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 FolkAlley.com 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.

After a national search, NPR announces that Mary Louise Kelly will officially move into the All Things Considered host chair on January 17, following Robert Siegel’s retirement. Mary Louise combines sterling editorial judgment, intellectual depth and rigor, and a broad array of interests with a collaborative spirit. She will be a strong partner to the rest of the ATC team.

Chris Thile announced to audiences on Saturday evening that the new name for his weekly variety show will be Live from Here. The host shared the news during the show’s live opening at The Town Hall. Produced by American Public Media (APM), Live from Here is the new name for A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile. Thile has hosted the program for the past year.

Celebrate the eight days of Chanukah with special holiday programs on Sunday, Dec. 17. See the complete list of Holiday Programs for 2017 HERE!

2 PM-3 PM - Chanukah in Story and Song 2017 (PRI)
This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. 

You can benefit WKSU effortlessly while shopping at Amazon.com. If you enter Amazon through smile.amazon.com, choose Friends of WKSU as your charity and part of your purchase price will find its way back. It's amazing how quickly these small donations can add up to something significant!

Learn more about Amazon Smile HERE!

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 ext. 1. Currently, the discount is available for the following performance:

Bach's Coffeehouse Orchestra

Saturday, March 17, 8 PM
Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn

Find out more and purchase tickets at apollosfire.org.

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