Issues & Ales

Courtesy / AJ Mast

WBOI News won two awards in the 2015 Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Awards competition recognizing excellence in journalism. The winners were announced at a ceremony Saturday in Indianapolis.

The awards:

First Place

"Best Website (Metro Radio)" - Sean Bueter, Virginia Alvino, Katy Anderson

Second Place

"Best Public Affairs Program (Metro Radio)" - Sean Bueter, Virginia Alvino, Katy Anderson

Marvin Mikesell / For WBOI News

The confluence of the three rivers around which Fort Wayne was founded have been pivotal to the success of the city since its founding.

But after decades in which the riverfronts were often taken for granted, there's new life -- and new momentum -- toward developing those spaces, particularly in Downtown Fort Wayne.

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest in its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix. The events are meant to bring community leaders and listeners together for a relaxed discussion over dinner and drinks.

Marvin Mikesell / WBOI

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest edition of its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

The series, held a few times per year, aims to bring community leaders and residents together for a discussion of important issues in a relaxed environment over dinner and drinks. The audience is invited to submit questions, making the event interactive, entertaining, and informative.

Join WBOI for Issues & Ales on March 26th!

Mar 10, 2015

Join WBOI's Sean Bueter and Virginia Alvino for Issues & Ales on Thursday, March 26th!  It's a fun, laid-back event that features panels of experts and community leaders discussing important issues in our region.

The first hour will focus on Downtown Development and Downtown Living. We'll look at the critical mass of residential and commercial development projects, discuss the challenges, benefits and future of living downtown, and look at how these projects originated.

Peter Dominowski / for WBOI News

On Oct. 29th, WBOI held its third installment of our popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

While the first hour focused on Allen County's single county executive amendment, the second took a look at the economic and cultural impact of the region's arts community.

It was a lively conversation that took a shot at a lot of big questions facing the arts scene, and looked both inward at the community's own motivations and outward at where Fort Wayne fits in the national and global arts scene.

At the end of October, WBOI held another edition of our popular Issues & Ales series at The Phoenix in Fort Wayne. 

At that event, we dedicated a full hour to discussing the arts community in the region.

But we had a problem: we received so many great audience questions, we couldn't possibly get to all of them. 

So, now we're taking time to address a few of those questions with help from arts insiders from around the community.  

WBOI listeners packed the house Wednesday night at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne for two hours of discussion on issues facing Allen County and the region at large.

The panel discussions were part of WBOI's "Issues & Ales" series, which features experts talking about topics in front of an audience at local restaurants and bars.

Hour one of the discussion focused on the upcoming vote on whether or not Allen County should change its county governance from three executives to one. Voters go to the polls to decide the issue Nov. 4th.

On November 20th, 89.1 WBOI held its first ever “Issues & Ales,” a live gathering at JK O’Donnell’s in Fort Wayne designed to get people talking about issues important to the community.

The event was an outstanding success as listeners and newsmakers packed the room for panel discussions, camaraderie, and great beer.

For those who weren’t able to attend the event, we’ll be posting audio from each segment in concert with WBOI Presents.