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

The Elkhart Jazz Festival celebrates thirty years of Jazz when the Festival starts this Friday at 5pm.  More than 15,000 jazz fans are exptected to enjoy the blockbuster weekend that includes three headlining groups; The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Ben Folds with the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, and Terrence Blanchard  & The E Collective, all appearing at The Lerner Theatre.  

Taste of the Gardens is a ticketed public event featuring fine art, live music and many local restaurants.  Artists will be chosen via a jury process consisting of a maximum of 3 works, with a maximum of 10 photos.   Judging will take place at 11am on the day of the event.  Each artist will designate up to 3 works for review by placing a Yellow Dot, with only three works per booth.   In the event more than one artists shares a booth, there will still only be 3 works reviewed per booth.  

WVPE is a proud media sponsor of the 7th Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival which will take place May 15th  through 18th 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.

On May 9th every donation made in the name of WVPE through the St. Joseph County Community Foundation will earn the station a share of the foundations’ $2.4 million dollar matching pool.  This day and this event is an opportunity increase the WVPE endowment fund.  Now more than ever, it is important to explore ways to become completely self- supporting.

For the sixth consecutive year Goshen Health is again sponsoring the events that have become a mainstay of Michiana summers.  The 2017 Goshen Health Entertainment Series is a wonderful benefit of WVPE membership that certainly would not be possible without the tremendous support of our naming sponsor.  If  given the chance to do so, please let the folks at Goshen Health know you appreciate what they do for your public radio station.

Michiana Gerontology Institute presents the 4th Annual Senior Wellness and Resource Fair Saturday, April 29th  from 9am to 3pm, at The Century Center in downtown South Bend.  The Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College exists to increase collaboration among member organizations who serve the aging, and to provide education to further improve the lives of those served.   Click here for more information.

All IU South Bend students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are welcome during the annual Alumni Week.  A full schedule of activities, ranging from art exhibits, to baseball , softball, receptions, to various programs of study meetings.  A twenty-four world-wide celebration of all things IU includes a presentation on Designing a New Career Future, as well as a Trivia Night put on by the College of Liberal Arts on Wednesday, April 19th.  

 Sunburst Races is one of the premier regional running events in the Midwest. Held each year in South Bend, Indiana, the race begins in downtown South Bend and finishes at the University of Notre Dame. The race, owned and managed by Beacon Health System, coincides with the University of Notre Dame’s Reunion Weekend, which is frequently the first weekend in June. The race typically attracts upwards of 10,000 participants and has an economic impact on the local economy that approaches $750,000 annually.

For the Love of Art, Michiana's only priemier indoor art fair comes to the South Bend Century Center, Saturday, March 4th from 10am through 6pm.  Over 50 fine artists will have works on display and for sale, in a variety of mediums including pottery, fine woodwork, handcrafted furniture, blown glass, fiber art, sculptures, paintings, and many more unique items.  

In The Mood is a celebration of the music of the 1930's & 40's - the Big Band Era.  The music of America's Greatest Generation includes Glenn  Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Frank Sinatra and many more idols of the 40's.  From the happy-go-lucky era before WWII to the start of the war, In The Mood takes a look at some of the defining moments of the times.  The music arrangements of these American songs evoke powerful emotion, even in people born decades later.  

The world renowned St. Olaf Choir, is coming to Goshen, Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm  at Sauder Hall in the Goshen College Music Center.  Founded in 1912, the St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is the pioneer a cappella choir in the United States.  For nearly a century the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry.

St. Joseph County Public Library will celebrate 25 Years of STEM during their 25th Annual Science Alive. Last year’s beautiful weather brought in over 3,200 children and their families who enjoyed over 40 exhibits, 6 stage performances, and ETHOS Science 2-Go Bus. Community organizations, schools, and businesses continued to share their love of science with children through exciting, hands-on learning experiences, working to bring SJCPL’s mission of “Learn. Discover. Experience.” to life.

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.