People

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Bob's managed to combine his knowledge of classical music and history with a sharp wit and a talent for foreign languages into a radio career since 1966.  Long-time listeners to WNIU (and we mean long) may remember Bob's voice from...

  • Reporter

    Chase started in radio while earning his Master's in diplomacy and international commerce at the University of Kentucky.  He was bitten by the radio bug while volunteering at Radio Eye (a local equivalent to

  • Morning Edition Host & statewide newscaster

    Good morning, Early Riser! Since 1997 I've been waking WNIJ listeners with the latest news, weather, and program information with the goal of seamlessly weaving this content into NPR's Morning Edition.

    Since January, 2018, I've been...

  • WNIJ Saturday Night Blues Host

    David James hosts our Saturday Night Blues show on WNIJ, the fastest three hours on radio.  He's a Northern Illinois native, and has also lived in Northern Arizona and North Carolina.  He eats, sleeps and breathes the Blues. Dave has...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Elena started her radio career in Minnesota in 2001, working as part of the production team for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.  She then decided it was time to put her clarinet-ing skills to work and so began performing...

  • Reporter

    Guy Stephens produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Jeff is a public radio veteran with more than 25 years behind the microphone.  He's hosted everything from jazz to folk to progressive rock.  Jeff is a hobbyist musician and minor-league collector of musical instruments from around the world. ...

  • News Director

    Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    John got started in broadcasting as a news anchor at his high school's closed-circuit television station, and then at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.  After a dozen years doing virtually everything there was to do at a small public radio station...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio.  She's worked at stations in Wisconsin, Colorodo and Minnesota.  Through the years, she's earned four national awards for best announcer.  Her favorite...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Lynne recently returned to a career in radio after a four-year hiatus.  In this "Cavorts with Collies" period, she followed her lifelong passion for working with dogs as a trainer and behavior consultant.  She started "Good Dog Productions,"...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Melissa stumbled into a career in broadcasting many years ago when she moved to Wichita, Kansas to be near her soon-to-be husband.  The attraction (to radio work, that is) was immediate, and the chance to be around great music without having to...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Mindy began her career in public broadcasting following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working first for the local public television station and then for Wisconsin Public Radio.  She then moved on to stations in...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Indications that radio was Scott's blood go back to age five, when he used a corkboard and a battered phonograph as a makeshift radio studio.  His real radio career began in college, working as a volunteer at a local cable radio...

  • Reporter, All Things Considered Host

    Susan’s parents should have known she’d end up in radio: her favorite toys were tape recorders, cameras, notepads, and books. Many years later, she’s an award-winning reporter at her favorite radio station. Formerly WNIJ’s News Director, she...

  • Suzanne Bona is the creator and host of Sunday Baroque.  She's been hosting classical music in a variety of capacities since 1987.  In addition to being a classically-trained flutist, Suzanne is an avid reader, jogger, culinary...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    Valerie has been a classical music host at stations in Arizona and Minnesota.  She holds a degree in cello performance and plays piano in self-defense, but feels most at home in front of a microphone - as your companion for an evening of...

  • WNIU Classical Music Host

    With more than two decades in radio, Ward's career has included stints as a morning show host, sportscaster and interview program host.  He is also a past winner of the prestigious Marconi Award.  Ward's love of classical music stems from a...