Darren Hellwege

Announcer/Producer

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.

Ways To Connect

KBIA

For nearly a year Dr. R. Bowen Loftin has served as the Chancellor of the University of Missouri. The chancellor and his wife Dr. Karin Loftin sat down with KBIA's Darren Hellwege recently to talk about their backgrounds and reflections on their time spent so far here in Columbia. This week's Thinking Out Loud is the first of a tw0-part broadcast interview with the Loftins.

In part two of a special Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with a trio of campus Title IX leaders about where the institution is headed with efforts to enhance gender equity on the University of Missouri's flagship campus. Guests include University of Missouri-Columbia Interim Title IX Coordinator Linda Bennett, Executive Associate Director of Athletics Sarah Reesman and Title IX Investigator Salama Gallimore.

Part one of this program is online here.


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Gender equity issues have been at the forefront of discussion on college and university campuses nationwide. How does Title IX affect the University of Missouri? On this episode of Thinking Out Loud we explore issues of gender equity in higher education. This is the first of a special two-part Thinking Out Loud. Part two airs next week at 6:30 p.m. on KBIA.

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Seen any good movies by women lately? On this episode of KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege visits with Kerri Yost of the Citizen Jane Film Festival. This annual festival shines a spotlight on the work of female  filmmakers. Darren and Kerri discuss why women get overlooked in the world of movie-making, talk about some of this year’s featured films and preview some of the other events surrounding Citizen Jane. We also hear a report from Brady Finn of KBIA News talking about the festival with Paula Elias.


Facebook/The Flood Brothers

This weekend Columbia's Stephen's Lake Park plays host to the eighth annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Festival Director Julie King told KBIA's Darren Hellwege to look forward to artists like John Prine, the Avett Brothers and Amos Lee. King also suggested festival-goers check out up-and-coming act Lake Street Dive performing Saturday at 4:15pm.

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.


Shane Epping/MU Disability Center

As thousands of students arrive in Columbia for the new school year, much work must happen behind the scenes to prepare. On this week's Thinking Out Loud host Darren Hellwege visits with a range of staff from University of Missouri departments whose work impacts and is impacted by the student experience at MU.


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.

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.


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.


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'.

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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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.

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:

The players:

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:

  The players:

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Skull (Dick)

Oct 26, 2012

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

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

Jones (Osborne)

Oct 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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