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.

Courtesy / Bill Levy

Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.  

And that's what Levy does in his new book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Levy to the Madge Rothschild Studios recently to share a bit of his passion for the silver screen.

Courtesy / Harvey Cocks

Going on ninety years old, actor, director, writer and Fort Wayne Youtheatre's artist-in-residence Harvey Cocks is still going strong, as he's been explaining in his fascinating three-part lecture series, "My Life in Theater," at the Wunderkammer Company.

He'll deliver the final installment tonight, but earlier this week, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek at the Madge Rothschild Studios to share a few backstage insights into his long-term love affair with show business.

In Japan, the cherry blossom has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring. 

In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently invited Dorothy Kittaka and Toyoharu Tamura (also known as "Mr. T") into the Madge Rothschild studios to talk tradition and dive into the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts May 18th.

Courtesy / Leslie Hormann

The Fort Wayne Youtheatre has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.

In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.

This month, along with the University of St Francis, they’re bringing their own interpretation of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the Fort Wayne stage.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

Courtesy / Allison Ballard

The Jesters performing group is itself a unique story in Fort Wayne's theater community.

Formed more than thirty years ago and sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, the Jesters is comprised of people with mild to severe disabilities with a wide variety of generations represented, with the goal of enhancing each member's quality of life.

Each spring, the group presents an original, multi-media performance.

Courtesy / Laura Stine

This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that a mild media panic ensued after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.

But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?

Courtesy / Kidd Dash

Hip hop was born and grew up in denser urban areas: places like New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

But Caleb May developed his passion for the genre, honed his writing and flow, and acquired his own fan base growing up here in Northeast Indiana, in the town of Waterloo. 

Known as Kidd Dash, he caught the attention of H.Y.P.E. Magazine, and he and his team recently wrapped up their run as part of the Hype Nation Tour.

Courtesy / Arts United

After an intensive five-month search, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne found its new president.

Their choice: Susan Mendenhall, Arts United director of resource development, who succeeds former longtime leader, Jim Sparrow.

Earlier this week, WBOI's own Julia Meek invited Susan to the Madge Rothschild Studios to discuss the organization, her new position and the fifty-year vision she inherited.

Courtesy / George Kalamaras

The Indiana State Poet Laureate has existed unofficially since 1929, when Emory Aaron Richardson became the first by motion of the Indiana General Assembly.

The position was finally made official in 2005, with poet laureates serving two-year terms as ambassadors for poetry education and outreach across the state.

On Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor, George Kalamaras, would take over the position in 2014.

Courtesy / Morrison Agen / Bob Roets

For Bob Roetz of Wooden Nickel Records and Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records, both in Fort Wayne, music is a passion and a profession.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the year's music and get their opinions on some of the best.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently invited Roetz and Agen to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the best music of the year: some popular, some obscure, and a few local picks, as well. 

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