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Ariele Jones


Ariele started out hosting jazz and blues programs on WGLT when she was a student at Illinois State University.

She is currently the host of Morning Edition and Center Stage, a show focusing on the music of Broadway and Hollywood, and Highway 309.

She became a full-time employee at WGLT and WCBU in 2020.

Ways to Connect

Posters and bulletin boards for Black History Month

Teachers have encountered many challenges during the past 12 months, and the craft has been evolving because of the pandemic. Now it is Black History Month, and for many teachers Black history is more than just a one-month exercise.

Basketball team photo
McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Basketball Tournament is one of the longest running basketball tournaments in the state of Illinois.

On this episode of Center Stage, it's music from The Prom, The Lion King, and Bye Bye Birdie!

On this episode of Center Stage, it's music from Dreamgirls (The London Cast), Chicago, and Rocketman!

Sometimes we have our favs, whether it be the stage version or the screen version and tonight you will hear music from both!

Brandon Bell grew up in Normal and now resides in St. Louis.

Bell spoke with Ariele Jones for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-Normal. Contact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Christie Vellella is a Chicago native who came to Illinois State University in the 70s. She is a retired teacher and social worker in Bloomington-Normal.

Aubrey Barlow
Staff / WGLT

Chicago native Aubrey Barlow believes COVID-19 has given white people a small glimpse into what it’s like to be black in America.

We are flying our Freak Flag for Shrek in honor of the Miller Park Summer Theatre production that was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis.

On this episode, we are keeping our fingers crossed that there will still be a summer production of Mamma Mia at the Community Players in Bloomington by playing music from the stage and movie!

On this episode of Center Stage, music from Glee, Annie, and Flower Drum Song!

Tonight's episode of Center Stage is shaken, not stirred with music from James Bond movies, as well other secret-agent-spy-figures!

Who needs some options of songs to sing while you washing your hands? On this episode of Center Stage, Ariele has songs from the stage that would be great picks to sing as you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds!

On episode this episode of Center Stage, let's usher in spring with music from Bambi, Camelot, and State Fair!

It's all about those Coming of Age stories with music from Be More Chill, The Lion King & Hairspray!

During this epsode of WGLT's Center Stage, music from sequels, prequels, revials, AND reboots with music from Hello Dolly!, Oklahoma, and The Lion King!

It's a love and Valentine's Day Hangover with music from Hamilton, Carousel, & Kiss Me Kate!

On this episode of Center Stage, music from The Wiz, On Your Feet, & Cats!

On this episode of Center Stage, the spotlight is on the awards season with music from the nominees and winners!

On this episode of Center Stage, The Book of Mormon is having a run at the Peoria Civic Center, so tonight there's music from the popular show, as well as other religious themed musicals!

Welcome in the 2020s with music from musicals set in or from the 1920s!

Music from Chicago and No, No, Nanette is coming your way.

Celebrate the Holidys with Center Stage as Ariele attempts to play back to back holiday music from the Stage, the Screen, and some of your favs holiday albums!

On this weeks episode of Center Stage, music from Elf, The Book of Mormon & The Sound of Music!

Music from the stage and big screen this week from Frozen 2, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and Love Actually!

Welcoming in December with music from No, No, Nanette, Pippin, and The Band's Visit!

Getting in the Thanksgiving Spirit with music from Oliver!, Ain't Too Proud, and Frozen 2!

On this week's episode of Centerstage, music from musicals about Legends or legendary albums with music from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and The Cher Show.

Life is a Cabaret and the Community Players production of "Cabaret" is in full swing, and get ready for music from the stage and film version of Cabaret with Liza Minelli and Alan Cumming.

On the way, music from musicals where kids stage revolts! Music from Annie, Moulin Rouge, & Heathers.

We are getting into the Halloween spirit this week on WGLT's Center Stage with selections from Beetlejuice, Glee, & Rocky Horror Picture Show.