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Public Radio WUIS hosts Bluegrass Birthday Bash

July 5, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Public Radio WUIS (91.9 FM Springfield)/WIPA (89.3 FM Pittsfield) will host a Bluegrass and Barbecue Birthday Bash beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in Parking Lot B on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus (rain location: Studio Theatre, lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS). The public is invited to the event, which is part of the station’s year-long 30th anniversary celebration.

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The suggested price of admission -- $10 per family, plus a packaged, non-perishable item for a child’s lunch, such as a jar of peanut butter, a can of ravioli, box of macaroni and cheese, or canned fruit or vegetables -- will be donated to the Children’s Museum of Springfield and the Kumler Food Pantry, respectively.

“Being on the air for more than 30 years is something very special to us and sharing good music with the community is part of our mission,” said Rich Bradley, WUIS interim general manager. “We hope that our members and listeners, as well as families who haven’t been exposed to public radio before, will come out for an afternoon of fun.”

      The schedule is as follows:

4 p.m.: The Children’s Museum will offer children’s musical activities and tours of the WUIS studios will be available.

5 p.m.: Barbeque from Turasky’s Catering will be served and WUIS’ Bluegrass Breakdown host and musician Mark Mathewson will take the stage with his daughter Molly.

6 p.m.: The Lovell Sisters Band will perform their fusion of bluegrass, folk, country, and contemporary acoustic music.

Bluegrass has been a staple on WUIS during its 30 years on the air. Notes Mathewson, “On Bluegrass Breakdown we try to honor the past of bluegrass and highlight the future, too. There’s nothing like a bit of good live music and we’re excited to be offering the community this opportunity to hear an up-and-coming band.”

The Georgia-based Lovell Sisters have reached a wider audience since winning the “Musicians under Twenty” competition on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in February 2005. Since then, the band has opened the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and Rebecca Lovell became the first female ever to place in the annual Merlefest Mandolin Competition, held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The band is comprised of Rebecca and her sisters Jessica and Megan, along with Josh Miller and Andy Nall.

The event is made possible with help from the Children’s Museum of Springfield, Music in Communities and Education, Turasky’s Catering, and The Corkscrew Wine Emporium.

WUIS-WIPA is listener-supported public radio broadcast from UIS. For more information about the event, including directions, or for more information about programming on WUIS, go to www.wuis.org or call 217/206-6516.



    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.