Darren Hellwege | KBIA

Darren Hellwege

Announcer/Producer

"The Voice Of Columbia," Darren Hellwege has hosted NPR's “Morning Edition” for over 30 years on KBIA, and serves as host/producer of the “Thinking Out Loud” programs. The series has won a Missouri Broadcasters Association award and gives Darren the chance to "sit and visit" with interesting people from throughout Mid-Missouri and beyond. He produces (and often performs on) the Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre. He also hosts the "Dvorak Diner" program on Classical 90.5 FM.

An avid Tiger sports fan, Darren serves as the P.A. announcer for Mizzou Wrestling. As former KBIA Sports Director, Darren reported on Tiger athletics for more than 10 years. His reports from the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament were heard nationwide on NPR, he appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” and was a regular guest with Chris Gervino on KOMU-TV’s Sunday night sports program and on sports talk programs in Kansas City.

Darren's commitment to our 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, Daniel Boone Regional Library and many other charitable organizations. Darren currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACT. 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, the University of Missouri Campus Safety Committee, and he was a board member for the Central Missouri Humane Society and Rock Bridge Christian Church. Darren coached youth sports for several years with Boys/Girls Club of Columbia, Columbia Diamond Council and Columbia Youth Basketball Association. He’s also been active in community theatre, performing with Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, Theatre NXS, and MoHip. A Columbia Tribune review of a Maplewood production of "Oklahoma!" included the line "Darren Hellwege is no Fred Astaire."

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 Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Jake, and she is a graduate of UMKC and works for the Tulsa Area YMCA.

Prior to coming to KBIA, Darren worked for public radio station KCSC (now KUCO) 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, listening to all kinds of music, and - of course - sports. In spite of the team moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles, he remains a loyal Rams fan, and he is a 4th generation St. Louis Cardinals supporter.

Darren is on Twitter at @kbiamorning where he shares news stories, selfies, and dad jokes.

Ways to Connect

NPR

Darren Hellwege visits with Paula Poundstone. The comedian, a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" is appearing next week in Columbia. 

Daniel Boone Regional Library

Darren Hellwege talks with Lauren Williams of the Daniel Boone Regional Library about this year's One Read program, and the book at the center of it, "Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth of The FBI" by David Grann. 

University of Missouri School of Law

Darren Hellwege talks with Ben Tracthtenberg, a professor in the MU Law School who chaired the university's faculty council during the protests in 2015 at Mizzou. His new paper on the subject was summarized in an article in the Washington Post recently:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/07/25/much-of-what-you-know-is-probably-wrong-a-mizzou-professor-explains-the-racial-protests-that-toppled-a-presidency/?utm_term=.332b81c7b92d

ACT Service website

Darren Hellwege talks with Christopher and Susan Vasileff about some of the challenges that come with finding assistance for their son, Val, an adult with autism. The Vasileffs live in rural Boone County, near Sturgeon. 

ACT Service website

Darren talks with Adam Hayes of ACT Services of Columbia about the organization's day program, and how the program is looking into expansion into the northern part of Boone County. 

Jefferson Farm and Garden

Darren Hellwege talks with Amy Weeks of the Jefferson Farm and Garden, part of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. They discuss the Farm's upcoming Family Fishing Night. 

U.S. Library of Congress

Darren Hellwege discusses two events coming soon to the Boone County History and Culture Center in Columbia, a "Meet The Author" event with David James, and a concert with singers Debbie D'Agastino.

Guests: Chris Campbell, Executive Director of Boone County Historical Society

singer Debbie D'Agastino

and author David A. James of "A Birds-Eye View Of Columbia, MO Circa 1869"

KBIA

Darren Hellwege talks with Jane Whitesides of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra about the continuing Hot Summer Nights music festival.

And we go into the Thinking Out Loud archives for a few moments of a conversation from 2005 with Hugo Vianello. 

MU Theatre Department

Darren Hellwege previews the 2018 Summer Rep from MU Theatre with Dave White, the Playwright-In-Residence this summer who wrote "Dance On Bones" and Joy Powell, who will direct "Shrek: The Musical" 

Dance On Bones will be performed June 27-July 1, Shrek: The Musical runs July 12-22.

http://www.theatre.missouri.edu

The #Black panel discusses new releases from Cardi B, Drake and Janell Monae and what they say about race, sexuality, and music. 

On this month's #Black, the panel discusses immigration in the context of a man from Mali granted French citizenship after a heroic saving of a child, which caused some in the media to dub him "Spiderman." Also, they talk about the controversy surrounding Rosanne Barr, after her show was removed from ABC-TV after a racist tweet from the star. 

Nathan Lawrence, KBIA

Following our live Thinking Out Loud broadcast, we had a conversation with the audience and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery about Cuban Contemporary Exhibit. 

  

Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

In this special KBIA event, Darren Hellwege and Hannah Reeves of Sager Braudis Gallery discuss the Cuban Contemporary Exhibit at the gallery before a live audience. 

Rice University

Darren Hellwege talks with Professor John Boles of Rice University about his research and writing on Thomas Jefferson. Boles will be a guest of the University of Missouri's Kinder Institute. 

Rainbow House of Columbia

Darren Hellwege talks with April Barnett of Columbia's Rainbow House about the services they offer and their annual fundraising event the Masquerade Ball 

Columbia College

Darren Hellwege talks to Bryan Curtis, Assistant Athletic Director at Columbia College, about the upcoming Midwest Campus Clash and Gaming Expo, happening April 7th at C.C. The Clash will feature college teams in "e-sports," or competitive video gaming. They also talk about the nationally-ranked e-sports program at Columbia College. 

Missouri Department of Conservation

Darren Hellwege visits with Meaghan Ricks with The Alpine Shop about an event they're sponsoring this weekend. Beginners can learn the basics of backpacking at Three Creeks Conservation Area south of Columbia. 

Facebook

KBIA's Darren Hellwege discusses the new book, La Conversation Fracturee: Concepts of Race in America with author Dr. Clanton Dawson.


Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

KBIA’s Darren Hellwege interviews Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members will be playing Monday, Oct. 23rd in Jesse Auditorium. Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster.

MoreSource / Facebook

Area businesses are working to be more inclusive of those with disabilities. On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with a local business leader and economic developer at MU about creating meaningful work for those with different abilities.


Penguin Publishing Group

Authors Andrew Carroll and Paul Hockenos are in Columbia in the next week to promote their latest publications. KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with both writers for this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud. 


MagnificentMissouri.org

Dan and Connie Burkhardt were guests of Darren Hellwege on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud. The Burkhardt's discussed their recent book, Growing Up with the River in advance of their September 19 lecture on the MU campus.

Shane Epping / Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network

Howard Marshall's latest book Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri is a look at Missouri's contributions to the history of bluegrass and fiddle music. KBIA's Darren Hellwege interviewed Marshall for a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

MU Deparment of Physics and Astronomy

The total solar eclipse is now less than two weeks away. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Angela Speck about the science behind the eclipse.

Also on the program, Professor Emeritus of Physics Dr. H.R. Chandrasekhar shares an ancient Hindu explanation for the eclipse.

The State Historical Society of Missouri

History nerds are gearing up for the 2019 opening of The Center for Missouri Studies, a new home for The State Historical Society of Missouri. On a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud, the society's Senior Associate Director Gerald Hirsch laid out plans for the four-floor, 76,000 square foot center, which will be built between Sixth and Seventh on Elm Street in downtown Columbia.

EllieGraceArts.com

Mid-Missouri native Ellie Grace grew up on stage. She still regularly performs with her sister Leela. She returns to Columbia for a show this Friday with song-writing partner Brian Claflin. Grace was Darren Hellwege's guest on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

Amelia Beamish

On this week's Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talked with Dr. Cat Gleason from the MU Department of Theatre about the upcoming performance of 'The Laramie Project.'

Boone County Historical Society

Thinking Out Loud is a weekly program that airs Tuesday evenings at 6:30 on KBIA 91.3FM in Columbia.

Nicholas Rodriguez

Tonight on Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talks with Nicholas Rodriguez, also known as NicDanger, about his new E.P. and his career in hip-hop and rap music. Also, Doug Wilson previews this weekend’s Central Missouri Renaissance Festival in Callaway County.


This week, Doctor Watson regales us with a colorful account of one of his finest adventures with detective Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band.


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