Randy Eccles

General Manager/Publisher

WUIS Campus & Community Council 
Chair - Ex-Officio Member

Randy became WUIS' general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008. 

The timing for returning to public radio has been great for Randy.  The community and commitment to credible information the public radio listener supports is critical and refreshing as heritage commercial news/talk stations have become hyperbolic and the commercial journalism business model struggles.  Eccles confesses, "It's great to be a news junkie at Springfield's top radio news operation."

Randy moved from Arizona where he was the promotions director and assistant program director for KTAR News 92.3 and KTAR Sports 620.  He worked with the news and talk shows and with almost all the market sports teams:  Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals, and Sun Devils.  He also enjoyed working with spring training and the Fiesta Bowl.  A favorite fundraiser for charity was the annual staff stage performance of the radio play of Dickens' A Christmas Carol usually starring the tallest athlete in town as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Randy found his way to Arizona on spring training preproduction trips for Chicago Cubs broadcasts.  He enjoyed it enough to make the move in 2002 after being at WGN Radio since 1990.  At WGN, Randy was the executive producer for Cubs, Bears, and Northwestern broadcasts; produced The Kathy & Judy Show and Punnett; and served as assistant program director.  Breaking coverage of The Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Chicago River flood, and the Sosa McGwire home run chase stand out as memories.  While at the Tribune Company, Randy also served as a Technology Leadership Development Associate and was the "Web Daddy" of wgnradio.com which Radio Ink named the Best Web Site in Radio at the time.

Randy is originally from the Chicago area where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School and North Central College in Naperville.  Randy also attended the University of Evansville.  He worked as a student manager at the stations at each of these schools, WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.


9:42 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Remembering a friend, John Wallenstein

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John Wallenstein passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014. John made a huge impact on WUIS with his quiet leadership and by explaining to his extensive contacts in the business community how supporting WUIS' mission to inform the community also benefited their business. John was proud to be the force behind making the Education Initiative possible. He raised funds for it over the past two years and headed the search committee to find the first multmedia journalist to head the education desk. Our thoughts and gratitude are with John's wife, Gracia, and their family. Arrangements pending. WUIS staff and partners know John best from his time at the radio station over the past decade. The SJ-R's Jim Ruppert shares another aspect of John's life...
John Wallenstein came to town with A. Ray Smith for the 1978 baseball season, and the one-time wandering minor league baseball executive never left. That made Springfield a better place to live.The 72-year-old Wallenstein, who died Thursday after a brief illness, was actually the anti-A. Ray Smith.
8:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Baseball Brother

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Late WUIS staff member John Wallenstein is remembered by his brother Roger Wallenstein in this blog post that is part of his regular beat The White Sox Report.
He may not have realized it at the time, but my brother John created the model for the Excel spreadsheet almost 30 years before Microsoft unveiled it. All because of the White Sox. The season was 1959, and because "it just needed to be done," Brother John began keeping day-to-day statistics - both hitting and pitching - for the eventual American League champions.
WUIS Engage Breakfast
12:48 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

The Impact of Education on the Local Economy

Chris Farrell, Marketplace
Credit APM

Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first 

May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.
Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre III

Special guest, Chris Farrell, is coming to Springfield to share his thoughts and take your questions about education and our local economy.   

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11:16 am
Sun April 13, 2014

The Return of the Mug

Dan LoGrasso
Dan LoGrasso WUIS

The spring 2014 drive marks the return of the mug!  Increase your Calendar Club monthly commitment by $5+ or start one or make a $60+ single gift and you'll be sent the new mug.

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12:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Debate Over Opting Out Of Health Insurance For Religious Reasons

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Here & Now recently spoke with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois about a bill he sponsored called The Equitable Access to Care and Health Act (EACH).
recently spoke with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois about a bill he sponsored called The Equitable Access to Care and Health Act (EACH). The bill would allow individuals to opt out of mandatory health insurance by writing "sincerely held religious beliefs" on their tax return, along with a sworn statement explaining their objection.
AP Awards
11:27 am
Fri March 7, 2014

What Do Pensions and Concussions Have in Common?

Associated Press

WUIS stories on pensions, concussions, crop insurance, and tornado recovery are being recognized with four 2013 Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters awards: 

Local Radio:

Best Investigative Report: WIUM-FM, “50% Plus One,” Rich Egger
2nd Place: WUIS-FM, “Judges' Pensions”, Amanda Vinicky

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3:51 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Southeast Trumpets Five This I Believe Authors

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Out of the ten student authors selected for the 2014 This I Believe program, five attend Southeast High School in Springfield. Congrats to them and all the authors!
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12:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

The State Journal-Register Prints 2014 This I Believe Authors

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WUIS' This I Believe partner, The State Journal-Register, printed the first week's essays in the Tuesday Voice section.
Each year, public radio station WUIS-FM asks high school seniors to share what they believe. The program was started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951 and WUIS has participated for eight years.The station partners with the Rotary Club of Springfield, which provides scholarships to the selected authors.The winning essays will be broadcast on WUIS (91.9 FM) during the last two weeks of February.Today, we publish five of the winning essays.
9:33 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

WUIS Is An Outlet For Community Engagement

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It's always nice when the boss gives you a shout out...
Since its founding 40-plus years ago as Sangamon State University, the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois has sunk its roots deep into the Springfield area.The university and its growing alumni community contributes in countless ways to the economic, social and cultural advancement of the region at the same time that UIS students benefit from the university's location in Springfield and central Illinois.This intentional connection between campus and community is what the Carnegie
8:44 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Gates Cites Illinois Corruption in 3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor

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"Four of the past seven governors of Illinois have gone to prison for corruption, and to my knowledge no one has demanded that Illinois schools be shut down or it's highways closed." - Bill Gates
9:29 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Support WUIS, Save Money on Your Taxes*

Julie Staley & Brian Mackey
Randy Eccles WUIS

The first WUIS year end on-air drive ran December 12-16, 2013.  December is the month more charitable decisions are made than any other month.  A large reason for this is you have a better sense of your tax picture.  If you need a 2013 deduction, your support of WUIS will count*.  Please consider your first or an added gift to support WUIS news and public radio programs.  Click here to give now.

Over $57,000 was raised in the year end drive. 

12:33 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Great State of Sangamon?

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St. Louis, Peoria, Cedar Rapids, and Springfield in the new state of Sangamon? Look at this map developed in 2012 that has now been printed. What do you think of revamping the U.S. map by population?
Neil Freeman, 2012 map format and dimensions vary The electoral college is a time-honored, logical system for picking the chief executive of the United States. However, the American body politic has also grown accustomed to paying close attention to the popular vote.
10:39 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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WUIS Veteran's Day special airs at noon and 7 p.m.
Episode #1440 American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial This is the monument that changed how America remembers war. " This enormous veteran practically verbally pinned me at the apex and was just yelling at the top of his lungs ... and all I could think of is, it was working.
1:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

McEvers/Al Sharif Joint Report on Islamic Schools

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WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers October 31 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at 217-523-2787. This is an example of the innovative reporting she pursues.
American journalist Kelly McEvers (pictured, right) and Saudi journalist Asma Alsharif teamed up to report on how Saudi-funded schools in both countries are adjusting curricula accused of inciting violence during and after 9-11. They worked on an ICFJ program aimed at building journalistic bridges between the United States and predominantly Muslim countries.
12:20 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Lincoln Native Kelly McEvers

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WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers October 31 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at 217-523-2787. This is a profile The State Journal-Register ran last year.
Over the summer, National Public Radio foreign correspondent and Lincoln native Kelly McEvers spent a week with Syrian rebel fighters in the northwestern part of the country, near the border with Turkey. McEvers learned that the rebels, operating under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army, are a whole spectrum of people: secularists, Islamists and mercenaries, all with the intent of bringing down President Bashar al-Assad's government.
9:56 am
Thu October 17, 2013

A True Fulks Hero

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Friday (10/18) the WUIS Bedrock 66 Live concert series presents Robbie Fulks with local guests The Old Fashioneds. Illinois Times Tom Irwin previewed the show in the latest issue. Don't miss what is always a highlight of the Bedrock season, a Robbie performance. BUY TICKETS NOW at 217-523-2787.
The latest piece of provocative songwriting and innovative instrumentation from Chicago-based musician and artist Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward, received critical and fan acclaim for the folk-bluegrass playing and the honest portrayal of characters that has supported and populated many of his best works.
2:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Buried in Grain

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Data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration worksite inspection database regarding grain accidents in Illinois and other states in the country.
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Nearly 180 people - including 18 teenagers - have been killed in grain-related entrapments at federally regulated facilities since 1984. Read about the incidents here.
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Let's Talk Kids Archive

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Let's Talk Kids archive...
WUIS - your source for NPR & the Arts
Bedrock 9/7
6:32 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Rosie Flores' "Female Elvis" Project Plays Springfield 9/7

Credit David Landis

Rosie Flores started a Kickstarter project in 2011 to record, "The Female Elvis," Janis Martin.  Martin died shortly after the sessions.  Flores completed the project and has now released the recording.  Flores has partnered with Marti Brom in a rockabilly tribute to Martin.  They will play WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m.  

Tickets are available at 217-523-2787 or purchase them online from the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Watch Flores Kickstarter appeal video below for some background on Martin:

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Code Switch
10:17 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

We Need to Talk

Do you code switch?

Is the way that you speak to a business associate different than how you catch up with a friend?  Do you talk to the opposite sex differently?  How do you address people of other races?  NPR has launched a new effort examining the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.

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3:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Justin Townes Earle

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Justin played Bedrock back in 2009. Here is some of his NPR Music coverage.
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Justin Townes Earle artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music
WUIS Funding
6:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

WUIS Spring On-Air Drive Finishes Short

WUIS fundraising progress toward its $100,000 spring goal.
Credit Randy Eccles

WUIS program funding is $30,000 short at the completion of the spring on-air drive.

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12:00 am
Fri November 17, 1967

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, as amended

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The complete act that started public media. Subpart D — Corporation for Public Broadcasting Sec. 396. [47 U.S.C. 396] Corporation for Public Broadcasting (a) Congressional declaration of policy The Congress hereby finds and declares that —
CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1000 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related on-line services.
12:00 am
Tue November 7, 1967

President Johnson's Remarks upon Signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967

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Eight years before WUIS began began broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 initiated consideration in communities and colleges what might be done with public media. "It announces to the world that our Nation wants more than just material wealth; our Nation wants more than a "chicken in every pot." We in America have an appetite for excellence, too. While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. That is the purpose of this act." President Lyndon Johnson's remarks up signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1000 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related on-line services.