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


  Placemaking  is Thursday, June 18th from  5:30 – 6:30 PM in the  Buchanan Art Center, located at  117 W. 

  Front St., in Buchanan Michigan.  Join Andrew Haan, from Governor Snyder’s Office of Urban & Metrolpolitan Initiatives, and Jim Tischler, from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to learn about Michigan Placemaking.

WVPE needs some volunteers for the upcoming IU Health Goshen Entertainment Series.  If you are at all familiar with these events, then you know they provide opportunities to mix and mingle with many friends, neighbors, and fellow WVPE members.  What better way to "see, and be seen" than to take tickets at the gate.  Taking tickets is a great way to meet new people, and provide additional support for your public radio station, WVPE.   Check out the dates for this year's series and see if you might be able to fill a 5 to 7pm or 7 to 9pm shift.

Over the years, WVPE has become synonymous with great events. This year, IU Health Goshen has again provided generous support to make The IU Health Goshen Entertainment Series a reality. A combination of old favorites and a few new faces bode well for another successful series. Tickets for The IU Health Goshen Entertainment Series are a great benefit of WVPE membership.  Volunteers needed!

   July 2 (Thursday) -Meet Me on the Island 5:30 – 10:00 pm 

The Jim Pickley Trio

  Long time WVPE Membership Manager Elaine Wolkins is retiring and I know you'll want to join us in wishing her well. While we’re sad to see her go, it’s an opportunity for the right individual who loves the station  and can keep over 6,000 members happy and donating using Blackbaud Razer’s Edge & NetCommunity, Microsoft Excel & Word, and Adobe InDesign & Publisher, PLUS be able to marshal the staff during our Spring and Fall membership campaigns.

  Since 1983, jazz legends and fans have gathered each summer for a memorable weekend at the Elkhart Jazz Festival.  Combining warm, intimate, small-town hospitality with the excitement of big city jazz, the Elkhart Jazz Festival has become an internationally acclaimed event.

Today, the festival draws an audience of 15,000 to  our community celebration of America’s classic art form – jazz.

Known as the Band Instrument Capital of the World, Elkhart companies employ nearly 2,000 skilled craftsmen in the production of instruments that turn music into art.

  We are thrilled to announce the line up for the 5th Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival which will take place May 11 through 14, 2015 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.   Presented by the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, the festival brings Jewish themed cinema to the greater South Bend area.  Click HERE for a complete line up up films, and to watch their trailers.  

  WVPE invites you to celebrate Mom....with a Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday May 10th from 11am to 3pm in the Morris Inn Ballroom, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.  The brunch will feature a buffet of appetizers, carving stations, side dishes, sweet treats, and includes a mimosa or glass of sparkling wine.  Reservations can be made by calling (574) 631-2000 and valet parking is included. More information is available here.

  On May 5th every donation the public makes through the St. Joseph County Community Foundation will earn WVPE a share of the foundations $2 million matching pool.  This event, this day, represents the establishment of a WVPE endowment fund, providing resources for the station for years to come.


  In 1973, Joseph E. Fischoff and fellow members of the South Bend Chamber Music Society sought an innovative way of encouraging young people to pursue chamber music study and performance. The idea of a competition arose, and that first year, six ensembles participated. 


   The Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, is a non-profit arts and education organization. The Festival began in 1991 with one event and has grown into a 10-day multi arts and cultural event. The Festival utilizes venues across the city raging in size from 60 to 800 seats.

Their mission is to provide fine art experiences to all ages. Their artists and performers provide a family performance from stage and many share their talents with students in the schools and with adults in workshops and master classes.