Tonight at 9pm J:Cubed host, Karl Smith, kicks off his first show of the new year with a tribute to WVPE's recently retired Development Director, Kim Macon. 

Hear one of Kim's favorites from her playlist tonight when you tune into 88.1 WVPE at 9pm for J:Cubed Jazz to the 3rd Power: Cool, Smooth and Hot!


Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9 PM

The behind-the-scenes history of a '90s cultural phenomenon that put singing vegetables in living rooms across America. A one-hour radio special from Preach, the podcast about the messiness of faith from KUER and PRX.

Monday at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE. 

Many of the best performances by an array of top performers from all over the globe can be heard this week on The Wild Rose Moon Radio Hour. 


Beginning with South Bend Native’s, Nick Gunty and Brian Powers of Frances Luke Accord, performing their devotional song, Maria, along with the violin phenom, Katie Van Dusen.  


University Of Southern Indiana Prof Named Poet Laureate

Jan 5, 2020

A recently retired University of Southern Indiana professor already has a new job, as Indiana's newest poet laureate.

When I turn the corner at the top of the stairs, there’s Kim, Kim Macon, the Development Director at WVPE, behind her desk and a computer screen, in her dimly lit office.

“Hi Kim.”

“Hey Sid.”

That begins my day at WVPE.

I’m not exactly sure what Kim does at the station. It’s my impression that she carries it around on her shoulders.

“Hi Kim.”

“Hey Sid.”

“Kim, I gotta ask ya, what is it, exactly, that you do here at WVPE?”

“I do a little bit of everything,” says Kim.

Photo Of The Week - Sunrise From Christmas Morning

Jan 2, 2020
Susan Bannwart

As we celebrate the new year, we look forward to sharing your photos in 2020. Our first image of the year comes from Susan Bannwart of North Liberty who captured this image of chore time at sunrise on Christmas morning in 2019. 

Please share images with us via email at wvpe@wvpe.org. Remember to provide a caption.

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. 

Peter Ringenberg

WVPE's Development Director of 27 years, Kim Macon, retires January 3, 2020. She leaves a legacy that is difficult to sum up in a web post. Suffice it to say her guidance has helped the station grow membership, underwriting and its financial footing. Part of Kim's DNA is humility, so getting her to talk about herself was no small task.

We did get her to sit down with us to talk a little bit about some of her reflections.

Photo Of The Week - Sunrise Before Snowfall

Dec 26, 2019
Ashley Henderson

Our final Photo of the Week of 2019 was taken earlier this month by Ashley Henderson in her backyard in South Bend. She captured this image at sunrise just before the clouds moved in and before the snow began to fall. 

We look forward to seeing YOUR images in 2020. Please share them with us via email at wvpe@wvpe.org. Remember to provide a caption.

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. 


Political Junkie 2019 Remembrances Special – Jan. 1, 2020 at 1 PM.

 As 2019 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and thejournalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Learn more here. 

Special New Year's Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 26, 2019

More Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast - Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 1–3 PM; Capitol Steps at 7 PM; The 2019 Musicians Memorial Special from 8–10 PM; Toast of the Nation at 10 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 2 AM


As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year.

 They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites. Find out more here.

John Amis/AP Photo

A Season's Griot – Dec. 26 at 9 PM.

 A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.  

As I look back at the past twelve months, I realize that 2019 was the year of the bad joke.  In the middle of work, of play, of family changes, of national politics – the one constant for me was that I was always able to count on a bad joke to get me through the bad days.

And when I say bad jokes, at my age what I mean is not smut or sick political burns – no, for me what this means is just good old-fashioned “dad jokes.”  You know the ones – the kind of one-line groaners that you are embarrassed to hear someone tell.  I resort to these all the time. 

Annacaroline Caruso

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet Latinos and other minority groups are underrepresented in cancer research. Some local researchers are working to change that.

Photo Of The Week - WVPE Holiday Edition

Dec 19, 2019
David Murray/WVPE

This week our Photo of the Week allows us to share our holiday greetings with you. This is an image of the station holiday card for 2019 designed by WVPE Account Executive David Murray. Please know that throughout the holidays and into 2020, your local NPR station will be here for you to inform, entertain and inspire. We wish all of you the best of the holiday season.