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Tarter Source #87: Sharon Gramm of the Peoria Riverfront Association

The winter version of the Peoria Riverfront Market comes to the River Station building this weekend. Sharon Gramm, executive director of the Peoria Riverfront Association chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the market and the city's busy riverfront.

Duration: 00:18:42

Tarter Source #86: Eating local in central Illinois

With the impending closure of two Kroger stores in Peoria, food is more of an issue than ever in the area. One alternative to buying your groceries from corporate retailers is locally-grown food from farmers throughout the Peoria area. Local food educator Terra Brockman, and local farmers Evan Barry of Down River Farm and Kira Santiago of Kira's Flowers join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs.

Duration: 00:32:48

Tarter #85: Stan Browning, executive director of the Greater Peoria Sanitary District

Stan Browning has been executive director of the Greater Peoria Sanitary District for 27 years and is retiring at the end of the month. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss issues concerning the GPSD and the City of Peoria, including the combined sewer overflow problem, infrastructure maintenance and replacement, and planning for the future.

Duration: 00:33:29

Tarter Source #84: A helping hand for ex-convicts

From anger management to job training, Ron Valle of the Helping Hand Resource Center in Peoria specializes in helping ex-convicts adjust to life after prison. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the challenges of preventing recidivism and giving former prisoners a chance to change their lives.

Duration: 00:27:43

Tarter Source #83: Talking small business with Ross Miller

Ross Miller wear many business-oriented hats. Based out of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, he is the director of Bradley University's Institute for Innovation Through Collaboration, working with both the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business, and the director of technology commercialization for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship. Ross joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about...

Duration: 00:29:53

Tarter Source #82: Anne Clayton, GM of the Peoria Civic Center

Anne Clayton, the general manager of the Peoria Civic Center, joins the Journal Star’s Steve Tarter to discuss what’s new at Peoria’s largest entertainment venue and share some insights on booking acts and running events at the SMG-managed facility.

Duration: 00:30:50

Tarter Source #81: As hunger need grows, so grows the Midwest Food Bank

The Midwest Food Bank is expanding at a rapid pace. Larry Herman, the director of the Midwest Food Bank, and board member and grant writer Amy Herring talk with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the charitable organization's ceaseless battle against hunger and plans to expand its facilities to accommodate the ever-increasing demand.

Duration: 00:26:28

Tarter Source #80: What's happening in the East Bluff

Jim Combs, board president of the East Bluff Community Center, chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in this edition of the Tarter Source podcast. Combs gives us an update on the center, located in the former St. Bernard's School at 512 E. Kansas Avenue, and discusses the state of Peoria's oft-maligned East Bluff neighborhood.

Duration: 00:30:19

Tarter Source #79: Paddlewheeling with 'Spirit of Peoria' captain Alex Grieves

One of Peoria's unique and most popular attractions, the "Spirit of Peoria" riverboat has been navigating the Illinois River and elsewhere for 30 years, and Alex Grieves has been at the helm for 24 of those years. Alex joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about the iconic paddlewheeler, its impact on the Peoria area, and its future on the riverfront.

Duration: 00:24:49

Tarter Source #78: Brent Baker of Greater Peoria EDC/Bike Peoria

Brent Baker is Steve Tarter's guest on this week's "Tarter Source" podcast. Baker works at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council where he helps area young people find work or education opportunities while assisting local businesses provide internships. Baker is also president of Bike Peoria and talks about the upturn in cycling in central Illinois.

Duration: 00:30:31

Life on the air with Marc Alghini of 99.9 WWCT-FM

One of Peoria's most familiar radio voices, Marc Alghini of 99.9 WWCT-FM, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in a discussion about the state of modern radio, rock 'n roll and life on the air in this edition of the Tarter Source podcast.

Duration: 00:48:52

Tarter Source #75: Peoria indie musician Jared Bartman

Peoria-based indie musician Jared Bartman chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about modern music, the Peoria music scene and his group Moon Ruin's new album "Slow Down Ego" that he's funding through a Kickstarter campaign.

Duration: 00:35:36

Tarter Source #75: Chris Merrett of the IL Institute for Rural Affairs

Chris Merrett of the WIU IL Institute for Rural Affairs discusses the plight of small towns in America and his group's efforts to help them in this edition of Tarter Source.

Duration: 00:27:17

Tarter Source: Legendary broadcaster Larry King

A special guest on "Tarter Source" this week is Larry King, known to millions as the man with the suspenders who says he's interviewed 60,000 people in a 60-year broadcast career. In Peoria to attend a sports symposium at Bradley University with his friend Charley Steiner, King talked with Journal Star reporter Steve Tarter on how he got started in the business as well as recalling some poignant moments along the way.

Duration: 00:26:08

Tarter Source #73: Peoria Friendship House CEO Robert Montgomery

Peoria Friendship House CEO Robert Montgomery has been living on the roof of the facility for six weeks as part of a fundraising drive for the community center on Peoria's Near Northside. From feeding the hungry to helping with immigration issues, Montgomery chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the many programs and services Friendship House provides.

Duration: 00:29:40

Tarter Source #72: Peoria historian and writer Molly Crusen Bishop

Historian, writer, blogger, podcaster, promoter, radio personality — Molly Crusen Bishop wears a lot of hats as one of Peoria's most passionate citizens. The native Peorian and mother of five is the manager of the historic GAR Hall in Downtown Peoria. She is also a prolific writer for local publications and websites and hosts her own video podcast.

Duration: 00:30:55

LISTEN: New faces at Heart of Illinois ABC

A pair of relatively new faces on Heart of Illinois ABC, formerly WHOI TV, join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for his weekly podcast Tarter Source. Trish Christakes, sports director, and Molly Jirasek, assistant news director chat about changes at the station and their approach to covering news and sports in the age of social media.

Duration: 00:33:57

Tarter Source #70: Rich Draeger of the Peoria Salvation Army

Rich Draeger, the Tri-County Director of Development for the Peoria Salvation Army, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for another episode of Tarter Source. Draeger discusses the complex task of fundraising and educating the public about the Salvation Army's charitable work across a four-county area. He also discusses his time as a former newspaper reporter and radio journalist in the Peoria area.

Duration: 00:25:05

Tarter Source #69: Vintage radio commercials with Larry Ware

Larry Ware has a massive archive of radio commercials from the past when catchy jingles and over-the-top salesmanship were all the rage. He shares some of his favorites from the Peoria area in the early 1960s in this week's Tarter Source podcast.

Duration: 00:29:05

Tarter Source #68: Veteran Peoria TV news anchors Bob Larson and Tom McIntyre

Peoria's own Bob & Tom - veteran TV news anchors Bob Larson and Tom McIntyre join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in this week's Tarter Source podcast. The pair have come out of retirement and teamed up for their own segment at 6 p.m. every Tuesday on WMBD-TV Channel 31.

Duration: 00:43:57

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