

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with Father Joseph Brown the Chair of SIUC's Africana Studies Program about Black History Month activities for this edition of Morning Conversation

A Republican Candidate for the 12th District U-S House seat is no longer on the ballot…

The Illinois State Board of Elections Thursday removed candidate Teri Newman of Belleville from the March primary ballot for not having enough valid signatures.

Newman ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010.

The action by the State Board of Elections reduces the number of Republican candidates in the 12th District primary race to three.    They are Jason Plumber, Theresa Kormos, and Rodger Cook.

Illinois' Primary election takes place on March 20th.

The Illinois average price for gasoline this month is $3.51. That's according to the monthly survey released Monday by the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club.

Spokesman Beth Mosher says the price has never before been this high in January. It's up 16 cents from December and 29 cents from January of last year. Mosher says the high January gas price may be a portent for the year.

The Jackson County Board will hold a special meeting Monday night to discuss the future of the County's Rehab and Care Center...
Last week the committee that oversees the nursing home in Murphysboro held a special meeting to review offers from companies interested in taking over operation of the facility.

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