Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.

Ways to Connect

(Poster design courtesy Ozarks Food Harvest)

Support Ozarks Food Harvest at the annual Tea Bar & Bites Apron Fashion Show and Silent Auction, Thursday Sept.19 from 7-9pm at Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Cafe, 621 S. Pickwick at Cherry. Colleen Smith from Tea Bar & Bites, and Sara Roelke from Ozarks Food Harvest, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about it.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre Managing Artistic Director Rick Dines, and actor Matt Huebner, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the company’s current production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” We also discussed SCT’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri Philharmonic)

We knew them for 15 years as the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.  They’ve changed their name this season to the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra.  But it comprises the same musicians, and the same Music Director, Dr. Christopher Koch, wearing one of his several musical hats—he’s also Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera, and Associate Professor of Music at Drury University.  The Missouri Philharmonic opens the 2019-2020 season Thursday September 12 at 7:30pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Dr. Koch stopped by to talk about the concert.

(Poster design courtesy St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church)

"Opa!" New food menu items and a chariot ride for the kids will highlight the 12th annual Greek Festival, September 6-8 on the parking lot at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday Avenue, which is just off West Republic Road, a few blocks west of Kansas Expressway in southwestern Springfield. The three-day event is a traditional family-oriented celebration of everything Greek. Jeannie Duffey spoke about the festival on KSMU's "Arts News."

(Logo design courtesy connect2culture.org)

Back with her "Spotlight on Joplin" for September 2019 is Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director at Joplin's Connect2Culture. She was on the phone with me while waiting in the Chicago airport--an excellent way to wait out an airport layover!  As usual, our fifteen-minute conversation merely scratched the surface of Connect2Culture's "Arts, Culture and Entertainment in Joplin, MO" list for September; you can see the complete list starting September 1st at https://connect2culture.org/september2019. Here, in chronological order through the month of September, are the items we discussed.