WFIU Launches Second FM Station So Listeners Can Pick Talk or Music

BY BARB BERGGOETZ Choosing between classical music and quality news programming during the day is now easier for Bloomington listeners with the arrival of a new public radio channel — WFIU2. WFIU (103.7 FM) launched WFIU2 (101.9 FM), allowing Bloomington-area listeners to pick up FM radio programming that had previously been available only online or on HD radio for the last 10 years. The station also added the same programming at 100.1 FM in Seymour, Indiana. The move was made this fall to better serve WFIU’s two main audiences — classical music listeners and news followers — and to attract new listeners, says WFIU Operations Director John Bailey. Another reason for the additional station, he adds, is that despite talk […]

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The Quarry Festival of Books: A Smash Hit in First Year (Photo Gallery)

On Labor Day Saturday, September 3, the first Quarry Festival of Books took place in Dunn Meadow. Just two blocks from the Fourth Street Festival and the Bloomington Garlic Fest & Community Art Fair, the Quarry Festival of Books was teeming with popular Indiana and IU Press authors. Lee Hamilton, James Alexander Thom, Malcolm “Mac” Fleming, Scott Russell Sanders, Rachel Berenson Perry, and Steven Higgs were among the authors who attended, mingled with readers, answered questions, and signed books. The Quarry Festival of Books was sponsored by IU Press, Bloom Magazine, and WFIU.

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William R. Morris Jr., aka Brother William

BY MIKE LEONARD When William R. Morris Jr. taught English as a second language at Indiana University, he urged his students to get off campus and immerse themselves in the local culture, even if the first step was a baby step across South Indiana Avenue to Starbucks. “My theory was that the farther you get from campus, even if it’s from coffeehouse to coffeehouse, the more you’re going to learn how Americans speak — how Hoosiers speak,” he says. “It was all part of my grand scheme to get them out in the community, to further their education.” Following his own rules, Morris — a music aficionado — showed up at community radio station WFHB six years ago, started out […]

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Bloom’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration (Photo Gallery)

Bloom Magazine celebrated its ninth anniversary on August 13 with a gala in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union. More than 200 business and civic leaders, educators, members of the arts community, and contributors to the magazine attended the event. The Vallures provided the music, and IMU Executive Chef Damian Esposito and his staff provided the sumptuous fare. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the ninth annual Bloomie Awards for the best ads of 2013–14. Selected from more than 700 ads, the winners were Greene & Shultz, Griffin Realty, Hoosier Artist Gallery, Janko’s Little Zagreb, MarDon Salon, Oliver Winery, and WFIU. The Grand Bloomie winners were selected by a vote of party attendees, and for the first […]

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