WSIU Staff


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.

Celebrate the holidays with WSIU Public Radio and American Public Media!  During the month of December we hope you enjoy our diverse, reflective, and entertaining line up of special holiday music programs.

Austin Bean, WSIU

Six people are dead, and dozens more are injured as residents begin cleaning up from a powerful line of storms that raked across Illinois Sunday.

Some southern Illinois communities have moved their trick or treating hours because of Mother Nature.

A Carbondale businessman has pleaded guilty to price–fixing in connection with a case against Madison County's former Treasurer.

CBS News

WSIU will air a special Charlie Rose interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, September 9, at 8 p.m. in a special presentation of CHARLIE ROSE. The interview will also air in the regular CHARLIE ROSE time slot of 10 p.m. on WSIU World and 11 p.m. on WSIU HD

Kate West

Mike Mulford is originally from Rockford, Ill. He made his way down to Carbondale in 1986 to study Industrial Technology at Southern Illinois University (SIU), and he's been here ever since! Mulford has a total of four degrees from SIU. Three are Master's in Manufacturing Systems, Instructional Design, and Multimedia.

Robby Ballard / WSIU

Centralia, Illinois native and Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) board member JP Dunn has made education and helping others his life's work.
After graduating from Kaskaskia College with an AAS in Electronics Technology, Dunn went on to Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Management. He enjoyed his experience at SIU so much that he decided to stay and earned a Master's degree in Education, with a specialization in Computer-Based Education, which has since been renamed Instructional Technology.

Monica Tichenor

Southern California native and long-time southern Illinois resident Suzanne Gorrell knows how to put people at ease with her easy laugh, well-honed sense of irony, and witty observations about life. She also knows what it's like to face unexpected physical challenges and the feelings of isolation that often follow such experiences.

Robby Ballard

David Whitfield is a strong believer in the power of communication to impact lives and communities in a significant way, which is why the Cairo, Illinois native is pursuing a Ph.D. in SIU Carbondale's Speech Communication program, with a focus on intercultural communication and pedagogy.

"I'm interested in how people communicate within and across cultures," says Whitfield. "I'm also exploring how to make the study of intercultural communication accessible to students in the classroom."

The Island President

Apr 25, 2013

This Saturday, April 27th, WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library invite you to this month's Community Cinema film, The Island President

The film tells the story of the effects of global warming on the ever-rising sea levels for the island country of Maldives, in the South Pacific. The 2011 documentary chronicles the efforts of the former President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, to tackle climate change.

Christina Clayton

Harriet Simon was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. She relocated to Carbondale in 1964 after her husband became a history professor at Southern Illinois University (SIU) and editor for The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.

Union County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Union County:

Voters in Cobden elected Paul Tomazzoli Village President.

Bart Hileman won election to the Ward 1 alderman seat in Jonesboro. He defeated Everett Morgan.

Doug Edwards, Jon Housman, and Tim McGrath were elected to the Anna-Jonesboro High School Board of Education.

Debra Penrod, Jeanne Brumleve, Kim Howell, and Carroll Walker were elected to the Cobden District 17 School Board.

Voters in Anna decided against home rule.

Jefferson County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Jefferson County, a school consolidation referendum failed when voters in one of the three impacted communities said no.

The consolidation issue failed in the Opdyke-Belle Rive district. Voters in the Dodds and Ina districts said yes, but the measure needed all three districts to vote in favor for it move forward.

In the Mount Vernon city treasurer race, Mary Jo Pemberton defeated Doris Stover with a vote of 889 to 528.

In the city council race, Todd Piper and Dennis Mcenany won the two open seats defeating Donte Moore and David Morgan.

Perry County Results

Apr 10, 2013

In Perry County, elected to the Pinckneyville District 101 Board of Education were Paul Kuberski, Jr., Gregory Thompson, Lisa Stanton and Brian Kellerman.

Elected to Perry County Grade School District's Board of Education were Austin Marlow, Kyle Pursell, Marilyn Millikin and Keith Hagene.

Elected to the DuQuoin District 300 school board were Michael Ward, Dennis Cole and Charles "Beaver" Rice.

The villages of Cutler and St. John both said yes on the electric aggregation referenda item.

Referenda Results

Apr 10, 2013

In addition to municipal posts, school boards, and other positions, voters in the region were deciding several referenda. Here is a list of unofficial results:

Voters in Hardin and Gallatin counties approved 1% retail sales tax increases to help provide additional money to fund local public safety efforts.

Voters in McLeansboro and Kinmundy both voted against prohibiting the retail sale of alcohol within their city limits.

Murphysboro will have a new mayor for the first time in 12 years.

Challenger Will Stephens beat out incumbent Mayor Ron Williams, receiving 58% of the vote in Tuesday's election.

As the new Mayor-elect of Murphysboro, Stephens says one of his top priorities will be to help bring in new revenues for the community.

Stephens, a former member of the Jackson County Board, thanked Williams for running an honest race and for serving Murphysboro through tough times.

WSIU 91.9 FM and 91.9 HD in Carbondale are temporarily off the air for scheduled transmitter maintenance.  We regret the inconvenience.  Both stations will be back on the air later this afternoon.  You can still listen to our live web streams on then click on the WSIU or WSIU 2.0 stream.   WVSI 88.9 FM in Mt. Vernon and WUSI 90.3 FM remain on the air.  Thank you for your patience.

WSIU Public Radio is the recipient of the Associated Press Best Newscast of 2012 Award!

The award from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association was awarded to WSIU Radio during the Illinois News Broadcasters Association Convention on Saturday, April 20th.

The newscast was judged by a panel of radio broadcasters from outside of the state of Illinois.

For more than 50-years WSIU Radio has been dedicated to excellence in local news coverage for the southern Illinois community.

Christina Clayton

Julia Morrill was born in Evanston, Ill. Her father was a college administrator at several Midwestern schools, so Morrill spent most of her childhood living in various cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. In 1964, her family moved to Carbondale after her father accepted a position at Southern Illinois University (SIU). Morrill attended SIU briefly, but finished her studies in Communications at the University of Colorado.

State of IL

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his 5th State Budget Message Wednesday afternoon during a special joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

More information on Quinn's FY'14 budget proposal is located here.

Do you have a knack for Trivia?   The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) invites you to put your knowledge to good use to help support the cause. 

On Saturday March 2, 2013, SIRIS and WSIU Public Radio are hosting a Trivia Contest at the Newman Center on South Washington Street in Carbondale to benefit the reading service.  WSIU TV's Jak Tichenor will be the Master of Ceremonies.