A Joint Service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
On Deck no sponsor 1400
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, September 17, 2021. Our top story is about the ED Edwards coal plant in Bartonville is slated to become a battery energy storage site after its closure next year. You’ll also hear from Peoria’s alt-folk quintet, The Way Down Wanderers. Band members Collin Krause and Austin Thompson talk about their latest album “More Like Tomorrow.”
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 16, 2021. Our top story is about how Metamora’s Biscuits and Gravy Restaurant is expanding its business in a new direction. You’ll also hear from Jackie Newman, the director of the Springfield Housing Authority and the acting director of the Peoria Housing Authority since 2018. In an interview with WCBU's Hannah Alani, Newman responds to community concerns about the current situation at Taft Homes.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Our top story is about how as the Peoria Chiefs finish off this season with a "fan appreciation week," general manager Jason Mott is optimistic this year's lagging attendance won't extend into 2022. You’ll also hear about how a locally famous West Peoria steakhouse is becoming a cannabis consumption lounge. Tim Shelley speaks with High Harbor Cannabis Lounge and Event Center owner Ron DiGiacomo about the new business.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Our top story is about how former Peoria Park District director Bonnie Noble has died at age 80. You’ll also hear about how Doctor Ken Fukuchi is among researchers hoping to find a treatment for Alzheimer's Disease. Fukuchi, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year study with a goal of developing preventive and therapeutic solutions. Fukuchi discusses the project with WCBU reporter Joe Deacon.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 13, 2021. Our top story is about how a quartet of Illinois River communities hope people make the 52-mile loop this weekend for the first "Bridge to Bridge" River Drive Festival. You’ll hear from the festival organizers. You’ll also hear about how when your business plan was all about brewing up a closer community, what do you do when that community has to stay outside? That was the situation many Peoria-area coffee shops found themselves in during the worst of the pandemic. Steve Tarter checks in with a few to see how they're doing now.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 10, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria area's first legal cannabis consumption event is happening this weekend. You’ll also hear from Marty Wombacher, who you may know from his popular blog, Meanwhile Back in Peoria. That blog celebrates his return to his hometown, but on September 11th, 2001, Wombacher was living in New York City, just blocks away from Ground Zero. He told WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter about his recollections from that day.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 9, 2021. Our top story is about how the new FarmFED food processing cooperative is well on its way to revving up its engines. But as Tim Shelley reports, while they've met their fundraising goal, they haven't sold enough ownership shares yet. You’ll also hear how since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of suicide attempts in children and teens has nearly doubled. That's according to Bernice Gordon-Young, a psychotherapist with OSF HealthCare. In this interview with WCBU’s Jody Holtz, Gordon-Young talks about the driving factors behind these attempts, as well as the important role parents have in fostering healthy environments and open communication.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Our top story is about how food insecurity is a major problem everywhere. Tazewell County has named September "Hunger Action Month" to bring light to this issue, as well as some solutions. You’ll also hear how arrests for driving under the influence by the Peoria Police Department are declining and have been for several years. Has the department changed its approach to handling DUIs? Are people drinking less and being more responsible? Or are there other explanations? You’ll find out.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Our top story is about how residents of Taft Homes and concerned activists are continuing to demand better housing conditions. You’ll also hear how before Rob Fromberg became a writer and teacher, he was a 19-year-old from Peoria abruptly thrust into the role of full-time caretaker for his younger brother. That relationship is the focal point of Fromberg's new memoir, How to Walk with Steve. He recently spoke with Tim Shelley about the book.
  • WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 3, 2021. Our top story is about how small business owners in Illinois will now be able to save thousands on their federal taxes thanks to Senate Bill 2531, a change to Illinois tax law. Illinois small businesses are now exempt from a $10,000 cap on State and Local Tax deductions on federal tax filings. You’ll also hear how the timing is right for major investments on the Illinois River. But that all hinges on the federal government first recognizing the waterway's importance.