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Jon Norton

Music Director/Morning Edition Host

Not a hunter, skier, ice fisherman or hockey player, Northern Minnesota native Jon Norton has adapted well to what he considers the warm climate of Central Illinois.

After 20+ years in commercial radio, he's also "adapted" well to programming and playing jazz and blues music for listeners in Central Illinois.  John Lee Hooker and Oscar Peterson are among his favorite artists.

Norton is an ISU and Chicago Bulls Basketball fan, a Minnesota Twins baseball fan and treasures his time at home with his wife and son. 

Fantastic Negrito performing at the Ohana Festival on Sept. 30, 2018, in Dana Point, CA.
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We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Keith Knight
Keith Knight

Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight's focus on racial profiling, police brutality, and race relations have many pegging him as a social activist.

Allie Beam, Elli Diggins, and Gavin Cunningham of BN Youth Activists
Jon Norton / WGLT

Student protests following the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have not ebbed.

Jared Alcorn holding Lucero's 'Among The Ghosts' LP
Jon Norton / WGLT

When the Memphis-based alt-country rockers Lucero plays the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria this Sunday, Sept. 30, they'll be performing songs from "Among The Ghosts," their latest album getting plenty of play inside Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” performance
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

Bloomington Central Catholic High School grad Ryan Latham said succeeding as a session musician and on-call live performer in Nashville is all about saying "yes."

Nolan Kelly, right and Flaccid
Jamie Day

The Bloomington-Normal psychedelic rock band Flaccid is calling it quits after six years. But founding member Nolan Kelly said members are not splitting without releasing a final album, and performing a final show at the Castle Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 22.

UPDATED 3:10 p.m. | Authorities say a man who was killed Monday night on Interstate 55 was fleeing from police after a traffic stop.

Jeni B. with performing partner Andrew Brucker
Kevin Schertz

Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

The Robber Barons, left to right: Andrew Moody, Eric Fisher, Rob WIlls, Matt Garrison, Kevin Loeske
Lisa Schneider

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

Erik Nelson at Eclipse Studios
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

The Record Company on stage
Amy Harris / Invision/AP

We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Defining a griot’s role in West African society can be a challenge, as the title doesn’t translate easily to European-based culture.

Billy Branch
Melodie Strowbridge

Billy Branch is a Chicago bluesman through and through. But he says many bands we now call classic rock had as much an influence on his sound as did the blues legends that became his mentors.

Reverberation Vinly's John Anderson holding Aretha Franklin's 'Young, Gifted and Black" LP
Jon Norton / WGLT

The contemporary music world lost perhaps its greatest voice Thursday morning when Aretha Franklin passed away at age 76.

Illinois Wesleyan University jazz studies director Glenn Wilson says rare concert footage is a major reason the Thelonious Monk documentary is "a must watch."

Herb Eaton with his sculpture 'Mommy's Broom'
Pamela Eaton

Bloomington's Herb Eaton says his "Mommy's Broom" bronze sculpture chosen for this year’s Peoria Sculpture Walk is actually a vision from 30 years ago.

Miski Dee Rodriguez, center,and City Mouse
Faith Cardelli

Miski Dee Rodriguez said she left corporate America 15 years ago to follow her true love: Music.

Adam Humphreys and Jessica Wheet of Old Smoke
Adam R. Day, Betania M. Carvalho

The now five member blues-rock outfit Old Smoke has been headlining central Illinois shows and opening for national acts including Samantha Fish and Tommy Castro at the Castle Theatre for roughly three years -- despite no album to sell or promote.

Shemekia Copeland signs into a mic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

We think of GLT Blues Radio as the Best Blues Station on Planet Earth because that's what you tell us.

Cody Diekhoff, aka Chicago Farmer
Cody Diekhoff

Cody Diekhoff as his alter ego Chicago Farmer is a riveting live performer who has cultivated a loyal following with folk songs and stories about the American heartland. And especially central Illinois.

Stefen Robinson and his dog Kodo
Jamie Breeck

What to do when words won’t describe the current political landscape in the United States? At least words that can be aired on the radio?

Dominique Stevenson a.k.a 'V8 Vast Change'
Livid Expression

Bloomington hip-hop artist Dominique Stevenson said positive messages and uplifting vibes in his music are connected to his religion. He doesn't believe people can achieve happiness, or good, alone.

Howlin Rain
Kristy Walker

John Anderson has filled a record store niche in the Twin Cities with an eclectic mix of genres at Reverberation Vinyl, his store on Main Street across from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

The Something Brothers (L-R): Gregory Pare, John Ganser, Scott Lee Wilson, Tommy O’Donnell, Edwin Pierce
Scott Harrison

The Something Brothers guitarist Edwin Pierce said it was surprisingly easy for band members to create and record new music together despite a nearly 30-year studio hiatus, and missing a key band member.

Megg Farrell & Friends including Ryan Weisheit, left and Megg Farrell, right.
Natalie Allante

The woman who fronts the Hot Jazz band Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers with Normal native and saxophonist Ryan Weisheit said a desire to tap into her folk and country roots was the impetus to morph into a different lineup with a new name.

Eric Stock / WGLT

A man was injured early Tuesday by gunfire on Bloomington's west side, police said.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The last time singer-songwriter Neko Case played the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, the sold-out crowd missed out on her new album. The recording "Hell-On" was still a few months away from release.

Band Of Heathens
Greg Giannukos

Musicians not prone to wade into politics are showing their hand more often in the current political climate.

Tookapic / Flickr

A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor of economics shows how utility rate changes have a bigger impact on lower income households than wealthier ones.

Bloomington singer-songwriter Kyle Yap said his father raised him on a steady diet of his classic rock LPs. You can hear the influences during a live Yap show.

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