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Monday – Friday, September 23 – 27, 2019 | unknown precisely (during ME/AE):
Enrollment Exodus, 5-Part Series from Illinois Public Radio stations
(details, TBD)

You're invited to join a fantastic journey to Israel with Collette, North America's leading tour operator and others from the Tri States Public Radio listening area. The Iconic Israel tour is departing October 24, 2020 for 10 days.

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Please Join TSPR Friends and Staff at the Stand with TSPR Party!

As Jeff Holtz, TSPR’s Jazz deejay recently said, "Friday, March 1 is public radio’s first day out in the rain and snow, without the sheltering comfort of the maternal WIU umbrella; so naturally, we’re having a party.”

Join us Friday, March 1st at 7pm for a concert by our friends Sally Weisenburg and Don Berbaum at the Tri States Public Radio Station, 320 W. University Dr, Macomb. Admission to the concert is a donation at the door.

People have been asking questions and wondering what, if any decisions have been made and we would like to share the latest information with you. To let you know how things stand as of November 2, 2018:

Rich Egger

More members of the public are asking the decision-makers at Western Illinois University to restore funding to its public radio station. Half-a-dozen people used the public comment period during the September 28 Board of Trustees meeting to address the administration's plan to end appropriated funding for Tri States Public Radio on March 1, 2019.

Rich Egger

Tri States Public Radio filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Western Illinois University, hoping to gain more insight about how the administration came to the decision to zero-out appropriated funding for TSPR beginning March 1, 2019.

You're invited to join a fantastic journey to Kenya with Collette, North America's leading tour operator and others from the Tri States Public Radio listening area. The Plains of Africa tour is departing June 20, 2019 for 2 weeks that takes you on a fascinating safari adventure. You'll explore the scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife of Kenya and discover the thriving culture and natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois University administration and Board of Trustees caught an earful Friday morning about the decision to zero out funding for Tri States Public Radio.  But the comments did not persuade them to change course.

The same day that Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas and the Board of Trustees announced that Tri States Public Radio will "become a self-funded department within the University structure and will be responsible for generating its revenue needs, including personnel expenditures, effective March 1, 2019," the lead story on the WIU website lauded the accomplishments of its nationally award winning Broadcasting and Journalism students.   What??!!??   

Dear Friends,

Tri States Public Radio has been informed by Western Illinois University that the university will stop providing financial support to Tri States Public Radio (TSPR) and the Audio Information Service (AIS) as of March 1, 2019. 

Tri States Public Radio has no intention of halting more than a half century of continual service to this region.

After his State of the University speech, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas told reporters, "We have made cuts and we will have to continue to make those cuts and we will do the necessary things that we have to do."

Join Tri States Public Radio on a fantastic journey to Iceland with Collette, North America's leading tour operator. Taking us to this island of dramatic contrasts, our 9-day tour departing May 20, 2018.

Programming Changes Coming to Tri States Public Radio

Jun 27, 2017

American Public Media programs including A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today and The Splendid Table are back.

Starting July 1, the new fiscal year for Tri States Public Radio, some old favorites are returning to our programming schedule. These changes were largely informed by our listener survey and your comments. The new programming grid is below. Here are some highlights:


TSPR Ice Cream Social- June 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

Tri States Public Radio invites you to celebrate the partnership of public radio with a cool serving of ice cream in the company of your fellow TSPR listeners and supporters. Weather permitting, we will be setting up a small area behind our studios at 320 W. University Dr. Come out and enjoy ice cream and some of your favorite toppings, drinks, the sounds of TSPR, and some fantastic weather (we hope...). But even if the weather decides not to cooperate, we'll move the party inside to our Vallillo/Holtz performance studio.

Regional Murrow Awards Announced

Apr 22, 2015

Announcements have gone out to the regional winners of RTDNA Murrow awards, and the Tri States Public Radio News Team has recieved two of those regional awards.

January 2015 Survey Results

Mar 5, 2015

You did a wonderful job sharing your opinions with us in our survey.

Jordan Fischer

Tri States Public Radio is going to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance on September 24th, and you're invited to join us!

TSPR Student Reporter Wins National Honor

Mar 18, 2014
Monica Inglot Photography

Student Reporter Chris Lovingood was one of seven WIU Department of Broadcasting students to bring home an award from the recent National Broadcasting Society's National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition.

The Tri States Public Radio news team has won 5 Illinois Associated Press awards for excellence in broadcast journalism in this year's contest.

Underwriting and Outreach Coordinator

Dec 18, 2013

This position will be staffed in the soon to be opened Galesburg Office. The primary function of this position is to acquire underwriting support for Tri States Public Radio, renew that support from year to year and act as a liaison to the community at public and outreach events.

More information

Tri States Public Radio has an agreement with Knox College to broadcast public radio programming around the clock.