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Mike McCurdy

Program Director

Mike has been interested in radio for about as long as he can remember. He has a resume dotted with commercial radio and TV news experience and was first on air at Kansas State University's college station, KSDB. He started at GLT in December of 1991 as News Director and was promoted to Program Director in 1996. You can hear Mike during a lot of the 30-second promotional announcements scattered throughout the various broadcast schedules and during GLT's news magazine, Sound Ideas, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 11 AM and 6 PM. He also helps direct the community sustainable transportation project founded at GLT known as Good To Go.

Mike is a gardener, camper and avid bicyclist who commutes to work nearly year round on a bike. He's proud to have not driven to work since April of 2009. He's founding president and current vice-president of the bicycle advocacy group Bike BloNo. He's also acting-chair of the Connect Transit Board of Trustees.

Ways to Connect

Coffee beans in a hand
Rick Bowmer / AP

That morning cup of coffee has a backstory.

In this edition of GLT's gardening podcast Grow, GLT's Mike McCurdy and Illinois State University’s Patrick Murphy talk about domestically produced beans and some of the trouble coffee growers are facing due to climate change.

Rex Parker

The letters in words you're reading right now were designed by someone, maybe a team of someones. In the digital age, designing fonts and typefaces has never been easier. Simply choosing a font for your document is as easy as clicking on a pull down menu, and among the choices will be typefaces designed by a Bloomington native.

Fall leaves on ground
Vladimer Shioshvili / Flickr/Creative Commons

The season is changing, and that means there's a new seasonal to-do list for anyone with a green thumb.

ground squirrel
Cliff / Flickr/Creative Commons

There's not a lot of in between on squirrels. People either think they’re annoying rodents or think they're cute critters and like to have them around.

Meghna and David
Liz Linder / WBUR

The feedback for 1A (which replaced On Point weekdays from 9-11 a.m.) has been great. Thank you to the listeners who got in contact to let us know what they thought of the change. We hope we'll also hear postive things about the changes that will now bring back On Point back to the GLT schedule weekday evenings.

Tree weeping sap
Grant Rucker

How to save a tree and choosing a replacement tree are the two listener questions Illinois State University’s Patrick Murphy and GLT's Mike McCurdy try to answer in this edition of our gardening show Grow.

Aerial view of ISU quad
Illinois State University

In some settings, trees are ubiquitous. In fact, it's hard to see the trees for the forest. But some trees earn more respect than others.

Potatoes in a bowl
Food Group / Flickr/Creative Commons

There are a lot of reasons for wasted food, the least of which is children pushing away before forking some broccoli.

Tree with oak wilt at ISU
Patrick Murphy / WGLT

If you see a tree with yellowing leaves and it’s missing branches in the center, it could be an oak in trouble.

Dogwood tree
Falon Yates / Creative Commons/Flickr

It’s not unusual for gardeners to move or transplant a shrub, tree, or plant from one location to another. But seeing that plant thrive after it’s moved is another matter.

Tree stump
Tree Stump Baumstrunk / Flickr/Creative Commons

The word “homemade” usually denotes wholesome or delicious, like homemade pie. But when it comes to homemade herbicide, pesticides, or other remedies, just as much caution is needed as with the commercially produced chemicals.

Staff / WGLT

A great-looking lawn is nice to have. But it takes a lot of time, money, and effort to maintain.

Tim Roske / AP

There are myriad pests ready to attack your vegetable garden and landscaping. And some attack in a group.

Kaarina Dillabough/Via Flickr Creative Commons

How does your garden grow? Thanks to technology you can keep tabs on your yard day and night—from anywhere in the world—on your phone.

On this week’s GLT’s Grow, Mike McCurdy talks to Patrick Murphy about outdoor weather stations and garden cameras.

Field Outdoor Spaces/FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS

Outdoor furniture isn’t what it used to be. The trend is no longer towards an outdoor dinette set but more of a living room type of space, and it can get elaborate.

Denise Krebs/FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS

All great looking landscaping has one thing in common: accurate and adequate water. During this edition of GLT's gardening program Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with ISU's Patrick Murphy about how to automate watering.

<a href="HTTPS://WWW.YOURBESTDIGS.COM/REVIEWS/THE-BEST-LAWN-MOWER/">YourBestDigs.com</a> FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS

Almost any gasoline tool can be replaced by a more environmental friendly battery-powered tool. What are you waiting for? 

Staff / WGLT

Normal's former city manager has retired, but he's still speaking out. And he has a warning.

Andy and Marie Streenz
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Tuesday is Tax Day, the deadline for Americans to file their federal taxes.

Michael Dabin, courtesy of Jim Kirk / New York Daily News

The nation's largest newspapers are seeing digital subscriptions soar during President Donald Trump's administration. The newly named editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times said during a Sound Ideas interview that readers are willing "to pay for good content" about the current administration.

Jason Doss / Wikimedia Commons

Kansas City is poised to become the smartest of smart cities in the next five years, according to the city employee leading that effort.

Illinois State University

Greek life coordinators at Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities are working to prevent hazing incidents through education.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Organizers of a union that would represent Illinois State University graduate students have crossed a threshold.

The Colorado Project

The filmmaker behind "The Colorado" gives credit for his film, in part, to an explorer with central Illinois connections.

Rivian Automotive

The first two vehicles being introduced by Rivian Automotive this year will be autonomous, or self-driving, and designed for adventure.

During an interview for GLT's Sound Ideas, Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said the "electric adventure vehicles" will have steering wheels, but drivers won't have to necessarily use them. 

Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

A new playground planned for Bloomington's east side is designed for kids with disabilities and to bring all children together.

artsblooming.org

The Bloomington Center of Performing Arts has been without a permanent manager since March 2017. But that will soon change.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Bloomington and Normal city councils will likely see a draft of dual ordinances that would stop local police from working with federal immigration authorities on deportation—even if Normal’s city manager says it’s bad public policy.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

Farnsworth Group/Eckenhoff Saunders Architects / Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council at its next meeting may review a proposal for what's being called a "major economic development initiative" in Uptown Normal. 

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