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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.

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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.

This Sunday, January 7, NPR’s It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will replace The Tavis Smiley Show from 8 to 9 p.m.

Friday is the journalist's last day.

Journalist. Host. Newscaster. Editor. Juggler. Leader. Mentor. Friend. Gracious. Witty. Humble. Nurturing. Patient. Unflappable. Words that describe Bill Raack from those who have worked with him over 23 years at St. Louis Public Radio.

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Every day through January 1, St. Louis Public Radio will offer listeners special holiday programming and music. There are several ways to listen – on your radio, smartphone, computer or smart speaker.

Hany Hawasly

In early September, the Online News Association (ONA) named Kelly Moffitt one of three recipients of the MJ Bear Fellowship, which recognizes digital journalists under 30 whose work “represents the best in new media.” Moffitt is one of two North Americans to win a fellowship. A third was reserved for an international recipient.

Courtesy Car Talk

Whether their favorite episode was about poor Wobblebutt, that time Tommy went to the darkside, odometer dreams, or the flaming Winnebago, 2.6 million fans of Car Talk agree on one thing: Saturdays will never be the same.

On Saturday, September 30, Car Talk producers dedicated the show’s last broadcast to celebrating “30 Years of Wasting Perfectly Good Hours.” The show was created in 1977 by Boston brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack, aka The Tappet Brothers. NPR began running the show in 1987.

For 30 years, the brothers provided listeners with car advice and roadside philosophy delivered with hilarity, good-natured (and well-deserved) ridicule, and inspiration. Last year, NPR announced the end of the road for the show. Fortunately, listeners can access over 450 archived broadcasts of the show online or download the Car Talk podcast.

To celebrate the legacy of Car Talk, we asked St. Louis Public Radio followers to tweet or share their favorite memories of the show and reactions to the news. 

Wayne bledoe in radio studio with mic
B.A. Rupert / Missouri S&T

Wayne Bledsoe taught at the Missouri University of Science and Technology for 32 years and retired as chair and professor of history and political science in 2002. He later served as general manager of KMST, retiring from that position in 2014. But for nearly 40 years, Bledsoe has been both producer and host of the popular radio show Bluegrass for a Saturday Night. On August 26, Bledsoe will host the show for the last time.

St. Louis Public Radio’s guide to the eclipse

Aug 14, 2017
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Don Marsh to Host Two-Hour St. Louis on the Air on August 21