PBS Kids open house features Mr. Steve visit

URBANA — Steve Roslonek, who is PBS Kids host Mr. Steve, will give three brief performances Saturday at Illinois Public Media's Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave.

The performances will be at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. as part of a free PBS Kids open house. Seating is limited for the performances.

5 profiles to air on WILL-TV

URBANA — Five pioneering central Illinois residents tell their stories on the WILL-TV weekly program "Illinois Pioneers," broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting this week. The series opened this season on Sept. 5.

Reluctant Townie: Few acceptable reasons not to watch 'Breaking Bad'

Tonight, AMC's critical darling "Breaking Bad" will air its penultimate episode. Next week, it will air its finale. The week after that, the world will fall into a dark depression while staring blankly at reruns of "The Mentalist."

Man gets makeover courtesy of Rachael Ray

FOOSLAND — When Dave Rueck of Foosland was a young man, he went to Lou Henson's basketball camp.

It was for tips on how to play the game, not how to do a combover.

Henson is famous for his "Lou 'do" comb-over haircut. Rueck was, too, to a lesser degree. But he and his family didn't necessarily like it.

So he went on national TV to do something about it.

Rich Warren: Recycling event and antenna answers

Answers. We have answers.

First, however, a reminder about recycling: While out driving recently I saw analog picture tube TVs sitting in a driveway with a sign that said "free." Trash collectors don't want old TVs, and most people desire flat-panel TVs that incorporate digital tuners.

Henson will appear on 'Illinois Pioneers'

URBANA — Former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson opens the season as "Illinois Pioneers" returns to WILL-TV in September.

Retired WILL-AM host David Inge's interview of the coach will air Thursday, followed by University of Illinois early childhood education pioneer Lilian Katz on Sept. 12 and Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray on Sept. 19.

Rich Warren: Internet providers all geared up to charge for data

Most people consume data like water. They download from the Internet as if it's an inexhaustible resource.

Until recently, it resembled well water rather than municipally supplied water. You pay for the electricity, and pump as much as desired at no additional cost. That's been changing throughout the country, and soon it will be coming to a router near you.

Fundraiser to benefit Illinois Public Media

CHAMPAIGN — Prairie Fruits Farm, a local goat dairy, farmstead creamery and fruit and vegetable farm, will host a special fundraising dinner for Illinois Public Media at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 on the farm, 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.

'Duck Dynasty' cast member to appear at GCMS game

GIBSON CITY — Reality television star "Mountain Man," one of the regulars on the smash series "Duck Dynasty," will make an appearance at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School on Sept. 13, as the host Falcons take on the LeRoy High School Panthers in football.

UI alum featured on sports show premiering Monday

A University of Illinois alumnus will be featured on a new sports television show that premieres Monday.

Tennis player turned comedian Michael Kosta is among the cast members of Crowd Goes W!ld, which airs weekdays at 4 p.m. on the new FOX Sports 1 channel.