Randy Eccles

General Manager/Publisher

217-206-6403

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.  With the 2014 merger with Illinois Issues magazine, Randy also began serving as publisher.

Randy relishes the return to public media.  The community and commitment to credible information the public radio listener supports is critical and refreshing as commercial journalism model has contracted.  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.

A high school friend works in DC and worked for Hastert. Here's his reaction.

WGN broadcasting live from the WUIS/IPR Illinois State Capitol bureau for the scheduled adjournment day of the state legislature. Rick Pearson invited Amanda Vinicky to co-host .

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What would our cities look like if wealth was represented by the height of buildings? Here's Chicago...

Governing magazine looks at advocacy and journalism with a focus on Illinois (includes a picture of Amanda Vinicky at work in the WUIS/Illinois Issues statehouse bureau).

A recent story about the combination of WUIS and Illinois Issues...

WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief joined the Takeaway's John Hockenberry to discuss the close Illinois Gubernatorial election.

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...

Baseball Brother

Aug 8, 2014

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.

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Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first 

A WUIS ENGAGE BREAKFAST
May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.
Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre III
AUDIO SPECIAL COMING SOON!

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

The Return of the Mug

Apr 13, 2014
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.

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).

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

Host Bernie Schoenburg (SJR) and guests Kent Redfield (UIS) and Brian Mackey discuss Rauner's infusion of money, Dillard getting endorsed by the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, new polling, the audit of the anti-violence plan that was very critical of Gov. Quinn, and the investigation.

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!

WUIS' This I Believe partner, The State Journal-Register, printed the first week's essays in the Tuesday Voice section.

It's always nice when the boss gives you a shout out...

"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

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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. 

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?

WUIS Veteran's Day special airs at noon and 7 p.m.

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.

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.

A True Fulks Hero

Oct 17, 2013

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.

Buried in Grain

Oct 4, 2013

Data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration worksite inspection database regarding grain accidents in Illinois and other states in the country.

Let's Talk Kids archive...

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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:

We Need to Talk

Aug 7, 2013

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.

Justin Townes Earle

Jul 30, 2013

Justin played Bedrock back in 2009. Here is some of his NPR Music coverage.

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