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WCBU Community Advisory Board

The WCBU/Peoria Public Radio Community Advisory Board functions as an advisory body for station staff and management and to Bradley University, WCBU's licensee.

The board also represents the station in the community, is involved in fundraising activities, and advises station staff on ways WCBU can best serve the Greater Peoria community. Meetings are open to the public. Schedules, agendas, and meeting minutes can be found below. 

Emily Bollinger

Interested in joining WCBU's Advisory Board? Board membership is capped at 17, with two positions reserved for Bradley University students. Members serve two year terms, with the exception of the BU student members, whose terms are one year. Prospective members are generally nominated in each May, approved in July, and seated in September. Click here to submit an interest form.

Click here to contact the board.
Click here for the board's bylaws.
WCBU Advisory Board Facebook Page


Emily Bollinger

  • Becky Doubleday, Chair
  • Jim Runyon, Vice Chair
  • Sara Netzley, Recording Secretary
  • Jennifer Essig
  • Ray Baker
  • Betsy Beltran
  • Diane Hahn
  • Isabela Nieto, Bradley University student
  • Megan Pedigo
  • Jennifer Robin, Nominating Chair
  • Meagan Ruger-Smith, Bradley University student
  • Bill Shock
  • Brittany Strickland
  • Jessica Thomas
  • Ravi Uddavolu
  • Yolanda Wallace
  • WCBU staff (ex-officio): Jennifer Armstrong, Anna Chumbley, Jody Holtz, Melissa Libert, and R.C. McBride
From left to right: vice chair Jim Runyon, Meagan Ruger-Smith and chair Becky Doubleday.
Emily Bollinger
From left to right: vice chair Jim Runyon, Meagan Ruger-Smith and chair Becky Doubleday.


  • Executive: Doubleday (Chair), Runyon (Vice Chair), Netzley, McBride
  • Community Outreach: Strickland (Chair), Beltran, Doubleday, Hahn, Nieto, Shock, Uddavolu, Thomas, Wallace
  • Nominating: Robin (Chair), Thomas (Vice Chair), Baker, Doubleday, Netzley, Nieto, Ruger-Smith, Runyon, St. Louis, McBride
  • Project Fundraising: Doubleday (Chair), Hahn, Pedigo, Uddavolu
  • Review: Runyon (Chair), Doubleday, Essig, Meagan Ruger-Smith

All meetings held at 5 P.M. at the WCBU studios (4th floor, Morgan Hall, Bradley University) unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (Agenda)
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - cancelled
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2024
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2024
Emily Bollinger

Past meetings

Annual Letters to Bradley University Leadership
Eligibility for WCBU’s annual Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting requires WCBU's Community Advisory Board to be actively engaged with station management and to occasionally advise and report to the station’s license holder (Bradley University) on WCBU's service. In that spirit, the Board formally communicates an annual update to Bradley administration, and those letters (found below) are made available to the public below.

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