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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.

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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.

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: 

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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. 

Shelley Kerley Recognized By Public Radio Association Of Development Officers

Jul 12, 2019

The Public Radio Association of Development Officers (PRADO) announced the 2019 Development Professional of the Year, Shelley Kerley, St. Louis Public Radio Development Director.

Kerley was awarded the honor at the 2019 Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) in Dallas in July, 2019. Kerley has led St. Louis Public Radio’s development efforts for more than 29 years.

Parents are set to discuss the often difficult conversations they have with their children at “The Talk: What Our Children Need To Hear” presented by St. Louis Public Radio and the Women's Group on Race Relations at the Missouri History Museum July 9.

A group of parents will sit on a panel to explain the variety of conversations they have with their kids spanning race, gender, ethnicity and background. Panel members will also discuss “the talk” they received as children, how conversations change over time and the importance of understanding what other parents tell their kids. 

Sarah Fenske speaks with Tim Eby
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

After an intensive, nationwide search process, St. Louis Public Radio has selected Sarah Fenske to host the station’s signature talk show and podcast, St. Louis on the Air. Fenske will serve as both a host and producer in this key role, engaging guests in thoughtful conversation about the news, arts and ideas shaping our region.

Grand Center Theatre Crawl
Credit Emily Mollet | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio presents the seventh annual Grand Center Theatre Crawl June 28-29. Experience the best of the St. Louis theatre scene with free access to performances in and around Grand Center by 26 local theatre companies.

This event is free open to the public. Performances are 15 minutes long, starting every hour and half hour. Audience members will rotate through 19 different venues and each session will include family-friendly performances.

 

Shula Neuman
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio Executive Editor Shula Neuman was elected to the Board of Directors of The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA). Neuman will represent large stations on the Board of Directors and was one of three new board members elected at the 2019 conference June 14-15.

'We Live Here' Wins 2019 Kaleidoscope Award

Jun 14, 2019

St. Louis Public Radio and PRX’s podcast We Live Here won a 2019 Kaleidoscope Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for the episode “Nuisance or Nonsense” in the Small/Large Market Radio category.

The episode “Nuisance or Nonsense” addresses allegations that the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood used a nuisance order that illegally discriminated against victims of domestic abuse, people of color and the disabled.

A screenshot from "Promises Not Kept" of vacant houses
St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio was honored by the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA) at its annual Awards Banquet at the Branson Hilton Convention Center on June 8. These awards are given out to Missouri’s best radio and TV stations, STLPR being one of them. The station received two first place awards and two certificates of merit for the following work:

Radio is a beautiful medium. It brings people news and information wherever they are — in the kitchen, in the car, while walking the dog.

But people no longer have to be dependent on a radio schedule to get their news. Instead, they can download a bunch of programs and listen whenever it’s convenient. We decided we wanted to provide a service for our audience that allows them to get their daily dose of local news on their own schedule. That’s why we developed The Gateway.

St. Louis Public Radio has been selected as a 2019 host newsroom for Report for America.

Report for America is a local news initiative whose mission is “to strengthen our communities and our democracy through local journalism that is truthful, fearless, fair and smart.” Recently, 50 news reporters were placed in news organizations across the country to fill important gaps in journalism.

After decades of loving the historic Morning Edition theme music, NPR is rolling out a new version on May 6. A new suite of music that is "warm, fresh, weighted, smart, modern, and energetic" will replace the familiar tune you've been starting your day with for years.

Inspired by the work of BJ Leiderman, NPR says the new theme will reference the historic theme and "work cohesively across the entire program to create a consistent and recognizable sonic palette" for the program.

2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards announced
Radio Television Digital News Association

St. Louis Public Radio has won three 2019 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.

Driemeier started at UMSL in 1965. He retired in 2004.
UMSL

A St. Louis Public Radio founder and longtime University of Missouri-St. Louis administrator has died.

Donald Driemeier identified the need for a public radio station for the region in 1971. St. Louis Public Radio signed on about a year later, under its call letters K-W-M-U. He wrote the construction permit for the station, which was based on UMSL’s campus for years.

Andrea Henderson
David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

Andrea Henderson joined St. Louis Public Radio as a reporter for Sharing America, a four-station collaborative news initiative covering race, identity and culture. Most recently, she was a  digital reporter for the NPR podcast Code Switch as well as a producer for Weekend All Things Considered.

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