Ben Clemmer

Ben joined 89.1 WBOI as a host and production assistant in 2017. After serving as an intern during his last semester at the University of Saint Francis, Ben graduated from USF with a degree in music technology and a minor in communication.

Ben is a Fort Wayne native, with an active interest in bass guitar and audio production. In addition to producing the weekly WBOI Presents, he helps produce promos for WBOI news and lends his voice and editing to other projects at the station.

Ben is the host of Weekend Edition on Saturday mornings. He has served as interim host of All Things Considered and is also the assistant speech team coach at Bishop Dwenger High School, where he coaches radio broadcasting.

Ways to Connect

Mollie Shutt

Plays and musicals are put on throughout the year in northeast Indiana and in November, the University of Saint Francis put on '"Sister Act." The lead role, originally played by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992 film, was brought to life by Fatima Washington. Fatima is a friend of the station. She’s been on WBOI’s Meet the Music and she joined us in the studio in early December to talk about her experience donning the habit.

Mollie Shutt

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. November was a busy month and there was much to discuss. Enjoy!

Show Intro

Part One

An update on city projects (00:25), Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith joins us for a conversation about elections and what the General Assembly has on the calendar in 2018 (05:29).

Part Two

Immigration Issues in Northeast Indiana

In the second hour, All Things Considered host and reporter Araceli Gomez-Aldana moderates a panel on immigration issues in Northeast Indiana. Who comprises our immigrant population, and what challenges do they face when adjusting to life in Indiana? 

Panelists:

Emily Schwartz Keirns

English Language Learners Manager, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Laura Pontius

Immigration Lawyer, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Araceli Gomez-Aldana & Katy Anderson

Civic Engagement

 

In the first hour, we take a look at civic involvement in Indiana. What are organizations doing to engage citizens in public concerns, politics, and deliberation? Have we become less engaged over time? 

A panel of experts weigh in with moderator, Morning Edition host and reporter Zach Bernard. 

Panelists:

Andy Downs

Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

Rebecca Reeder

WBOI Presents brings you The Politics of Time.

Here is the conversation between Andrew Downs and James Toole, associate professors of political science at IPFW.

This event was sponsored by the IPFW Department of Political Science, the American Democracy Project, and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Audio was provided by College TV.

Music in tonight's episode was provided by Mark Waldick.

LAVERGHETTA PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS, MOLLIE SHUTT & KATY ANDERSON

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. After the positive response we got last month, we put together another news roundup for the month of October. Enjoy!

Show Intro

 

Part One

An Environmental Update (00:40), Katy Anderson interviews Shankar Vedantam (06:24), Ben Clemmer and Katy Anderson discuss updated weekend programming (11:28).

Part Two

WBOI Presents brings you a presentation called The Constitution: The Politics of Interpretation by Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider (Associate Professor and Campus Pre-Law Advisor). There have been many cases argued over the years in America’s highest court and we’ll hear how many of the justices have left their mark on the bench in how they interpreted the law of the United States.

Audio provided by CollegeTV

Hope For Refugees

Oct 5, 2017
Jasmine Bejar

At the end of September, the Trump administration announced a proposal to lower the cap on the number of refugees allowed to come into the US. Fort Wayne is home to several communities of refugees as well as organizations that help to resettle them. I spoke with Sarah Colagrossi, a University of Saint Francis graduate from Elkhart, Indiana. She completed her senior project last fall, and it was a silent art auction called Hope For Syria. Proceeds from the auction went to organizations helping resettle refugees in the US.

LAVERGHETTA PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS, MOLLIE SHUTT & KATY ANDERSON

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. As part of the Fall Fund Drive, we put together a news roundup for the month of September. Enjoy!

Show Intro

Part One

The Local Impact of DACA (00:42), Hope for Refugees (05:12), City Government & Development (11:17)

Part Two

Middle Waves Success (00:32), What's New in Fort Wayne? (10:50)

Part Three

Environmental Update (00:26), USF Jesters Workshop with Second City (06:45), Sports! (13:10)

Danielle Doepke / Danielle Doepke Photography

Chicago Hip-Hip artist, R.O.E. came to Fort Wayne last Saturday for Middle Waves Music Festival. In a performance at east Headwaters Park, he gave his cell phone number to audience members and all they had to do was text him #middlewaves to receive three of his tracks for free.

WBOI’s Ben Clemmer called R.O.E. after his performance and spoke to him about his influences, the philosophy behind his work and performance, and when Fort Wayne audiences can expect see him again soon.

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