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The parent company of the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported an increase in quarterly earnings Wednesday.

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Bloomington-Normal broadcasting pioneer Don Newberg has died.

He was one of the early hosts of Problems and Solutions on Bloomington station WJBC. That program is believed to be the first call-in show among U-S radio stations when it debuted in the 1950s.

Newberg later went on to become the station's news director, and an executive within the corporate organization that owned the station, moving in the 1970's to Tennessee. He returned later to manage the operation's country station.

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The radio news business is at a crossroads, in part because of emerging technologies but also because of the economic realities of the 21st century. As a subset, public radio faces an uncertain future.

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Editors note: this interview is part of a special edition of Sound Ideas celebrating WGLT's 50th anniversary.

Before there was a WGLT, there was a campus radio program at Illinois State that grew out of a short daily segment made available to the campus through a local commercial station. The man who envisioned an educational broadcast station out of those humble beginnings still lives in the twin cities. WGLT's Willis Kern has more with retired ISU Professor Ralph Smith.

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Editors note: this interview is part of a special edition of Sound Ideas celebrating WGLT's 50th anniversary.

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The NBC-TV affiliate in Peoria is being sold. Quincy Newspapers Incorporated has agreed to purchase WEEK-TV from Granite Broadcasting.

Federal Communications Commission approval of the deal requires ending a sales agreement between WEEK and ABC affiliate WHOI, and WAOE-My59. The stations will continue to share news staffs.

Quincy President and CEO Ralph Oakley says he looks forward to upgrading equipment and programming at the stations.

The sale is expected to close in about a month. The purchase price was not disclosed.