A new, creative partnership is bringing together one of the region’s most admired storytellers on Ozarks traditions and the local NPR station, resulting in a new program available to public radio listeners.
“Ozarks Alive: Time Capsule” will be a monthly radio feature on KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio. It will highlight poignant people and places that showcase traditions and history from throughout the region.
Kaitlyn McConnell, author, historian and creator of the website “Ozarks Alive,” will produce the radio program. It will air the second Wednesday of each month at 7:45 a.m. on KSMU.
The series will premiere Nov. 11, 2020, on KSMU and will be streamed. Organizers say they also hope to make the feature available via podcast form in the future.
About Ozarks Alive
Ozarks Alive is a web-based local history and culture preservation project. Begun in 2015 by McConnell, the site features articles about unique people and places throughout the region, as well as news that reflects changing times and the evolution of the Ozarks region.
KSMU is the NPR affiliate station for the Ozarks region, and the station broadcasts from the Missouri State University campus in Springfield.
From your radio, you can hear KSMU’s broadcast in the following areas on these frequencies: 91.1 FM in Springfield; 90.5 FM in Point Lookout/Branson; 90.3 FM in West Plains; 88.7 FM in Mountain Grove; 98.9 FM in Joplin; and 103.7 FM in Neosho. KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio is also livestreaming to a worldwide audience from its website.
“I have long loved telling stories of our region, so I’m very excited about this new collaboration with KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio,” McConnell said. “This opportunity will offer another avenue to explore the unique essence of the Ozarks region, told through stories of the people and places that define it.”
Jennifer Moore, news director and content coordinator at KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio, said the station could not be more grateful that McConnell is sharing her talents and stories with listeners.
“She has carved out a name for herself as an authoritative writer on Ozarks history and culture, and we’re honored to play a role in preserving that for our community.