Darren Hellwege


Darren Hellwege has hosted “Morning Edition” for over 23 years for KBIA Radio, and also serves as host of the “Thinking Out Loud” interview shows and as KBIA’s Sports Director.

The “Thinking” series includes “Thinking Out Loud” on Tuesday evenings and “Arts on Friday” on Friday evenings, both at 6:30, and “Saturday Sports” on Saturday mornings from 6 until 7. The series won the 2008 Missouri Broadcasters Association award for best program in its category in the state.

As Sports Director, Darren reports on on Tiger athletics and supervises a staff of student reporters both for the station and the KBIA Sports Extra website. Darren is a member of the Football Writers Association of American and United States Basketball Writers Association. His reports from the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament were heard nationwide on NPR, and he also reported on Mizzou athletics for the Official Sports Report.

Darren’s commitment to the Mid-Missouri community can be seen in his outreach activities for the station, including work with CanStruction, the Voluntary Action Center, Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, American Red Cross, Boone County Historical Society, Columbia Public Schools and many other charitable organizations. He’s also been active in community theatre, performing with Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, Theatre NXS, and MoHip.

A native of Edmond, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Central Oklahoma, Darren and his wife Bonnie have two grown children. Kristian lives in Columbia and Janie is a student at Missouri State University.

Darren is an avid genealogist, enjoys reading, all kinds of music, classic movies and sports, and is a member of Rock Bridge Christian Church.


Arts and Culture
1:42 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Arrow Rock preview and Mary Barille's latest

A scene from the 2013 Meet Me in St. Louis production at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.
Credit: Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

On this weeks' Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Quin Gresham, the Producing Artistic Director for the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre about the upcoming season at the theatre.

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Arts and Culture
6:32 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: One woman's Missouri River odyssey

On Janet Moreland's summer 2013 kayak trip she paddled from Montana to Louisianna.
Credit: Janet Moreland

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, we meet a woman who took a historic kayak ride from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico. In this week's first segment Janet Moreland shares the story of her ambitious summer 2013 trip. Plus, in this week's second segment, we hear about the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy and that group's May 2 fundraiser.

On this episode of Thinking Out Loud, producer Darren Hellwege visits with Janet Moreland, the first women known to have done a solo kayak trip from the headwaters of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Arts and Culture
5:09 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: MU's reaction to Michael Sam's coming out

Former MU football player Michael Sam.
Credit Karen Mitchell/KBIA

Recently, former MU football player and alumni Michael Sam announced he was gay. KBIA, ESPN and other media outlets continue to thoroughly cover this story. On this weeks' Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege looks at how MU's sports administration reacted to Sam's announcement.

Listen to this week's Thinking Out Loud where Darren Hellwege discusses reaction among MU sports staff to former MU football player Michael Sam's announcement earlier this week that he is gay.

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Arts and Culture
10:51 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Keb'Mo' preview

Blues guitarist and singer Keb' Mo' recently talked with KBIA's Darren Hellwege about the artist's forthcoming album Bluesamericana.
Credit Facebook/Keb' Mo'

Blues guitarist and singer Keb'Mo' brings his Delta blues-influenced style to Columbia's Jesse Auditorium next Tuesday. In a web exclusive, here is a segment of KBIA's Darren Hellwege recent phone interview with Keb' Mo'.

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Arts and Culture
1:58 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Understanding Legal Services

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Executive Director Dan Glazier is a guest on this episode of Thinking Out Loud.
Credit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

This week on Thinking Out Loud, host Darren Hellwege interviews Dan Glazier from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Susan Lutt from Mid-Missouri Legal Services.

Listen to Thinking Out Loud each Tuesday afternoon at 6:30 on 91.3fm KBIA.

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Arts and Culture
11:52 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Third Goal film festival and prairie plantings

Jeff Demand prepares to spread seed from prairie grasses and forbs in Callaway County January 9.
Credit KBIA/Trevor Harris

On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with organizers of the Third Goal International Film Festival. The festival is an annual one-day festival of film viewings that have the U.S.  Peace Corps as a central theme. This year's festival happens Saturday, February 1 on the MU campus.

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Maplewood Barn
10:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Brad Buchanan's 'Time Stands Still'

A gold watch.
Credit Photo by mpclemens, via Flickr. (http://bit.ly/18tm7CX)

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater.

This time, we bring you something a bit different from our normal classic stories -- an original script by our own Brad Buchanan called "Time Stands Still." Brad has done the majority of the adaptations for the radio show over the past couple years, but in this case, he decided to bring you a new story, never before performed.

We hope you enjoy this original production of "Time Stands Still." 

 Sit back, relax and listen here:

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Maplewood Barn
10:23 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Stephen Leacock's 'Golden Dreams'

Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.
 In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."
 Sit back, relax, and listen to the audio play here:

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Arts and Culture
3:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Rose and the Ring (Thackeray), Part 2

Conclusion of the two-part holiday story begun last Friday.

Arts and Culture
8:52 am
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis soul singer Fontella Bass dies

Credit PopandCo

A popular soul singer of the 1960s from St. Louis has died, according to KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Fontella Bass started singing on showboats in the St. Louis area and her early records were produced by Ike Turner. She started off with popularity only in the region, but her recording "Rescue Me" became a smash hit, reaching number one on the billboard charts for four weeks in October of 1965.

Bass later recorded with  jazz outfit "the Art Ensemble of Chicago" and was married to jazz legend Lester Bowie. She was a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, with a star on Delmar Boulevard.

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Arts and Culture
3:40 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Rose and the Ring (Thackeray), Part 1

Magic, romance, jealousy and silly fairies mix together for this Twelfth Night story by the Victorian satirist.

Arts and Culture
3:39 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

A Dramatic Evening (Bangs)

When amateur theatricals invade a Victorian home, the result is an evening of chaos.

Arts and Culture
3:38 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Pimenta Pancakes/Shamrock Jolnes (O’Henry)

Two grin-inducing yarns – a cowboy’s lament and a detective’s devious deductions – by America’s master of the short story.

Arts and Culture
3:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Post Office (Tagore)

A sickly Indian boy sees the world through his bedroom window; by the first non-Western winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Arts and Culture
3:36 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (Allcott)

A nostalgic look at how Thanksgivings in the countryside used to be through the eyes of a beloved sentimental novelist.

Arts and Culture
3:34 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Maddened by Mystery/Man in Asbestos (Leacock)

Two satirical stories, sending up the immortal Sherlock and the very future of mankind.

Arts and Culture
3:33 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Pretentious Young Ladies (Moliere)

A clever impersonator sneaks past the pretensions of two young ladies who think their current suitors are beneath their standards.

Arts and Culture
3:30 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Skull (Dick)

A Halloween tale about a man who gets a chance to change the course of history – or so he thinks.

Arts and Culture
3:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Overtones (Gerstenberg)

A laughter-inducing tour inside the heads of two cultured rivals who never say what they really think.

Arts and Culture
3:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Jones (Osborne)

Sometimes winning the girl of a guy’s dreams involve drastic measures, such as telling white lies, giving blood and getting electric shock therapy.

Arts and Culture
3:22 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg (Wodehouse)

Bertie and Jeeves save another friend from a young man’s greatest fear:  losing the allowance provided by a stingy uncle.

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Arts and Culture
3:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Knee Deep in Knickers (Ferber)

The irrepressible Emma McChesney is back, creating a fashion revolution while facing defeat from the green-eyed monster.

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Arts and Culture
3:17 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Behind the Beyond (Leacock)

A satirical look at how and why theater melodramas are built and performed.

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Arts and Culture
3:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Exchange (Thurston)

Do you want to trade your troubles for another life?  Here comes the judge, and his imp, who can make it happen.

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4040 Project
3:13 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

KBIA Visits Kansas City, Missouri

Darren Hellwege KBIA

This week the 40/40 project takes KBIA's Darren Hellwege to Kansas City, where we find the kind of hospitality some might associate with small towns in our state's largest city at MeMa's bakery downtown. And as our set of photos indicate, Darren also found something else to eat in KC, at his favorite rib joint, the famed Arthur Bryant's.

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4040 Project
3:06 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

KBIA Visits Eldon, Missouri

Darren Hellwege KBIA

We've heard it from folks in many small towns, "if you have trouble, your neighbors will be there to help you." This week on the 40/40 project, we meet a little boy who's had to learn the hard way how true that is. Gabriel Wilcox was born in February, and on the way home from the hospital, survived a car crash that took the lives of his entire family. Now being raised by his grandmother, Gabriel's gotten help from neighbors all over the Eldon region, as we hear as we talk with Angela Wilcox at an event to raise money for her grandson. It's really true what they say about Missourians, they help out their neighbors when need arises.

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4040 Project
2:59 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

KBIA Visits Lake Ozark, Missouri

Darren Hellwege KBIA

The 40-40 project visits Lake Ozark, which isn't just a fun place to visit for a vacation but is home to a lot of fine people, including a store owner who tells us why she went from spending only the summer tourist season at the Lake to becoming a full time resident of Lake Ozark.

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Arts and Culture
3:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Extricating Young Gussie (Wodehouse)

The adventure that brought Bertie and Jeeves to America; uniting young and old lovers on the vaudeville stage.

8:14 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Mizzou keeps DT Richardson out of media day

A Mizzou helmet and an SEC helmet were on display at the announcement. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Announcer Mike Kelly was unable to find the white helmet for the official presentation to Brady Deaton earlier in the press conference. Photo by KAREN MITCHELL
Karen Mitchell University of Missouri

Missouri held talkative defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson out of media day Monday after the player's remarks about Georgia and the SEC in general.

After a question about whether he’d watched any of the Georgia game, this is how Richardson responded:

“I watched that game – turned it off, too," Richardson said. "It’s like watching Big 10 football – it’s old-man-football. So they have a Heisman candidate quarterback? Okay, so we’re going to get to him and do what we’re supposed to do.”

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4040 Project
11:54 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KBIA visits Springfield, Missouri

Marshal Astor Flickr

KBIA's Darren Hellwege visits the Ozarks and takes us to Springfield where he meets a family whose love of fishing is typical for the region.

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