Jonathan Ahl

General Manager

Jonathan is the General Manager of Tri States Public radio. His duties include but are not limited to, managing all facets of the station, from programming to finances to operations. Jonathan grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He has a B.A in music theory and composition from WIU and a M.A in Public Affairs Reporting from The University of Illinois at Springfield. Jonathan began his journey in radio as a student worker at WIUM. While in school Jonathan needed a summer job on campus. He heard WIUM was hiring, and put his bid in. Jonathan was welcomed on the team and was very excited to be using his music degree. He had also always been interested in news and public radio. He soon learned he was a much better reporter than a musician and his career was born.  While at WIUM, Jonathan hosted classical music, completed operations and production work, was a news reporter and anchor, and served as the stage manager for Rural Route 3. Jonathan then went to on to WIUS in Springfield where he was a news anchor and reporter covering the state legislature for Illinois Public Radio. After a brief stint in commercial radio and TV, Jonathan joined WCBU in Peoria, first in operations then as a news reporter and for the last ten years of his time there he served as the News Director. Jonathan’s last job before returning to Tri States Public Radio was as the News Director/ Co-Director of Content for Iowa Public Radio. During Jonathan’s off time he enjoys distance running, playing competitive Scrabble, rooting for Chicago Cubs, listening to all kinds of music and reading as much as he can.  He lives in Macomb with his wife Anita and children Tommy and Lily.


The World is Round
12:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

WIU Professor Writes Opera on Children's Book

The cover of an early edition of Gertrude Stein's "The World is Round"
Credit The University of Florida

Many contemporary composers choose to write an opera about current events and to make a political statement.

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Two Lanes Now, Two Later
5:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

State Will Begin Paving Macomb Bypass

Tom Oakley and Governor Pat Quinn hold a CKC road sign signifying the Chicago to Kansas City Expressway. Oakley has long advocated for an improved highway system through western Illinois.
Credit TSPR's Jonathan Ahl

Governor Pat Quinn Friday released $35 million of state money to begin paving the Macomb Bypass that will route drivers northwest of town.

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Programming Changes
11:01 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Fall 2014 Programming Changes

There are a number of programming changes coming to Tri States Public Radio in the coming weeks. Some of them are decisions made at the station level in response to listener surveys and comments and are designed to best serve our diverse audience. Others were made at the network level, and are out of our control. In those cases, we have tried to do our best to adapt to the programming in the best way possible.

In all cases, we need to hear your feedback on the new schedule. You are the audience we want to serve as well as possible.  So here are the changes:

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6:19 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Brooklyn Artist Showing at WIU

Etty Yaniv, standing next to her work
Jonathan Ahl TSPR News

Etty Yaniv had never been to the Midwest, much less Macomb. But the Israeli born artist now working in Brooklyn was looking at web sites of art galleries, looking for a place to show her work.

She happened upon Western Illinois University’s Art Gallery web site, and was attracted to the building.

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Galesburg Road Upgrade
4:40 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fremont Street Gets Controversial Upgrade

An artist rendering of part of Fremont street after the upgrade is done.
Credit The City of Galesburg

The City of Galesburg is reworking one of its major streets. 

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WIU Rugby Hazing
5:19 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

WIU Rugby Team Members Face Hazing Charges

Credit WIU Rugby Team Facebook page

Five members of the Western Illinois University Rugby Team are facing charges related to a hazing incident last week.

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The Center for Performing Arts
11:35 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

WIU Finally Gets Money for New Building

Architects rendering of the exterior of the Center for Performing Arts
Credit Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The Center for Performing Arts has been a long time coming to the campus of Western Illinois University. 

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Local Music
3:11 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Iron Orchard releases new album

The members of the Macomb-based band “Iron Orchard” describe themselves as middle-aged guys with day jobs that play because they love it.

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5:09 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Macomb School Board Approves New Contract

Credit Rich Egger

Macomb teachers and the school district have a new three year agreement in place.

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Weather Delays
4:06 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Winter Storm Stalls Amtrak Trains

An Amtrak train, pictured here during better weather.
Credit Rich Egger

During winter weather, it’s common for flights to be canceled and roads to be closed.  Usually the trains still run without incident. 

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