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WUIS classical music host wins Humanities Service Award from IHC

October 20, 2006

Karl Scroggin

SPRINGFIELD – Karl Scroggin, music director and on-air host for public radio WUIS 91.9 FM at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is among the 75 recipients of the 2006 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award presented by the Illinois Humanities Council.  The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the cultural lives of their communities.

Scroggin was nominated for the award, along with Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian and interim director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, by Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin. The two will receive medals of recognition at a ceremony to be held later this fall.

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Scroggin has hosted his own program at the station since 1984. Nominating materials note that during that time he has "logged nearly 200,000 hours on the air and out in the community, helping to keep classical music and culture alive and well in Springfield."

In addition to hosting Classics with Karl Scroggin, broadcast Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., he also serves as the station's fine arts reporter. Through WUIS' Music in Schools program, Scroggin visits area fourth-grade classrooms to give students an opportunity to hear live performances of medieval instruments and to see archival handmade music books. In 2003 he launched the WUIS Young Musicians' Concert Contest, a live competition for classical musicians in area elementary and high schools.

The IHC launched the Terkel Award program in 1999 as a way to honor individuals – typically volunteers – whose activities promote the humanities in their communities in some way. Mayors of cities with a population of more than 100,000 are eligible to nominate up to two people from their community.    

WUIS-WIPA is listener-supported public radio for central and west central Illinois, now in its 31st year of broadcasting from the UIS. For more information about the station, go to www.wuis.org. For more information about the Terkel Humanities Service Award, go to www.prairie.org/.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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