FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Date:  May 18, 2001

                                                                                      Contact:  Lezli Austen

WUIS/WIPA to present programs in honor of Memorial Day

SPRINGFIELD – In honor of Memorial Day, WUIS (91.9)/WIPA (89.3) will broadcast two different programs focusing on personal remembrances by soldiers on the front who sent letters home to family and friends.

First, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and rebroadcast at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, the series “Living in Illinois” will share letters from relatives of WUIS staff members’ families. Karl Scroggin, Kathy LeComte, and John Lupton will read letters from men in their families who fought in World War II in the Pacific and in Europe.

“War Letters,” a two-hour original radio documentary composed of letters from American soldiers, will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28), and hosted by Studs Terkel, Pulitzer prize-winning author, and Lisa Flynn of WFMT.  The letters presented in this broadcast were selected from hundreds of submissions sent to WFMT producer Steve Robinson.

“Like most people, I have always admired and respected the men and women who have been willing to leave home and fight for our freedoms – and like most people, my understanding of combat comes through books, movies, and television,” says Robinson. “None of that prepared me for the profoundly moving experience of reading letters written home from America’s wars by those who fought them.”

“War Letters” is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Illinois General Assembly, and the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

For more information about these programs or public radio in central Illinois, contact WUIS/WIPA at (217) 206-6516.