People

  • Host, The Back Porch

    Al Kniola has co-hosted The Back Porch since 1995.  A native of Michigan City, IN, he has been active in music since his high school days, playing in everything from rock bands to folk groups.  He also spent eight years hosting a popular open...

  • Michiana Chronicler

    Andrew Kreider was born and raised in London, England.  He moved to Elkhart over twenty years ago, but somehow never totally lost his accent.   Most weeks you will find him somewhere in the bowels of the Lerner Theater in Elkhart, where he...

  • Station Manager

    Anthony Hunt has over 25 years experience at radio stations in Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Maryland, and Indiana. From announcer to development director to station manager, Anthony has helped build audience, membership, & underwriting in...

  • Michiana Chronicler

    April Lidinsky is a writer, activist, mother, foodie, black-belt, organic gardener, and optimist.   She directs the Women's and Gender Studies Program at IU South Bend.

  • Engineer

    Bob Henning has done work at WVPE on and off for many years. He's began his radio life at WVPE when a student and has turned that into a career. For over 20 years he's been the contract engineer for WVPE. Bob continues to engineer for many...

  • Michiana Chronicler

    David James is a musician, activist, adjunct faculty member, editor, writer, and grandfather. A first-time homeowner for one-and-a-half years, he hangs his wash on a line, gardens, cans, mows, edges, clears snow, splits wood, and uses tools.

  • Staff Announcer

    Diane joined WVPE in 2009 covering the weekend morning newscasts during Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday. Weekends are particularly busy for her, as she also anchors the weekend evening newscasts at WSBT-TV. 

    Diane has had a presence...

  • Host, The Blues Revue
  • Michiana Chronicler

    Heather Novak's professional history includes sales and customer service training and troubleshooting for businesses, but she loves motivational speaking best. Heather leads church events for youth, singles and women, has spoken for Chicago...

  • Michiana Chronicler

    Jeanette Saddler Taylor lives a retiring life in South 
    Bend.

  • Michiana Chronicler

    Joe Chaney is a poet living quietly in South Bend. He is director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program, an interdisciplinary degree for community leaders, life-long learners, public intellectuals, and people with a range of academic...

  • Michiana Chronicler

    Ken Smith writes about algebra, bikes, con artists, donuts, exercise, failure to exercise, grandparents, harmonica, introverts, jury duty, kings of long ago, Lipitor, meteors, night fishing, Olympic athletes, peace and quiet, rattlesnakes,...

  • 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...

  • Membership Assistant

    Kris has been support staff since 2007 to WVPE’s Membership Manager. Kris helps maintain membership records and member contacts. Membership Campaigns require the extra effort that bring Kris into the office from part time to full time hours...

  • Host, Morning Edition

    Michael has been WVPE’s Morning Edition host since August 2003, and has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.  A native of the Midwest, he grew up outside of Chicago, went to school at The...

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