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 served as News Director from 2001 to 2015. He assumed Station Manager duties in 2004.   WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  It  signed on the air in September 1958.  

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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
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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
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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.

A bankruptcy judge on Monday gave final approval to a plan by Lee Enterprises to re-finance its debt and allow the newspaper publisher to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Lee is the publisher of the Southern Illinoisan and more than 40 other newspapers. It filed for bankruptcy protection on December 12th to compel some of its lenders to agree to a re-financing plan that gives the company more time to re-pay about $1 billion in debt.

The plan was approved last week, and it extends Lee's repayment dates out to 2015 and 2017.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with authors Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed about their new novel The Guardian for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

Road Closure

Jan 26, 2012
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The Route-149 railroad crossing in Jackson County is closed for repairs….

Canadian National Railroad crews are replacing the crossing at the intersection of Route-149 and US-51 in De Soto.  The worked is expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon.  The crossing will be closed to traffic until the work is completed.  

Motorists should follow marked detour routes and may want to leave a little extra travel time.

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Authors Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed talk about their new novel The Guradian with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with authors Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed about their novel The Guardian.

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The SIUC Faculty Association bargaining team is considering the administration's latest offer in an effort to end a 5-day old strike.
Faculty Association spokesman Dave Johnson says the package of proposals they received a little after 5pm Monday does cover all of the issues in dispute and it will be given serious consideration. But, he says there still remain large differences between the two sides, especially involving accountability and transparency.

The SIUC Administration has delivered its latest proposal to the university's Faculty Association but in the meantime tenured and tenure track faculty remain on strike.

A little after 5 o'clock Monday evening the bargaining team for the administration delivered a package of proposals that University spokesman Rod Sievers says addressed all of the issues the Faculty Association says it needed. Sievers says the administration's bargaining team is standing by ready to return to continue negotiations as soon as they are contacted by the Faculty Association's bargaining unit.

SIUC officials say so far, there has been few disruptions on campus Thursday as a result of the Faculty Association strike...

University Spokesman Rod Sievers says so far, there have not been any major incidents involving the picketers and those coming to and from campus. At least one campus building did have "Scab Line" written in chalk in front of the building's entrance.

SIUC's tenured and tenure-track faculty remain on strike. Faculty Association spokesperson Dave Johnson says there were no bargaining sessions called by the university on Thursday. He says the Faculty Association's team is ready to return to the table any time. Faculty lead negotiator Morteza Daneshdoost says it is up to the administration to make a counter proposal to the proposals the faculty association submitted on Wednesday.

The labor dispute between the Faculty Association and the SIUC Administration is causing a mix of emotions and experiences...

Faculty Association Spokesman Dave Johnson says walking the picket line Thursday was a strange yet heart-warming ordeal. He says the support shown Thursday for the Faculty Association has given the union the confidence and resolve to move forward with the strike.

A labor relations expert says having an unintended third party - such as students - usually provides a compelling reason for both sides in a labor dispute to find common ground...

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois. He says having a group - such as students or a public good - creates a major concern when a negotiation process fails.

Author DJ MacHale talks about his new novel The Black with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams in this edition of In the Author's Voice.

Author DJ MacHale talks with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams about his latest book The Black.

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Carbondale, IL – WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talks with NY Times Bestselling Author DJ MacHale about his latest novel The Black for this edition of In the Author's Voice.

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Author DJ MacHale talks about his new novel The Black with WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams in this edition of In the Author's Voice.