To enhance the quality of life in central Illinois by providing news and information programming, which creates a more informed public, and a greater understanding of local, national and global issues and ideas.
WCBU signed on officially on January 20, 1970, thanks in part to Phil Weinberg, former dean of the Bradley University College of Engineering and the driving force behind WCBU’s establishment as a full-power public radio station. WCBU is the direct descendant of WRBU, a student radio service that operated out of the Bradley Student Center. By 1969 the transition was underway: WRBU became WCBU, which in 1970 became a charter member of the fledgling organization, National Public Radio.
On February 15, 2007, WCBU2 went on the air. In 2010, programming was consolidated, and Peoria Public Radio now offers two distinct program services: news and information on the main channel and 24 hours of classical music on HD. With an HD radio receiver, listeners can enjoy uninterrupted music or news by switching between the two broadcast program services. Both services are also available online. Peoria Public Radio serves 30,000+ listeners, bringing them educational, informative, up-to-the minute news & information 24/7/365.
WCBU will be celebrating its 50th anniversary “on the air” in January 2020. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events to commemorate this grand occasion.
Become a Sustaining Member
As a Sustaining Member, you will help:
- Save postage, paper and administrative costs
- Invest more of your contribution into the news and music you value
- Decrease the number of days of on-air membership drives.
Many employers match contributions by their employees and retirees.
Gifts of Stock
Stock gifts offer several advantages to the donor.
Remember Peoria Public Radio in your will. Your gift will create a lasting legacy.
How to Help
Peoria Public Radio’s membership and underwriting are our largest and most reliable source of revenue. One half of our annual budget comes from the generous support of approximately 1,700 members and 80 underwriters.
Member support helps us pay for programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Radiolab, NPR's 1A, local coverage of Peoria politics and Peoria Public Schools, Peoria City Council coverage, and all the daily news of central Illinois. In short, Peoria Public Radio would not be possible without our members and underwriters. Consider becoming a member and support the public radio station you rely on every day.
Peoria Public Radio
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
Bill Porter, Interim Executive Director
Kris Aberle, Underwriting Representative
Cindy Dermody, Underwriting Manager
Nathan Irwin, Program Director
Tanya Koonce, News Director
Kristin McHugh, News Contractor
Daniel Musisi, Operations Manager
Mary Jane Noe, Administrative Support
Lisa Polnitz, Administrative Support
Lee Wenger, RIS Director