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Nearly two hundred awards were presented to Missouri’s best radio and TV stations during the Missouri Broadcasters Awards ceremony, held June 2 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake Ozark, MO. St. Louis Public Radio received Certificates of Merit for the following work: 

Jo Mannies for Breaking News for large market radio: “Right to work affects unions most, but all Missouri voters will have a say in 2018

Ryan Delaney for Feature Reporting for large market radio: “Because ‘sometimes the coffee ain’t gonna do it’: One man’s quest to make St. Louis smile

Durrie Bouscaren for News Series for large market radio: “Medication denied: St. Louis inmates claim medical neglect in local jails

Jason Rosenbaum for Sports for large market radio: “St. Louis tries, but fails, to land a Major League Soccer team

Executive Editor Shula Neuman spoke proudly of her team’s nominations. "It's always fulfilling to have our work recognized by other journalists. I know 2017 was a demanding year, but having our work recognized like this affirms that our commitment to quality journalism pays off."

We're happy to report that the transmitter that serves Quincy listeners is repaired and working perfectly. HD channels are now available for off-air listening. We thank our listeners for their patience.

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May 17, 2018
Debra R. Beckman | Missouri NEA

Awards. Recognition. And a party! 

Gerry Rohde tribute: Staff and listeners share memories

May 11, 2018
Gerry Rohde
Erin Gerrity | Washington University

Updated May 11 with St. Louis on the Air conversation in remembrance of Rohde. Orginial story published May 9.

Gerry Rohde’s voice has been familiar to St. Louis Public Radio listeners for more than 30 years. He died this week of an unknown cause.

Geralf  “Gerry” Rohde was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1962. He grew up with his older sister, Geena Eaton, who shared his love for country music, especially Waylon Jennings. According to Eaton, Rohde loved the English language and spent a year in St. Louis as an exchange student in 1978 at Bayless High School.

Stephen Voss/NPR

This Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, Joshua Johnson will broadcast 1A live from St. Louis Public Radio. More than 100 lucky guests will attend Thursday's show.

1A is produced by WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C. and distributed by NPR. As an NPR member station, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts 1A to listeners Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. to listeners across metropolitan St. Louis, in Quincy, Illinois, and in Rolla and Lebanon, Missouri.

Inspired by the First Amendment

David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

More than 400 attended St. Louis Public Radio’s annual dinner Talk, Toast, Taste at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Thanks to the event committee co-chaired by Judy Glik and Harvard Muhm, the STLPR board led by Diane Katzman, and enthusiastic fans of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, the event raised $180,000.

Radio Television Digital News Association

St. Louis Public Radio won two 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

Bill Greenblatt, UPI

The announcement of Carl Kasell’s death has hit colleagues at NPR member stations and their listeners hard. Many have known or listened to Kasell for decades.

Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for Weekend All Things Considered. For 30 years, he provided newscasts for NPR’s daily newsmagazine Morning Edition, a role he held since the program’s inception in 1979 until 2009.

Stephen Lam / Reuters

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11. St. Louis Public Radio will carry NPR's live coverage of Tuesday's testimony.

Stone of Hope
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Wednesday, April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Both NPR and St. Louis Public Radio will mark the day with stories about the days before and after King’s death.


More than 50 area bands entered this year’s Tiny Desk Concert, and the votes are in! We are super excited to announce that we have three bands who will perform this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anew's Rooftop. 

The favorites are:

Paige Alyssa

Season 4 of Invisibilia examines how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another... and what happens in the space in between.

St. Louis Public Radio will air the new episodes on the following dates from 3 to 4 p.m., pre-empting Radiolab.

March 31 -- Episode 1: Breaking The Pattern

March for Our Lives

This Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Louis Public Radio will air “The March for Our Lives,” a special national broadcast and call-in event hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer.

"The March for Our Lives" is a march in Washington, D.C. and a national day of civic action on gun violence and school safety. It is a day that has resonance in every community, with over 550 scheduled local events. A march will take place in St. Louis.

Charlie McDonald is our new afternoon host

Mar 2, 2018
David Kovaluk

March 1 marked Charlie McDonald’s first day as St. Louis Public Radio’s permanent afternoon host.

Long-time listeners of St. Louis Public radio already know McDonald as our weekend mid-day host, a position he’s held for five years. But others may recognize him as the long-time host of Classical 99 KFUO-FM, where he also served as audio engineer and producer.

St. Louis Public Radio celebrates 20 year donors

Feb 28, 2018
David Kovaluk

On Sunday, February 25, St. Louis Public Radio honored members who have supported the station for 20 or more years. Over 60 of the 2,000 20 Year Members attended the event held at UMSL at Grand Center. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, V.I.P. station tours, and received a 20 Year Member mug.

After opening remarks by station General Manager Tim Eby and UMSL Chancellor Thomas George, the chancellor (on piano) and Director of Jazz Jim Widner (on bass) treated the guests to a few jazz tunes. Musician Tommy Halloran provided musical entertainment throughout the event.

David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

Mike Schrand is our new Morning Edition host.

Schrand’s neither new to the mic nor St. Louis Public Radio. In fact, he started his radio career at our station 30 years ago. Since then, he served as producer, host, engineer, traffic director, announcer, program director, and most recently, program and operations manager. After previous Morning Edition host Geri Mitchell left the station for a new opportunity at WAMU in Washington D.C., Mike briefly covered the mornings.

Morning newscaster Wayne Pratt is happy to have Schrand back as host.

In the last week, several network outages affected all of UMSL’s offsite locations, including UMSL at Grand Center, home to St. Louis Public Radio. The outages disrupted the station’s live stream capabilities, as well as the station’s computer networks and phone lines. Several public school districts, libraries, and other professional spaces served by the vendor also lost networking capabilities.

David Kovaluk

At its first meeting of 2018, St. Louis Public Radio’s Board (The Friends of KWMU, Inc.) installed new officers, welcomed new and returning board members, and thanked the following board members who were rolling off: Linda Honigfort, Charlotte Martin, Chris Sommers, and Harvey Wallace. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Generation Listen, previously known as the Young Friends of KWMU, and station staff.

The flu season and severe winter weather forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives and resulted in 28,000 fewer donations of life-saving platelets and blood for patients in hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. To meet immediate needs, the American Red Cross must collect 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day.