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Celebrate OPB's 40th Anniversary!


Join us as we celebrate 40 events for 40 years!  From May 2014 to May 2015, we invite our listeners and viewers to take part in everything from concerts, to kids events, to a visit from a surprise guest from NPR!  We hope to see you at many events this year and invite you to share your photos or videos with us on Facebook and Twitter.  Be sure to like our pages and follow us to keep up with the latest updates and catch Throwback Thursday photos. And tell is if you'd like to say happy birthday on the air! Below, hear what some of our listeners are saying:

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Read the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's station spotlight of KSMU and OPTV.

Details for each event will be updated as they are confirmed.  Check back often to find out all the latest information!

May 2014

  1. 40th Anniversary Kickoff Concert & Ice Cream Social
  2. Studio Live Performance with Mark Bilyeu & Cindy Woolf
  3. Tree Planting Drive
  4. KSMU Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest

June 2014

  1. Ozarks Public Broadcasting Night at Hammons Field for the Springfield Cardinals
  2. Springfield Little Theatre's The Great American Trailer Park Musical
  3. West Plains Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival
  4. Joplin Regional Artist Reception & Art Show Preview

July 2014

  1. Opening Reception for “Changing America” Exhibit at Library Center
  2. OPT Kids Cooking Class at Hy-Vee
  3. Legacy Circle Informational Luncheon

August 2014

  1. OPT Kids Night at First Friday Art Walk
  2. PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners Exhibit
  3. Sid the Science Kid Episode Screenings at Library Center
  4. Studio Live Performance with Randle Chowning
  5. Links to the Past, Fairways to the Future Local Documentary Screening

September 2014

  1. Ozarks Celebration Festival
  2. Greater Ozarks Blues Festival
  3. Women & Girls Lead Film Screening – The Invisible War
  4. Public Affairs Week Event
  5. Ozarks Public Broadcasting Career Day

October 2014

  1. Wine Feast in Joplin
  2. Wine & Food Celebration
  3. Juanita K. Hammons Hall’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas

November 2014

  1. Friday Night TV Dinner
  2. Holiday TeleAuction
  3. StoryCorps National Day of Listening

December 2014

  1. Downton Abbey Premiere Party Package Contest

January 2015

  1. Ozarks Public Broadcasting Night at JQH Arena for Bears Basketball
  2. Springfield Little Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Opening Night

February 2015

  1. Seuss Science Day

March 2015

  1. Women & Girls Lead MAKERS Film Series
  2. Springfield Symphony Performance

April 2015

  1. Spring TeleAuction
  2. Public Affairs Conference
  3. Ozarks Public Broadcasting Volunteer Day at Ozarks Food Harvest
  4. Volunteer Reception and Reunion
  5. Legacy Circle Informational Luncheon

May 2015

  1. Juanita K. Hammons Hall’s Million Dollar Quartet
  2. 40th Anniversary Finale: Visit from NPR's Lynn Neary