WSIU Staff

Two SIU Basketball players have run afoul of the law and face disciplinary action.

Two SIU Basketball players have run afoul of the law and face disciplinary action.

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Vickie Devenport, SIRIS Director and WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Damaging storms on the East Coast have affected the national broadcast feed of CREATE on WSIU's CREATE channels, WSIU TV 8.2 and WUSI TV 16.2. We regret the interruption of our regular CREATE programming schedule and ask for your patience as we seek a solution to the problem.

Below is the schedule of programming that will repeat until normal operation can be resumed. The problem of a program being interrupted with other materials should be resolved. And viewers should be able to find the correct program description in the on-screen guide.

WVSI 88.9 FM remains off the air.  The WVSI transmitter experienced a significant heat related power failure over the Memorial Day weekend.  The air conditioning units at the transmitter building failed. Installation of new replacement units continues on Friday.  Engineers hope to return WVSI to the air around mid-day Friday.  Until the new air conditioning units are operational the transmitter will remain turned off to avoid damage.

Rend Lake College

Six students in Rend Lake College's Automotive Technology Program have received certification by Ford Motor Company.

Two candidates seeking to succeed southern Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello will debate each other next month in Carbondale.

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 20, 2012

Contact:  Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

For Immediate Release

Contacts:  Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Jennifer Sarver, Education Director, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, (618) 242-1236,

Area Families invited to Board the Dinosaur Train

WSIU and Local Sponsors to Co-host Public Event on April 28



For Immediate Release

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU outreach coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill. – No one can tell a story quite like PBS… and no one can tell your story better than you!

 The Illinois House Thursday approved a rough outline for steep reductions on everything from elementary schools and colleges to healthcare for the poor.


For Immediate Release


Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

SIU Faculty Member to Display Homebuilt Electric Car

WSIU 91.9 Off Air

Mar 16, 2012

WSIU 91.9 FM is temporarily off the air.  The transmitter that serves the Carbondale area was apparently impacted by storms that passed through the region Thursday night and early Friday morning.   sister stations WVSI 88.9 FM in Mt. Vernon and WUSI 90.3 FM in Olney are on the air.

You can listen to WSIU radio on WSIU TV channel 8.4 or to our live internet stream on our website We are working to resolve the problem.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


Media Advisory – Press Conference

For Monday, March 5, 2012

Contact: Molly Delaney, Illinois Public Media - WILL (University of Illinois), (217) 714-0856,


Illinois Public Media Stations Launch New Statewide Service for Illinois Teachers

The U-S Postal Service announced plans Thursday to close several mail processing centers around the region.


Media Advisory For Saturday, February 25, 2:30pm

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill.-- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover the second of five installments of WSIU Public Broadcasting's Community Cinema project, which features free monthly screenings and discussion of films from the PBS series Independent Lens.

WSIU Radio and Illinois Public Broadcasting's Coverage of Governor Pat Quinn's Fiscal 2013 State Budget Address hosted by WSIU TV and Lawmakers host  Jak Tichenor.  Hear the governor's speech as well as post speech comments from House Speaker Michael Madigan.

More information on the Governor's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget plan is available on line at

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jak Tichenor, Senior Producer, WSIU Public Television, (618) 453-6187,

Carbondale, Ill.-- The public media series Illinois Lawmakers will produce live coverage of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Budget Address to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, February 22 at noon.

Carbondale Public Library

The Carbondale Public Library is sharing in a State-wide grant award from the Secretary of State's Office.

A southern Illinois group that provides support to small farms is receiving some financial help from the state.

When an opportunity arises to get involved in his community, William Eric Hamer is the last person to shy away. For someone like Hamer, the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) is just one of the many ways in which he keeps himself busy and helps to keep his community strong.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Hamer moved to Carbondale in 1965 to attend SIUC where he graduated with a Psychology degree in 1969.

Meet Sarah Andrew, volunteer reader for the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS). Andrew and her husband moved to Southern Illinois in 1975 after accepting jobs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. An avid listener of public broadcasting, Andrew was pleased to discover Southern's own WSIU Public Broadcasting stations and learned about volunteer opportunities at SIRIS while listening to WSIU Radio. After retiring from the University in 2006, she decided to join SIRIS as a reading volunteer in early 2007.

Meet Joyce Metcalf, volunteer reader for the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS). Growing up in Carbondale, Joyce has been watching Channel 8 since she was a youngster. Metcalf worked on and volunteered for the local 1980's WSIU children's show Jo Jo and Joyce. The 10-minute program aired before Sesame Street.