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Jody Holtz

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Jody Holtz is a Morning Edition newscaster and announcer at WCBU. She joined the station in 2021 as a student intern while attending Bradley University.

  • On today's episode, you'll hear about a Peoria resident who was a rookie on the 1979/1980 team that jump-started the Lakers dynasty along with Magic Johnson and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar. And the son of a Kewanee man who went overseas to fight for his country in World War II and came back with love has turned his father's journey into a book. Plus, a flower farm combined with a glamping experience in Lewistown is changing perceptions about small towns.
  • Black Sheep Flower Farm located in Lewistown about 40 miles from Peoria, is much more than your average flower farm in a rural small town.
  • On today's episode, you'll hear reactions from Illinoisans on the historic decision made by the US Supreme Court to overturn the 19-73 Roe versus Wade decision protecting abortion access nationwide. Tim Shelley talks to Ed Yohnka with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois about the potential ramifications the decision could have on the state of Illinois. Plus, Sarah Nardi speaks with Meghan Leonard, a professor of political science at Illinois State University who studies the courts, to unpack the ruling.
  • In today's episode, you'll hear from state veterinarian Dr. Mark Ernst with the Illinois Department of Agriculture regarding the latest on avian flu. Plus, WCBU correspondent Hannah Alani takes a trip to Vivir Wellness, Peoria's first business to offer Cryotherapy, to hear more about the practice and its benefits. And you'll get a preview on plans for a new regional health and wellness center serving rural Peoria, Fulton, and Knox counties.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About, Wes Hunt and Selah Schertz join Jenn Gordon to talk about Corn Stock Theatre’s current production, "All Shook Up – The Musical."Featuring the music of Elvis Presley and a storyline inspired by Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," you won’t want to miss this crowd pleaser directed by Mary Ellen Ulrich. Wes and Selah star in the production that runs June 24 through July 2 at the Big Tent in upper Bradley Park.For tickets and information visit Corn Stock's website.
  • On this weeks episode of Out and About, Wes Hunt and Selah Schertz join Jenn Gordon to talk about Corn Stock Theatre’s current production: All Shook Up – The Musical. Featuring the music of Elvis Presley and a story line inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, you won’t want to miss this crowd pleaser directed by Mary Ellen Ulrich. Wes and Selah star in the production that runs June 24 through July 2 at the Big Tent in upper Bradley Park. For tickets and information visit: https://cornstocktheatre.com/tickets-events/summer-season/
  • Today’s programming is made possible in part by WCBU Day Sponsor Chris Hoadley wishing one and all a Merry Tau Day. Learn more about the true circle constant at tauday.com. Learn how you can become a WCBU Day Sponsor.
  • As food insecurity continues to affect many families across Peoria, local organizations are trying to do their part by finding innovative solutions to combat this complicated issue.
  • In today's episode, you'll hear the highlights of Former Vice President Mike Pence's speech he gave last night in Peoria as the keynote speaker at the Peoria and Tazewell County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. Plus, a check in on the state of democracy in the US with author, political science professor, and former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson. We'll also take a deep dive into homelessness in the Peoria area, and what one local organization is doing to help.
  • In today's episode, you'll hear highlighted excerpts of a conversation with Peoria Mayor Rita Ali after her first State of the City Address. Then, we'll revisit a conversation WCBU's Tim Shelley had with Pekin Public Library's Jared Olar about the five Black Union soldiers from Tazewell County that were present on Juneteenth in 1865. Plus, Jenn Gordon returns with Out and About highlighting Art Inc.'s first theatrical production. Nikki Romain and Vivian Standifird talk about what audiences can expect from "Smart People".