Ann VerWiebe

Communication Specialist

Ann followed a circuitous path to the WKSU Marketing and Public Relations Department that involved a decade working in professional costume shops and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Her duties at WKSU since joining the staff in 1998 include writing and editing E-Notes (the station's national award-winning email newsletter), various print newsletters and articles, and numerous press releases.  She also coordinates WKSU's social media efforts, creates online content and writes newsletters and press releases for and the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann also enjoys working with the newsroom on awards submissions and earning prizes for the deserving WKSU staff.

Among these awards are several prizes Ann picked up for press release and email newsletter writing from Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. and that organization's parent, the National Federation of Press Women. You might recognize from her booth duty at events such as EarthFest, the Cleveland International Film Festival and WKSU nights with many local arts organizations, or from the sales table at the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann lives out the single woman cliché by driving a sensible Honda Fit and insisting on putting her cats' names on her holiday cards. Along with being an active Unitarian-Universalist, her interests include sewing, reading, gardening and shopping.

Listening to the WKSU and Folk Alley streams is easy on your voice-activated Smart Speaker Device - such as Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, Google Home or Mini, or Sonos One with Alexa. All of these devices play WKSU's TuneIn streams through a WIFI connection, giving you instant access to all of WKSU's streaming content, including special seasonal streams. WKSU's primary streams are also available through iTunes and can be played through your Apple TV and Apple Homepod. 

WKSU listeners can enter a drawing to hear The Cleveland Orchestra led by Fabio Luisi perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”) on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 PM or Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 PM at Severance Hall. The program also includes Sciarrino’s Piano Concerto: Il sogno di Stradella – a work co-commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra – with soloist Jonathan Biss.

Legendary singer/songwriter Art Garfunkel comes to the Canton Palace Theatre with a performance on Saturday Jan. 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Nov. 17, but you can purchase yours a day early by using the code WKSU on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 10AM to 10PM.

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WKSU Members can receive a $12 discount on B-Level seats to specific Apollo's Fire concerts in Akron. Discount tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at 216-320-0012 or 800-314-2535 ex. 1. Currently, the discount is available for the following performances:

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain 
Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
St Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron

Three Duels and a Wedding
Thursday, February 8, 7:30pm
First Untied Methodist Church, Akron