Introducing "The Illinois Bicentennial Minute"








Mid-West Family Broadcasting offering IBA-members a Free Radio Sales Opportunity*

In celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, IBA-member Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Springfield, in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Illinois State Museum, has produced a daily radio feature promoted as “The Illinois Bicentennial Minute,” and is making it available to IBA-member stations outside the Springfield radio market to air, and sell local sponsorship to throughout 2018, at no charge.

The Monday – Sunday, :60 second daily radio feature includes recollections of historic Illinois events these past 200 years and promises to introduce listeners to Illinois’ many heroes, activists, and pioneers. A sample of topics covered in upcoming features include:

  • The governor who never visited the state Capitol
  • A woman who put the national spotlight on lynching
  • The man who changed the shape of Illinois
  • The tallest man in history
  • A legendary gunslinger 

Sample Minute and radio script available below.

Harvey Wells, general manager for Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Springfield said: "On behalf of all the employee-owners of the Mid-West Family radio stations in Springfield and Rockford, we are thrilled to be able to provide content that celebrates the rich history of our state. I would like to thank WMAY News Director Jim Leach and our Creative Services Director Johnny Molson along with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum for their dedication in creating 365 unique daily features.”

“We’re excited about the many different ways we get to help celebrate the bicentennial. This partnership with Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum promises to be a great way of reaching the public with stories they may never have heard before,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

  Illinois State Museum Director Dr. Michael Wiant stated: “The bicentennial provides an extraordinary opportunity for collaborations that illustrate the diverse and broad story of Illinois to its citizens. We’re thrilled to kick off another collaborative effort with the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Mid-West Family Broadcasting.” 

*(Note: The :60 second feature is available at no-charge to IBA-member radio stations outside the Springfield radio market via the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Stations interest in airing the daily feature should contact Debra Gray in the IBA office at 618-985-5555 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)