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.

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4040 project
11:45 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KBIA visits Auxvasse, Missouri

The Lavy famiy of Auxvasse built a “Field of Dreams” to honor their father, and the game he and his three sons love. Zane, Zeth and Zach Levy all starred for North Callaway’s baseball program.
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On this 4040 Project KBIA's Darren Hellwege takes us on a visit to the little town with friendly people and a name that's easy to bungle. Auxvasse is home to about 900 people, two convenience stores, one friendly bar and grill, and for Missy and her neighbors it's the love of those other people that makes Auxvasse a special place. For them, no matter how you pronounce it, they call it "home."

But, let's try to be respectful and get it right: it's "uh-VAWS."

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4040 project
5:25 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

KBIA visits Columbia, Missouri

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
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Columbia is known for many things: education, health care, parks, reporter--and it’s also known for it’s diversity. We meet one of the thousands of Columbians who come from other countries and hear of how Columbia has become home for her and her family. 

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4040 project
10:43 am
Thu May 31, 2012

KBIA visits Mexico, Missouri

Champ is the local high school mascot
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Darren Hellwege visits Mexico, Missouri.

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The 40/40 Project
12:19 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

KBIA visits Moberly, Missouri

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KBIA’s Darren Hellwege visits a couple of businesses in the historic downtown section of Moberly, Missouri for this 40/40 project feature on the town known as “the magic city”. 

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Arts and Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Behind a Mask, Part II (Louisa May Allcott)

An enigmatic governess navigates several possible romances, but what are her true motives?

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Arts and Culture
2:00 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Behind a Mask, Part I (Louisa May Allcott)

A mysterious governess comes to work for a wealthy family, but she is not what she seems.

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4040 project
2:51 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

KBIA visits Clark, Missouri

Just about the only business still thriving in Clark, the feed store also serves as de facto “hang out” for Clark residents to visit with their friends and catch up on the latest gossip.
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KBIA's Darren Hellwege visits one of the smallest towns that will be part of the 40/40 project, Clark, Missouri. There may not be as much excitement as you'd find in a big city, but there are friendly people. One of them, Johnny Collie, sits on his front porch with Darren and talks about growing up in Clark and why he's still glad to call it "home".

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Arts and Culture
10:52 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Bargain Day at Tutt House (George Randolph Chester)

When two upper-class couples are stranded, the bidding begins for the best accommodations.

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Radio Theatre
12:28 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Augustus Does His Bit (George Bernard Shaw)

A comedic look at an inept and pompous military man, trying to "do his bit" for the war.

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The 40/40 Project
3:22 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

KBIA visits California, MO

KBIA's Darren Hellwege takes us on a visit to the seat of Moniteau County, the town of California where we hear a story of community pride, the restoration of the Finke Theatre which has gone from opera house to movie theatre and is now hosting live performances as similar theaters in other communities crumble.

Arts and Culture
10:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

The Monkey’s Paw (W. W. Jacobs)

Getting what you wish for might mean the third wish is for death.  A classic tale of terror.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

In the Absence of the Agent (Edna Ferber)

An independent career woman finds a great apartment with a view of the troubled men in her life.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Suppressed Desires (Susan Glaspell & G.C. Cook)

You wouldn’t dream what Freudian psychology can do to a happy marriage.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (Edgar Allen Poe)

The master of suspense takes us where the madmen run the asylum, literally.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
11:51 am
Fri March 2, 2012

He Said She Said (Alice Gerstenberg)

A “helpful” gossip-monger  throws sand in the cogs of a happy relationship.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

The Aluminum Dagger (R. Austin Freeman)

A classic, locked-room murder mystery solved by the legendary Doctor.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Arts and Culture
11:54 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The 40/40 Project: KBIA visits New Franklin, MO.

KBIA’s Darren Hellwege was surprised by New Franklin. He went out expecting to meet older folks and talk about the town’s interesting history, and the story of how it went from being “Franklin” on the river to “New Franklin” up the hill following a devastating flood.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

The Boy Comes Home (A.A. Milne)

His family finds that a First World War veteran is not the same young gentleman who marched off to the trenches. 

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

SNAFU (Art Smith)

What if your time has come, but your eternal paperwork gets messed up?  Will it be hell or heaven?

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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The 40/40 Project
12:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

KBIA visits Boonville

Of all the historic buildings in Boonville, one of the most well-known is Thespian Hall, which still hosts dramatic and musical performances throughout the year.
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Darren Hellwege takes us on a Sunday morning visit to Boonville. We find a church where the ministry is a family affair, and some old friends who are a part of a great music scene in Cooper County. They all share a love of their neighbors, and of the history of this friendly river town.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Jeeves and the Uninvited Guest (P.G. Wodehouse)

When a sheltered young nobleman goes wild in wicked New York City, Bertie and Jeeves get creative.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

 

The 40/40 Project
12:08 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

KBIA visits Jefferson City, MO.

Jefferson City can sometimes be thought as the smaller town next to Columbia, but it has it's own rich history even beyond being the state capital. Nobody knows the history, and tells its stories better than Bob Priddy, whose "Across Our Wide Missouri" series of books are full of the narrative of our state's past.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Another Way Out (Lawrence Langner)

Society’s assumptions create funny problems for a couple living together “without benefit of marriage.”

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Leave It to Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse)

Fiction’s wisest “gentleman’s gentleman” helps his flummoxed boss out of a jam involving a chorus girl, an ornithologist and an ugly baby.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Wurzel-Flummery Milne

What’s in a name?  And how much it’s worth to two British families.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

The McWilliams’ Adventures (Twian)

This is an inaugural show.  It covers  about two hilarious yarns by Missouri's favorite storyteller and also about the Ma and Pa Kettle of their time.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: Burglar and the Blizzard – Part Two

Conclusion of Maplewood Barn Radio Theater’s Christmas presentation.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: The Burglar and the Blizzard – Part One

Trapped together by a blizzard, a playboy, a burglar and a damsel-in-distress celebrate Christmas.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

Maplewood Barn
12:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre: The Wondersmith

An anti-Christmas story featuring a wicked toymaker, a wicked witch, endangered lovers and a monkey.

Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre is a weekly radio drama program adapted for radio by Brad Buchanan and produced by Darren Hellwege.

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