Urbana native Hobson to be co-host of NPR show

URBANA — Urbana native Jeremy Hobson is becoming the co-host of a National Public Radio show, and he'll talk about it at 10 a.m. Wednesday on WILL-AM's "Focus" program.

Hobson, son of pianist Ian Hobson, worked early in his career at WILL, including in high school. His new outlet is "Here & Now," NPR's replacement for "Talk of the Nation," which is ending production.

"Here & Now," produced at Boston-based public radio station WBUR, will expand to two hours and add Hobson as a co-host as NPR redirects resources to support news coverage, rather than call-in talk programming, through the middle of the day.

Airing on WILL-AM from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 1 Friday, the program will offer opportunities for WILL to add segments of locally produced news and feature content to be incorporated in the mix of stories, said Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement at Illinois Public Media. WILL-AM's "The Afternoon Magazine" will be absorbed into the new program.

Hobson will be a guest on "Focus" Wednesday to talk about his new role, in which he'll work with longtime "Here & Now" host Robin Young as well as former WILL colleague Alex Ashlock, who is the producer.

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