‘The Aric Lee Show’ Returns To WSOY on Monday; Rev. Courtney Carson Joins Daily

‘The Aric Lee Show’ Returns To WSOY on Monday; Rev. Courtney Carson Joins Daily

AUGUST 28  –  The WSOY Broadcast Schedule returns to a bit of normalcy since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as ‘The Aric Lee Show’ returns to WSOY 1340 AM/103.3 FM and NowDecatur.com, on Monday, August 31st, from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

In late March with so much uncertainty involved with local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, Lee’s show went on a four-month hiatus, as his role changed within Neuhoff Media for the summer. A return to the air was expected, and that new beginning comes on Monday.

 

“It’s been a long, quiet summer for me, and I’m excited to get back where I feel most comfortable,” Lee said. “It’s my 13th year on the air, but we’ve got some changes I’m excited about, and I think friends of the show will really enjoy what we bring to the afternoon landscape. We get to bookend every weekday with local programming, which starts in the morning with the legendary ‘Byers and Company’.”

 

Lee has hosted his own talk show within the Neuhoff Decatur family since April of 2008, when, ‘The Aric Lee Show’ debuted as a sports talk show on WDZ 1050 AM. A shift was made in March of 2018, as the show shuffled to WSOY, changing from a solid sports talk show, to a community-based talk show, highlighting the people, events, and work of the Decatur area. Lee has also been a play-by-play voice of high school football and basketball since 2006, and of Millikin athletics since the fall of 2016.

 

Monday will mark Lee’s 729th show on WSOY, but this one will feature some new beginnings.

 

Decatur’s Rev. Courtney Carson joins the show as the permanent cohost. Carson is the Executive Director of External Affairs for Richland Community College, where he is the Co-creator of the award-winning Trauma Sensitive Training Program known as EnRich. He’s also the Vice President of the Decatur Public Schools District #61 School Board, and an ordained Minister at Antioch M.B. Church.

 

“Over the last handful of years I’ve watched Courtney become a hero to this community for what he aims to do daily, improving the lives of our community’s youth,” Lee said. “But when it comes to radio life, it also helps that I knew Courtney as a ball-hogging 14-year basketball player, who went through a number of life lessons, before coming out on this other side of life as a minister, face of the community, and incredible family man.

 

“I can’t wait to range from serious conversations about the world we live in, while finding plenty of time to laugh at ourselves.”

 

Lee and Carson will be joined by daily producer Dominique Bates-Smith. Bates-Smith is a Maroa-Forsyth High School, Richland Community College, and Millikin University graduate, and has been with Neuhoff Media since 2015.

 

The show has also adopted a presenting sponsor for the relaunch as Decatur Earthmover Credit Union enters, along with a number of other sponsors helping kick the show back off.

 

‘The Aric Lee Show with Richland Community College’s Courtney Carson, presented by Earthmover Credit Union’ will serve as the longform name of the show, and will be available hourly via podcast, along with each individual guest interview uploaded to NowDecatur.com, and shared on the NowDecatur Facebook and Twitter pages.

COVID-19 Likely to be Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020

COVID-19 Likely to be Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020

August 21, 2020 – The National Safety Council predicted that COVID-19 will most likely be the third leading cause of death for the year 2020.  The pandemic’s death toll has exceeded 170,000.  Only heart disease and cancer have been responsible for more deaths so far this year.

Illinois has seen almost 8,000 deaths related to COVID, with almost 7,000 of those being 60 years of age or older.  Over half of the deaths statewide have taken place in long-term care facilities.  The third leading cause of death in America since 2016 has been preventable deaths, which include motor vehicle crashes, overdoses, and falls.

 

 

State Releases COVID-19 Travel Map

State Releases COVID-19 Travel Map

August 17, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today launched its new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel map to help inform residents of potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic.  The map indicates countries and U.S. states with increased risk of COVID-19 based on case rates.

“Travel may increase the chance of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “To help inform residents where they might be at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19 when they travel, IDPH has launched a map that clearly shows states and other countries where case rates are elevated.  While staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, we know that it may not be possible to avoid all travel.  We encourage people who are traveling, whether for work or otherwise, to check out the map before making plans.”

Locations that have an average daily case rate of 15 cases per 100,000 or greater are designated as “higher risk” on the map, which can be found here http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/travel.

Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. The more people you come into contact with, for longer periods of time, the greater your risk of infection if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Do not travel when you are sick or with someone who is sick.  When traveling, it is especially important to wear your mask, to keep 6 feet of distance between you and others you are not traveling with, and wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

When considering travel, think about the destination.  It is also important to think about needed precautions for moving through bus, train, or airport terminals, check-in and security lines, as well as the actual bus, train, or plane ride.  Remember to take precautions when stopping for gas, food, and bathroom breaks when traveling by car or RV and as you interact with others and frequently touched surfaces.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

LaHood Recognized with U.S. Wind Champion Award

LaHood Recognized with U.S. Wind Champion Award

August 14, 2020 – Today Congressman Darin LaHood was recognized by the American Wind Energy Association for his support of American wind power by awarding him the U.S. Wind Champion Award.  His leadership has helped make Illinois third in the nation for wind energy employment and sixth in the nation for wind power capacity.  Ilinois has proclaimed this week to be American Wind Week.

“Congressman Darin LaHood has been a key supporter of policies that will keep the American wind industry growing strong through his position on the Ways and Means Committee. Specifically, Rep. LaHood understands the complicated nature of wind energy deals and how tax equity constraints hinder project development,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

August 12, 2020 – The State is awarding the first round of business interruption grants.

46 Million dollars in “BIG” grants have been released to more than 2,600 businesses, including salons, gyms and restaurants says Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director Michael Negron.

The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and can be used for things like payroll, utilities, equipment and PPE for employees.  Negron says they expect to award more grants in subsequent rounds.  Visit DCEO.Illinois.gov for more info.

 

Kroger Helps Educators, Parents with Extra Credit Wednesdays

Kroger Helps Educators, Parents with Extra Credit Wednesdays

Kroger has announced its first Teachers and Honorary Teachers savings event for this fall.  Through September 9th, 2020, school administrators, teachers, and parents who shop at Kroger on Wednesdays will save an extra 10% on the store’s general merchandise.  The savings event includes school supplies, games, sporting goods, games, housewares, craft supplies, apparel, and electronics.  In order to receive the Teachers and Honorary Teachers discount, customers shopping in-store or using Kroger Pickup need to use their shopper’s card on any Wednesday through the promotion and then request the discount while at the checkout.

If you would like more information regarding the discount, go to kroger.com

 

 

WATCH :Hot 25- Backpack Attack at the YMCA

WATCH :Hot 25- Backpack Attack at the YMCA

August 2, 2020 – The NowDecatur crew head to the Backpack Attack at the Decatur Family YMCA for this week’s Hot25! The Decatur Family YMCA gave out 2000 backpacks to students in our community as part of it’s annual backpack attack. The backpacks, which were supplied with the tools for students in two grade groups starting at K-3, were distributed by a drive through Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Watch the video now! Driven by the Bob Brady Auto Group and Presented by Neuhoff Media.