Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
10:04 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Movie Music Spotlight Premiers Thursday

Rob Martinez is the host of Movie Music Spotlight, which premiers this Thursday at 10PM.
Credit Rob Martinez

WBOI's resident Christmas music expert, Rob Martinez, is going for an even bigger share of the 'pop culture market' beginning Thursday night, with a new weekly program called Movie Music Spotlight.

Eager to learn more about it, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Rob into the studio to discuss his passion for cinema, and his plans for the show. 

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Arts & Culture
6:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Resch Sees Bright Future for IPFW's Music Department

IPFW Department of Music Chair Barbara Resch.
Credit Courtesy / IPFW

Just over a year ago, Barbara Resch gave over her duties as director of music education at IPFW to become the department's chair.

She admits that she's seen the department from a lot of different perspectives over the years, but is quick to add that "seeing it from the perspective of the chair's office is a very different view."

With the fall semester in full swing, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Resch to find out what this school year has in store, and how the job is treating her so far.

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Farmer's Market Aims to Turn Food Desert Into Food Oasis

Young volunteers grow and sell fresh produce at the McCormick Farmer's Market in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / HEAL

The newly opened McCormick Farmer's Market, at the corner of McCormick and Edsall Avenues in Fort Wayne, aims to turn a food desert into a food oasis by providing a source for fresh produce and great community interaction every Wednesday evening. 

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health are funding the project, while the produce itself comes mostly from community gardens, located at the nearby Slataper Street Urban Farm. 

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Arts & Culture
2:16 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Southpaws Unite: A Celebration of "The Sinister Hand"

Marilyn Moran-Townsend is among the southpaws presenting at Fort Wayne's LeftFest on Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Marilyn Moran-Townsend

Wednesday, August 13th, marks a special holiday for about 10 percent of the world. It’s International Lefthanders Day, an occasion to have a little fun and mark the history and influence of the southpaws of the world.

Fort Wayne has its own celebration, LeftFest, going on Wednesday at 4000 South Wayne St.

Among the LeftFest highlights will be a presentation called "The Sinister Hand," by outspoken southpaw, Marilyn Moran-Townsend.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Fort Wayne Outfitters Boosts Love for Outdoor, Community Fun

A group from Manchester University poses outside Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, located on Cass St. near the Wells St. Bridge.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Outfitters

Located in the Historic Cass Street Depot on the St. Mary's River, Fort Wayne Outfitters is "more than a cool bike shop,” according to its manager, Eden Lamb.

WBOI’s Julia Meek loves getting outside, so she decided to meet with Eden, to discuss the many ways Fort Wayne Outfitters promotes outdoor fun in Fort Wayne.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Civic's "Scoundrels" Updates the Old Confidence Game

Renee Gonzales takes center stage in Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which runs through Aug. 10.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

The 2004 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the popular 1988 movie of the same name, which itself is based on a 1964 movie, Bedtime Story.

The show won rave reviews on Broadway, and is now charming Northeast Indiana as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's summer musical offering.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

In The Ginger Kitchen, Ice Cream is Art

July was National Ice Cream Month, and even though we've now hopped into August, the tasty treat continues to be on our minds here at WBOI.

Turns out we're not the only ones.

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne

The first "Love, Fort Wayne" chalk wall recently went up at Wunderkammer Company on Fairfield Ave.
Credit Courtesy / Love, Fort Wayne

What do you love about Fort Wayne?

Artlink Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.

Washler and a team from Leadership Fort Wayne have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."

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2:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Interview: A Better Fort's Alex Smith on Channeling Fort Wayne's Energy

A Better Fort is hosting House 4 A House, the first in its #BAALS block party series, July 11th in Downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / A Better Fort

"A Better Fort" is a local non-profit group geared to the area's millenial population.

The organization's co-founder, Alex Smith, describes its evolving role as both advocacy and entertainment, citing the recent attention the group has received for its upcoming downtown block party, which is laughingly and lovingly named after former Fort Wayne Mayor Harry Baals.

Earlier this week, Smith joined WBOI's Julia Meek in the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss A Better Fort’s community involvement.

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4:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Interview: Sameer Patel on Collaboration and Optimism at the Fort Wayne Phil

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Associate Conductor Sameer Patel.
Credit Courtesy / Sameer Patel

On Thursday, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic concludes its 70th season as they present their annual "Patriotic Pops" concert in a brand new venue, Parkview Field.

The annual tradition features star-spangled favorites from the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Morton Gould, and even John Williams.

The Philharmonic's Associate Conductor, Sameer Patel, will be at the podium for the occasion. 

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Patel to the Madge Rothschild Studios to reflect on this milestone year and the Philharmonic's role in the community.

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