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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.

The Leadoff - Thursday 4/2/20

Apr 2, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County now having twenty confirmed cases of the coronavirus. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on an independent physician in Le Roy wanting to start a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 4/1/20

Apr 1, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a second person from McLean County dying after contracting COVID-19. Today is Census Day and WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the difficulties of counting the census on college campuses due to the coronavirus. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 3/31/20

Mar 31, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County having four more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the connection between an economic recovery and coronavirus concerns. 

The Leadoff - Monday 3/30/20

Mar 30, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 30, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County seeing a surge in gun sales. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on one of the first possible people to have contracted COVID-19 in Bloomington-Normal. 

The Leadoff - Friday 3/27/20

Mar 27, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the lack of COVID-19 testing available in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center planning for a potential surge in coronavirus cases. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 3/26/20

Mar 26, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County having no new cases of the coronavirus being reported. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on Miller Park Zoo still giving their animals all the attention, care, and food they need while the zoo remains shut down due to COVID-19. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 3/25/20

Mar 25, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about chief medical officer at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center saying that supplies for COVID-19 are running low. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the number of police calls being down in Bloomington-Normal. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 3/24/20

Mar 24, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the coronavirus in McLean County. And as Illinois State University resumes online-only classes, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on why it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be a lesser experience. 

The Leadoff - Monday 3/23/20

Mar 23, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about city councils in Bloomington and Normal considering emergency ordinances tonight in response to COVID-19. Plus, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz speaks about the spring semester as students resume classes online today. 

The Leadoff - Friday 3/20/20

Mar 20, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Illinois State University's graduating seniors having their semesters cut short and what it means going forward.  

The Leadoff - Thursday 3/19/20

Mar 19, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the slow growth of COVID-19 tests being done in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on a one-stop resource meant for businesses, workers, and their families who want to know how the community is responding to COVID-19. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the results of the Illinois primary election, including a few surprises. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with McLean County Democratic Party chair Erik Rankin about what the results mean for November.

The Leadoff - Tuesday 3/17/20

Mar 17, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about local restaurant owners reactions to being shut down by the state. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Unit 5 and District 87 teachers preparing for closures. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Gov. JB Pritzker closing restaurants and bars to the public to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Plus, hear an audio podcast of how Bloomington-Normal churches are reaching congregants online.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is a roundup about how the coronavirus is impacting State Farm, Illinois State University, and other parts of daily life in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, hear about Bloomington's new Community Preservation Plan.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 12, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how Illinois State University is shifting to online classes and extended spring break because of the coronavirus. Plus, a Bloomington-Normal native returns for a stand-up set at Nightshop.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how schools could turn to e-learning days if the coronavirus prompts closures here. Plus, retiring Pantagraph sports editor Randy Kindred looks back on his 42 years in the business.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Republican Party chair's comments about the safety of vaccines. Plus, we'll preview an event at the McLean County Museum of History that highlights the contributions of toy and game inventors.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a shortage of hand sanitizer as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. Plus, two Democratic women from Bloomington-Normal talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the presidential race.

The Leadoff - Friday 3/6/20

Mar 6, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton gives a look ahead at what is happening in the local music scene over the next few weeks. 

Stick around for "She Was a Doorman" by Ana Popovic at the end of today's episode! 

The Leadoff - Thursday 3/5/20

Mar 5, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 5, 2020. Our Leadoff story is a look at one of the contested primary races for McLean County Board in the March 17th primary. Plus, WGLT's Cindy Hernandez reports on a new mobile museum for all children. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 3/4/20

Mar 4, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about police in McLean County urging the state not to end cash bail. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Bloomington City Council member Jamie Mathy about the current sick leave buyback program. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about voters deciding March 17 whether to fund school improvement projects in two McLean County districts. Plus, a Bloomington family shares its cancer story to support a Democratic presidential candidate.

The Leadoff - Monday 3/2/20

Mar 2, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about law enforcement agencies having to adjust their budgets to cover officer training. Plus, WGLT's Breanna Grow reports on the challenges to HIV care.

The Leadoff - Friday 2/28/20

Feb 28, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the former State Farm building in downtown Bloomington. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the viral "Big Lebowski" promotion at Green Top Grocery. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 2/27/20

Feb 27, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau believing the China trade agreement is good for the country. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the year-end traffic numbers from the Central Illinois Regional Airport. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/26/20

Feb 26, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Mayor Tari Renner about next years budget plans in the city of Bloomington. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what's included in the next Bloomington city budget. Plus, a report on the shortage of attorneys in rural central Illinois.

The Leadoff - Monday 2/24/20

Feb 24, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County dealing with ransom-ware attacks and higher insurance costs across the board. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Illinois State University's two contributions to the Illinois Innovation Network. 

The Leadoff - Friday 2/21/20

Feb 21, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Normal-based Baby Fold's reaction to the governor's proposed $147 million budget increase for the Department of Children and Family Services. Plus, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson asks two history majors of color at Illinois State University what they learned as kids about black history. 

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