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Daniel Musisi

Daniel joined WCBU with eight years of experience in public radio, primarily in operations and engineering. He started out at WPFW - a Pacifica public radio station in Washington DC - as a remote broadcast engineer, before becoming an engineer and board operator for All Things Considered at NPR member station, WAMU. When he and his wife decided to relocate to Chicago, he landed a position as a master control engineer at WBEZ, Chicago Public Media. Five years later, Daniel and his wife Katie, moved their family to Peoria. They have a 2 year old daughter named Olive, and a new baby named Desmond. 
 
Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in audio production from American University in Washington, DC. He is also an accomplished DJ, with over 20 years of experience djing night clubs and special events including the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. State Department, the White House, and the 2013 Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball. 
 
Daniel is also a vinyl record collector and a bicycle enthusiast, who has been known to bike in to WCBU in the dark, at 4:30 in the morning, to host Morning Edition. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Our top story is about how the Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing sites in Pekin and the East Bluff are now appointment-based. You'll also hear about a new method to assess COVID-19 numbers. WCBU's Tim Shelley talks to Adee Athiyaman, a researcher from Western Illinois University's Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 6, 2020. Our top story is about how the Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is running a slate of nine candidates for state and county offices. You'll also hear how the city of Peoria is taking steps to convert Fulton Plaza into a two way street.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 2, 2020. Our top story is about the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season. You'll hear from Jason Mott, General Manager of the Peoria Chiefs. You'll also hear about a new initiative to address the issues of Asian carp in the Illinois river. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Our top story is about the City of Peoria Firework Ordinance. You'll hear from Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Peoria Fire Department, Stanley Taylor. You'll also hear Pekin Outreach Initiative founder, Lynne Johnson. She talks about the opening of a new day shelter for the population experiencing homelessness in Pekin.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Our top story is about how amidst the COVD-19 pandemic, area police officers working within the community are encouraged to wear masks, but they're not mandatory.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 29, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois Attorney General's office is reviewing whether the Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners' June 16 meeting notice violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 26, 2020. Our top story is about how Central Illinois could experience the remnants of a North African dust storm this weekend. You'll also hear some of Out & About host, Jenn Gordon's conversation with Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce. They discuss tonight's Fourth Friday event in Morton. 

A number of Greater Peoria businesses are planning to open their doors or expand services starting Friday, as the state moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 25, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees approved temporary closures at three facilities as a cost saving measure. You'll also hear about how more people are caring for a loved one at home, as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them unemployed or apprehensive about care facilities.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria City Council approved an early retirement incentive, aimed at reducing the need for layoffs from the city workforce. You'll also hear about how one small business adapted to COVID-19 restrictions. 


WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Our top story is about the Peoria Public Schools reopening plan for this fall. You'll also hear about school based policing as it relates to Peoria Public Schools.

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WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 22, 2020. Our top story is about an Illinois small bussiness survey. You'll also hear Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Tiffany Abrego talk about increased teen depression and anxiety rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm.

On Deck is a new daily podcast produced by the WCBU newsroom and hosted by Daniel Musisi. New episodes will be available every weekday morning by 7 a.m. They will also air on WCBU 89.9 FM at 7:45 a.m. each day.

The podcast will launch July 6. Here's a preview.


The Peoria Park District, in conjunction with the respective local organizations, canceled several of this year's Riverfront events as restrictions on crowd sizes and other social distancing guidlines continue to stay in place.

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Erin Buczynski and Jaci Musec about Sky Art Peoria. Musec is one of 5 artists whose works were recently selected to be featured on Adams Outdoor Billboards for one year, circulating throughout the tri-county region. For more information on the artists and art work featured in Sky Art Peoria visit https://artspartners.net/skyartpeoria/

This week on Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild about the 2020 Member Show, the incoming works of Morgan Elser, and their plans to welcome back the public into the gallery space. View the 2020 Member Show Virtual Gallery. 


This week on Out and About, Hannah Ramlo, founder and director of Soulside Healing Arts Studio, joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to mitigate the barriers that exist between people and holistic wellness.

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/


This week on Out and About, Associate Professor of Photograhy, Margaret LeJeune talks with Jenn Gordon about creating “Through Our Eyes” an online exhibition of the capstone photography class at Bradley University. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. To view the exhibition visit www.bradleyuniversityphoto.com


In an effort to stay afloat during the stay at home order, restaurants continue to adapt.

Slow Hand BBQ in Peoria Heights made the decision to close when the executive order went into effect. Co-owner Rob Mathisen said most important to them was social responsibility and doing their part to keep the community safe. Also important was their responsibility to the food itself.

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com


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On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.


Many small businesses in Peoria were forced to close once the State of Illinois deemed them non-essential last month. Book Rack Used Books on North Knoxville Avenue was one of those businesses. But owner Stacy Hardin received approval from Governor Pritzker’s office to reopen this week for the first time since March 21.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

Local arts organizations are adjusting to social distancing guidelines in an effort to stay safely connected to the community. 

Thirteen-year-old David Simmons of Monmouth saw the need for personal protective equipment and decided to put his 3D printing skills to good use.

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing businesses to close their doors -- some temporarily and others for good. But one Peoria business owner recently decided to brave the uncertainty and opened his doors for the first time.

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