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WGLT's The Leadoff

Daily Podcast
  • Hosted by Ryan Denham

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.

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It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 22, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Board of Health considering the best way to approach reopening. And WGLT's newsroom looks at the track record of the Bloomington nursing home where six residents have died after contracting COVID-19.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County health officials preparing for when businesses start to reopen during the pandemic. And Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller says life as a coach has never been boring...until now, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the latest steps McLean County government is taking in response to the pandemic. Plus, an Illinois State University researcher says his estimates point to an even higher death toll for the coronavirus than most widely cited national models. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak at a Bloomington nursing home. Plus, another episode of the "Voices From the Pandemic" audio series. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 at a Bloomington nursing home. Plus, WGLT's Eric reports on antibody testing and what the early results show. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the proposed Heart of Illinois regional reopening plan. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena preparing events for when it's safe for people to gather again. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington's drive-through COVID-19 testing site staying open another week. Plus, the first installment of a new audio series called "Voices From The Pandemic". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus testing site in Bloomington. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the reopening of a drive-in movie theater in Central Illinois.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on people now being able to legally purchase recreational cannabis in Normal. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 11, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus as six more confirmed cases were reported yesterday. And with the possibility that more parents will being going back to work in the coming months, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on what they will have to do with their kids. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how social norms are changing during the pandemic. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the difficult time that young people with housing insecurity or family issues are dealing with as their risk of COVID-19 increased. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 7, 2020. Our Leadoff story is McLean County business and government leaders reaction to Governor J. B. Pritzker's plan to reopen Illinois. Plus, a look at the economic effect the pandemic has had on artists and performers. 

Stick around for Dan Hubbard's "Life is Sweet" at the end of today's podcast! 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton speaks with the President of Jay Goldberg Events and Promotions about helping live music venues and and touring artists. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a new problem gun owners are facing since Governor J. B. Pritzker now requires everyone to wear a mask in public. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports that marriage counseling in Bloomington has been in higher demand as the pandemic continues on. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 4, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about advocacy groups wanting jail inmates to be allowed free video calls during COVID-19. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on elective procedures resuming this month in Bloomington-Normal and the certain conditions that will be followed. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 1, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about university leaders across the country facing a difficult decision on if they can safely reopen their campuses in the fall. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on why State Farm has had so much exposure during the pandemic. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 30, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington-Normal being able to test more people for the coronavirus. And with university's unsure at what the new school year will look like, WGLT's Darnysha Mitchell reports on the several possibilities that could occur. 

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It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the lawsuit against Governor J. B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on how independent dairies in Illinois are trying to keep their businesses stable.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus as McLean County has four new confirmed cases reported. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on how plans for high school sports have changed drastically for the fall. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Central Illinois Regional Airport being impacted by the pandemic in a big way. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the increasing number of people that are seeking assistance for the first time due to the economic collapse. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Governor J.B. Pritzker extending the stay-at-home order to May 30th. And hear from local high school seniors on how the coronavirus affected them and their college plans this coming fall. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County not having any new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past two days.  Also, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the creative ways that local teachers are engaging with their students. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the recent decrease in confirmed COVID-19 cases in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports how grocery store managers say they work to keep shelves stocked and employees safe. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on bicycle stores being an essential business and peaking as usual. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how college athletic departments are preparing for the return of sports. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton reports on what grade school students in Bloomington-Normal think about online learning and how the pandemic changed their lives. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about recent federal rescue packages aimed at helping the homeless should they contract COVID-19. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the pandemic possibly putting companion animals at risk while pet shelters in McLean County see a boom in sales.  

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's John Murray reports on how musicians in the ISU community are adjusting during the quarantine. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what Central Illinois congressmen expect from the fourth coronavirus disaster recovery bill. Plus, a remembrance of former State Representative Gordon Ropp who passed away at the age of 87. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about over half of McLean County's confirmed COVID-19 cases already recovering. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on how gardeners are changing their focus due to the coronavirus. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois manufacturers transforming operations to join the fight against COVID-19. Plus, WGLT's Darnysha Mitchell reports on Illinois State University athletes being disappointed that their spring season is over. 

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