KLCC 50th Anniversary Road Trip Series

KLCC Staff visits Springfield 2-17-17

KLCC Celebrates 50 years with a series of visits to our outlying communities.  Our first destination was Springfield on February 17, 2017.  More to come!

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Springfield Museum

Next in our road trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to some of the notable people who hail from Springfield. (Listen to interviews and watch the slideshow!)

Rachael McDonald

Over the past several years, Springfield has worked to improve its image. Once known for empty storefronts, seedy bars and crime, the city has used art in its efforts to revitalize downtown.  This took a lot of help from the community.

Angela Kellner/KLCC

In 2008, KLCC’s Angela Kellner reported on efforts to revitalize downtown Springfield. Business owners cited crime, parking and lighting as a few of the challenges impeding their success. Nine years later, Kellner follows up on efforts to fix those problems. 

Kyra Buckley/KLCC

In Springfield faith and service organizations continue to help homeless folks find shelter and get in to housing. They also help low income people pay rent. There’s little to no emergency shelter available in the city, and thousands of names are on the wait list for subsidized housing.

Brian Bull / KLCC

After 90 years, the Marcola School District is dropping its mascot, the Mohawk Indians.  While some locals saw it as a point of pride, others deemed it irrelevant and an offensive stereotype of Native Americans. 

While the decision is generally seen as progressive and keeping with changing cultural attitudes, KLCC’s Brian Bull reports there’s still mixed feelings in the Marcola community.  

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to Sunshine Kesey, daughter of Ken Kesey, about their family life, Kesey’s wrestling start at Springfield High School and his indelible mark on a generation.

Karen Richards

Improvements to Springfield's Glenwood district have been in the works for decades. This spring, the Franklin redevelopment plan breaks ground. While progress is being made, officials say continued momentum depends on conditions beyond their control.  


Brian Bull / KLCC

This week we’re launching a new series, the “KLCC Listening Tour”, which will have our reporters covering stories from across our listening area. 

Among the forthcoming stories is Brian Bull’s report on the Marcola community eliminating its mascot, the Mohawk Indians.  Bull interviewed a Marcola resident, Brandon Mattox, who changed his stance on keeping the mascot.  Bull began by asking Mattox what his mindset was early on in the debate.