Changes At WUIS Add Reporting Depth

WUIS has entered the next phase of its commitment to keep listeners informed with the creation of the WUIS Food Desk. Bill Wheelhouse will have the title of interim executive editor for the Food Desk in a move he initiated after nearly eight years of leading WUIS as general manager.  Current development director Randy Eccles will now have the title of interim general manager.

Bill Wheelhouse

Bill Wheelhouse

The WUIS Food Desk is the result of a “Desk Initiative” to increase local reporting.  The expansion is being funded through a combination of grants, business support, and major gifts. GROWMARK has been one of the first businesses to participate.  WUIS continues to seek additional funding to sustain the Food Desk initiative, and hopes to secure funding to hire a reporter for an Education Desk as well.

Randy Eccles

Randy Eccles

With Wheelhouse’s shift back to reporting, Eccles looks forward to the opportunity to serve WUIS in the capacity of general manager, noting that, “The addition of the Food Desk to our Statehouse and local news coverage will help listeners make informed choices about what we eat, and better understand one of the biggest businesses in central Illinois.”

Furthermore, WUIS has become a partner and sub-grantee in the Harvest Public Media network.  Harvest is a Local Journalism Center (LJC) funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.  Harvest Public Media partners include KCUR; Iowa Public Radio; NET, which operates public TV and radio networks statewide in Nebraska; KBIA in Columbia, Missouri; WUIS in Springfield, Illinois; and KUNC in Greeley, Colorado.

WUIS is central Illinois’ source for NPR. WUIS content is available from Springfield at 91.9 FM, 91.9-1 HD, in west-central Illinois at 89.3 FM; and streamed worldwide at and on the NPR mobile app. WUIS broadcasts two additional HD Radio channels, the all-classical WUIS Classic at 91.9-2 HD and the adult alternative WUIS Xponential at 91.9-3 HD. These are also streamed at The listener-supported media outlet’s mission is to enrich central Illinois through independent journalism, arts programming and community outreach. For the program schedule, events, and other information, call the station at (217) 206-WUIS (9847) or visit WUIS is a community service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield.

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One Response to Changes At WUIS Add Reporting Depth

  1. Sara L. Lieber says:

    Dear Mr, Wheelhouse; In 2009 I lost my home and was homeless for 4 months. During that year I had to hunt for food, use food banks, Township Assistance, and harvest from odd fruit trees around town. I am not a minority, I have college education and a professional license. Just two years earlier, I had managed a 6.2 miliion dollar grant to the State of Illinois. Being hungry was quite a shock. Would you be interested in my story? I would need to use a nom de plume if I wrote it. I have seen this issue from two sides; as a social worker and then as a recipient. My unique view point would be a valuable lens for this desk..

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