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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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Comedy
6:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

JIRK Comedy Fosters the Funny in Fort Wayne

Ian Anderson performs at a JIRK open mic at Deer Park.
JIRK Comedy

There's an old showbiz saying: “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

And for a while, comedy was hard to do in Fort Wayne, at least according to Ian Anderson and Dirk Walker, two of the co-founders of the group, JIRK Comedy.

Before JIRK was founded in 2013, they say it was difficult to practice the craft because of a lack of opportunities for newer comics to perform material.

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Music
4:49 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Folk-Pop Band Storyman Takes Fort Wayne with New Name, Bigger Sound

Kevin May and Mick Lynch of Storyman, formerly Guggenheim Grotto, play live at C2G Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 26th.
Credit Courtesy / Storyman

Kevin May and Mick Lynch hit the Dublin music scene as Guggenheim Grotto back in 2003, quickly building a following with their unique style of folk-influenced indie pop.

In 2006, they brought their act stateside for the first of many successful national tours.

They now reside in Brooklyn, with a new record label, a new touring schedule, and a new name: Storyman.

With a new tour, of course, comes another stop in Fort Wayne, which May says is "a highlight on any tour they do." The band's Fort Wayne show starts Friday night at C2G Music Hall.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Calling Squares is a Family Tradition at the Alles Barn Dance

Matt Rupley from the Alles Family Barn Dance says square dancing can bring families and whole communities together.
Credit Courtesy / Matt Rupley

If you’ve been feeling the urge lately to swing your partner ’round and ’round, you're not alone. Dancers, callers and musicians around the country are celebrating International Square Dance Month throughout the month of September.

To some, it’s old-fashioned entertainment. But it’s hardly a thing of the past. In fact, it’s flourishing right here in Northeast Indiana, as the Alles Family Barn Dance in Roanoke keeps the tradition alive.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

Visitors can expect to be transported back to the 1800s at the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The event starts Saturday in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / Johnny Appleseed Festival

Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

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Music
4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Interview: Andy Bean of "The Two Man Gentlemen Band"

The Two Man Gentlemen Band (Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) will visit Fort Wayne Thursday, Sept. 18th.
Credit Courtesy / The Two Man Gentleman Band

For seven years, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have been barnstorming the U.S. as the "Two Man Gentlemen Band," a musical duo slinging a mix of jazz, swing, and good humor.

They're touring behind a brand new album with an extra long title: Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites, and they'll bring that enthusiasm to The Brass Rail in Fort Wayne this Thursday, Sept. 18th.

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

USF Goes "En Plein Air" With Cape Ann Connections

The "Cape Ann Connections" exhibition kicks off this year's arts season at the University of Saint Francis. The show features works from several artists, including Indiana painter Fred Doloresco.
Credit Courtesy / University of Saint Francis

The University of St. Francis is kicking off its arts season with a unique exhibition called Cape Ann Connections.

The exhibit showcases that scenic portion of the New England coast in the en plein air style of painting for which the region is known, and features historic and contemporary Cape Ann painters, as well as Indiana artists who visit the cape seasonally to paint there.

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Fashion
2:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Interview: "Living Loud" with Designer Anton Babich

Fort Wayne fashion designer Anton Babich says style decisions should be driven by what makes the wearer feel good.
Credit Courtesy / Anton Babich

If you’re one of Fort Wayne’s fashion-forward men, your first thought may not be to shop local if you’re chasing something stylish.

But Anton Babich wants to change that.

In fact, he wants to put Fort Wayne on the global fashion map with his own Anton Alexander men’s clothing line. Babich has already shipped his designs to more than two dozen countries.

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Arts & Culture
9:47 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Pinestock Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Pinestock founders Nate Norris and Nicholas Weaver
Credit Nicholas Weaver

The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco. 

According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic."  Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.

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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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