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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 Thursday, June 24, 2021. Our top story is about how nearly mid-way through the home season, the Peoria Chiefs' attendance numbers are down around 80 percent from their recent yearly average. But general manager Jason Mott says there's no cause for alarm.You'll also hear how movie theaters have been experiencing hardships for quite some time now, and the pandemic certainly hasn't helped. WCBU student reporter Olivia Streeter talks with Bradley Professor Cory Barker about the current state of cinemas.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 24, 2021. Our top story is about how nearly mid-way through the home season, the Peoria Chiefs' attendance numbers are down around 80 percent from their recent yearly average. But general manager Jason Mott says there's no cause for alarm.You'll also hear how movie theaters have been experiencing hardships for quite some time now, and the pandemic certainly hasn't helped. WCBU student reporter Olivia Streeter talks with Bradley Professor Cory Barker about the current state of cinemas.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Our top story is about how Peoria's Healthcare Collaborative is zeroing in on three major health issues impacting lower-income neighborhoods in the community. You'll also hear how June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ plus community. That means there's more rainbow flags out there showing their support. But for many local businesses, pride is year-round.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Our top story is about how residents of the historic Bishop Hill community northwest of Peoria are calling on the state to make needed repairs to its properties there. You'll also hear from Dave Koehler who has represented Peoria since 2006 in the State Senate, where he serves as assistant majority leader. The new legislative maps mean he would also represent parts of Bloomington-Normal. WCBU’s Christine Hatfield speaks with Koehler about how he'd bring the cities together as part of his work.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 21, 2021. Our top story is about how OSF Health Care officials say their recently opened On Call telehealth facility in downtown Peoria is a gateway to the industry's future. You'll also hear about how in Dunlap, Hickory Grove Elementary School is trying a new early childhood education concept: an outdoor learning center.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 18, 2021. Our top story is about how Juneteenth is now a state holiday, and is on it’s way to becoming a federal holiday. You'll also hear about how legislators and advocates are hoping to make Illinois the second state to permit marriage certificate name changes for transgender individuals.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 17, 2021. Our top story is about the next chief of the Peoria Police Department bringing his policing philosophy to Peoria. You'll also hear about how Illinois isn't particularly a national outlier when it comes to Illinois Democrats pushing through new state legislative maps for the upcoming decade.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Our top story is about Dr. Kiran Velpula, who says he's thankful for an opportunity to join the Peoria City Council. You'll also hear about Gov. JB Pritzker signing off on new redistricting boundaries for state legislators.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Our top story is about how two Peoria-area economic leaders say the region is poised for a strong rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll also hear about the River City's DIY counterculture of years' past as documented in the new book "Punks in Peoria."
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 14, 2021. Our top story is about Central Illinois congressman Darin LaHood on he's willing to spend on infrastructure, and where they money should come from. You'll also hear about how the recent deadly COVID-19 surge in India has been difficult to watch from afar for an internist with OSF HealthCare.