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Many WVPE audience members are used to hearing our former local Morning Edition host, Michael Linville, talk about the "penultimate" day of the membership campaign. 

Today is that day. 

Since we are keeping interruptions on air to a minimum, we wanted to share with you some of the comments that *YOU* have shared with us during our modified membership drive. 

Photo Of The Week - 'Iceberg Swans'

Mar 26, 2020
Paul Steury, Goshen


WVPE's Photo of the Week comes from a pond in Goshen. Paul Steury captured this image late in November of 2019 right outside his back door. The waterfowl are featured prominently. Ducks in the foreground and swans in the background. Paul calls them "iceberg swans."  

Do you have a photo to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

WVPE Listener-Members Tell Our Story Best

Mar 26, 2020
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Nobody tells the WVPE story better than our loyal listener-members. This week some of them have taken to Twitter to show their support. Others have left us comments when they went online to financially support the fact-based journalism and amazing storytelling that informs, entertains and inspires them everyday on 88.1 WVPE. 

Let us know what you love about your local NPR station.



Today the Superintendent of the Elkhart Community School system confirmed that the district has its first cast of COVID-19.

To all of our WVPE audience members, please know our top priority for all of you right now during these unprecedented times is for you to stay safe and be well. 

To that end, WVPE's staff (along with NPR) has been working tirelessly to provide you with the very best information, facts, and analysis on a local, state and national level.

Life has been upended and so too has our annual spring membership campaign. The campaign is moving forward with online fundraising only, modified to provide the utmost in safety and social distancing.

Peter Ringenberg

WVPE Station Manager, Anthony Hunt, talks about the vital role your local NPR station plays during this pandemic and how you can help the entire community during these unprecedented times by keeping public radio strong. 

Please watch his video message.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a statewide “Stay-At-Home” order for Indiana Monday. While there are new restrictions across the state, there are a number of things you can do and businesses that can stay open. 

There is no program that is probably more of a signature for a local NPR station than Morning Edition.

When our long-time host, Michael Linville, stepped down from the position last month to join WVPE's underwriting team, it created a unique opportunity for a new voice to join our staff.

Tony Krabill has stepped up to host Morning Edition in the interim and does a terrific job. But Tony is looking to set his alarm clock a little later than 3am moving forward.

Photo Of The Week - Social Distance Kayaking

Mar 19, 2020
Sam Lima

WVPE's Photo of the Week is a scene of serenity and calm on the St. Joseph River from the seat of a kayak. Thanks to Sam Lima for sharing this shot he captured on St. Patrick's Day at the Twyckenham Bridge in South Bend.   

Sam says he is trying to spend time in nature away from others during these unprecedented times. 

Do you have a photo to share? 

Email photos to wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

NPR Launches New Podcast - 'Coronavirus Daily'

Mar 18, 2020

These last few weeks have been unpredictable and uncharted territory with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, our nation is relying on the public radio network to provide the trusted, rigorous, fact-based journalism necessary to sort through this crisis.

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News Host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in special on COVID-19. The special will occur over two days at 2 p.m. ET. Audiences across the nation are invited to call in and ask medical and public health professionals their hard questions.

Each of the stand-alone midday call-in shows will shine a spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis:

Courtesy of Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby was postponed and many other events in the Midwest were canceled, as officials tried to stem the spread of coronavirus. Indiana and Kentucky saw their first fatalities this week, as the number and severity of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the Midwest. Here's a state-by-state summary of the news:


Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all schools closed through March 30. 

WVPE Community Calendar And Events Tab On Hiatus

Mar 17, 2020

In light of the pandemic, WVPE has temporarily modified our website. Our "Events" tab that is usually available and features "Community Calendar" events has been removed as an option for the time being. Once conditions warrant, WVPE fully intends to re-instate this popular feature and at that time we would re-invite community members to use the platform to get the word out about area events.


RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Earlham College seniors held their own snap graduation event, shortly before the school's ban on face-to-face classes and campus gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The hour-long commencement Friday at the private college may have lacked the usual festivities of graduation day.

But it still had caps and gowns, original poetry, music, student stories, faculty reflections and premature degrees.

Earlham President Anne Houtman applauded the seniors, saying they “took lemons and made lemonade.”

Photo Of The Week - Lake Wawasee Tranquility

Mar 12, 2020
Dawn Burns

It's been a crazy week between the markets, coronavirus and primary elections.  So let's all just take a deep breath and enjoy a tranquil sunrise. This image comes to us courtesy of Dawn Burns of Syracuse, Indiana. Dawn captured this scene on Lake Wawasee on August 5, 2019, at 6:31am when it was a balmy 62 degrees. She says she was struck by the quiet and still nature of the lake that morning with what she calls a perfect balance of mist and color. Dawn says she happened upon this image during one of her regular morning walks to the lake.