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WNIJ to host 20th anniversary open house

April 15, 2011

89.5 WNIJ 20 YearsPublic radio station 89.5-WNIJ invites listeners, supporters and friends to an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Broadcast Center, 801 N. First St. in DeKalb.

An official cake-cutting ceremony is planned for 4 p.m.

The gathering officially celebrates WNIJ’s 20 years of broadcasting with refreshments, displays of memorabilia and staff-guided tours of the studio. The station also will debut the new “J20” anniversary T-shirt, designed by Gregory Lang of Rockford. Guests can view all 100 listener-submitted T-shirt contest entries on display during the open house.

It was April 28, 1991, when the broadcasting service of NIU expanded to include a second FM signal, WNIJ, which initially featured a combination of news and contemporary jazz.

WNIJ has evolved into a strong NPR News, talk and information station, airing National Public Radio’s daily news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus music and entertainment, evenings and weekends.

For more information, call (815) 753-9000.