House Economic Opportunity Committee
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Illinois House Economic Opportunity Committee hosted a hearing discussing the impact universities have on the communities they surround on Thursday.

The event took place in Carbondale, where Southern Illinois University continues to struggle during the state budget impasse.

Peach Bud
Flamm Orchards / WSIU

When temperatures dipped into the teens in mid March, area growers grew concerned.

“Well we’ve got some damage in the peaches, but at this point we still have peaches."

The Big Event
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

On April first this year some Carbondale nonprofit organizations will be swarming with students, staff and faculty volunteers doing a day of community service.

It’s called The Big Event, a Saluki day of service.

Little Egypt Arts Association Holiday Sales Show

Dec 14, 2016
Little Egypt Arts Association
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The holiday season is here, and if you're still having trouble finding that perfect gift, the Little Egypt Art Association may have something for you.

Good morning.  Today is Friday August 5th, 2016 and here is the latest local news from WSIU radio.

Rendleman Orchards
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

While most people are taking time off in the summer to relax and take vacations, local orchard farmers are keeping very busy.

Rendleman Orchard in Union County is in the middle of harvesting vegetables and peaches during their 143rd season.

Reaction From Students Observing the SIU May 2 Protest

May 2, 2016

As the massive crowd paraded across the SIU Carbondale campus, some did not join but observed from a distance.

A crowd of hundreds of people marched across campus, into administration buildings, and everywhere in between.

Community Health Needs Highlighted At Local Event

Apr 28, 2016
Southern Illinois HealthCare
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

SIH was joined by multiple health organizations Thursday to reveal the findings in their Community Health Needs Assessment.

The goal of the assessment is to determine the most significant health issues in the area and how to improve them.

Preparing For The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Apr 27, 2016
Students building cardboard boats
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

An annual tradition returns to Carbondale for the 43rd year.

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta takes place on April 30th.

30th Annual Arts Education Festival

Apr 14, 2016
30th Annual Arts Education Festival
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The SIU Carbondale Campus had an extra 1500 visitors Wednesday and Thursday for the 30th Annual Arts Education Festival.

Students from all over southern Illinois had the opportunity to experience art in many forms.

SIU School of Medicine Holds Annual Doll Clinic

Mar 3, 2016
Doll Clinic
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Some SIU School of Medicine students had a chance to give check ups to some unusual patients on Thursday.

They were dolls and stuffed animals.

It’s part of the annual doll clinic held in conjunction with SIU head start.

Coin Collecting Becoming a Popular Investment

Feb 3, 2016
Mike Sprouse, River City Coins and Jewelry
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Coins have been around for centuries, and so have people that collect them.

Some coins from the past are worth a penny while those other rare ones can be worth a lot more.

Some can be taken at face value, while others can be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale Community Arts opens its new headquarters this weekend in Carbondale. The building, at 304 West Walnut, used to house Carbondale's public library. Now, it's an open space with plenty of natural light, and for leaders in the organization now - the opportunities are nearly endless.

Carbondale Salon Using New Trends in Recycling

Sep 15, 2015

You hear about businesses going green to improve the environment.

One place you haven’t heard a lot about going green is the hair salon.

There's a salon in Carbondale that is part of a new program to change that.

St. Nicholas Brewing Company Wins State Award

Aug 6, 2015
St. Nicholas Brewing Co.
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

St Nicholas Brewing Co. in DuQuoin is about to celebrate their 1st anniversary at the end of August, but they also have something else to celebrate.

They were one of 5 businesses in the state to win an "Edie" award form the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

James and the Giant Peach
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Time is running out to catch the McLeod Summer Playhouse’s performance of James and the Giant Peach.

With only 2 shows left tickets are going fast.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports the news for Thursday, July 2.

Discussion of VA's Caregiver Program
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

US Senator Dick Durbin spent time in southern Illinois Tuesday, illustrating what he says is a need to expand a federal program to help veterans and their families meet with participants of the VA Caregiver Program in Marion.

SIU Celebrates Arbor Day

Apr 24, 2015

Powered by Two! Twosday

Jun 17, 2014

WSIU and our listeners are celebrating summer and celebrating the important role that listener support plays in the life of this station with Powered by Two! Twosday

We're putting the "FUN" into fund raising by celebrating some of our favorite dynamic duos!

The concept is simple - we're working to double our donor base by empowering our listeners to recruit new members - it's the Power of Two!


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Glenn Poshard.

The Stage Company

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews Stage Company Vice President for Productions Jeanne Ferraro, and Vince Rhomberg, who is directing "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," about the upcoming season and events.

WSIU to Present Final Spring 2012 Film Screening

May 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

WSIU Presents Final Community Cinema Film Screening on May 26

Media Advisory - For Tuesday, May 15 - 8:30-10am

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

WSIU, Giant City School To Host “Martha Speaks Reading Buddies" Celebration

WSIU Co-Produces National Seminar

May 7, 2012

For Immediate Release
Monday, May 7, 2012

Contact: Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6181,; Amie Miller, Development Advisor, The Development Exchange, Inc. (DEI), (612) 203-8911,

WSIU Invited to Co-Produce National Seminar

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has reports and reactions from Governor Pat Quinn's Budget Address, plus other local stories and regional weather information.