Bradley’s public radio station turns 35
by Lee Wenger ‘76, director of radio information service
Bradley University’s dedication to communication reaches another milestone this year as WCBU 89.9 celebrates 35 years of public radio service to central Illinois.
In 1963, student station WRBU signed on from the Student Center as a carrier-current service heard only in on-campus buildings. By 1967, planning began for broadcasting to the greater community with a new “educational” station (“public” radio hadn’t been invented yet).
WCBU FM, then at 88.3 on the dial, went on the air Tuesday, January 20, 1970. Over the years, WCBU became one of National Public Radio’s first affiliates, expanded its broadcast schedule to 24/7, raised its power from 10 watts mono to 22,500 watts stereo, its coverage from 10 to 75 miles, and its frequency to 89.9. Its audience grew to over 30,000 listeners a week. Today, the station offers a wide variety of programs, the entire broadcast day streams to the world via the Internet, and WCBU’s award-winning newsroom is one of only two remaining local radio news operations in Peoria.
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Sara M. Ray receives Lincoln Academy Laureate Award
Sara M. Ray ‘05, a public relations major from Bartonville and graduate of Limestone High School, has been named a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Each year, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded a Certificate of Achievement and thereby becomes a Student Laureate. Student Laureates are chosen by the chief executive officers of their respective institutions, who also serve as Academic Trustees of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. They are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
“Receiving this prestigious award was a wonderful culmination of three and a half amazing years at Bradley,” said Ray. “This award, more than anything, showed me how much the faculty and staff at Bradley have believed in and supported me.”
A member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, she has served on the sorority’s executive council for three years. Ray is also a member of the Panhellenic Council and has been involved with Fresh Start Alcohol Counseling, Bradley Dance Marathon, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, and Catholic Charities. She also has worked on campus in the Alumni Relations and Housing & Greek Life Offices. She is the daughter of Michael and Sheila Ray.