Ben Clemmer

Ben Clemmer joined 89.1 WBOI as a host and production assistant in 2017. After serving as an intern during his last semester at the University of Saint Francis, Ben graduated from USF with a degree in music technology and a minor in communication.

Ben is the host of All Things Considered and WBOI Presents on WBOI. He also hosts Weekend Edition on Saturday mornings. Since 2017, Ben has produced WBOI Presents. The show can be heard on Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 7am. In addition to producing local programs like news roundups, panels, lectures, and storytelling showcases, he also lends his voice to underwriting, promos, and other projects at the station. Ben has also reported on a variety of topics and has written stories on energy, conspiracy theories, student movements, protests, elections, sports, arts, and entertainment. In February of 2019, Ben created and produced a new series called WBOI Presents: In Session. The program showcases local educators speaking about topics within their expertise, and can be found on multiple podcast platforms.

Before taking on his role as a host and producer, Ben served as interim host of All Things Considered and the backup host for both Morning Edition and ATC. In the past, Ben has worked as the assistant speech team coach at Bishop Dwenger High School, where he coached radio broadcasting and discussion.

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Chicago Hip-Hip artist, R.O.E. came to Fort Wayne last Saturday for Middle Waves Music Festival. In a performance at east Headwaters Park, he gave his cell phone number to audience members and all they had to do was text him #middlewaves to receive three of his tracks for free.

WBOI’s Ben Clemmer called R.O.E. after his performance and spoke to him about his influences, the philosophy behind his work and performance, and when Fort Wayne audiences can expect see him again soon.

The Reality of Fake News: Russian Strategic Doctrine and the Western Democracy

WBOI Presents brings you a panel discussion recorded Wednesday, September 6th, at IPFW. Andy Downs moderated the conversation that looked at how fake news spreads, how it impacts public trust, and why it might benefit Vladimir Putin.

Panelists:

Lawrence Kuznar: Professor of Anthropology, IPFW

Anne Livschiz: Associate Professor of History, IPFW

James Toole: Associate Professor of Political Science, IPFW

Zack Kruse

Comic Conventions are a summer staple across the country. They’re an opportunity for creators, fans, and vendors to gather in one place to celebrate all things comics.  San Diego Comic Con receives the most attention, but you might not know Fort Wayne has its own comic culture. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer profiles a comic con that was held in Fort Wayne for a number of years and the community it helped build.

In 2009, Zack Kruse worked as the marketing director for a Fort Wayne comic shop called Discount Comic Book Service.

Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power recently announced plans for its third rate hike in 25 years. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer reports it’s part of I&M’s Building the Future proposal, which seeks to raise $263 million.

The proposed rate increase would cost consumers about $25 a month. I&M spokesperson Tracey Warner says the money would go towards infrastructure updates that are overdue.

“The energy grid is aging and I&M for example we have about 350,000 poles and about fifteen percent of those are 60 years or older.”

Tizz Chantel Boiling

Jefferson Pointe has hosted many events over the years since opening in August of 2001. Every summer shoppers can hear music from live bands on Friday nights. Now, Tuesday nights bring a different set of attractions. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer reports.

Every Tuesday from now until August 29th will be Busker Night at Jefferson Pointe. But what is a busker?

“Acoustic acts with stilt walkers, fire breathers, mimes, and jugglers, and palm readers, and just a little bit of a different feel. We were hoping to get 13 performers and we wound up with well over fifty performers.”

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