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On Deck
Podcast, 5:44 a.m. and 7:44 a.m. Weekdays

On Deck is a daily news podcast produced by the WCBU Peoria Public Radio newsroom and hosted by Daniel Musisi. New episodes are available every weekday by 7 a.m.

Latest Episodes
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 23, 2021. Our top story is about how tree cover disparities can often be an indicator of racial and income inequality. You'll also hear about a plan to turn two major downtown Peoria streets to two-way traffic aims to revitalize the area, and how some people who work downtown are unsure how much of an effect it may have.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 22, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria Civic Center is reopening its doors this weekend for the first time since the pandemic began back in March 2020. You'll also hear how the eviction moratorium is ending for renters and landlords on August 1st, nearly a year and a half after it was implemented amid the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Peoria area's social safety net and court system say they've prepared for this day, but they're still not entirely sure what to expect.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria-area real estate market continues to perform at a record pace, with properties moving faster than ever. You'll also hear how in Peoria a minimum wage earner has to work one and a half jobs to afford a two bedroom apartment. That's according to a new report from Housing Action Illinois and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Charlie Schlenker speaks with Housing Action policy director Bob Palmer, who says the central Illinois figures are better than the state average, but that's not saying much.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Our top story is about how during the COVID-19 pandemic...local parks and trails became a lifeline for those looking for safe ways to get out of the house. You'll also hear how Central Illinois animal shelters and foster care groups are dealing with levels of overcrowding never seen before as the country re-emerges from the worst of the pandemic. They need help to find rescued animals safe homes and to prevent more people from surrendering their pets.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 19, 2021. Our top story is about how a new training program for young teens in Peoria aims to help some families address their childcare needs. You'll also hear from Fred Delcomyn and Jamie Ellis, co-authors of the new book "A Backyard Prairie."
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 16, 2021. Our top story is about how a closed, landmark West Peoria restaurant may soon find new life as a cannabis consumption lounge. You'll also hear how the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament is coming back to Central Illinois after a hiatus. Tim Shelley talks with organizer Betty DeFord about Bath, Illinois' one-of-a-kind Asian carp fishing tournament.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 15, 2021. Our top story is about how the American Red Cross says a surge in elective surgeries as society re-emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic is taxing local blood supplies more than usual this summer. You'll also hear from Bloomington Attorney and Lincoln scholar Guy Fraker, who talks with Charlie Schlenker about a letter written by Abraham Lincoln that he donated to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Presidential Museum in Springfield.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Our top story is about how a century-old Peoria social club may soon be on the move to a new downtown location. You'll also hear from Charles and LaDonna Bobbitt who may be Peoria's most prolific postcard collectors. With a collection of more than 1200 postcards from the River City, the Bobbitts have even published a book featuring some of their favorites. WCBU's Steve Tarter speaks with the couple about their collection and the future of postcards in the modern day.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Our top story is about how the release of long-awaited COVID-19 guidance on the upcoming school year means districts can begin planning with a greater degree of certainty. You'll also hear how Congressman Darin LaHood says he thinks a bipartisan infrastructure bill can still happen this year - but he says it needs to focus on so-called traditional infrastructure to gain the support of him and other Republicans.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 12, 2021. Our top story is about how a burglary last week at a downtown Peoria gun store has heightened police concerns about the number of illegal firearms on the streets and increasing gun violence in the city. You'll also hear how a six-year-old boy is capturing the hearts of many in Peoria by doing the unexpected: working at a South Peoria road construction site. The workers on Western Avenue have taken King Brownlee under their wing after the youth expressed interest in their trade.