Category Archives: Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports: Earleywine talks about the 2015 softball season

University of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine on April 16, 2012.

University of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine is looking forward to a strong year from the pitching staff.

Missouri fielded a very young softball team last year and most of the team returns this year. KBIA Sports Director Darren Hellwege has a long conversation with Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine about what he thinks could be a really good 2015 season for the team, highlighted by depth at the pitching position.

Darren Hellwege logoThe team’s annual Black and Gold game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 in Columbia. The team then hits the road for several weeks before its home opener on Wednesday, March 11, a double-header against Southeast Missouri State University.

Thinking Out Loud: Kenya Dennis

Darren Hellwege logoDarren Hellwege talks with Missouri starting cornerback Kenya Dennis about his path from small-town Leland, Mississippi and junior college life to playing in the Southeastern Conference for the Tigers. Dennis and Mizzou travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.

Length: 9:43

Young Mizzou women’s basketball team hopeful for better season

Darren Hellwege logoThe start of Missouri basketball seasons is less than two weeks away and expectations are high, as they are at the start of every season. The women’s team finished the season 17-14 overall and 6-10 in the Southeastern Conference.

The team is still young, having just two seniors, only one of whom is a starter.

KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks with Morgan Eye, one of the key players on the MU women’s basketball team. Already the all-time leader in 3-point shots for Missouri, the senior has a chance to set the all-time NCAA record, currently Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Can Indiana’s defense get it together against Mizzou?

Darren Hellwege logoAs the Tigers prepare to host the Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, Darren previews the team with beat writer David Woods, who covers Indiana Football for the Indianapolis Star.

Length: 14:57


Saturday Sports: Team captain Braylon Webb

Darren Hellwege logoAs we count the days to the start of football season, Darren Hellwege talks with Tiger safety Braylon Webb about the importance of his experience in the young Tiger defense, and his having been named a team captain. Missouri’s football season begins Saturday at home, facing the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The game is scheduled for 2:30 Central time.

Length: 4:13


 Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Kim Anderson, 1954 baseball team, Sami Fagan

Darren Hellwege logoThis week on Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports Darren Hellwege talks about Mizzou’s new men’s basketball coach, Kim Anderson. We’ll hear from Mike Alden, Tiger legend Jon Sunvold, current Tiger player Ryan Rosburg and from the coach himself.

We also have reports on why Southeastern Conference football coaches are unhappy about how the league will be scheduling games; a report about how Sami Fagan is adjusting to a difficult move from shortstop to catcher in an attempt to inject more offense into Ehren Earleywine’s MU softball team.

And as Missouri honors its 1954 national championship baseball team, we’ll talk with the winning pitcher from the title game and hear some great stories of that legendary team and Missouri Hall of Fame coach, “Hi” Simmons.

Length: 59:59


Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Spring football, Frank Haith and Missouri Mavericks

Darren Hellwege logoFrank Martin as Missouri’s next men’s basketball coach? Well, maybe. Listen as Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about where this leaves Tiger men’s basketball. Matter also talks about football as the Tigers play their Black and Gold spring game. This week we also hear from former Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith who took a coaching job at Tulsa, and from athletic director Mike Alden about Haith’s departure. Daniel Shapiro introduces us to some loyal hockey fans in Missouri, and not just in St. Louis. And lastly we’ll wrap up a doubleheader win for Mizzou softball including a pair of homers for freshman Natalie Fleming.

Length: 59:39.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Missouri Hall of Fame inductee Wysong

Darren Hellwege logoThis week, Darren Hellwege takes us to the induction ceremonies for the new class of the MU Athletics Hall of Fame. We visit with new inductee Ashley Wysong, legendary Mizzou swimming coach Joe Goldfarb, and MU athletics director Mike Alden. We’ll hear from Frank Haith and the Tiger men’s basketball team after two straight home wins in the SEC, plus update women’s hoops, baseball and softball.

Length: 59:14

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Remembering Kent Heitholt

Darren Hellwege logoThe news last week of the release of Ryan Ferguson brought back memories of the horrible crime that took the life of Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001. I talk with current Sports editor Joe Walljasper about Heitholt, his friend and boss. You’ll hear from Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson in a post game interview that is nothing short of hysterical. And I start it all off with a look back over a 3-0 start to women’s basketball at Mizzou.

Length: 51:49

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: A lot of football and a few other things

Darren Hellwege logoIt’s finally here: the opening of Missouri’s football season. KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks about the game with Murray State coach Chris Hatcher and Columbia Tribune’s new Missouri beat writer David Morrison. Darren will also look at football around the SEC, along with a bit of Missouri volleyball and soccer.

Length: 59:14

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.