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WSIU-TV Program to Spotlight Salem, Illinois Native David Meador, Legalized Gambling in Illinois

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Contact: Jak Tichenor, WSIU-TV Senior Producer, (618) 453-6187,

Carbondale, Illinois - It's hard enough to imagine sinking a hole in one on the golf course if everything is going your way, but imagine doing it if you can't see. Salem, Illinois native David Meador has done just that. Meador, who lost his sight at age 18 and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, went on to earn degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) and Loyola University, climbed the corporate ladder in the insurance industry, raised a loving family, battled and beat cancer twice, and never lost his love of the game of golf.

Meador will share his inspirational story of perseverance, humor, and hope in the first half of an upcoming episode of the local public television series, WSIU InFocus. The half-hour program will air this Friday, April 29 at 9pm on WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1, the public television stations of SIUC. The program will repeat on the same channels on Sunday, May 1 at 12:30pm and Friday, May 6 at 5pm. It also will air on WSIU's second digital channel, WSIU World (WSIU 8.2/WUSI 16.2) at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, and again on Monday, May 2 at 8pm.

WSIU-TV's Jak Tichenor leads the interview with Meador, who was recently honored by the Greater Salem Area Foundation. The organization recognizes members of the community who have made significant contributions to the betterment of life in the Salem area.

The second half of the program will focus on Illinois lawmakers who are weighing the pluses and minuses of expanding the number of casino licenses in the state in hopes of raising billions of dollars to balance the state budget. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC recently hosted a debate between the state's gaming industry and gambling opponents. WSIU Public Radio morning news anchor Jennifer Fuller talks with Tom Swoik, Executive Director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, and the Reverend Tom Grey of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation about the potential benefits and consequences of a major expansion of casino gambling.

WSIU InFocus is a weekly series produced by WSIU Public Television that celebrates the region's history, culture, people, places, and issues. Learn more about the series and watch archived episodes at

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