Mary Edwards

Production Manager, Talk Show Producer, St. Louis Symphony Producer

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years, and is currently Production Manager.  In addition to overseeing all the production activities at the station, she is the producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s two local talk/call-in shows, “St. Louis on the Air” and “Cityscape,” and the live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony.  Mary also teaches an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University and serves as Secretary of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication Alumni Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute, participating in various music activities at her church, and water skiing.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Arming Teachers: St. Louis County Police Chief Responds To Support And Opposition

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.

Host Don Marsh talked with Fitch about his proposal, which he made a couple of days after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal but said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address the lag time when someone starts shooting and police can respond.    

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ongoing Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Impact Year-End Tax Considerations

(via Flickr/Tax Credits)

It’s said that one of the certainties in life is taxes.  However, taxes for 2012 are to some degree, uncertain because of ongoing negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Host Don Marsh talked with tax expert Lance Weiss, C.P.A., of SFW Partners, LLC about end-of-year tax preparations and what can be done to minimize the amount owed on federal and state income tax returns due in April.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:52 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Legal Roundtable: Conceal And Carry Ruling In Ill., New Mo. Supreme Court Judge, Gay Marriage, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

The recent school shooting in Connecticut brought up renewed discussions about the relevance of an Illinois appellate court’s ruling which endorsed the right to conceal and carry.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a new appointment to the state Supreme Court.  And, the LGBT community in St. Louis County recently received good news.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of experts during a monthly legal roundtable discussion.

Guests:

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Cityscape
4:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra Live At Lincoln Center

John McDaniel

For the second time, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra is preparing for a trip to New York City.  In March of 2010, the ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall, one of three orchestras invited to do so.  The orchestra has again been honored by its selection to compete in the prestigious National Orchestra Cup on March 2, 2013 in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  The KHS Symphonic Orchestra will compete with several other orchestras from around the county for the title of Grand Champion and the National Cup.

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Cityscape
12:35 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Cast Of WICKED To Be Featured In Fundraiser For Local, National Organizations

Christine Dwyer (Elphaba) and Jeanna de Waal (Glinda) in WICKED
(Copyright: Joan Marcus)

WICKED is about the untold story of the witches of Oz.

The musical is based on the 1995 novel written by Gregory Maguire, WICKED: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.  While many people know the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, both stories take place in a world based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful World of Oz, written in 1900.

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Cityscape
12:29 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Soundbites With Sauce Magazine: A Year In Review

Representation of Sauce Magazine Restaurant Critic Michael Renner
(Courtesy: Sauce Magazine)

Sauce Magazine readers are accustomed to the annual readers’ choice edition which comes out in July.

At the end of 2012, St. Louis Public Radio has partnered with the publication in our monthly Soundbites segment to talk about some of the best dishes, trends, and things to look forward to in the coming year.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:37 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

‘Sins And Successes’ Of St. Louis’ Beer Kings

Book Cover, "Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer"
(Courtesy: HarperCollins Publishers)

When St. Louis native Bill Knoedelseder pitched the idea for a TV series about a wealthy brewing, baseball-team-owning family, Hollywood was skeptical. How could a Midwestern mansion hold a candle next to, say, an oil family in Dallas?

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St. Louis on the Air
3:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB

(via Flickr/Rojer)

Midwesterners are often known for their kindness and, unfortunately, some people take advantage of it, especially during the holidays.

Host Don Marsh talked with Bill Smith, an investigator for the St. Louis Better Business Bureau.

They addressed ways to avoid becoming the victim of so-called “grinches,” including these twelve tips to outsmart scammers.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Update on Mo. And Ill. Congressional Delegations, Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

Going over the so-called fiscal cliff is the major talk in Washington D.C. though the Missouri and Illinois delegations are dealing with other issues as well.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig about the latest news from the nation’s capital, including the fiscal cliff.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Discussing The 'Delmar Divide': A Line Of Stark Racial And Economic Division In St. Louis

This map, using 2010 census data, gives a birds-eye view of race in St. Louis. Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.
(via Flickr/Eric Fischer)

The “Delmar Divide” refers to Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis.  It is a street which runs east/west and to a large extent separates the racial make-up of the city.  In a sample of households north and south of Delmar, residents south of Delmar Boulevard are 73% white, while residents north of Delmar are 98% African American, as the BBC pointed out in, “Crossing a St. Louis street that divides communities,” last year.

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