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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Cityscape
9:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The MUNY Opens Its 95th Season

Mike Isaacson
The MUNY

As The MUNY opens its 95th season of outdoor musical theatre in Forest Park, Executive Producer Mike Isaacson is excited about the number of “firsts.”  Four of the productions are MUNY premieres including Monty Python’s Spamalot which opens the season, Shrek The Musical, Nunsense Muny Style! and Mary Poppins.  In the production of Mary Poppins, for the first time in MUNY history, a character will fly over the audience.

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Cityscape
3:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

From Children’s Theater To Burlesque – St. Lou Fringe Festival Returns For Second Year

The St. Lou Fringe Festival occurs June 20-24, 2013
(Courtesy: St. Lou Fringe)

The St. Lou Fringe Festival debuted last year and is back for a five day festival this month which takes place at performance spaces throughout Midtown.

Em Piro, founder and executive director of St. Lou Fringe told Cityscape host Steve Potter, “the fringe model has been used worldwide for over 60 years and it was a really exciting opportunity to bring it here to St. Louis.”

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St. Louis on the Air
2:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Come Early, Stay Late – stl250 Plans Year-Long Semiquincentennial Celebration

stl250 Executive Director Erin Budde stands next to an example of an ornamental cake
Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The non-profit organization stl250 is planning a yearlong celebration for 2014 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Moving Forward At The Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum
file photo

Bob Cox, a former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson, was hired last week to be the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum.

The tax payer funded institution has been mired in controversy since the Museum overpaid for land, a sale which involved ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.  Bosley had recently stepped down from the Museum’s board of trustees.

Longtime Missouri History Museum President Bob Archibald resigned in December 2012.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:12 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

St. Louis Area Native Marsha Mason Returns Home For Insight Theatre Company

Marsha Mason

When one mentions the name Marsha Mason, what comes to most people’s mind is the award winning actress who starred in the films Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh, Chapter Two and The Goodbye Girl. But Insight Theatre Company Artistic Director Maggie Ryan remembers Mason as a fellow theater major at Webster College and as being an alum of Nerinx Hall High School where Ryan is now the Fine Arts Chair.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Military Readiness, Local Economy A Concern As Scott AFB Deals With Impacts Of Sequestration

The KC-135 is an aerial refueling tanker. The aircraft is critical to the operations at Scott Air Force Base
(via Flickr/KurtClark)

About 5,100 civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois are being forced to take-off 11 unpaid days, as are civilian employees at military installations throughout the Department of Defense.  The furloughs begin July 8 and are a result of the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

James Buford Reflects On Three Decades Leading The Urban League

James Buford
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

A year ago, James Buford announced that he intended to retire after almost three decades as President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.  He just celebrated his 69th birthday and May 31 was to have been his last day. But instead, he was asked to stay on another month while the agency completes the process of hiring his successor. He will then serve in a consulting capacity to help the new CEO get acclimated to the position.

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Cityscape
11:17 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

A Celebration Of Jewish Life In Film

'Hava Nagila"

On Sunday, June 9, the 18th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will open with two music related documentaries.  Hava Nagila explores the Jewish staple which has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Then, Orchestra of Exiles details the story of a Polish born violin prodigy’s transformation by Nazism from an artist to an activist who rescued 1,000 Jewish exiles and brought them to Palestine in 1936 to found a national orchestra.

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Cityscape
2:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cigars And Guitars: Unique Music Festival Comes To St. Louis

Cigar Box Guitar
(via Flickr/steve_lodefink)

On Saturday, June 8th from Noon – 6:00 p.m. the inaugural St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival will be held at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves.

Host Steve Potter spoke with Gary Herget, a resident of Dittmer, Missouri, who is one of the organizers of the event.

They talked about a wide variety of topics including the history and use of cigar box guitars as well as some of the events scheduled for the festival which includes open mic and a cigar box guitar building workshop.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:46 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

St. Louis Parenting Columnist Aisha Sultan Airs Her ‘Dirty Laundry’

Aisha Sultan
(Courtesy: Aisha Sultan)

Regular readers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch are familiar with the byline of Aisha Sultan.  She began writing a regular column in 2008 on parenting and family life called Dirty Laundry.

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