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WNIJ 89.5 FM is seeking volunteers for the Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS). NIRIS is a unique broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens in the region. Volunteers are essential to the service and the station is looking for new recruits: NIRIS volunteers contribute their time and talent by...
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Beginning Oct. 1, WNIJ 89.5 FM will conduct its Rockford activities from NIU’s regional center at 8500 E. State St. WNIJ is one of two stations managed by Northern Public Radio, part of the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development at NIU, which currently has studios on the NIU campus in DeKalb and at...
WNIJ-89.5 FM presents local and national programs as part of its continuing effort to bring a variety of quality and relevant radio to northern Illinois. Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the station will launch a new schedule of programming designed in accordance with its mission to share ideas, encourage thought, give pleasure and create community. Staci...
Northern Public Radio, home to 89.5 WNIJ and Classical WNIU, wants you to make a date with a local artist – make that 14 local artists whose work is featured in the Northern Public Radio 2016 wall calendar now available for purchase. “This calendar project is just one of our locally focused art programs, which...
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The public is invited to attend WNIJ’s “Context: Medical Marijuana and Illinois” to join the discussion about Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program approved by state lawmakers. Learn about the “debilitating” diseases that qualify for marijuana treatment, grow centers, dispensaries and the legal rights protecting patients. This free event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June...
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Authors Katie Andraski, Charles Blackstone and G.K. Wuori, participants in the #WNIJReadWithMe Book Series, will share their experiences in two “Writing the Novel” panels hosted by WNIJ and the Rockford Public Library. The events will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center and at 7 p.m. Wednesday,...
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The 2015 WNIJ Winter Book Series, which begins Monday, Feb. 2, features authors from throughout northern Illinois. At 6:50 and 8:50 a.m. each Monday in February, Dan Klefstad speaks with an author about his or her book as well as his or her motivation and inspirations and invites the authors to read selections of their...
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Take a glimpse into a world you can’t see with “Invisibilia,” a new program on 89.5 WNIJ about the unseen forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. NPR’s award-winning Science Desk produces the one-hour show, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “all the invisible things.” Listen to the show...
Dan Klefsted of WNIJ radio invited me to have a beer with him one afternoon. We met at Twin Taps in DeKalb, and he had a proposal.
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Northern Public Radio and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra opened a new collaborative space partnership in their current Riverfront Museum Park location at 711 N. Main Street in Rockford. An open house to showcase the new space is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. “The mission of...
Northern Public Radio is pleased to welcome Craig Hart as the new director of Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS), a Northern Public Radio broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens of Northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Hart is responsible for scheduling, NIRIS programing, audio file maintenance and curation, and...
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Through a recent NPR News story, listeners to WNIJ (89.5 FM) got a taste of the world of snake handling in Appalachia’s Pentecostal churches. WNIJ’s new “Community Read Project” delves deeper into this culture through an upcoming radio feature and interactive discussion online. In the NPR story, Preacher Coots says, “We sing, we preach, we...
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