Community Voices

Mondays-Thursdays Noon-1 p.m., Fridays Noon-12:30 p.m., Saturdays 5-6 p.m.

Hear the voices of our community:  residents, leaders, visitors, listeners, donors, sponsors, nonprofits, and volunteers discuss what they care about and how to make the neighborhood grow.

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Ben Belzer

Ben Belzer stopped by the studio awhile ago, to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines'. While last time focused on auditions and the main premise of the show, this time Ben introduced the shows sponsor and why it was important for them to work together.

Seeing untold stories come alive is a benefit of enjoying live theater. One of these untold stories will be showcased in 'Memphis the Musical' at The Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Wizard of Oz

The Springfield Muni has reached its fourth and final show in their 2019 season, 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

Theater is one way for people to get across many lessons and topics. Ben Belzer stopped by the studio to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines' and what he's hoping audiences learn.

Throrughly Modern Millie

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' is the third show in the Springfiel Muni's 2019 Season. 

The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni's 2019 season is in full swing. It continues with their production of Evita. Cory Blissett who portrays Augustine Magaldi and Assistant Director Courtney Wick stopped by the studio to talk about the history and learning that audiences will experience during the show.

Click here for tickets and more information.

The Springfield Muni presents Peter Pan
The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni 2019 season is here. Craig McFarland and Jacob Deters stopped by the studio to talk about the some new aspects of their production of Peter Pan.

Speaker: Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Get ready to explore news, ideas, and what it means to be human through different events with us for a whole week!   

Community Voices:The Exoneree Band

Mar 22, 2019
Credit Dustin Franz for The New York Times

From spending wrongfully convicted time behind bars to spending time performing on stage, The Exoneree Band has more than music to give to the public. The Exoneree band is comprised of five men that spent a total of 92 years in prison. These men turn their situation to one where they can give back to their community and share their stories. 

More details at the Illinois Innocence Project.

The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra (SVCO) is hosting a romantic concert. David Platt, music director of SVCO stopped by the studio to share more about the concert.

The Springfield Muni 2019 season is approaching and auditions are happening soon. Auditioning can be a nerve wrecking process, but Craig McFarland ensures attending their 2019 Muni Audition workshop will help combat the nerves.

This year the Muni will host two audition workshops one at 10 a.m. for children and another at 1 p.m. for adults on Saturday February 16.

More information on the Springfield Muni’s 2019 season here.

February is Black History Month. African Americans everywhere are celebrated especially those who made a difference in society.  

Have you ever thought about the influential people we do not hear about?

Fr. Daren Zehnle a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, IL and pastor of St. Augustine Church in Ashland stopped by the studio to tell the story of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the United States of America. 


The 16th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures presented by the University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies was held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in the Student Union Ballroom at UIS.

The topic was “Lincoln versus Douglas.”

The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series brings nationally known scholars to Springfield to present lectures on topics that both engaged Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of his era and are still timely today.

Austrian Organist Lukas Hasler and Mark Gifford Director of Music and Organist at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, sit down with Beatrice Bonner from Community Voices to announce the start of Lukas's United States tour. 

The number of news reporters has been declining for years – in print and broadcast, and markets of all sizes. One need only look at the Illinois State House Press Corps, whose numbers have dwindled from several dozen full-time, year-round reporters to a handful of credentialed journalists today, or the decreased size of local media news staff, to see the trend in our area.

What’s the impact on you - and the community? Research shows that fewer journalists mean less accountability of public officials. 

Join NPR Illinois at our Suggs Studio for a special Halloween screening of the best short horror films from previous Route 66 Film Festivals.

Free popcorn and candy, cash bar. Some films may not be suitable for children. Free admission!

Extra Life

Extra Life is a national charity that holds 24 hour gaming marathons across the country. The charity mobilizes gaming enthusiasts to raise funds for children's hospitals while enjoying video and board games. 

For local gamers Ian McCann, Tony Anderson, and Ryan Capranica, the combination of their love of gaming and their want to give back comes together when they host their own annual Extra Life marathon. 

Lee Milner

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

ADHD Productions is bringing "The Rocky Horror Show" to Springfield for the ninth year. 

NPR Illinois is sponsoring an art show displaying the work of local artists Felicia Olin and Mehr Tumulty. The show, titled Of Dreams & Nightmares is Friday, October 26th from 5:00 to 9 at The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space . It will feature pieces that capture imagery from people's wildest dreams and, perhaps, most vivid nightmares.  

Illinois Newsroom holds Listening Sessions across the state to hear what's top of mind for community members. 

Sean Crawford and Jeremy Hobson share a laugh at the event September 10 on the Legacy Theatre stage.
Mike Taylor / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Here & Now anchor Jeremy Hobson joins NPR Illinois in Springfield to discuss his background in journalism and the upcoming state and national elections Monday, September 10t, 2018.  Hobson also participates in a question and answer session with the audience. 

Matt Penning selfie on his recumbent tricycle.
Matt Penning /

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

Friday, September 7, Capital City Improv pits teammate against teammate in their Comedy Royale show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. 

Carly Stroud, one of the founders of the group, says members of Capital City Improv will face off in different games. The winners will be decided by the audience. 

The show starts at 8pm and you can find tickets and more information here.

Susie Hultquist, the CEO and Founder of Spokin, left her job to develop and app that would help not only her own daughter, but people all over the world who live with food allergies. 

The app, Spokin, is a platform for users to share their experiences with food products, restaurants, and other businesses to make the world a more safe and navagable place for those who who have or care for someone who has food allergies. 

NPR Illinois is hosting the award-winning journalist and co-host of Here & Now, Jeremy Hobson in Springfield for a conversation about the 2018 Election.

"Big River" brings the story of Huckleberry Finn to the Hoogland stage. 

Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a young boy from Missouri, joins a runaway slave, Jim, as he attempts to travel north to Canada to flee his life as a slave. During their time together, Huck finds that many of his beliefs about slaves in the United States are wrong. He is told by the adults around him that to help Jim escape is to sin against God. 

Huck decides that he would rather be a "sinner" than abandon his friend. 

The Springfield Muni Opera holds special auditions for children every year to fill a handful of roles in their summer lineup of shows. 

The auditions bring out hundreds of kids, but former Muni president and current board member Mac Warren says the auditions always end with the "especially gut-wrenching" process of choosing who will and will not be cast. 

Last year, the "Muni Trolls" program, named after the popular movie, opened the door for young thespians to explore the world of theater even if they hadn't been cast in one of the four main shows.