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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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