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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 Thursday, January 19. You’ll hear good news on the COVID-19 front, as well as take a look at a new public safety department at Heartland Community College. Plus, at least two Normal Town Council members have raised concerns about information they were presented before a recent vote on a new fitness center.
  • WGLT’s The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, January 19. You’ll hear the latest COVID news plus take a look at how many employees State Farm is trying to hire. Plus, an Illinois State University professor talks about her newest book, and how student reflections on the pandemic in 2020 are still relevant today.
  • WGLT’s The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, January 18. You’ll hear about challenges facing rural hospitals and an ongoing investigation by Bloomington Police. Plus, holding large events amidst a surge in COVID cases is risky. Charlie Schlenker talks to people about how they're weighing those decisions.
  • WGLT’s The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Friday, January 14. You’ll hear about how candidates for county and state offices and judicial seats in Illinois can start collecting signatures for the June primary. Plus, COVID hospitalizations have doubled across the country in the last two weeks as the omicron variant leads to record surges in new COVID cases.
  • WGLT’s The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Thursday, January 13. You’ll hear about a Normal town council member who’s eyeing a seat in Springfield and the latest in COVID news for McLean County. Plus, a disposal company argues the area could use more competition — in the waste business.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. You'll hear from McLean County Sherriff Jon Sandage. Plus, an interview with William Murphy, a biomedical engineer and graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. You'll hear about an organization raising concerns about a proposal to add license plate cameras around Bloomington. Plus, an interview with Mayor Chris Koos.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Monday, Jan. 10 2022. You'll hear about a record breaking week for COVID hospitalizations in McLean County. Plus, a new photography exhibit at Normal Public Library gives Twin Cities residents a chance enjoy nature—indoors.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. You'll hear about cancelled classes in the twin cities and a new COVID record in McLean County. Plus, an interview with McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. You'll hear about a Normal Town Council member's view on pedestrian safety along College Avenue. Plus, an interview with Normal Mayor Chris Koos.