The Charlie 10! With the Bob Brady Auto Group

The Charlie 10! With the Bob Brady Auto Group

Bob Brady Auto Mall is EXTENDING Summer through September and October, thanks to their dog Charlie! Bob Brady Auto Mall, Neuhoff Media and Limitless Decatur & Macon County is bringing you the Charlie 10, 2 months and 10 must-do events to attend this fall. THANKS CHARLIE!

1. Fido Scurry – Sept. 7th

Fido Scurry is a 5K run/ walk and pet parade held at Fairview Park. Proceeds benefited DMCASF and Decatur Park District’s Fido Fields.


2. Ron English Decatur Pop-Mart – Sept. 20

Ron English and his Pop-Up Designer Toy Shop will be in Decatur for one night only (in the Theatre 7 building next to the Arts Council ). This is your chance to meet Ron and purchase one of his amazing toys, as well as his latest book, “Original Grin.” Ron’s toys are works of art that are coveted by collectors around the world. One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Decatur-native Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, and television. Learn more about Ron at


3. Monticellobration – September 21st

Some of your favorite Monticellobration festivities will be back! Makers & crafters, food trucks, live music, a downtown-wide libation. Mark your calendars and join us downtown for one of Monticello’s biggest days of the year! Click here for more.


4. The D-Town Throwdown – Sept. 21st

The D-Town Throwdown is a 2-day, team-based fitness competition, comprised of teams of 3 males and 3 females, held at CrossFit Enhance in Decatur, Illinois. The competition features Rx, Scaled, and Masters divisions, and is renowned as one of the highest quality fitness competitions in the Midwest. Even if you aren’t a participant, it’s a thrill to watch!


5. Harry Potter Fest at the Decatur Area Arts Council – Sept. 27th

Dress as your favorite character, take a trip to Hogwarts and meet some of its professors.  Burst through platform 9 3/4, head to the sorting hat to find out which house you belong to, visit Honey Dukes Candy Shop, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Gringotts Bank and much more!  Try your hand a Quidditch, Harry Potter Pictionary and Bingo and other Harry Potter Games.  There will also be Harry Potter Crafts like wand making, potions class and Have You Seen this Wizard and Flying Ford Anglia photo ops.  Lots of snacks, food and butterbeer as well.  Harry Potter Fans absolutely will not want to miss this fun event!


6. Apple Pork Festival in Clinton – Sept.28-29th

An estimated 80,000 visitors attend the festival each year. Stroll the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum grounds, the home and heart of the Apple ’n Pork Festival. This unique harvest festival features more than 25 food stands offering numerous old-fashioned food items; a juried art show; 19th century craft demonstrations and sales; tours of the historical C.H. Moore Mansion; an antique tractor show; live musical entertainment; meal grinding, rope-making, woodcarving and blacksmith demonstrations; Civil War living history camp; tomahawk throwing; pony rides; farm museum displays; children’s miniature train rides; a large flea market with over 250 dealers; and much more.


7. Decatur Pride – Oct. 5th

Located in Macon County, IL, #DecaturPride is a bi-annual LGBTQ+ celebration of art, culture, history, education, and advocacy.


8. Scareport – October 19th

Lace up, dress up, and join the Decatur Park District for a 1-mile Tot Trot, 5K or 10K run on the lighted runway. Prizes in all age divisions and awards for best costume. After Party with a LaGondola Spaghetti dinner at Gaitros Aviation FBO! Register by October 7 to guarantee a shirt. Click here for more


9. Boo at the Zoo- Neuhoff Night! – Oct 25th

Celebrate a safe Halloween with fun for the entire family during Neuhoff Night at Boo at the Zoo!


18th Annual WSOY Food Drive Announced

18th Annual WSOY Food Drive Announced

September 5, 2019– The 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive to help stock local food pantries will be held on Friday, October 4th at the Airport Plaza Kroger grocery store in Decatur (more details).

Details of the event were announced Thursday morning during a news conference at St Pats School. Last year, the drive collected 1.5 million pounds of food during the 12-hour event.  St Pats was the winning school from last year, raising over 250,000 pounds of food.

People are encouraged to give non-perishable goods or make monetary donations. Giving non-perishable canned goods allows for safe offsite storage helps the supply to last as long as possible.

“We want everyone to give and there’s a way for everyone to give,” said Brian Byers, Vice President of Development for Neuhoff Media and host of Byers & Co. on WSOY. “But we want to heavily concentrate on non-perishable goods and cash or check or credit card donations. We’re running into storage problems and running into perishable goods expiring.”

Through monetary donations, food banks are able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.

The food drive itself has come a long way as well, collected more than 10.8 million pounds of food over the past 17 years. Byers said the 35,000 pounds collected in the first year was dwarfed by last year’s 1.5 million.

Groups assisted last year were: Catholic Charities Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, The Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project, Extended Hands/Reasonable Services, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Gardens, The Grayson Basket Project, Big Blue Backpacks, Mt Zion Food Pantry, AMELCA, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Gods Shelter of Love, Blue Mound Food Pantry and the Cops and Gobblers Program.  

WSOY’s community partners for the food drive are: ADM; First Mid Bank and Trust,  J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds (A First Mid Insurance Group); Skeff Distributing; Jones & Thomas/JTnet; Decatur Back & Neck Center; Tickets N Trips; First Christian Church; Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy & Colee’s Corner Drugs; DynaGraphics/Wood Printing; The United Way, Kroger; The Herald & Review; and WAND-TV.

Once again, cash prizes will go to the top five local schools that collect the most food. Individuals and groups can collect food ahead of time or come out to Kroger that day and donate food or cash in the name of a particular school.

All Macon County Schools grades K-12 are eligible to participate. Prizes are $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second, $1,000 for third, $750 for fourth and $500 for fifth. Cash donations are converted to pounds and end up weighing more than food donations, so schools are also encouraged to concentrate on canned goods and cash.

Byers said the proceeds from the food drive start serving the community right away.

“It’s not just throwing money at a problem,” he said. “You know you can go to bed that Friday night and Saturday morning food’s going to go to families or hungry children in this community. It immediately goes to work the next day.”

For more information, contact: Overall questions – Lindsay Romano at 217-423-9744; Questions about getting your school involved – Pete Vercellino at 217-520-5098; Questions about getting your company involved – Karin Betzer at 217-877-3344; Questions regarding volunteering  – Debbie Bogle 217-422-8537

How to help the 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive:

Participate by making a monetary donation. Checks can be made to “WSOY Community Food Drive”. (Tax deductible donations should be made to The United Way c/o WSOY Community Food drive.)

  • Companies and organizations interested in participating can call to sign up to have “how to” package delivered. This package will include fliers and grocery bags to send home with their employees to fill up and bring back to work. These bags will then need to be delivered to Kroger the day of the food drive (pick-up service is available). These donations will also be designated to individual schools.
  • Consider an employee match contribution.
  • If your business has a marquee, show your support by displaying “WSOY Community Food Drive, October 4th, 2019. 6am-6pm Kroger Rt. 36 East”
  • Assist by donating an hourly incentive such as sporting event tickets and gift cards to use as giveaways to encourage giving.
  • Let us know if your company is doing a special promotion or fundraiser for the food drive so we can share it. You can email details to
Girl Scouts of Central IL New College Bound Program

Girl Scouts of Central IL New College Bound Program

August 30th, 2019- The Girl Scouts of Central IL are now offering special free seminars for high school girls preparing for college in a new program called “College Bound”. The Program starts tomorrow August 31st from 2-3:30pm at the Decatur Public Library with the first of four seminars “Lets Talk College.” Throughout the program girls will learn about the importance of preparing as well as how to properly prepare for their next step in life. The four seminars include “Lets Talk College”, “How Much Will This Cost?”, “Landing the Job” and “Adulting 101”. For more information or to register for this program contact Kourtney Pygott at or text 217-720-2638.

LISTEN: Ameren Highlights Dangers of Digging without Calling 811

LISTEN: Ameren Highlights Dangers of Digging without Calling 811

August 28th, 2019- Pipeline Strike Demos were offered this year at the Farm Progress Show to illustrate the danger of digging before calling the free service 811 Demo Gas Pipelines were installed at the show site for the sole purpose of simulating accidentally hitting a gas line. Gina Meehan Taylor, Supervisor of Public Awareness at Ameren, says you should always call 811 when doing a project that involves digging.  Even projects at your own home. 8-1-1 is a national number but in Illinois, it connects to a nonprofit organization called J.U.L.I.E (Say like the name) 

Fido Scurry and Dog Swim Registration Open

Fido Scurry and Dog Swim Registration Open

August 23, 2019- Pet owners can now register their pets for the Fido Scurry AND a special pet swim at the Fairview Aquatics Center.  Both events will be held on September 7th.  Fido Scurry will take place at Fairview park and will feature a 5K or 1 mile walk/ run, a costume pet parade, demonstrations and more.  Following Fido Scurry, pets can cool off at the Fairview Park Dog Swim.  There will be two sign up times at 11am and 12:15 for the swim.  Sign up and proof of registration and rabies shots are required.  The fee for Fido Scurry is $25 per person for the run and $10 dollars for an individual or $20 for a family for the walk The swim will be $5 per dog. . limit 2 dogs per family.  Click HERE to register 

LISTEN: Ameren Senior Saving Tips

LISTEN: Ameren Senior Saving Tips

August 19th, 2019- The Salvation Army and Ameren IL came together to host a luncheon for seniors to help educate them on ways they can become more energy efficient and how they could save a buck or two with some simple tips and tricks. 

WATCH: Crossing Healthcare Mobile Unit

WATCH: Crossing Healthcare Mobile Unit

August 14th, 2019- Crossing Healthcare is partnering with DPS 61 for the school year providing a mobile unit for student services such as physicals, vaccinations, health screenings, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, health education and promotion, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling, and dental.

LISTEN: Gary Geisler’s “Missing Woodstock”

LISTEN: Gary Geisler’s “Missing Woodstock”

August 13th, 2019 – Local attorney Gary Geisler hosted an event at the Decatur Public Library called “Woodstock.” Geisler, who has been practicing law since 1977, Became interested in the event as it celebrates the 50th anniversary, created a movie called “Missing Woodstock” that he showed to the public. Geisler has done several events at the library and is a volunteer in the Local History Room. If you missed the event, there will be a free showing of his short film at the Avon Theater on Saturday at 11am. To hear the full podcast with Geisler, go to

LISTEN: Industrial Job Skills Training Program Graduation

LISTEN: Industrial Job Skills Training Program Graduation

August 12th, 2019- Richland Community College celebrated its 10 graduates for the Industrial Job Skills Training Program. The skills course focused on a foundation of day to day function and interactions, whether it be work at home or just out in about within the community. A special congratulations to recent DPS graduates who also completed the course Antwone BrownTreytel Griffen-Johnson, Chandler Phillips, and Fredia Ryan.