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Kim Massie is the self-proclaimed "St. Louis Diva," a title she's earned in more than two decades of performing. [7/11/19]
Jeremy D. Goodwin | St. Louis Public Radio

Many people use karaoke as a way to feel like a professional singer for a few minutes. Kim Massie used it to become one. 

In the late 1990s, the St. Louis-area native was a nurse’s aide outside Cleveland, 40 years old and with grown children, when she started entering and winning karaoke competitions. Those experiences gave her a taste for live performance. When she returned to the area at the end of a bad relationship, she decided to take a shot at becoming a full-time singer.

It’s been a little more than 20 years, and she’s still at it.

Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

The World Series is over and the Cardinals will have to wait until next year to contend for another title.

But the Redbirds’ lack of championship success didn’t stop Joe Smart from venturing down to Ballpark Village this week to watch the Royals battle it out with the San Francisco Giants. Smart is hardly a newbie to Ballpark Village; he’s visited the entertainment complex 15 times.

So what keeps Smart coming back for more?