Randy Stewart

Fine Arts Producer

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.

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Based on the 1965 Hollywood film, the Civil War-era musical "Shenendoah," which debuted on Broadway in 1975, is based on the original film screenplay, but with songs by Gary Geld and Peter Udell added. It’s not a well-known show, and not often performed.  But area residents will have the opportunity to see a fully-staged production of "Shenendoah" when Mount Vernon Community Theatre and Rebel’s Bluff Troupe collaborate perform the musical Thursday through Saturday July 24-26 at 7:00pm and Sunday the 27th at 3:00pm at the MARC (Mount Vernon Arts & Recreation Center), 822 W.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the tender, funny and uplifting musical "The Spitfire Grill" at SCT Center Stage in the Wilhoit Building (corner of Pershing and Robberson) July 11-27 at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sundays July 13, 20 & 27 all at 2:00pm. Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

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RANDY: Just after 5:00pm on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2011, the actors and crew of Stained Glass Theatre Joplin—formed in 1998 as an offshoot of the Stained Glass Theatre here in the Springfield/Ozark area—was just finishing their last performance of the play “I Remember Mama.”  The cast was taking their curtain calls and final bows.  Mary McWethy and her husband were working the show: she was in the cast, he was on the crew.

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RANDY: Jo Mueller is the Executive Director of the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in downtown Joplin, the city’s principal visual-arts venue.  With its location on 3rd Street, it was well north of the devastation of the EF-5 tornado that flattened so much of Joplin on May 22, 2011.  But Jo, who is a working artist in media like clay, wire, and watercolor and ink, sustained heavy damage to her own home.  I had talked with her a few years ago, and recently she recounted for me what happened to her home—and a good portion of her artwork.

After 25 years on the job, Mike Smith retired from KSMU last week. Randy Stewart aksed some old friends and colleagues for some reminiscences.

RANDY: Haven Miller is Communications Director for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He was KSMU's first full-time News Director, and knew Mike Smith in the early days.

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