Gov. Mike Pence will be one of the featured guests on a new public affairs radio program being launched Wednesday on WISU (89.7 FM), an Indiana State University radio station.

The new program, titled  “All Things Wabash Valley,” will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday starting this week, said Phil Glende, Indiana State University executive director of student media. WISU operates in partnership with WFYI-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Indianapolis.

“All Things Wabash Valley” will cover a variety of topics of interest to listeners in the Terre Haute area. It will have a magazine format, with interview segments of varying length. Topics will cover current events, politics, regional news, arts and culture and more. The show also will include a current events calendar.

“This week happens to be heavier on the news side because the governor was here (last week) and because of the economic forecast,” Glende said. 

Pence was interviewed last week by Greg Goode, ISU’s executive director of government relations. The governor talks about the Healthy Indiana Plan, his approach to state budgeting and other topics. The first program also features Catherine “Cat” Paterson, a faculty fellow in the Center for Community Engagement.

Interviewed by Teresa Exline, ISU chief of staff, Paterson talks about how community engagement has grown at ISU and how the university has received national recognition for it.

The first show also includes an interview with Robert Guell, ISU professor of economics. Guell, interviewed by Max Jones, editor of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, discusses the state of the local economy.

Exline, Goode, Jones and others will serve as hosts for the individual interview segments. ISU students working on the show will get hands-on experience as radio producers, broadcast engineers and media production coordinators. The programs are taped in advance.

The title plays off the National Public Radio program titled, “All Things Considered.”

Jones said he’s looking forward to interviewing various newsmakers about issues affecting Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. 

“What makes this special is that the university is involved and using some of its resources” to help develop good topics, provide hosts and line up prospective interview candidates, he said.

Jones will be doing weekly segments and hopes to interview both local people and policy makers who have a statewide impact.

In addition to interviewing government policy makers, he also hopes to conduct interviews on such topics as health care, social issues and cultural issues. “I don’t see any limit to the types of subjects we can get into,” Jones said.

WISU, 89.7, can be heard in west-central Indiana and east-central Illinois. The station simulcasts national and regional programming carried on WFYI, 90.1, in Indianapolis. ISU also operates a student-staffed radio station, WZIS, at 90.7 FM.

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Sue Loughlin has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star for more than 30 years. She covers general news with a focus on education.