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. 

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Arabesk Palace provides Mediterranean cuisine in an atmosphere designed to create a cultural experience at 1701 N. Ironwood Drive in South Bend.  Beautiful tile floors, carved wooden furniture and colorful chandeliers complete the interior of this establishment that is part restaurant and bar, part hookah bar, and part entertainment venue.  The business is open Sunday through Wednesday from noon to midnight and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3a.m.

For some The Nutcracker is a timeless tradition that thrills audiences of all ages.  Southold Dance is proud to present the adventures of Clara and her Christmas journey.  Stunning sets and costumes enhance the familiar music that create a magical production.  The performances are set for 2 and 7pm on Saturday December 10th and 2pm on Sunday, December 11th at the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend.  

WVPE is proud to support the IU South Bend's Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts eighth annual  Teddy Bear Concert scheduled for Friday, December 9th, at 7pm in the Campus Auditorium in Northside Hall.  This traditional show features a variety of holiday music provided by  the Indiana University South Bend Choirs, Dance Company, Kick Line, and IUSB Jazz Ensemble.  A new teddy bear can serve as a ticket for the show, which in turn will be donated to various charitable organizations throughout the community.

WVPE is a proud media sponsor for An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson, March 21st at the Morris Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Tyson, host of Nova Science Now on PBS will present "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies" an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right.  His talk incorporates the latest films as well as some classics that you may not have known had any science in them at all.

WVPE invites you to the Contemporary Nutcracker, Saturday evening November 26th and Sunday afternoon the 27th.  The Aurinko Ballet is joined by the Conservatory of Dance to present this classic Christmas  tale from a unique perspective.  The story follows the homeless and destitute Klara in her magical pursuit of a family.  Choreographed by Gregory Hancock, the story helps to show the true meaning of Christmas that extends beyond the shopping, food, gifts, hustle and bustle; demonstrating that ultimately, only kindness matters.  

The Center at Donaldson welcomes the New Millennium  Duo to Ancilla Domini Chepel on Saturday, November 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  Pianist Grace Baugh-Bennett and double bassist Robert Docs present an afternoon of Bach, Ravel, Hertl, Winsel, and Desenclos.  Since 2000, the New Millennium Duo's has appeared at the Downtown Art and Music Series at the Cathedral of the Assumption, on Lunchtime Classics on WOUL-FM and performed at Kent State Univerity, Bellarmine University, and Jefferson Community College.  This event is freee and open to the public.  A reception will follow the concert.

Buchanan Michigan invites you to start your holiday season with a cup of small town cheer, Saturday, November 26th with shopping, dining, antiques, and family friendly events in support of Small Business Saturday.  There is a full day of activities scheduled all over town, with Santa and Mrs Claus, Make and Take Holiday Ornaments, Caroling, a cookie reception, hot cocoa, popcorn, a holiday parade and more.  Sponsored by the Buchanan DDA, White Saturday has something for everyone.

The Studebaker National Museum presents Driving Downton,  Saturday and Sunday November 12th and 13th in conjunction with The History Museum's exhibit, Dressing Downton:  Changing Fashion for Changing Times.  Renee Crist, Collections Manager of LeMay - America's Car Museum, will celebrate Dressing Downton​ by exploring the vehicles featured on the PBS hit television show Downton Abbey, Saturday and Sunday at - 1:00pm AND 3:00pm.

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.

Now open 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?