Leona Vander Molen

Marketing and Website Coordinator

Leona Vander Molen moved to Spokane in 2017 for graduate school and couldn’t bring herself to leave due to the sun, scenery, and community. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Denison University for a BA in English and Psychology. Following graduation she moved to Japan for a year as a part of the JET program, and taught as an assistant English teacher on the island of Awaji. She returned to the US to pursue an MFA in creative writing, which she received from Eastern Washington University. While listening to Spokane Public Radio Leona likes to knit, pet her cat, or drive to the nearest bakery for a bagel or five.

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Spokane Public Radio would like to thank everyone involved in our latest KPBX Kids’ Concert, Parlor Music. We had a great time putting it together and are so grateful to all who helped make it happen. And of course thank you to all of our listeners and supporters for tuning in and enjoying the concert.

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A big thank you to:

Performers Melody Puller, Jim Tevenan, Timothy Westerhaus and Mary Trotter.

2001 at SPR

Jul 1, 2020


Kids’ Concert exploring the sounds of animals and machines.

Nancy Roth reads the local memoir, Atomic Farmgirl: The Betrayal of Chief Qualchan, The Appaloosa, and Me by Teri Hein.

Fred Child becomes host of Performance Today.


Keli Cunningham becomes SPR’s Volunteer Coordinator. 

All Things Considered spin-off All Songs Considered becomes NPR’s first online-only show.

1985 for SPR

Mar 10, 2020


From a project in George Cole’s Basement to its 5th year, a note from Susan Wallace, President of the Board, about the history of KPBX.

Inland Northwest Voices, produced by Phyllis Silver, is still going strong.

Sidran on Record is a 13 week series looking at new releases.

Six one-hour programs of Dixieland Jubilee, celebrate the world’s largest international jazz festival.



It's the spookiest time of the year and Spokane Public Radio wants to make sure you have a great Halloween whether you're out trick or treating, or staying in listening to some scary music while handing out the treats.

All Hallows Eve kicks off at 6:30 on October 31st,   with Phyllis Silver's Wacky Witch Halloween Show on The Bookshelf, and then the spooky musical treats continue all night.

For this special drawing SPR has TWO pairs of Orchestra tickets to see this Northwest BachFest Legacy Concert: An Evening with Itzhak Perlman. 

We would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who supported us during our Fall Pledge Drive, including all our new and renewing members, and our donors throughout the Inland Northwest and around the world. 

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live.

Dacey Else (Playwright), Matt Harget (festival Director), Jean Hardie (Director and Playwright), and Matthew Weaver (Playwright) join Verne Windham for From the Studio to talk about the upcoming 31st Playwright's Forum Festival by the SPokane CIvic Theater. The festival will take place from June 20th to June 23rd, tickets are $15, and you can find more information about the festival and plays here