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 also hosts the "Dvorak Diner" and “Vox Humana” on Classical 90.5 FM.

Darren is also a marketing representative for KBIA and Classical 90.5, helping businesses connect with their customers using public radio.

An avid Tiger sports fan, Darren serves as the P.A. announcer for Mizzou Wrestling and Gymnastics. 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 currently serves as president of the Board of Directors for ACT Services of Columbia. 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 Kansas City with her husband Jake, and Darren’s beautiful granddaughter Clara.

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

Ellie Grace

KBIA's Darren Hellwege visits with Mid-Missouri native Ellie Grace about her upcoming visit to Columbia and her new CD, "On The Side Of Love." 

True False Film Fest

KBIA's Lee Wilkins continues her visit with Camellia Cosgray, the new Director of the True/False Film Festival; and with Chris Boeckmann, the Director of Film Programming. They discuss their positions with the Festival, plans for the upcoming 2020 Fest, and recent controversy about some business partnerships. 

True False Film Fest

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Camellia Cosgray, the new Director of the True/False Film Festival; and with Chris Boeckmann, the Director of Film Programming. They discuss their positions with the Festival, plans for the upcoming 2020 Fest, and recent controversy about some business partnerships. You can hear part 2 of the conversation next week on the program. 

KBIA

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Prof. Paul Crabb of the University of Missouri School of Music about some of the concerts they have coming this holiday season and beyond, and about the meaning of "Baroque" music. 

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KBIA's Darren Hellwege speaks with Andrew Grabau, Executive Director of Heart of Missouri United Way. We get an update on the United Way campaign on the Mizzou campus, and plans for 2020. 

Skylark Bookshop

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Carrie Koepke of Skylark Bookshop about what's happening in the world of books. Carrie has suggestions for you to enjoy on your holiday break, and gift ideas for grown-ups and children. 

MU Department of Theatre

KBIA's Lee Wilkins speaks with Dr. Claire Siler and Dr. Heather Carver of the MU Theatre Department. They discuss a series of one-act plays the department did about climate change, and a larger conversation about how theater and art reflect the issues of the time in which it lives. 

www.angeladenker.com

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Angela Denker, a Mizzou grad and author of the book "Red State Christians." She recently gave a book talk at Columbia's Skylark Bookshop. 

www.ladfoundation.org

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Susan Flader, retired MU professor, about two different topics. First, we hear the remarkable story of Leo Drey, who donated over 100,000 acres of land to the state of Missouri and changed attitudes towards forest conservation in the state. 
They also discuss the concern of feral hogs in Missouri, and different ways of preventing the damage they cause. 

Columbia Canine Sports Center Facebook

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Elizabeth Dinkins, administrator with Columbia Canine Sports Center. Whether you want your dog to compete, or just get some fun exercise, Elizabeth has great ideas for you and your dog.

National Center for Rural School Mental Health

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Wendy Reinke of the new National Center for Rural School Mental Health at the University of Missouri. It's one of three centers in the U.S. with the goal of enhancing the capacity of rural schools to identify, prevent, and intervene in mental health concerns with their students. 

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

KBIA's Lee Wilkins speaks with Dr. Richard Meadows of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine about how to keep your dogs healthy and happy. 

Submitted by artist

Lee Wilkins speaks with the artists whose work is part of the "Explorations In Color" exhibit at the Boone County History and Culture Center. John Fennell, Scott Patrick Myers and Jenn Wiggs talk about the show, and the use of color in their own work. 

Verna LeBoy

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Verna LeBoy and Judith Matamba of Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services about disparities in health opportunities and outcomes in American society, and particularly in Columbia and Boone County. 

University of Missouri Police Dept.

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brian Weimer, Assistant Chief of University of Missouri Police Department about how MUPD is getting ready for a new school year and this week's influx of students. Then, they're joined by Nick Joos of the MU Athletic Department about the addition of beer and wine sales to game day at Mizzou's Memorial Stadium for this year's Tiger football games. 

The Mizzou Store

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dale Sanders, the Interim Director of UM Stores, which operates outlets at all four University of Missouri Campuses, including the Mizzou Store in the Student Center and the Tiger Team Store at Memorial Stadium. They discuss how the stores are getting ready for the start of a new school year. 

Missouri State Historical Society

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Gary Kremer about the opening of the new Center For Missouri Studies, home of the Missouri Historical Society. 

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KBIA's Lee Wilkins visits with Josh Chittum of the We Always Swing Jazz Series. The Series is selling tickets now for their 25th anniversary season. 

Logboat Brewing Company

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Sherry Wohlgemuth of the Missouri Craft Brewers Association, and with brewers Tyson Hunt of Logboat Brewing of Columbia and Brian Nolan of Friendship Brewing in Wentzville about Show-Me Craft Beer Month and the stories of the craft breweries in our state. 

Curtains Up Theater Company

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Dana Naylor of Curtains Up Columbia about the upcoming murder mystery dinner theatre production "Red, White and Homicide: A Peacelovin' Mystery Dinner Theatre." You can also hear a scene from the play with Dana, Chris Lynn, and Michael Miller. 

Columbia Public Schools

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Bonnie Conley of Columbia Public Schools about the summer school program coming soon from the district. 

Learn more and sign up here: Columbia Public Schools Summer School 

Columbia Area Career Center

KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with Brandon Russell of the Columbia Area Career Center about their summer learning opportunities for Columbia youngsters. 

You can see the whole list of classes here: Columbia Area Career Center Youth Camps

Columbia Art League

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Louise Sarver, Operations Manager of the Columbia Art League, to preview this summer's Art In The Park. 

Click here to learn more about Art In The Park

NYSQ

Lee Wilkins visits with David Berkman and Tim Armacost of the New York Standards Quartet, recent visitors to Columbia with the We Always Swing Jazz Series.

www.rebeccamakkai.com

KBIA's Lee Wilkins speaks with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers. The novel delves into the AIDS crisis and the lives of those affected by it, from the early days of awareness of AIDS to the present. Rebecca will be a guest at the upcoming Unbound Book Festival in Columbia. 

www.shanebauer.net

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment. They discuss the history of punishment and the profit motive, and the present day American justice and punishment system. Bauer is one of the guests coming to Columbia with the Unbound Book Festival. 

www.1000bookstoread.com

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to Jim Mustich, author of "1000 Books To Read: A Life-Changing List." He'll be a guest at the upcoming Unbound Book Festival. 

Columbia Center For Urban Agriculture

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to Adam Saunders of Columbia Urban Agriculture Center about the new Columbia Agriculture Park. They discuss the events for the official opening, the purpose of the Agriculture Park including being the home of the Columbia Farmer's Market, and future plans for the site. 

Rep. Chris Kelly
Travis McMillen / KBIA

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks to mayoral candidate Chris Kelly ahead of Columbia's municipal election April 2nd. 


Janet Saidi / KBIA

KBIA's Lee Wilkins talks with Columbia mayor, Brian Treece, who is running for re-election in the April 2nd elections. 


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