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.

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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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WIUM Local
8:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Great Dome Car Part of Illinois Zephyr Line During November

The Great Dome Car at the LaGrange Road station en route to Chicago
Jonathan Ahl

More than 100,000 people ride the Illinois Zephyr train line from Quincy to Chicago each year.  

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Arts
7:48 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Music for Laptop Ensemble

The WIU Laptop Ensemble in rehearsal.
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Laptop computers, tablets and smart phones have all made it possible to perform regular activities in new ways. 

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Arts
4:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

WIU Bands to Combine Music and Mission on Brazil Trip

Local residents take in a concert of the WIU Wind Ensemble during the group's 2010 tour of Brazil.
Credit Abby Rhodes

More than 200 student musicians from Western Illinois University’s Bands are headed to Brazil this spring. 

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Arts
8:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

An interview with Kagey Parrish of The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops
Credit Neal Golden

The husband-wife folk duo of Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman, known as The Honey Dewdrops, are living an old-style vagabond musician lifestyle. They have been on the road nearly non-stop for more than five years playing coffee shops, house concerts, folk festivals and even A Prairie Home Companion.

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