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The Leadoff
Daily Podcast

WGLT's The Leadoff is a daily dose of Bloomington-Normal news, arts and culture, and music. Every day on WGLT's daily podcast, we'll deep-dive into one local story. Then we'll get you ready for the day (or the weekend) with a look ahead with WGLT reporters and guests from the community. Available by 7 a.m. every weekday.

Latest Episodes
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. You'll hear about the search for missing ISU graduate student Jelani Day. Plus, a preview of a new filmed adaption of an opera.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. You'll hear about a new partnership between OSF HealthCare and Chestnut Health Systems. Plus, a preview of the NAACP Freedom Fund speaker.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. You'll hear about ISU President Terri Goss Kinzy's first State of the University address. Plus, an interview with Jelani Day's mother.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. You'll hear about trying to sort fact from fiction when it comes to ISU campus safety. Plus, an interview with Normal City Manager Pam Reece.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. You'll hear about a law enforcement expert's analysis of the mobile home shootings in north Normal. Plus, an update on Unit 5's busing issues.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. You'll hear about the developer exiting the Trail East project in Uptown Normal. Plus, a story about a mom on a mission.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. You'll hear about the rise in COVID cases among school-aged children in McLean County. Plus, learn about Destihl's newly award-winning beer.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. You'll hear about the start of commercial production at Rivian. Plus, an interview with Unit 5's superintendent.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. You'll hear from an advocate for environmental equity on the state's new energy bill, which passed the Senate on Monday. Plus, an interview with the new principal of Hammitt school in Normal.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. You'll hear the preliminary findings of the McLean County state's attorney about the shootings in north Normal. Plus, a central Illinois author talks about her new book.