Kim Macon

Development Director

Kim Macon joined the WVPE staff in January of 1993 as the Marketing Director, a one-person department, handling membership, underwriting, public relations and special events.   From 1999 to 2005, she focused all of her efforts on securing underwriting and corporate support for the station.   Since February of 2005 Kim has been Development Director, overseeing all aspects of membership, underwriting, public relations and special events.    A graduate of Goshen College, Kim lives in Elkhart with her husband, Carl, and in her spare time, enjoys reading, crocheting, and crafting. 

Ways to Connect

  WVPE Pubic Radio is participating in a research project from the University of South Carolina. The more we learn about our audience the better we can serve you. Partnering with academics who work in the field is a sound way to learn about your listening, your opinions on supporting public radio and your community.

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88.1 WVPE supports scouting that provides opportunities for adventure, learning life skills, a chance 

to understand responsibility and more.  Area scouting projects provide over 91,000 annual service hours to the local council.  

  88.1 WVPE Public Radio invites you to participate in the 6th annual Bike Michiana for Hospice Sunday September 14th.  Cyclists can take part in rides ranging from 3.5 miles to 124 (200K) miles.  There are six scenic courses including the 3.5 to 11.5 Family Ride (your choice), 25 miles, 43 miles, 100k (67 miles), 101 Mile/Century Ride, and 200k (124 miles).  

  Sometimes labeled a rock opera, this contemporary musical is set in the Lower East Side section of New York City, where aspiring young bohemians struggle to live and pay their rent. This group of artists and musicians share their love of the arts and measure their quality of life in love and acceptance amid poverty, illness and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

  On Friday, October 03, 2014, The Lerner will celebrate "Magic of Motown Music" featuring the Las Vegas touring act, The Temptations Revue, including Nate Evans and the Motown Rhythm Orchestra.  Their performance will include a tribute to Motown artists, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin.

    This summer, as the world celebrates the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival celebrates two dates of their own – the 150th anniversary of the first full Shakespeare play produced on campus and the 15th season of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF). “We’re honoring our 1864 kinsmen by producing Henry IV, the same title performed by Notre Dame 150 years ago,” says Grant Mudge, Ryan Producing Artistic Director for the Festival.

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On Saturday, August 30, Buchanan presents an afternoon and evening of exciting free jazz performances along with visual artists who will be demonstrating and selling their work.  Antiques and collectibles will also be in the mix, so visitors can spend the day browsing, while enjoying the jazz performers listed below.  This is the final "Last Saturdays of the Common" for 2014;  Buchanan Jazz Art and Antiques Festival.

 WVPE Public Radio is a proud media sponsor for the 4th Annual Michiana Renaissance Festival, located on Kamm Island Park in downtown Mishawaka, IN.   August 23rd and 24th transforms the island into a treasure trove of fun and educational things to see and do for the whole family.  The two day event is scheduled for 10am to 6pm both days and will take place rain or shine.  

  The 2014 Rain Barrel Ball is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd at 6 pm at Century Center in downtown South Bend.  Hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs, Melanie Smith-Guillaume and Alfred Guillaume, the festivities begin with a gourmet dinner of locally-sourced food, followed by an Original Art Rain Barrel Auction, and will conclude with a ballroom dance exhibition and dancing.  Evening wear and garden gloves are recommended, but not required.  Proceeds will support a rooftop garden on the Century Center.

WVPE announces Media Sponsorship of the Wagon Wheel Theatre production of “And Then There Were None”, playing July 30th through August 9th  in Warsaw.  This three act dramatization of the classic Agatha Christie book, opens in the living room of a house on the island off the coast of Devon.  Ten guests have been invited for a holiday, and then they begin to mysteriously die or disappear.


The Wagon Wheel Theatre, one of Indiana’s oldest theatres, is well-known for high quality professional theatrical productions and concerts.

WVPE is pleased to invite you to The 52nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival… July 31st through August 3rd…with over three hundred artists, plus food and entertainment surrounding the Amish Acres Pond, located on US 6 in Nappanee.  

The heart of the festival is The Marketplace that surrounds Amish Acres farm pond and gravel lanes. It is divided into four colorful sections with aisles and booth numbers marked and featured in the festival’s program. Here folk meets art and art meets folks in a bustling bazaar.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Music in the Gardens event scheduled for August 1st , 5:30 to 9:00 pm,  at Center for History in South Bend, will now be Meet Me on the Island, same date, same time.  The location,of course, changes to Island Park behind the Century Center in downtown South Bend.  Members received tickets for Music in the Gardens which will be honored for Meet Me on the Island.  The band is the same, with music by The Elwood Splinters Blues Band, along with an artists marketplace and concessions provided by Century Center.