WEFT 90.1 fm

listener-supported, volunteer operated, community radio since 1981

Catch the Beat from Market Street
Wednesday 5:30 - 6:00 pm
on an occasional basis

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Catch the Beat from Market Street will offer weekly commentary about important issues in CU, from city, county and state agendas to what's going on in the schools, at Parkland, and the University. We'll pay attention to the challenges of climate change, crime, homelessness and food insecurity. And on the lighter side, music, theatre, and the arts. Come Catch the Beat on Wednesdays at 5:30.

Shows are archived in mp3 format at 192kbps for fast downloads.

May 2024 shows

  • May 15, 2024 - This week's show features an interview with Cindy Martin, known on air as Cindiana Jones, an air shifter with KMUD community radio out of Garberville, California, and also BMIR, Burning Man Information Radio, a station that operates only for the ten days a year that the Burning Man festival is on in Black Rock City, Nevada.
  • May 08, 2024 - This week's show features an interview with Robert White, special events manager at the Champaign Park District about plans for the Juneteenth celebration in Douglass Park on Saturday June 17 from 12 to 3.
  • May 01, 2024 - This week's show features an interview with Yulanda Curtis, professor of Law, and Briley McVey, 3rd year law student at the University of Illinois, covering the services available and work of the Veterans Legal Clinic, a free resource for veterans and their immediate families.

November 2023 shows

  • November 08, 2023 - (last show of pilot series) - This week's show features an interview with Riley Snyder who teaches Art at Decatur Altenative Education.
  • November 01, 2023 - This week's show features an interview with Eric Bohlen, WEFT Station Manager, about the October 2023 Grass Roots Radio Conference.

October 2023 shows

  • October 25, 2023 - This week's show features Sophie Becker, Communication and Engagement Manager at Eastern Illinois Food Bank with a comprehensive view of the realities of local food insecurity and what services the food bank provides.
  • October 18, 2023 - This week's show features guest Kimberlie Kranich, who shares requirements for sex education in Illinois public schools along with alternative resources.
  • October 11, 2023 - This week's show features an interview with Vicki Niswander, board chair of WEFT, about her years with WEFT and what it takes behind the scenes to keep a radio station running, and on her work and activism around issues of people with disabilities, expanding from her WEFT show Disability Beat.
  • October 04, 2023 - This week's show features an interview with Jason Finkelman, WEFT air shifter, on his work in world music on campus and beyond, and his exhibit, Nikkeijin Illinois at Spurlock Museum about the Japanese American experience in Illinois.

September 2023 shows

  • September 27, 2023 - This week's show features co-host and interviewee, Carol Spindel re: the local and national role of the American Civil Liberties Union, with focus on the SAFE-T Act and what you need to know to speak out about book bans.
  • September 20, 2023 - This week's show features co-host Meadow Jones, interviews with Cedar King re: homelessness issues at CU@Home, and Olivia Bunting re: the new Folk School at Allerton, called The Farms.
  • September 13, 2023 - Inaugural Show! Features interviews with Sandra Ahten about phone contract for the Champaign County Jail, and Eric Bohlen, new station manager, about his ideas for WEFT.

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