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The purchase and renovations to the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media put community radio station KDHX $3 million in debt.
Beth Hundsdorfer | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3:30 p.m., July 9 with a comment from former KDHX employee Jennifer Dunn Stewart — 

KDHX leadership is under fire.

Within the past few weeks, an attorney delivered an anonymous letter to the community radio station's board. Days later, a second letter was delivered via email to some members of the board and others. The letters contained allegations of a hostile work environment for African Americans and financial mismanagement by the station’s leadership. 

The letters also called for the ouster of Executive Director Kelly Wells and the radio station’s board of directors. 

Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

ArchCity Defenders and community radio station KDHX are rolling out a three-month film series on racial justice.

First in the series, "Marvin Booker was Murdered" by filmmaker Wade Gardner, will be screened on Thursday evening at The Stage KDHX. 

Provided by The May Day Orchestra

A Missouri musician and his band are making music that challenges listeners to confront their own complicity in exploitative labor practices and foreign policy while celebrating those who would change things for the better.

Tim Rakel launched The May Day Orchestra in 2008. The band creates self-described folk operas that aim to honor histories of social change. This month, the band returns with its third album, “Wake,” which melds together the story of a 17th century sultan turned pirate in what is now Kenya and Rakel’s knowledge and experience in modern-day Kenya .

Deep friendship motivates On Fillmore's experimental music

Apr 3, 2015
Darin Gray and Glenn Kotche of On Fillmore
Courtesy of the band

Intense friendship may not be the first thing that springs to mind when hearing the phrase “experimental music.” Yet according to founding member Darin Gray, shared personal connections motivate improvisational duo On Fillmore.

view of studio
Thomas Crone for the Beacon

The move of community radio station KDHX from the former bakery on Magnolia Avenue to the newly rehabbed building in Grand Center was completed Sunday. The "Songwriters Showcase" broadcast from the old station from 10 a.m. to noon.

Encore: KDHX'S last dance on Magnolia Avenue

Oct 10, 2013
The old KDHX building was a converted bakery.
Thomas Crone | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tomorrow at 7 p.m., I’ll wrap up a pledge pitching shift at KDHX, joyfully riding shotgun with Art Dwyer on "Blues in the Night,” a show that has aired on the community radio station since its first week of broadcasting. When discussing the merits of becoming a member of KDHX, Dwyer often rolls far away from the script. He riffs on all types of topics, almost always hitting his high goals, by using what could safely be called a “freewheeling” pitch.

Midwest Mayhem is more than music

May 15, 2013
DJ Needles
Jarred Gastreich | For the St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: At the KDHX Midwest Mayhem bash last week, people and music came together at the City Museum:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The latest Sound Waves collaboration between the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and KDHX Radio, 88.1 FM, takes place Thursday in the Pulitzer galleries and is billed as “An Evening of Opera and Jazz.”

Encore: Tim Rakel offers variety and vinyl

May 2, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: There’s nothing quite like buying art directly from the source of creation. That’s true across all media, but music is probably the easiest to exchange cash for product, as directly and affordably as possible. Usually that purchase would take place after a gig, as musicians on the club level routinely mix-and-mingle with fans at merchandise tables, offering everything from vinyl to (believe or not) baby onesies.

Every now and again, though, you can find a musician-slash-label operative who’ll deliver straight to you, and that brings us to Tim Rakel.

Encore: Tuning into memories of KDHX

Apr 19, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If age teaches you anything, it’s that it’s important to stretch before engaging in any type of vigorous physical activity. Oh, this lesson, too: You probably shouldn’t do so many drugs -- which makes those natural highs in life all the more important.

A couple times a year, I’m treated to something akin to a good, old-fashioned trip, purely through enjoyable personal interaction and the underlying need to make some cash for a local organization. We’re talking about the KDHX membership drive, the twice-annual effort undertaken by the hosts and volunteers of KDHX to raise funds for another year of broadcasting, along with all the supplemental activities taken on by the station.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Pity the driver at the intersection of Grand and Washington boulevards on a Saturday night. As crowds flock to and from the Fox Theatre’s national acts, Powell Hall’s St. Louis Symphony and other venues and galleries, traffic must yield to the arts, the grand institutions of Midtown.

But a few blocks from that intersection, backstage and on the fringes, the grassroots of independent artists and small organizations are taking hold.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 23, 2012 - For a little while, St. Louis Public Radio’s emerging building on Olive Street was easy to spot. But the bright red outer walls have been covered with black,  making the building feel more like a giant, angular speaker, which seems appropriate. 

Tim Eby, general manager, says the station's plan for now is to move from its home on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis by Father’s Day and to air from there the following Monday.

Public broadcasting and all money considered

Mar 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 30, 2011 - Even with all the back and forth in Washington, Greg Conroy doesn't have to worry about public funding of his media organization. WSIE, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville station where he is interim director, has a 0.8 market share and tiny staff. Because of that, the station fell out of the federal funding pool a few years ago.

'Sound waves' brings hip-hop to Pulitzer

Jan 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 21, 2011 - Most cultural institutions look for ways to collaborate with and involve other organizations, if only to bring fresh ideas. Ideally though, these moments of cross-pollination produce  all types of benefits, from new funding opportunities to public awareness, resulting in an increase in viewers, readers, visitors or listeners.

With a long history of developing collaborative relationships with other St. Louis arts organizations, KDHX radio (88.1 fm or http://kdhx.org) has been agile in finding new and interesting fits for programmers to take their skills to "the streets," whether that's teaching podcasting classes in the St. Louis Country Library system or hosting live events at longstanding, cooperative venues such as Off Broadway or the City Museum.

Blues add to 'Sound Waves' at the Pulitzer

Dec 21, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 21, 2010 - Last Thursday evening, the roads were in an iffy state, with the previous night's freezing rain dropping a thin sheen of black ice atop the metro region. Grand Center wasn't immune to the slick nature of travel and attendees at several gallery events braved the elements, much to the delight of those bringing the shows to life.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 21, 2010 -For a species so enamored with big time, worldwide and star-studded phenomena, humans, I believe, really accomplish most of what we do on a local scale of one-to-one.

My friend Larry Weir, who died suddenly this month at the age of 57, embodied this persistent path in the quirky medium of Community Radio, in the intimate poetics of singer-songwriter musicians, and the influence of one St. Louis guy who loved this kind of music and used his personal venue of a weekly radio show to profoundly cultivate artist-audience connections.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 5, 2009 - It only seems as if Fred Friction's been around forever.

By the late '80s, the re-dubbed Frederick Boettcher Jr. had become known as a spoons player of some skill, one who might show up on any bill in town, especially at rooms like Off Broadway, Blueberry Hill's Elvis Room or Cicero's Basement.