WSIU Staff

Carbondale, Ill. – Tim Fink has been “in tune” with the Carbondale community for nearly three decades. While he originally moved to Carbondale to support his wife’s career, Fink soon was launching Southern Illinois University’s opera and musical theater program. He just retired after 25 years of incredible commitment to the school and community, where he served as artistic director of the McLeod Summer Playhouse for 10 years while acting in many impactful productions across the area and serving as accompanist at Epiphany Lutheran Church.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is reminding to "change your clock, check your batteries" this weekend.

When you set your clock back an hour, it's also advised to make sure your smoke alarm is working. Fire marshal spokesperson J.C. Fultz says for older models, go ahead and change the batteries, or get a new, 10 year alarm.

Carbondale, IL – Kenneth is a board member of Green Earth, a non-profit that owns and maintains nature preserves in Carbondale. Its properties enhance Carbondale neighborhoods by providing green spaces and trails. Knowledgeable about plants and an amazingly hard worker, Kenneth assists and supervises volunteer work crews during the monthly workdays at Green Earth properties and has been doing so for many years. A lab technical assistant in pathology at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for just over 18 years, he has volunteered countless hours of physical work to maintain Green Earth trails and help fight invasive species even before the summer of 2018. Since retiring a year ago, he has been working on Green Earth nature preserves nearly every day, weather permitting. WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce Kenneth Mayberry as the new individual recipient of the monthly ‘Good Neighbor’ award as a part of WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities. “I’m very honored. I never considered myself in the same company as people who have won that award. When I’m doing something for recreation, the kind of benefit is just mutual. While I’m getting an award for volunteer hours, I don’t want it to be lost that this is self-beneficial. I’m sure I’m helping the natural environment, but I'm also helping my own environment, so I’m both giving and taking at the same time. And it's great that Green Earth is seeing benefit from my labors,” said awardee Kenneth Mayberry.

Eric Combs
Eric Combs

Carbondale, IL – As the band director of Richland County Middle School for 12 years, Eric Combs uses music education to inspire students to reach for their goals and to always keep climbing. 

Abigail Fields

Carbondale, IL – Recognizing that kids and teens facing loss and grief needed a safe place to share and process their emotions, 10-year-old Abigail Fields sparked the idea for a “Safe Place” program while participating in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois/PRIDE After School Program. In honor of her service and thoughtfulness, Abigail received the “Good Neighbor” Award from WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative.

Ed Bnyas
SIU Communications

Carbondale, IL – WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce Professor Edward Benyas, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, as the new Education Award recipient for WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. The Good Neighbor Award is inspired by Fred Rogers and recognizes those who make a positive impact in the community.


(Updated: 11:00am 5/18/2018) -- The broken water line at the Rend Lake Conservancy District has been repaired.

The Intercity Water Plant is pumping water into the system with two high service pumps. The lake intake and the treatment plant have returned to service.

The system will be on a boil water order until Intercity Water receives test results showing the water is safe to drink.






Wednesday afternoon President Barack Obama returned to the Illinois State Capitol. In the place where his political career began ... he spoke to lawmakers about reaching across the bitter divide in American politics.

Join NPR and WSIU Radio for the special new series Invisibilia!   It's a brand new radio show and podcast that is taking the airwaves by storm. Take a glimpse into a world you can't see with Invisibilia.

 Invisibilia, is co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life.

It's science plus storytelling that ultimately makes you see your own life differently.

Tune in Friday's at 8:00 pm.  Listen and tell us what you think!

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Two southern Illinois counties have approved their financial plan for the coming year.

Morning Edition and All Things Considered now operates under a new broadcast clock.


The candidates running in southern Illinois’ 12th congressional district met for the first time in a debate Wednesday night in Marion.

WSIU is proud to present a wide variety of Election 2014 specials this fall.

WUSI 90.3 FM is temporarily off the air for scheduled maintenance.  

We regret the inconvenience.  WUSI should return to the air this afternoon around 2:00pm. 

You can listen to our live program stream on line at or

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!

NPR Classical Live

May 13, 2014

Join NPR Music and WSIU Radio for NPR's Classical Music Live Events!    Enjoy the latest classical concerts here.

Find out more about NPR Classical Live on their webpage.


Hear a live webcast conversation with R&B star D'Angelo at the Brooklyn Museum's Cantor Auditorium, Wednesday, May 21, at 6:00 pm.  To access the live discussion click HERE. It's part of the Red Bull Music Academy's series of events in collaboration with NPR Music Live.

Michael Eugene Archer revolutionized soul music like few others as part of the Soulquarian movement, and friend and collaborator to Questlove, Lauryn Hill and Raphael Saadiq.

A Carbondale businessman will serve 16-months in federal prison for his part in a real-estate price-fixing scheme involving Madison County’s former Treasurer.

Illinois State Police report that one of the east bound lanes of Interstate-64 west of Mt. Vernon is now reopened.

Closings and Cancelations (Updated 3/6/14 @ 6:00 pm)

Closings and Cancelations for Friday, March 7th:

Joppa-Maple Grove School Dist.

Closings, Cancelations, and Delays (Updated 6:00 am 2/10/2014)

School Closings for MONDAY, February 10th:

Eldorado Unit 4 - CLOSED Monday

WUSI 90.3 FM and WUSI TV-16 are both temporarily off the air because of a weather related problem with the transmitters.

Engineering staff are working to resolve the problems. WUSI FM and WUSI TV will return to the air as soon as is technically possible.  We regret the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we fix the problems. 

You can listen to our live audio streams  on our webpage.


Carbondale Police are looking for the suspect linked to Monday's shooting at an alternative school.

WSIU Public Broadcasting, in partnership with WILL/Illinois Public Media, WUIS Public Radio Springfield, and the League of Women Voters of Illinois, will host Illinois Gubernatorial Primary GOP Candidates 2014, a live debate between Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois.