Randy Eccles

General Manager / COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, EX-OFFICIO

Springfield

Randy Eccles became NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008.  In 2014, Randy led the team that added Illinois Issues into the NPR Illinois portfolio and transitioned its reporting into audio/digital distribution.

Randy previously worked at KTAR in Phoenix and WGN in Chicago where he worked in programming and marketing management after producing talk shows and sports coverage.  He also served in management and news stints at student-run stations WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.  Born in Hinsdale, he was raised by teachers in south suburban Glenwood and spent a lot of time at the family farm in Industry, Illinois (south of Macomb).

CV - United We Pipe

Oct 10, 2020
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Damon McParland

In May 2020, the McParlands joined NPR Illinois to disucss their United We Pipe campaign to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. How did it turnout after a summer of touring? We speak with father and son Damon and Aidan McParland and their partner Claire Smith to find out.

Tiffani Saunders is a fource in the local community at UIS and about town. Listen to hear her perspectives and about the Hip-Hop Xpress.

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Community Voices talks local podcasting with Craig McFarland. Besides the Front Row Network, Craig has also been involved with the MUNI and the Springfield Area Arts Council. Learn more by listening below.

Randy Eccles and Bea Bonner are the Community Voices Co-Hosts.

Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles are the Community Voices Co-Hosts. 

Segment three of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Central Illinois Foodbanks Executive Director Pam Molitoris, Sangamon County Community Resource Executive Director David Petrilli, and SIU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Kari Wolf discussing issues presented by the pandemic. United Way of Central Illinois President and Chief Professional Officer John Kelker moderates.

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Segment two of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Sangamon County Community Resource Executive Director David Petrilli and SIU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Kari Wolf on shelter and mental health issues presented by the pandemic.

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Segment one of the September 18, 2020 Community Health Roundtable entitled Basic Community Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This segment features Central Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Pam Molitoris on food issues presented by the pandemic.

Roehrs, who is a re-enactor who has photographed war re-enactments, has World War I-inspired photos of re-enactors displayed in the exhibit “Have you forgotten yet? 100 Years Since the Armistice” at LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery. She’s digital engagement producer at NPR Illinois.

Meet Rachel Otwell

Sep 30, 2018

Tara McClellan McAndrew explores a past experience of NPR Illinois reporter Rachel Otwell.

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It is a joyful event when NPR Illinois is able to hire new staff.  

Here's a great weekend project with the kids just in time for the Illinois State Fair...

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch discusses NPR Illinois PodCamp in her State Journal-Register column.

The NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board (CAB) met in Chicago and connected by videoconference to Springfield. The primary purposes of the meeting were to welcome new advisory board members who begin their new terms on July 1, 2018 and to provide input about whether NPR Illinois’ programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community it serves.

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Thanks to Grab-a-Java for welcoming listeners during this spring's fund drive.  NPR Illinois is honored to be a sign of the times!

After several weeks of investigation, Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed as host of On Point.

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The Future Fund is an endowment that has awarded $69,000 to programs that help youth through a competitive application process.  

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
September 1, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
TBD, Springfield

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Advisory Board purpose

  1. Consider Community Advisory Board requirements
  2. Review bylaws
  3. Refine Community Advisory Board expectations

Advisory Board membership

  1. Approve transition to staggered terms 
  2. Determine when to launch Nominating Committee

NPR Illinois update

NPR Illinois midday program the 21st is featured describing its first year growth, behind the scenes work, and mission to grow its service to you.

It's clear you have something to say about the historic impasse entering its third year.  Here are some of the early contributions:

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
June 2, 2017

For major public media junkies, here's the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) President Pat Harrison appearing before the House Appropriations Committee - Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Scroll to the end to learn a lot about public broadcasting.

An article on the budget impasse's impact on Illinois public broadcasters from a trade journal.

Steven Spearie of the SJ-R talked with local public media managers about the potential impact of the Trump administration budget proposal.

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 3, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Suggs Performance Studio, NPR Illinois Studios
2340 Theodore Dreiser Lane, Springfield

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