Darren Hellwege

Announcer/Producer

Darren Hellwege has hosted “Morning Edition” for over 27 years on KBIA, and serves as the station’s Sports Director and as host/producer of the “Thinking Out Loud” programs. The series has won a Missouri Broadcasters Association award and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

As Sports Director, Darren reports on Tiger athletics both for the station and the KBIA Sports website. He has also served for several years as the “Mizzou Insider” for the “Fescoe in the Morning” show on 610 Sports in Kansas City. Darren is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, United States Basketball Writers Association, and National Collegiate Baseball Writers. His reports from the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament were heard nationwide on NPR, he has appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” and is a regular guest with Chris Gervino on KOMU-TV’s Sunday night sports program. He previously reported on Mizzou athletics for the Official Sports Report and was the Sports Editor of his high school newspaper for four years, being named in 1984 to the Edmond Memorial Journalism Hall of Fame.

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. Darren coached youth sports for several years with Boys/Girls Club of Columbia, Columbia Diamond Council and Columbia Youth Basketball Association. Darren currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACT (www.actservices.org) and the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy (www.morivcc.org) and is a member of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee. In the past he’s been a member of the Columbia/Boone County Board of Health and the Boone County Mental Health Board of Trustees, and was a board member for the Central Missouri Humane Society and Rock Bridge Christian Church. 

Darren was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Central Oklahoma. Darren and his wife Bonnie have two grown children. Their son Kristian lives in Columbia and daughter Janie Lavelock lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband Jake and is a student at UMKC.

Prior to coming to KBIA, Darren worked for public radio station KCSC (now KUCO, www.kucofm.com) in Edmond and at Oklahoma City radio stations WKY and WWLS. He’s also worked for KFRU and KFMZ in Columbia and KWRT in Boonville.

Darren is an avid genealogist, and enjoys playing guitar, chess, all kinds of music, and - of course - sports. 

Darren is on Twitter at @kbiamorning and his reports on Tiger sports are at @kbiahellwege. Both “Morning Edition” and “Thinking Out Loud” also have Facebook pages.

Ways to Connect

Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City
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.

Eldon
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.

Lake of the Ozarks
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.

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

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.”

springfield bass pro
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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.

auxvasse
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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."

Jesse Hall and the Mizzou columns
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

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. 

champ
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Darren Hellwege visits Mexico, Missouri.

moberly
KBIA

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”. 

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

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

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

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".

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SNAFU (Art Smith)

Feb 10, 2012

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.

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

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.

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.

 

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.

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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