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.

Ways To Connect

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Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

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Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

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The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

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Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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With Valentine's Day directly ahead of us, it seems like love really does make the world go round, and surveys indicate that nearly 55 percent of Americans expect to be celebrating it this year.

But here's the burning question: With so many traditional options to choose from, what do we pick to best express our feelings...and why do we pick it?

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Each semester, IPFW Hospitality Management Seniors open a pop-up restaurant in the campus Holiday Inn's Mastodon Grill.

This term, in honor of Fort Wayne's 25th anniversary with its Sister City of Plock, Poland, they've created signature dishes showcasing modern polish cuisine, and they're calling their place "Plock Tavern."

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Thirty years ago, middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo, Indiana, and what transpired became a saga heard around the world.

This weekend, that story and its message are honored through "The Kid from Kokomo: The Ryan White Story", an original Fort Wayne Youtheatre premiere, written and directed by Gregory Stieber.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stieber to share some of his motives and methods for preserving White's legacy.

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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is offering the public a unique experience with their latest exhibit, "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts."

Digging deep into the troupe's archives, this multi-media tour engages art, dance, theater and history lovers alike.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with FWMoA Deputy Director Amanda Martin and Karen Gibbons-Brown from the Fort Wayne Ballet to discuss the impact of this many-faceted exhibit.

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Courtesy/Phil's Hobby Shop

January is National Hobby Month, and here in Fort Wayne, Phil's Hobby Shop has been inspiring and supplying crafters for 40 years.

Now in its 2nd generation, Phil's son Steve Gieseking and his business partner, Paris McFarthing, carry on the tradition from their Park West location.

Julia Meek met with both of the hobby masters to learn what keeps their passion fueled, and their connection with their patrons going strong.