WUIS History

1975 - 2015
10:31 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

WUIS Just Turned 40

A 1976 panel from "State Week in Review." From left: Bill Day, Illinois Issues; Ed Armstrong, The State Journal-Register; Burnell Heinecke, The Chicago Sun-Times; Rich Bradley, WSSR (now WUIS); and Bill Miller, director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at what was then Sangamon State University.
Credit WUIS

A new radio station came into the world at noon on January 3, 1975. The first voice broadcast on WSSR-FM was that of Dale Ouzts, director of broadcast services for Sangamon State University, reading technical specifications about the station. Next was a newscast from Rich Bradley, who would continue to be the station's news director for 35 years.

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4:22 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

WUIS and Illinois Issues Come Together

A recent story about the combination of WUIS and Illinois Issues...
By Ann Strahle Over the last few decades, changes in technology and newsgathering methods, as well as economic recessions, have caused a decline in newsrooms on both the national and local levels. ...
9:42 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Remembering a friend, John Wallenstein

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

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.
4:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

John B. Wallenstein (1942 - 2014)

John Wallenstein
Credit mattpenning.com 2009

SPRINGFIELD, IL - John B. Wallenstein, 72, of Springfield, passed away at 2:55 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

John was born April 3, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a son of Bert and Betty Feldman Wallenstein. He married Gracia Vossman on Dec. 22, 1974, in Wichita, Kan.

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Illinois Issues - Editor's Note
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Editor's Note: New Developments Expected at Illinois Issues

Jamey Dunn
Credit mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues

When I started working at the state Capitol as a Public Affairs Reporting intern, I never would have imagined that I would be writing this column.

A key point in the PAR program comes in the fall when the interns are matched with their bureaus. It is exciting and nerve-wracking. Classmates and friends become competitors. Who will end up at the Chicago metro papers? Who will the Associated Press pick? While many of my classmates dreamed of the fast-paced atmosphere of a daily paper’s Statehouse bureau, I had a clear top choice in my sights: Illinois Issues

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Education Journalist Wanted
3:45 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Multimedia Journalist - Education

Credit Dan LoGrasso / WUIS

Category: Academic Professional 
Title: Multimedia Journalist-Education at WUIS 
Location: Springfield 
Close Date: 05/30/2014  

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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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9:33 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

WUIS Is An Outlet For Community Engagement

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
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. 

Fundraiser - October 31
1:41 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers with Tanks
Glen Carey NPR

Join WUIS in honoring Kelly McEvers for her world class reporting on international affairs October 31, 2013 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  

Learn more about Kelly and read her recent stories.


Kelly previously reported for WUIS and, when vesting family recently, agreed to do this event as a fundraiser to help support her home town public radio station.  There are two ticket levels:

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Capitolbeat Awards
1:00 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Illinois Issues Receives Five National Journalism Awards

Illinois Issues won five national journalism awards in the 2010 statehouse reporting contest sponsored by Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors.

Columnist Charles N. Wheeler III won first place in the Commentary/Column/Analysis category for magazines for his Ends & Means columns. Wheeler also won a third place award in the In-Depth category for magazines for his examination of the state’s pension problem that appeared in the February issue.

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WUIS History
12:00 am
Mon January 10, 2005

Bradley named interim general manager of WUIS

Richard A. Bradley has been named interim general manager of WUIS/WIPA public radio station at the University of Illinois at Springfield, effective January 1.  Bradley takes over from Brad Swanson, who retired December 31 after more than 27 years with the station.

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WUIS History
1:00 am
Mon August 19, 1974

Sangamon Radio

Sangamon State University Journal

Sangamon State University Journal 

Central Illinois listeners will soon be able to dial a new FM station and hear the call letters of WSSR, as Sangamon State's radio station goes on the air. The SSU radio facility has received notification from the Federal Communications Commission of the award of WSSR as the official identification for the station.

The 50,000-watt station is currently under construction and plans to begin operation in late fall at 91.9 on the stereo FM dial.   

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12:00 am
Fri November 17, 1967

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, as amended

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

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.