WGLT and WCBU General Manager R.C. McBride discussed the transtiion and several programming changes at WGLT in a an open letter to on WGLT's website onMonday.
Here is McBride's letter:
"Today we officially assume management of WCBU in Peoria. The most wonderful thing about public broadcasting is the mandate to serve in the public interest, and with that comes the need to be as transparent as possible. As WGLT and WCBU move forward, we're going to proactively communicate with you. You should know what we're doing and why we're doing it. It's in that spirit I write this open letter to the Central Illinois community.
"First and foremost, we’re excited to enhance public radio in Peoria, and we’re absolutely committed to the same quality in Bloomington-Normal."
"There are some exciting programming changes coming to WGLT, which we've been planning for some time.
"This summer WGLT will debut a new music format with an expanded music catalog, plus three new music shows. Center Stage will move to Sunday nights as GLT’s Acousticity signs off after 27 years.
"We're also adding several new shows to WGLT's weekends, specifically: All Songs Considered, All Things Considered Weekend, Conversations from the World Cafe, Freakonomics, Hidden Brain, and It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. We've had our eye on several of these shows for a while, and we believe they will bring even more diversity of content to WGLT's already strong lineup.
"WGLT's program schedule contains all the latest changes.
"The future of public media in central Illinois is strong, and we’re excited to grow. None of that can happen without your continued support.
"I can be reached anytime at RCMcBride@illinoisstate.edu, and your feedback is always welcome."
The letter was signed: R.C. McBride, General Manager, WCBU and WGLT.
WGLT was originally licensed by the FCC in 1966. Then a student-run radio station, GLT was heard only in the ISU dorms.