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Mike McCurdy

Program Director

Mike has been interested in radio for about as long as he can remember. He has a resume dotted with commercial radio and TV news experience and was first on air at Kansas State University's college station, KSDB. He started at GLT in December of 1991 as News Director and was promoted to Program Director in 1996. You can hear Mike during a lot of the 30-second promotional announcements scattered throughout the various broadcast schedules and during GLT's news magazine, Sound Ideas, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 11 AM and 6 PM. He also helps direct the community sustainable transportation project founded at GLT known as Good To Go.

Mike is a gardener, camper and avid bicyclist who commutes to work nearly year round on a bike. He's proud to have not driven to work since April of 2009. He's founding president and current vice-president of the bicycle advocacy group Bike BloNo. He's also acting-chair of the Connect Transit Board of Trustees.

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Straight Up Solar

After years of falling prices for solar power panels, costs have begun rising.

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Future growth of the community's bike share program will likely depend on private sponsorship. 

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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

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Like the first two Six Week Film Festivals at the Normal Theater, the next one is also focused on style, according to the organizer.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Every day starts with a good night's sleep, according to Ryan Heeren. He and Robert Bosquez are with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Tool Library and helping to organize the Bed Blitz, a volunteer effort to build and provide beds to kids sleeping on the floor, on furniture, or with family members. 

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New York Times political correspondent and Illinois State University alum Carl Hulse says the Trump administration has put journalism and media in unfamiliar territory.

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He had to teach and didn't have time for a summer vacation, so GLT's Culture Commentator spent some summer time catching up with rock heroes and icons. And he saw a thread in all of the concerts. 

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The Normal Town Council on Tuesday agreed, with one dissenting vote, to hire a recruitment firm to find its next city manager.

Current City Manager Mark Peterson announced his retirement last month, effective in March 2018. Council members have also worked with consultants Lyle Sumek Associates to distil the qualities they think are important for a city manager.

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The Bloomington City Council has created a downtown section for its Community Development Department.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Monday he’ll be taking a temporary leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons.

On the first day of a 24-day bicycle race across Russia, a Bloomington-Normal endurance athlete realized she probably would not finish. 

"As soon as I started on the first day and I saw this pack of men, as fast as they went off, I knew there was no way," said Thursday Gervais during GLT's Sound Ideas. She called the men's pace "wicked fast" and said it surprised everyone, including the Red Bull organizers. 

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Just a month after Bloomington’s aldermen created a new police advisory board, the Normal Town Council heard recommendations Monday for improving how its officers interact with people of color.

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The City of Bloomington's Public Works director and members of the Historic Preservation Commission have reached a compromise on a draft revision of the city's Brick Streets Master Plan.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday that his latest online run-ins with conservative critics aren’t helping him politically, even as he defended his threat to sue a local blogger and an aggressive late-night email to another opponent.

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When the Normal Town Council meets in closed-door session Friday to discuss the process for hiring its next city manager, they'll be joined by an outside consultant.

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Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said Tuesday he still loves his job. He still finds it fun. He still has projects he wants to accomplish. Yet Peterson is retiring in eight months.

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center (EAC) is moving forward with its 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event after meeting an early fundraising goal.

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The GLT family is mourning the loss of former staff member Liz Larson, who died Saturday in a boating accident on the Kankakee River in Wilmington.

When Steph Davidson and Jennifer Swartout heard talk that the local food trend in Bloomington-Normal had maxed out, they decided to take action.

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Another evaluation of City Manager David Hales' status is likely this fall, Bloomington's mayor said Tuesday.

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Budget pressures faced by the Town of Normal could result in the leanest budget in a decade.

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A goal to be the first woman to finish the most difficult bicycle race in the world has ended for a central Illinois endurance athlete. Thursday Gervais has withdrawn from the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme.  

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Dividing Downtown Bloomington into three zoning areas—instead of only one—could increase the area's walkability, leading people to spend more time and maybe money there, according to Bloomington's community development director.

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A task force looking for ways to reinvigorate downtown Bloomington is circling a bold idea—closing off a portion of Main Street and making it for pedestrians only.

The city of Bloomington is holding three meetings in the coming weeks to gather public input on a new master plan that will serve as the blueprint for Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts for the next 15 years.

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Leaving green grass to grow can save lots of green money.

As residents help develop a new master plan for Bloomington Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts, they will be asked to comment on a trend seen nationwide to save money: no-mow.

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The Bloomington City Council may vote on a civilian review board at their July 10 meeting, but action could also be delayed, according to a Bloomington Alderman.

Midwest Fiber

Contamination in the recycling stream at Midwest Fiber threatens the business model that makes single stream recycling possible.  A company representative says if  the contamination rate increases above the current 10 percent, it could cost taxpayers more. 

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The percentage of McLean County solid waste diverted to recycling and away from the landfill has pushed past a goal set in 2007.  

The downtown task force has only three more meetings before its first report is due Aug. 31. Alderman Kimberly Bray calls downtown Bloomington a center for economic development.  In our series of interviews with newly elected Town of Normal Council members and Bloomington Aldermen, the Ward 9 Alderman talks about her early work on the downtown task force. The IPR politics roundtable talks about whether a special legislative session called by the Governor will get Illinois closer to a budget.

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