A Good Year 2012

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It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.

This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.

Courtesy Pokeylafarge.net

It seems like such a short time ago that you could run into Pokey LaFarge, aka Andrew Heissler, all over St. Louis, playing at the Tower Grove Farmers Market, or Off Broadway.

But, as with most good things, they can’t remain a secret forever, and 2012, was a big year for Pokey LaFarge. Our Adam Allington has more as part of our 'A Good Year 2012' series.

(all photos via Missouri Department of Conservation)

2012 was a rough year for Missouri farmers battling severe drought and extreme heat, but some species of wildlife did well – specifically, turkeys, bobwhite quail and honeybees.  As part of St. Louis Public Radio’s series “A Good Year,” Marshall Griffin talked with a number of people who observed the three species during the long, hot summer.

Wild Turkeys

From proponents of local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to the success of the St. Louis Cardinals, it was a “good year” for many St. Louis people, places, and ideas.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of guests as we continue our “A Good Year” series.

The guests included:

  • Alex Ihnen, Editor of nextSTL.com
  • Rabbi Mark Shook, Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Temple Israel
  • Alvin Reid, Host at 101 ESPN, Nine Network “Donneybrook” Panelist
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The numbers are pretty impressive, more than three dozen new biotech startups now call St. Louis home and collectively they’re hauling in tens of millions of dollars from investors.

The arts community in St. Louis offers a wide variety of performances and venues with music, art, theater, dance, and more.

As we continue our “A Good Year” series, host Steve Potter talked with Vince Schoemehl, President of Grand Center, Inc., and Cynthia Prost, President of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, about why it was a “good year” for the arts.

In addition to a wide ranging discussion with guests, we asked our listeners to contribute their highlights. 

Some of that feedback is below.

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It was another year of incremental progress for the LGBT community in St. Louis.

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As we close the curtain on 2012, St. Louis Public Radio is examining the ideas and people that had a good year. Among those are the marketing efforts generated to proclaim to the world that the city of St. Louis officially "does not suck."