WILL hosts Inge, Quinn, producer retiring

WILL hosts Inge, Quinn, producer retiring

URBANA — Two longtime hosts on WILL-AM and a producer at the radio station are retiring.

David Inge, longtime host of the morning talk show "Focus," announced his plans to retire from the University of Illinois and WILL-AM on June 30.

In addition, Celeste Quinn, the host of "Afternoon Magazine," and Harriet Williamson, the producer of "Focus," are also retiring.

Mark Leonard, Illinois Public Media general manager, said the three departures are happening, in part, due to upcoming changes to the UI retirement system.

But Leonard said the station remains committed to providing interactive local talk radio.

"David's insatiable curiosity, patience and grace will be impossible to replace," Leonard said in a written release. "His daily program is a safe haven for complex ideas and discussion, moderated with the deft touch that is David's signature.

"We are planning to carry on the strong tradition that he, Celeste and Harriet have established over the last 30 years."

Inge estimated he has conducted more than 12,000 interviews on "Focus" during more than 29 years as the host of the program.

After starting at the station as a classical-music announcer and reporter, Inge became one of the rotating hosts for "Focus" when the series began.

In addition, Inge served as the host of the public affairs program "Talking Point" on WILL-TV from 1992 until the series concluded in 2001.

Quinn, who is married to Inge, has worked for WILL since 1980. She will retire on April 30.

An award-winning police, courts and city council reporter, Quinn began hosting "The Afternoon Magazine" in 1993.

Over the past year Quinn has served as editor of WILLConnect, Illinois Public Media's community engagement website.

Williamson joined the staff of WILL in 1996 following careers as a medical librarian and nurse.

As producer, Williamson researches and develops topics and schedules guests for radio programs.

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Reykjavik wrote on March 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm

David and Celeste have been outstanding for our community as sources of information but also as examples of grace, interest, and curiosity.