A Good Year: St. Louis 2012

Last year, we highlighted some of the people, places and things that had 'a good year' in the St. Louis region.

This year, we're doing it again.

The stories in this series celebrate just a few of the positive elements in our area over the past 360-some-odd days. We hope you enjoy them and wish you all the best in the year to come.

Campaign Finance
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Spending 'Arms Race' Makes It A Good Year For TV Stations

A series of attack ads paid for by Governor Jay Nixon labeled his opponent, Dave Spence as a "banker." Spence would later sue Nixon for defamation because of this series of ads.
(via Jay Nixon campaign website video)

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.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Pokey LaFarge Has Breakout Year In 2012

Pokey LaFarge
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.

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A Good Year
11:40 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Gobble, Buzz, Bob-White: 2012 Was 'Good' For A Few Things With Wings

Honeybees, turkeys and bobwhite quail had 'a good year' in 2012 - despite the severe drought.
(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

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St. Louis on the Air
3:05 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

'A Good Year' For St. Louis People, Places And Ideas

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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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Sprouting Biotech Startups

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

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.

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Cityscape
4:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

'A Good Year' For The Arts In St. Louis

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.

Facebook Comments:

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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Anti-Discrimination Measures Contribute To 'Good Year' For St. Louis LGBT Community

via Flickr/BluEyedA73

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

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A Good Year 2012
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Stating - And Sharing - St. Louis Pride

The city - and citizens - of St. Louis has good reason to wave its flags high this year.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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."

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