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DAVID KOVALUK | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Early Tuesday morning, May 19, the KMST Rolla transmitter went off the air, due to damage possibly caused by lightning. It was on and off again at greatly reduced power while we investigated the issue.

On the following Tuesday, we were able to get a break in thunderstorms and rain that allowed time to install a temporary antenna at 300 feet. It’s currently running at 1,000 watts and we have turned off stereo sound to reduce static.

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FILE PHOTO | DAVID KOVALUK | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Today, NPR announced the creation of a Midwest regional journalism hub that will increase capacity for investigative reporting and local news coverage in underserved areas across Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

America Amplified

St. Louis Public Radio has long been committed to listening to our community members and soliciting story ideas and sources from them. We’ve been doing this over the years through Curious Louis, our daily newsletter, Look//Read//Listen, and our social media accounts — especially Facebook and Twitter.

St. Louis Public Radio has won five 2020 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.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Public Radio will begin regularly rebroadcasting concerts to connect listeners at home to the music of the SLSO while live performances at Powell Hall are canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

The first broadcast will take place at 8 p.m. CDT this Saturday, May 2. Listen on KWMU, KMST, or WQUB FM or online here at stlpublicradio.org. Additional concerts and dates are being finalized and will be announced soon.

As we continue to prioritize our region’s safety and access to accurate information, there will be changes to our program schedule starting this weekend.

Living Ferguson
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Broadcasters Association announced winners Tuesday for their annual awards. St. Louis Public Radio was honored with three first place awards and one certificate of merit for the following work:

Public Radio Music Day drawing with headphones and microphone
Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio

On Thursday, April 16, St. Louis Public Radio and hundreds of other public radio stations across the country are celebrating the inaugural Public Radio Music Day to draw attention to the vital role noncommercial stations play in sharing music and the stories of musicians freely with the public.

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DAVID KOVALUK | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

St. Louis Public Radio has been selected as a recipient of the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network grant. The $5,000 grant, announced on April 7, was presented to 400 newsrooms in North America to support their regional news coverage of COVID-19.

Gabe Fleisher is the host of Wake Up To Politics, a new podcast from St. Louis Public Radio.
DAVID KOVALUK | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

St. Louis Public Radio podcast host Gabe Fleisher has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Horace Mann Friend of Education award in the field of Journalism – Radio for his work on Wake Up to Politics, a podcast that explains the inner workings of American politics.

St. Louis Public Radio's newsroom is mostly empty during the week now. Most of its journalists are working remotely to reduce the spread the coronavirus.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

I wanted to title this note “Inside The St. Louis Public Radio Newsroom.” But, truth is, there isn’t much going on inside the newsroom right now. It’s all happening in our reporters’ and editors’ living rooms, sunrooms, kitchens or basements.

Working remotely is odd for us. We’re a collaborative newsroom and aren’t accustomed to not having face-to-face interactions, especially during breaking news situations when fast, clear communication is essential. The pandemic is affecting our economy, our health and our social lives. But my goal as executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio is to not allow it to alter our ability to bring you reliable, timely and measured news. And I want to make sure our audience understands how we are striving to do that.

Tim Eby is St. Louis Public Radio's general manager.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Public health considerations and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be at the forefront of daily life. Among those effects, the last few weeks have been incredibly tough for journalists and nonprofits alike, St. Louis Public Radio included.

The station is dealing with the difficulties of being dependent on members, even as they face serious anxiety as well as real or potential losses in income. St. Louis Public Radio continues to cover the news while minimizing in-person contact. That is not easy.

Reporter standing with microphone, conducting interview outside by the river.
David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

Information you can rely on is more essential than ever and the St. Louis Public Radio news team is working hard to deliver. Our top priority is to provide accurate and timely coverage of the local and regional COVID-19 response, along with national and global news from NPR, to help you make safer and smarter decisions. Here’s how you can stay informed as well as some changes we’re making to continue our public service without interruption.

How to stay informed:

Nicole Gorovsky at the microphone speaking and smiling
David Kovaluk

St. Louis Public Radio is pleased to announce that local attorney Nicole Gorovsky has joined as a recurring contributor for the Legal Roundtable segments on St. Louis on the Air.

Three panelists, now regularly including Gorovsky, convene once a month to look closer at local and regional issues and developments as they pertain to the law and challenge the region.

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU will offer live coverage of the Senate impeachment trial from NPR as they are available. Listeners can check back at this post for upcoming special coverage dates and times that will be posted as we receive more information.

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Gabe Fleisher started writing his politics newsletter when he was in 3rd grade. He's 18 now, though — an adult. That means it's time for a podcast.

Brad Mehldau playing piano
Dennis Owsley

On January 3, St. Louis Public Radio will begin airing jazz on WQUB-2, providing a 24-hour jazz music service to the Quincy, IL, area via HD radio and stream. Formerly named “The Bridge,” WQUB-2 provided adult album alternative (AAA) music starting in 2015. As part of the switch to a jazz format, St. Louis Public Radio will no longer provide a AAA stream.

Jazz Unlimited host and producer Dennis Owsley will retire from St. Louis Public Radiowith his final show airing December 29ending his 36-year legacy of presenting jazz on KWMU. Throughout his time with the station he has produced over 1,800 scripted jazz radio shows, playing music largely from his own collection, and sharing his immense knowledge of jazz music history.

McCluer North student Mya Davis describes her photo at St. Louis Public Radio's Photojournalism Prize awards ceremony.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Public Radio digital team crafted its first Photojournalism Prize photography contest last month. The competition provided professional publicity, encouragement and training to St. Louis-area high school students interested in journalistic photography.

This year’s theme was “Window to my World,” and participants were required to tell a story with a caption, image and personal reflection. The six prize categories were: Best Portrait, Best Landscape, Best Still Life, Best Action Shot, Best Caption and Best in Show. All winners received a master class with station photojournalists and publication on stlpublicradio.org.

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.

To listen on a smart speaker, just ask it to "Play St. Louis Public Radio."

View our full program schedule

Updated Friday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m.

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU will offer live coverage of the impeachment inquiry hearings from NPR as they are available. Listeners can check back at this post for upcoming special coverage dates and times that will be posted as we receive more information.

Morning Edition turns 40 on Tuesday. Over the years, NPR's morning newsmagazine program has covered seven presidents, two Persian Gulf wars, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and nine Star Wars movies.

But the show was almost canceled before it even started — and there were obstacles to just keeping it on the air.

"They did this pilot with the original staff, and it was awful," said Bob Edwards, who hosted Morning Edition from 1979 to 2004.

Fifth Season Of We Live Here Explores Regional Divides In STL

Oct 24, 2019
The We Live Here team
David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

On October 24, St. Louis Public Radio and PRX premiered season five of We Live Here, an award-winning podcast about race and class in America.

New hosts Ashley Winters and Jia Lian Yang go on a deep dive exploring how municipal divides impact racial and economic disparities in St. Louis.

Mya Davis, McCluer North High School

St. Louis Public Radio is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural St. Louis Public Radio Photojournalism Prize, a competition providing professional recognition, publicity, encouragement, training, and resources to St. Louis-area high school students who demonstrate a talent for documenting their world through photography. This year’s theme is “window to my world,” encouraging students to tell a story with a caption, image and personal reflection. 

In the coming week, St. Louis Public Radio will make changes to its program schedule.

“The updated schedule follows a broad review of our service to our listeners, said Director of Radio Programming and Operations Robert Peterson. “We're focused on providing the best programs possible and believe that audiences will enjoy this new lineup.”

We Live Here team members
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The fifth season of the We Live Here podcast, coming this fall, will welcome new co-hosts Ashley Winters and Jia Lian Yang. The two have a shared passion for educating others and telling powerful stories.

St. Louis Public Radio presents its inaugural Photojournalism Prize, a photography contest open to area high schoolers and culminating in a juried, public exhibition opening on Friday, November 8.

Living Ferguson
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

In December, the St. Louis Public Radio newsroom started planning for Aug. 9, 2019, the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.’s death and the beginning of months of protests.

Of course we wanted to do the stories that answer the questions everyone has: What has changed since 2014? Where are the people who were involved in the protests? Have relations between police and African American communities improved? 

Sarah Fenske
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday, July 30, Sarah Fenske will officially take the helm as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s signature talk show St. Louis on the Air. With the show entering its 24th season, Fenske says she's both humbled and excited to join a show with such a long legacy.

Whether you listen to the show daily or occasionally, here are five reasons why you should make St. Louis on the Air, with Sarah Fenske as host, a regular part of your media routine: 

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Jaclyn Driscoll joined St. Louis Public Radio’s newsroom a few weeks ago as its statehouse reporter to help cover all things Missouri politics. She previously covered Illinois’ state capital for two years while based at the public radio station in Springfield, Illinois.

Now based in Jefferson City, Driscoll talked with guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, to discuss her new role at the station. 

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