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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.

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Welcome to another edition of Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre.
 In our continuing efforts to bring you nothing but the best in classic stories, we offer you an audio dramatization of an award winning story, "Golden Dreams," based on the writings of Stephen Leacock. Mr. Leacock is a bit vague about what award it might have won, but perhaps we can learn more from our protagonist, the professor. Let's turn it over to him, so he can tell you all about the book "Golden Dreams."
 Sit back, relax, and listen to the audio play here:

  The players:

Conclusion of the two-part holiday story begun last Friday.

PopandCo

A popular soul singer of the 1960s from St. Louis has died, according to KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Fontella Bass started singing on showboats in the St. Louis area and her early records were produced by Ike Turner. She started off with popularity only in the region, but her recording "Rescue Me" became a smash hit, reaching number one on the billboard charts for four weeks in October of 1965.

Bass later recorded with  jazz outfit "the Art Ensemble of Chicago" and was married to jazz legend Lester Bowie. She was a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, with a star on Delmar Boulevard.

Magic, romance, jealousy and silly fairies mix together for this Twelfth Night story by the Victorian satirist.

When amateur theatricals invade a Victorian home, the result is an evening of chaos.

Two grin-inducing yarns – a cowboy’s lament and a detective’s devious deductions – by America’s master of the short story.

A sickly Indian boy sees the world through his bedroom window; by the first non-Western winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

A nostalgic look at how Thanksgivings in the countryside used to be through the eyes of a beloved sentimental novelist.

Two satirical stories, sending up the immortal Sherlock and the very future of mankind.

A clever impersonator sneaks past the pretensions of two young ladies who think their current suitors are beneath their standards.

The Skull (Dick)

Oct 26, 2012

A Halloween tale about a man who gets a chance to change the course of history – or so he thinks.

A laughter-inducing tour inside the heads of two cultured rivals who never say what they really think.

Jones (Osborne)

Oct 12, 2012

Sometimes winning the girl of a guy’s dreams involve drastic measures, such as telling white lies, giving blood and getting electric shock therapy.

Bertie and Jeeves save another friend from a young man’s greatest fear:  losing the allowance provided by a stingy uncle.

The irrepressible Emma McChesney is back, creating a fashion revolution while facing defeat from the green-eyed monster.

A satirical look at how and why theater melodramas are built and performed.

Do you want to trade your troubles for another life?  Here comes the judge, and his imp, who can make it happen.

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
Darren Hellwege / KBIA

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
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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. 

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".

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