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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A dashing-but-penniless nobleman turns the head of a grieving widow, despite her servant’s best efforts.

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

An iron works and a hot house can still send chills up your spine.

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

Love blossoms in an accidental meeting amidst the cherry orchard.

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

Only Twain could hide an elephant in plain sight while detectives seek it out.

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

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.

Four widows discover the secret to perpetual youth in the lobby of a Palm Beach hotel.

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

Two chilling stories about English gentlemen defending their honor with murder and mayhem.

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

How an innocent proposal of marriage turns into a family feud.

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

A satirical look at how the Trojan War really got started.

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

The inaugural show.  Two hillarious yarns by Missouri's favorite storyteller 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.

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