NOW ON THE AIR with Huntley Community Radio 101.5 FM
Wide Open Spaces with McHenry County Conservation District now on FM Radio 101.5 Huntley Community Radio Station. The Conservation District teams up with Huntley Community Radio to present longer, in-depth conversations on a variety of topics that will appeal to different audiences. Each month will highlight connections in conservation through preservation, environmental education, and outdoor interests and recreational pursuits. Each program is approximately 27 minutes long and can be listened to live on 101.5 FM on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., streamed live from Huntleyradio.com/wide-open-spaces or by downloading the monthly podcasts.
Spend some time in the field, on the trails, and behind the scenes to hear conversations that inspire an appreciation for our natural world, keep us in touch with nature’s wild side, and encourage a green, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Download Program Podcasts:
July 2017 – YCC Crew: The next generation of Conservation Advocates
May 2017 – Outdoor Recreation Accessibility–with Jim Wiseman
March 2017 – Planning Areas for Public Access
Feb. 2017 – Restoration Management
Feb. 2017 – Outreach & Partnership
March 2017 – A visit with former State Representative Mike Tryon:
November 2016 – Historic Places that Matter
Guests: Kurt Begalka, McHenry County Historical Society; Gail Brown, Scientific Database Coordinator, McHenry County Conservation District; Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation and Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District
Guests: Matthew Ewertowski, representing hunting community; Bob Levin from Marengo Township; and Dennis Dreher representing Boone Creek Watershed Alliance.
Guests: Radio Show Host and Columnist Steve Sarley and Dave Kranz, business owner of Dave’s Bait & Tackle and avid outdoorsman.
Guest: John Kremer, Director of Operations & Public Safety, McHenry County Conservation District
January 2016 : Conservation Congress 2016 Preview
Guests: Conservation District Board President Bona Heinsoln; Board Secretary Steve Barrett; and McHenry County Conservation Foundation Board Director Kevin Ivers
A special edition with SPECIAL GUEST: Senator Pam Althoff who speaks with Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler about the treasured wide open spaces and places that matter in McHenry County, and how and why McHenry County is unique as a county and to have a Conservation District.
June 2015: Outdoor McHenry County: Recreational Trails, Fishing spots, Camping, and Geocaching.
Guests: Josh Crittenden, Asst. Site Ranger; Police Sgt. Ryan Stewart; Stephanie Michael, Geocaching Program Organizer
April 2015— Go behind the scenes with Conservation District staff who are responsible for ensuring that visitors always have a positive and enjoyable experience: Sites Supervisor Ben O’Dea, Ranger Mary Deja, Ranger Assistant Josh Crittenden. Each season McHenry County’s Conservation District sites welcomes thousands of guests and neighbors to Conservation District sites throughout the county.
March 2015 —Living with Wildlife; spring means wildlife babies and more human/animal interactions and perhaps unwanted visitors. Tune in to hear how to deter nuisance wildlife and encourage harmonious living. Host Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler with Guests Sara Denham, Wildlife Resource Center Manager and Beth Gunderson, Wildlife Resource Center Specialist.
February 2015—We LOVE our volunteers! How volunteers are inspired and find a sense of community with the Conservation District. Host Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler with Guests Denice Beck, Volunteer Coordinator and volunteers.
January 2015— Wildlife Management – The science and research involved; success stories in McHenry County’s “wild” spaces. Host Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler with Guests Brad Woodson, Natural Resources Manager; Gabe Powers Natural Resources Project Coordinator; and Cindi Jablonski, Wildlife Ecologist.
December— 2014 Green giving and green living; and making resolutions. Host Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler with Kevin Ivers from McHenry County Conservation Foundation, and Val Siler District Land Preservation Manager.
November 2014— Why is conservation important to McHenry County? How does the Conservation District inspire residents? Host Executive Director Elizabeth Kessler with Guests: Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation and Natural Resources and Kim Compton, Education Program Coordinator
WIDE OPEN SPACES
with McHenry County Conservation District
Tuesdays & Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
TUNE IN to 101.5 FM —
Huntley Community Radio, 11419 Illinois 47, at the Al Litwin Studios, began in 2012 as an internet based station at huntleyradio.com where residents could listen live or click on a previously recorded podcast. In October of 2014, they received approval from the FCC to broadcast as a Low-Power FM station at 101.5 FM. The broadcast reaches all of Huntley and portions of Lake In The Hills, Gilberts, Lakewood, Algonquin, Hampshire, Union, Marengo and Woodstock.