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

AMBS [Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary] has scheduled a Seminary Preview Day, for Friday, November 4th in Elkhart.  The day is designed to allow for experiencing a day in the life of a student to help determine whether AMBS is the right choice.  Opportunities to engage professors and students in discussion will provide insight into academic programs, community life, spiritual life, financial aid, distance learning options, scholarships and more.

Paula Poundstone, described as one of our foremost comics, brings her tour to the Morris Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 28th  for one show.  Known for her quick-thinking and unscripted approach to comedy, Poundstone practices her craft with disarming ease.  As a regular on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, she holds the record for game losses.  Tickets are on sale now, click HERE for more information.

Opening tomorrow, October 15th and running through January 8th of next year, The History Museum is proud to  present Dressing Downton:  Changing Fashion for Changing Times.  An international exhibit, it is presented in partnership with BBC/Masterpiece Theater and Exhibits Development Group and features 36 costumes worn during the first four seasons of the PBS program Downton Abbey.  Shown in memorable vignettes that offer an immersive perspective of the program's most memorable characters, both upstairs and down, these award winning costumes are sure to impress.

William Shakespeare's Richard III  will be performed by the renowned five-member British touring group, Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) October 12, 13, and 14 at Notre Dame's Washington Hall.  Founded by Homer "Murph" Swander, Sir Patrick, Stewart, and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1975, AFTLS has been visiting university campuses for week-long residencies ever since.  There are two details that make this tour special," says Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, AFTLS;s American home.

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.  

Cub Scouts make new friends and learn new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. There are a variety of activities for first through fifth graders, or those 7 to 10 years old.

Paula Poundstone, comedian, author, and actress from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me​, is appearing at South Bend's Morris Performing Arts Center on Friday, October twenty eighth.  Presale tickets are on sale  only to WVPE members and listeners now through Sunday, September 11, 2016.    The Code word is WAITWAIT, all caps no spaces.  More information and tickets are available online HERE.  This offer does not appear anywhere else.

More than ever, there is emphasis on living well and good health.  In recognition of this fact, WVPE presents The Live Well Expo, Saturday, October 15 from 9 to 3 at The Century Center in downtown South Bend.  The Live Well Expo will provide outreach and education to improve lives through Health, Finance, Nutrition, Education, Recreation, Culture & Entertainment, Sustainability and resources for older Americans. Thousands have attended "Meet Me on the Island",  and the Live Well Expo will attract many of the same listeners.  So who are these WVPE listeners?

Saturday, September 10th at 7:30pm Elkhart County Symphony presents Flamenco Fire with Robert Michaels at The Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart.  A Toronto-based virtuoso, Michaels is a Juno (Canadian Grammy) winner, and was in fact nominated three times for the award.  

  WVPE invites you to the 6th   Annual Michiana Renaissance Festival…August 27th and 28th located on Kamm Island in Downtown Mishawaka…featuring 4 different re-enactment areas…each with exclusive exhibits, shows and vendors.  Hours are 10am to 6pm both days… rain or shine. Each day is filled with fun and educational things to see and do for the entire family.  

  Now through August 28th, The Patricia G. Decio Theatre stage of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center  will come alive with wind illustions and aerial acrobatics to deliver a show unlike any other.  According to director, Cirque du Soleil's West Hyler, "The Tempest shines as one of Shakespeare's  must magical and generous plays.  The shipwrecked magician living on a deserted island with his daughter thrills with spectacular possibilities.

  In it's 5th year, the South Bend Jazz Festival moves to its new venue, the beautiful island behind Century Center.  This is a great backdrop for listening to wonderful music, meeting old friends, making new ones, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the St. Joseph river, food and brew.   Click HERE  for musicians, performance schedule, and ticket information. P.S.  Use the code "wvpe881" for a $5 discount per ticket!

  Thousands of tourists travel from miles away to see the unique quilt gardens throughout Elkhart County and on Saturday July 23rd, you have the opportunity to take the tour yourself, at your own pace, from the perspective of your bicycle.  You choose the length of a guided Family Fun Ride of 24, 44, 65, or a 100 mile route.  The event benefits United Cancer Services & Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County.

MoonTree Studios, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, challenges people to experience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within.  The Schedule of Experiences, Events and Art Exhibits for MoonTree Studios through December of this year is conveniently located  in the catalog Fearlessly Creating which is an available PDF download online here.  


  For the last time this season, The Buchanan Preservation Society is  offering delicious pies, whole or by the slice  on Saturday September 3rd from ten am til one pm (or while supplies last), just outside of Pears Mills in downtown Buchanan. All proceeds will be added to a fund designated for one of Buchanan's most important historic buildings - the Ross Sanders House at Front and Oak streets.  Click HERE for more information,

  For the fifth consecutive year IU Health Goshen is providing the essential support needed to make the IU Health Goshen Entertainment Series a reality.  Without their generous support, these events simply would not be possible.  If given the opportunity, please show your appreciation to the good folks at IU Health Goshen, we certainly appreciate them!

June 3 – Meet Me on the Island 5:30 – 9:00pm  Memphis Underground