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WKSU's 23rd Annual Hunger Challenge

Oct 21, 2019

WKSU hosts the 23rd annual Hunger Challenge on Nov. 20 and 21. The annual event highlights how, through public service and community partnerships, public media can showcase organizations striving to make a difference in the community.

During the Hunger Challenge, WKSU welcomes representatives from area foodbanks to take to the airwaves and talk about food insecurity throughout Ohio.

WKSU's 23rd Annual Hunger Challenge

Oct 14, 2019

WKSU hosts the 23rd annual Hunger Challenge on Nov. 20 and 21. The annual event highlights how, through public service and community partnerships, public media can showcase organizations striving to make a difference in the community.

During the Hunger Challenge, WKSU welcomes representatives from area foodbanks to take to the airwaves and talk about food insecurity throughout Ohio.

Spend Thanksgiving in NYC

Sep 17, 2019

For the fall fund drive, WKSU is giving away a trip to NYC! Spend four nights in NYC including Thanksgiving Day* at the Refinery Hotel - which is right on the parade route for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! And, we'll send you along with a $500 giftcard so you can spend Black Friday shopping in NYC. Donate today to support WKSU!

View all contest and giveaway rules at WKSU.org. This drawing ends at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.

WKSU Profile: Jeff St. Clair

Aug 26, 2019

If you've ever wondered about the person behind the voice you hear during All Things Considered, WKSU host and reporter Jeff St. Clair recently answered some questions ranging from book recomendations to camping spots and even his fall travel plans.

Name: Jeff St. Clair

Title: WKSU host/reporter

Meet WKSU Member Gwen Howze

Aug 13, 2019

WKSU members are the people who have made a commitment to keeping public radio strong in Northeast Ohio with their financial support. Enjoy this series of profiles introducing you to listeners who make a difference.

WKSU MEMBER:   Gwen Howze

CURRENT CITY:   Massillon, OH

HOMETOWN:   Pittsburgh, PA

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO WKSU?:   35+ Years

Visit WKSU at the Randolph Fair!

Aug 12, 2019

WKSU celebrates our Portage County neighbors at the 161st Randolph Fair on Aug. 20-25. After seeing the animals and eating your fair food, stop by the Merchants Building and say hello! On Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon, participate in our OH Really? project in WKSU's Pop-up Newsroom. Meet Amanda Rabinowitz and Sarah Taylor on Friday and Jeff St. Clair and Andrew Meyer on Saturday! Fair admission is required. 

WKSU Wins 10 Ohio's Best Journalism Awards for 2019

Jul 31, 2019

WKSU staff members have won 10 awards in the Ohio’s Best Journalism contest, including Best Website - Radio. The competition recognizes excellence in work created in 2018 and is coordinated by the Central Ohio, Cincinnati, and Cleveland Professional Chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Awards will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 17, at a ceremony at BrewDog USA in Canal Winchester near Columbus.

Meet WKSU Member Jenna Bates

Jul 30, 2019

WKSU members are the people who have made a commitment to keeping public radio strong in Northeast Ohio with their financial support. Enjoy this series of profiles introducing you to listeners who make a difference.

WKSU MEMBER:   Jenna Bates

CURRENT CITY:   Stow, Ohio

HOMETOWN:   Kinsman, Ohio

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO WKSU?:   I’ve been listening to WKSU to some extent for at least 30 years; I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t know about it. I’ve become a regular listener since we gave up cable about four or five years ago.

Meet WKSU Members Sheri and Al Risaliti

Jul 10, 2019

WKSU members are the people who have made a commitment to keeping public radio strong in Northeast Ohio with their financial support. Enjoy this series of profiles introducing you to listeners who make a difference.

WKSU MEMBERS:   Al and Sheri Risaliti

CURRENT CITY:   Jackson Township

HOMETOWN:   Al - Ebensburg PA, Sheri - Air Force brat (nowhere and everywhere)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO WKSU?:   Al - 1990s, Sheri - late 1970s

WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO BECOME A WKSU MEMBER?:   Could finally afford it

WKSU Journalism Awards for 2019

Jul 8, 2019
WKSU Newsroom
Andrea Hallgren

Radio Television Digital News Association—Regional Murrow Awards

Ohio Associated Press—Ohio APME Awards

WKSU Moves Expanded 1A to 10 AM on Weekdays

Jun 27, 2019

Beginning on Monday, July 15, listen to WKSU at 10 AM each weekday for NPR's 1A with Joshua Johnson. The current affairs program was added to WKSU's schedule in 2017 and quickly grew in popularity. The move allows WKSU to air 1A's full two hours and gives listeners the opportunity to call in and participate with the day's discussion. WKSU's 7 PM time slot, previous filled by 1A, will be filled with a collection of encore presentations of weekend programming favorites.

WKSU Adds a Mix of Programs to Evenings at 7 PM

Jun 25, 2019

Starting Monday, July 15, there will be a new mix of programs on weekday evenings at 7 PM (following The Daily) when Joshua Johnson and 1A move to 10 AM. The line-up includes encore presentations of programs generally heard on weekends. A different show will be featured each evening: The Moth Radio Hour – Monday, Radiolab – Tuesday, This American Life – Wednesday, Snap Judgment – Thursday, and Sound Opinions – Friday. 

WKSU Takes Home Two National PRNDI Awards

Jun 19, 2019

WKSU was honored with two national PRNDI Awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. WKSU competes with public radio stations across the country in Division A, representing newsrooms with seven to 15 full-time staff. The awards were presented during PRNDI’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Second-place PRNDI Awards went to M.L. Schultze for Best Nationally Edited Feature and Amanda Rabinowitz for Best Newscast.

Take WKSU's Annual Tech Survey

Jun 13, 2019

We need your help to stay ahead of the rapid changes in the radio and technology landscape. 

We are asking for your input on how you like to connect with WKSU. Our goal is always to provide great content - the way that you want it, on the platforms that you use most often.

​This is your invitation to share your points of view about technology!

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with 10 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 7 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.  The station won six first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff has received in five of the past six years. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2019 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

Fifty years ago this June, Cleveland was forever tied to the U.S. environmental crisis when national media reported on a fire burning in the Cuyahoga River. Because of pervasive industrial pollution, the 1969 fire was not the first time that the Cuyahoga River had burned. But, this moment - thanks in part to a Time magazine story - caught the nation’s attention and became a landmark in the American environmental movement, proving to be a turning point in an ongoing conversation surrounding the country’s ecological health.

Andrea Hallgren / Kent State University

WKSU’s state-of-art newsroom will be named The Perantinides & Nolan Newsroom, thanks to a transformational $250,000 gift from Attorney Paul G. Perantinides. The newsroom was reimagined and expanded in 2016 and is located within the WKSU Broadcast Center at Kent State University. The interactive space is the heart of WKSU’s news and information public service to the Northeast Ohio community, serving as the organizational hub and workspace for the station’s award-winning news team and Kent State student interns.

WKSU staff was honored with 10 awards from Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (OAPME) in a Columbus ceremony on May 4. Top honors went to WKSU for General Excellence-Radio, the fifth consecutive year the newsroom earned the acknowledgement. The OAPME Awards reflect stand-out work created in 2018.

Learn More About WKSU's Jennifer Conn

May 1, 2019

WKSU recently added veteran journalist Jennifer Conn to the news staff. Her focus will be events and people in the Akron area. A Northeast Ohio native, Jennifer has covered Akron news for cleveland.com and Crain’s Akron Business. She was also a member of the inaugural staff of The Devil Strip, and wrote long-form features on Akron’s burgeoning music scene, the city’s punk roots and its historic downtown.

Learn more about Jennifer Conn:

What is your hometown?

I was born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

WKSU's 2019 State of the Station Event

Apr 23, 2019

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate WKSU at our State of the Station event! It was fun meeting so many WKSU members and sharing great food from 2 Girls Cafe & Bakery in Stow, Paninis in Kent and Longhorn Steakhouse in Canton. Congratulations to our event drawing winners: David - Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! tickets, Kaitlynn - Medina Gem Company gift certificate, and Mike - WKSU swag bag. Here are some images from the party!

WKSU has been recognized with a Regional Edward R. Murrow from Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The honor came in the Excellence in Video for Radio, Small Market category for Reporter Mark Arehart and Producer Joe Gunderman’s video of the launch of the Goodyear Blimp, Wingfoot Three. The fun and informative video was created on short notice with fast turn-around to accompany an on-air news report about the event.   

Hiram College Supports WKSU

Apr 22, 2019

Hiram College President Lori Varlotta came to WKSU studios to tell us why sponsorship on WKSU is a good fit for her institution. Hiram College is a major underwriter of the station, taking advantage of on-air, online and e-newsletter announcements. You can hear President Varlotta’s full testimonial here.

Thank you President Varlotta and Hiram College for supporting WKSU! Your company or organization can be a sponsor too by visiting www.wksu.org/corporate-sponsorship.

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Comes to Blossom

Mar 29, 2019

NPR's beloved comedy quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! makes a return trip to Northeast Ohio when it triumphantly takes the stage at Blossom Music Center on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m., presented by 89.7 WKSU, 90.3 WCPN ideastream and The Cleveland Orchestra. 

WKSU Spring Fund Drive Drawing Winners

Mar 26, 2019

Here are the drawing winners for WKSU's 2019 Spring Fund Drive:

Monday, March 18: iPad, Josephine from Wellington

Tuesday, March 19: $500 cleaning service from Booking Maid Easy, Chris from Kent

Wednesday, March 20: A pair of Cleveland Indians box seat tickets, Pamela from Cleveland Heights

Thursday, March 21: $750 Southwest Airlines gift card, Allan from Twinsburg

Saturday, March 23: A ride for two on the Goodyear Blimp, Bob from Ravenna

WKSU Reporter Tim Rudell Retires

Feb 12, 2019

Reporter Tim Rudell retires from the WKSU newsroom on February 15. He joined the station’s staff in 2009 and has covered stories throughout the region, notably the fracking and auto industries. Tim has also been a go-to for breaking news and Canton events. During his time with WKSU, he has earned numerous awards, including a prestigious Regional Murrow Award from RTDNA and being named Best Reporter in Ohio by the Ohio AP Media Editors.

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