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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Around the Nation
12:57 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Forget NCAA Titles, This School Dominates Spoken Word

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

While many universities try to win national attention with their sports programs, one school is dominating a lesser-known competitive arena: speech teams. Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., will defend its U.S. title again this weekend at the National Forensic Association tournament in Huntington, W.Va. Jonathan Ahl reports.

JONATHAN AHL, BYLINE: Cecil Blutcher is on stage, practicing his poetry recitation in front of his fellow speech team members.

CECIL BLUTCHER: Now my face is stuck to lamppost, glued to plate-glass windows.

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Men's College Basketball
1:01 am
Fri February 22, 2013

WIU Basketball Making Some Noise

One of the large crowds that have come to Western Hall to see a basketball game.
Credit Jonathan Ahl

March Madness is just around the corner. It’s a time when college basketball heats up, though that has not meant much at Western Illinois University for most of the past 20 years.

But things have changed this year.  The team has enjoyed a lot of success, and will play a special invitational game known as a “Bracketbuster” tomorrow night against Cleveland State.

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New Coach Hired
3:42 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Turning Around Leatherneck Football

New WIU Head Football Coach Bob Nielson
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Western Illinois University has a new football coach who has a history of turning around struggling programs.

Bob Nielson inherited a poor program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1999.  While there, he led the team to six playoff appearances and two national championships.  

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