Mark Munger

General Manager


Bonne Finken is a pop artist from Des Moines who broke through as the first female Iowa artist to crack the charts on a Top 40 radio station. She recently scored the music for the IPTV documentary FarmHer, and her music has been featured on television shows and in commercials. We are proud to have her here on Live at the Old Factory. 

Love Undone at Blackbird Hill

Oct 16, 2016

What the sad young man saw was a path up the hill. He had no idea where it went. It seemed to go nowhere at all, but he’d been all over the country looking for his love.

A thousand stories and as many legends begin at the foot of a path that has no visible end, but not this story. This story ends with a lonely road that leads to a deadly somewhere. And it’s set here, not that far away, at the foot of a path now long gone, a path from the banks of the Missouri to the top of Blackbird Hill, a path that exists only in some folks’ imagination.

Herencia de Timbiqui

Herenicia de Timbiqui perform music from the crossroads. Rhythms passed down from the slaves support merengue and salsa as well as rock 'n roll. The fusion is colorful, soulful, and lively. It speaks to the history and sense of place of the band's home in Cali, Colombia. As they tell us, you can hear the sounds of the rivers and the joy of the city.

Herenicia de Timbiqui performs tonight at the Unity Knight Center in Orange City. The concert begins at 7:00. 

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Silky.

Sep 30, 2016

Silky the cat joins us on Welcome. Sit. Stay. He has brothers and sisters needing a home all waiting together at the Siouxland Humane Society. Go get 'em.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. comes from Priscilla E Forsyth, Attorney at Law, located in Sioux City and providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland community.

October 1 is International Coffee Day. Celebrations will begin at 12:00 a.m. and lightning bolt through the rest of the day. To kick things off, Siouxland Public Media's Mark Munger visited the Coffee Spot on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College, a fabulous haunt that brews Caturra Coffee, a locally roasted bean. 

Fra Juan Sánchez Cotán

The shrimp are big at the Sioux City Art Center's annual event ARTilicious. Really. They are "we're gonna need a bigger boat" big. Even bigger is the fun, of course. The atmosphere is low key and delicious. Those who come will find themselves feted with food and drink and able to enjoy the Center's works amongst fellow gustatory art lovers. 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate Monday night.
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WITCC's Lifelong Learning's fall catalog is hot off the presses. Coordinator Mara Hall joined us to talk about the upcoming intrigues, events, and affairs. These include trips to theaters in Omaha and NYC, classes on couples massage, and film series. Go to the LL page to see the catalog

The Grossman Family Musicians will perform this afternoon for the Sioux City Chamber Music Association. Their program will include works by Halvorsen and Mendelssohn. We were joined by a few of the family members in Studio A this past week. Eli and Nathaniel Mathews performed and talked while Rene Grossman-Mathews joined Mark at the interview table.

The recital begins at 3:00 this afternoon in First Presbyterian Church.  

Shichao Zhang

Cellist Stephanie March and pianist Shichao Zhang met at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Quickly they discovered a common musical understanding and began performing together in chamber groups. It wasn't until now, ten years later, that they will finally perform a full recital as a duo. The program includes works by Piazzolla and Chopin, which we hear snippets of in this feature. Audience members will also hear a Beethoven sonata and a work by Foss that evokes the American frontier.