Erica Smith

Online Producer

Erica Smith is an online producer of St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape. Erica has worked in newsrooms in Indiana, Washington and Missouri, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A Missouri native, Erica has received local "best tweeter" honors, as well as national awards for design. She likes typewriters, craft beer and cat memes; eats M&Ms in Roy G Biv order; is a St. Louis Blues and Kansas City Royals fan; and often tweets about the weather.

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Cityscape
5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

RFT Counts Down 12 Days Of St. Louis Christmas Songs

Chuck Berry performs at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

After creating a list of 100 essential songs about St. Louis, Riverfront Times senior music writers Christian Schaeffer and Roy Kasten are working their way through the top 12 holiday songs by St. Louisians.

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Cityscape
2:34 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Bach Society’s Candlelight Tradition Continues

Credit Kris Bueltmann

The Bach Society of Saint Louis continues its Christmas concert tradition on Tuesday, complete with a candlelight procession.

“Every time I maybe mention the Bach Society and their Christmas candlelight concert that they are performing, anybody I speak with will go, ‘Oh! Oh!’ and they kind of stop in their tracks because they do remember that procession,” soprano Jane Jennings said. “It’s riveting. It’s breathtaking.”

The candlelight procession will be after intermission.

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Cityscape
1:18 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

St. Louis Teen Part of ‘A Christmas Story’

See 'A Christmas Story — The Musical' through Jan. 4 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.
Credit Fabulous Fox Theatre

Maria Knasel got her start at The Muny. Now the 13-year-old singer, dancer and actress is part of the Broadway tour of “A Christmas Story — The Musical.”

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St. Louis on the Air
6:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Coming Monday: The Grannie Annie Encourages Students To Share Family History

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Monday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Holiday family time often turns into story time. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration wants students to help capture those stories.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Dooley Speaks Out On Corruption Allegations, Ferguson, Time In Office

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh and St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies on Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has just a few days left in office, and despite some recent outbursts, he wants people to know he’s not angry or bitter. He says he’s relieved.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

A Look At St. Louis' Timeline

'St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline' by Carol Ferring Shepley

As St. Louis celebrates 250 years, several books have explored the city’s history. Add one more to the list, but this one tells the tales through timelines.

“St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline” offers a tour through St. Louis’ past (and future, as the book ends in 2016) with vignettes for noteworthy years. It also has what author Carol Ferring Shepley calls a “wide-angle view” of the city.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:18 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alderwoman Reflects On Ward Changes, Challenges

St. Louis Alderwoman Phyllis Young
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Phyllis Young, the city’s longest-serving alderman, resigned on Dec. 12. Young, a Democrat, represented the 7th Ward, which includes parts of downtown and Soulard, for 29 years.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Homeless Advocate Discusses Career, Challenges Facing St. Louis

Bill Siedhoff

After 13 years, homeless advocate Bill Siedhoff stepped down in November from his post as director of the St. Louis Department of Human Services.

“It’s been a very rewarding career, I would say,” Siedhoff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. As director, Siedhoff was responsible for overseeing services for youth, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

CPA Answers Your End-Of-The-Year Tax Questions

Credit dleafy | sxc.hu

The most wonderful time of the year means the least favorite time of the year is approaching: Tax time.

There are some things taxpayers can do now to help alleviate individual tax burdens in April, certified public account Lance Weiss of SFW Partners LLC told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Venture Cafe Director Seeks ‘Serendipitous Collisions’ Between St. Louis Innovators, Resources

Venture Cafe is not a typical cafe. Visitors will find coffee, beer and wine, but replace the typical pastries with entrepreneurs.

“I talk about serendipitous collisions,” Venture Cafe’s executive director Travis Sheridan told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. “It’s about getting the right people at the right place at the right time, and then miraculously the right things happen.”

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