David Murray

Account Executive (Underwriting)

David Murray was thrilled to join the WVPE staff in April 2017.  As a lifelong listener of WVPE, he often found himself telling stories to his friends that began with a variation of, “So get this… I was listening to NPR and...”  It is only natural that he will now try to share his love of the station with potential new and longtime corporate underwriters. After working with a variety of different media, this is his first opportunity with radio.

David was born and raised in Elkhart and attended Mary Daly Elementary School, Stanley Clark School, and Marian High School; he also studied journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington.  When he’s away from the office, David coaches youth hockey for the Indiana Prospects 16U team, is an active member the South Bend Rotary chapter, enjoys golfing, and loves spending time with his family and longtime girlfriend, Lauren.

As far as WVPE programming, he’s a big fan of Morning Edition, All Things Considered & Marketplace, and Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!  If you’re a decision maker that’s interested in sponsoring great local programming and reaching the best listener audience in Michiana, send him an email or give him a call. 

Ways to Connect

Notre Dame Children's Choir

 From Tuesday August 24 through Tuesday, August 31 The Notre Dame Children’s Choir will host new-singer auditions for singers ages five through 17. However, the choir is particularly interested in singers nine and older. Auditions are virtual this year.  Choirs will meet in person this year wearing masks. 

South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra

  WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra’s auditions for the 2021-2022 season.  Students in grades three through 12 are invited to submit a video audition playing an orchestral instrument via email to sbyso@sbyso.org.  Deadline for audition submission is September 1.  More information on auditions and SBYSO is available here.  Any questions can be directed via email to sbyso@sbyso.org.  There is no fee for auditions.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival's upcoming performances of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tlaloc Rivas. 
 

The performances will happen August 12-29, 2021, in a socially distanced outdoor performance on the Irish Green, outside of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Mandated health & safety protocols will be observed for the duration of the Festival. 
 

Potawatomi Zoo

  WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the Potawatomi Zoo’s Third Thursday Family Fun Nights through the summer months on August 19. The zoo will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Join in the celebration of the Potawatomi Zoo’s 100th anniversary.  More information on the Third Thursday Family Fun Nights including fun snacks, attractions, and activities can be found here.  Regular admissions rates are in effect for Third Thursday Family Fun Nights. 

 

  

Elkhart Parks & Recreation

In partnership with the Elkhart Environmental Center and the Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department, WVPE invites you to Meet Me on Island Park, an environmentally themed community event on Saturday, August 7 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Island Park

   in downtown Elkhart.  The event will feature exhibitors and vendor booths, food vendors, a local beer garden, kids area with entertainment, educational speakers, raffle/silent auction, and more.  With live music from Memphis Underground.

Peter Ringenberg

  WVPE and The South Bend Museum of Art invite you to join us as we celebrate the return of Meet Me on the Island. The event takes place on Island Park behind the Century Center in Downtown South Bend and features music from the Shake N’ Chill Blues Band. The South Bend Museum of Art will stay open until 8:00 p.m.

Peter Ringenberg

On Friday, July 30, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., WVPE is partnering with The History Museum in South Bend to bring you the Whistle Pigs. 

In the past, tickets for our summer events were free to WVPE members, but this year out of concern for the health of all attendees because of the pandemic, seating is limited with tickets selling for a small fee: $10.  Tickets are required and to guarantee admission, now is the time to purchase.

Potawatomi Zoo

 


WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the Potawatomi Zoo’s Third Thursday Family Fun Nights through the summer months: July 15 and August 19. The zoo will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Join in the celebration of the Potawatomi Zoo’s 100th anniversary.  More information on the Third Thursday Family Fun Nights including fun snacks, attractions, and activities can be found here.  Regular admissions rates are in effect for Third Thursday Family Fun Nights. 

KRASL Art Fair

  WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the KRASL Art Center’s Art Fair on the Bluff. The juried works of 155 artists from across the U.S. will be on the bluff July 10th and 11th in St. Joseph, Michigan. This year’s event is presented by 1st Source Bank’s Wealth Advisory Group.

  Ticket packages and more information are available here.

From the KRASL website regarding tickets:

Randolph Street Market

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the Randolph Street Market’s Summer Road Trip this weekend, July 3-4.  Coming to Three Oaks, Michigan from Chicago multiple weekends this summer, the Randolph experience offers a curated selection from over 50 dealers from the region with arts, antiques, and vintage, modern and handcrafted treasures.  Located at 16860 Three Oaks Road, with live music and food, and free onsite parking, too.  It’s open from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Feeney's Hometown Goods

  

Ruthmere Museum

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of Ruthmere’s Museum Beyond Wedgwood Blue. Starting July 6 at the Havilah Beardsley House in Elkhart the exhibit will explore how American themes and national heroes made their way into Wedgwood designs. Wedgewood, a type of pottery commonly referred to as stoneware, is known for its matte finish in many different colors, with the best known being pale blue, hence Wedgwood Blue.

 

With a special opening day reception for members only on July 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Havilah Beardsley House.

Potawatomi Zoo

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the Potawatomi Zoo’s Third Thursday Family Fun Nights through the summer months: June 17, July 15, and August 19. The zoo will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Join in the celebration of the Potawatomi Zoo’s 100th anniversary.  More information on the Third Thursday Family Fun Nights including fun snacks, attractions, and activities can be found here.  Regular admissions rates are in effect for Third Thursday Family Fun Nights. 


WVPE is a proud Media Sponsor of the Southold Dance Theatre’s Youth Ballet School presentation of “Cinderella.”  Calin Radulescu’s choreography performed by talented local youth dancers to Sergei Prokofiev’s score will bring life and magic to the stage. Four performances over three days June 11-13 at The Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart:

Friday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Elkhart Civic Theatre

 

WVPE is a Media Sponsor for Elkhart Civic Theatre’s Swingin’ in the Gardens,

Monday evening June 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.  Colleen

Williamson, an Elkhart Civic alum and featured singer on international cruise ships, joins Big Band Truth in Jazz for an evening of music. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. Tickets and more information are available here

About Colleen Williamson: 

Peter Ringenberg

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of DTSB’s Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series.  Returning this year to the southwest corner of Jefferson and Michigan.  Lunch is available for purchase at many restaurants near the Red Table Plaza. Starting on June 1 and concluding August 31, Mondays through Thursdays (weather permitting) from 11:45 to 1:15 with music from soloists, duets, and small groups performing acoustical concerts.  More information is available here

Wagon Wheel Theatre

 

 

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the Wagon Wheel’s 2021 Summer Season. Beginning on June 2nd with the Wizard of Oz and concluding with Nunsense on August 21st. Season subscriptions are now available starting at $195 by calling the box office at (574) 267-8041.  Here is the full season line up at the Wagon Wheel:

THE WIZARD OF OZ – June 2-12, 2021 (no shows on Monday)

South Bend Symphony

  WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the South Bend Symphony’s upcoming performance in the June H. Edwards Mosaic Series.  Experience the majesty of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony alongside Rose of Sonora, a violin concerto written by American composer and songwriter, George S. Clinton, featuring acclaimed violinist, Holly Mulcahy. Saturday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. (*SOLD OUT*) and Sunday, May 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan Street in Downtown South Bend. Socially distanced seating is still available.

  WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Michiana Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley’s Film Festival May 10th-13th.

Once again this year, all films and documentaries will be streamed online.

Different levels of ticket purchasing are available.  Options include seniors and students ($5.00), individuals ($7.00), and household viewing ($12.50).  Access links will be sent to those who have purchased tickets with instructions on how to screen the film. Film links can be accessed through the duration of the festival once released.

  WVPE is a proud Media Sponsor of River Saint Joe, an organic farmstead brewery located off of US 31’s Walton Road, Exit 7, in Michigan.  River Saint Joe overlooks the certified organic Flatwater Farms.  They are committed to sustainable organic practices while offering a scenic setting for patrons to enjoy, while consuming their many menu items. Offering a venue with outdoor games, community supported agriculture, organic, beer, wine, food and more. Information and full menu is available at their website: River Saint Joe.

Ben Futa

  WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of Botany, a pop-up Garden Shop;  located inside Thyme of Grace restaurant at 2714 Mishawaka Ave. in South Bend. Botany’s aim is to simplify and demystify the plant shopping experience by carrying plants that they have personally grown, tools, and supplies.  They are also dedicated to supporting diverse artists, makers, and local and regional growing sources. 

Photo provided by Mike Franz of Visit South Bend Mishawaka

MISHAWAKA – Which member of WVPE’s team won an award this week?  Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Tom Labuzienski, an underwriting consultant with 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, received the honor as one of the “Faces of Tourism” at the 2018 Visit South Bend Mishawaka Tourism Awards Reception.  The award honors individuals dedicated to promoting the area and having "a positive impact"

on the local tourism industry:

WVPE is "On Top of the World" thanks to YOU!

Mar 29, 2018

Here's a heartfelt (and, yes goofy) thanks from your friends at WVPE for all the support during our recently concluded Spring Membership Campaign. The real heartbeat of any public radio station is listener members, and if you didn't get a chance to make a contribution during our campaign you can do so by clicking the green button up there in the right hand corner. 

We made this video (and made absolute fools of ourselves) to say thank you! Enjoy :)