When: Friday, November 7, 2014
Where:The DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom, Bloomington
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM - cocktail hour ($100 level only)
6:45 - 9:30 PM - dinner and presentation (both ticket levels); Entry to Radio Faces at the $65 level begins at 6:45 PM.
Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Tom Ashbrook has canceled his appearance. We will schedule him again for a future year.
Don Munson needs no introduction in McLean County. Don is a well-known local radio legend who spent nearly four decades as the "voice of McLean County" on local commercial station WJBC, where he hosted a morning show that was part call-in, part adult-appeal music, part community-based conversation. During Don's tenure in the 1970's, WJBC's radio audience was among the nation's highest, 40-45% of the local community. Don's morning show had even stronger ratings, with more than 70% of McLean County listening to him each morning. We know of no other radio host throughout the nation who has achieved such high ratings.
In addition to hosting the morning show, Don worked as a news reporter and radio sports announcer as the voice of ISU's Redbirds. He became program director for the station in 1970, and served as station manager from 1980 until his retirement in 2000. He was honored with the Marconi Award in 1991, an accolade given to America's top small market radio personality. Don chose attending an ISU football game in Akron, Ohio over the gala awards event in San Francisco. Thus, he missed having Vanna White hand him the Marconi.
After just a year of retirement, Don joined the award winning team at WGLT in 2001. His show, Radio Munson, combines his love of broadcasting with his passion for jazz. Radio Munson airs weekly on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm and features big band swing and vintage jazz.
Don has received much recognition for his service in our local community. He was named Billboard Magazine's radio personality of the year, the Town of Normal Citizen of the Year, ISU Athletics "Stretch" Miller Award, and Illinois Softball Hall of Fame (as a broadcaster). He helped initiate the "Spirit of McLean County Award" given annually beginning in the 70s. Don was the awardee in 2000, when WJBC announced going forward the award would be renamed as the "Don Munson Spirit of McLean County Award". He has authored several books on McLean County history and has donated all of the proceeds to benefit the McLean County Museum of History.
It is a unique opportunity for WGLT to feature a local radio legend at the 2014 Radio Faces event. From Don's perspective of 55 years in radio he will share his experiences of the shifting media landscape, his thoughts on the future of radio, and the importance of local news coverage.
Tickets are available at two levels:
The $100 In-Depth Story ticket includes a meet-and-greet cocktail party with Munson, appetizers with open bar; followed by a full dinner with wine accompaniment, and our guest's presentation.
The $65 In The News ticket includes a full dinner with wine accompaniment, and our guest's presentation.
When ordering your tickets, you will be asked for each attendee's name and meal choice from:
Tropical Style Tilapia: Baked flake fish, flash cooked with a dry rub and finished with tropical mango salsa; served with Polynesian rice
Pesto Pasta Primevera: Cheese stuffed tortellini tossed with sun dried tomato, basil pesto, artichokes, broccoli, sweet bell peppers and garlic alfredo cream
Tournados of Beef Tenderloin: Roasted tenderloin sliced in medallion fashion with smoked plum tomato and black olive compote; served with twice baked potatoes
If you need have a special dietary need, please select that entree option and we will contact you for the details.
Previous Radio Faces guests have been Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen, White House correspondent Don Gonyea, veteran newscaster/Wait, Wait judge Carl Kasell, All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block with ATC producer and GLT alum Brendan Banaszak, Radiolab co-host and NPR Science Desk correspondent Robert Krulwich, David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein from Planet Money, American Routes host Nick Spitzer, and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
Proceeds from this event benefit the GLT Equipment Fund.
We are ever grateful for COUNTRY Financial's continued support of this signature GLT event.
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We would like to extend our gratitude to Country Financial for their continued sponsorship of Radio Faces™. Their support is essential to the success of this GLT event.