WSIU Staff


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.