Maria Keena @kmoxmaria Brian Kelly @brpkelly

He’s baaack! After a few weeks away for hernia surgery and the passing of his wonderful mother (who was 95!), Brian returned to the airwaves this morning for a program that included some very important information on suicide prevention and a new 9-11 memorial.

At 6:35 we met our Voice of Caring partner for September, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you click here you’ll hear Eastern Missouri Chapter Chair, Phyllis Blackwelder, talk about the warning signs and what to do if you suspect someone may be contemplating taking their own life.  She also has information on the Foundation’s upcoming activities and its biggest fundraiser, the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, which will be held in St. Louis, Perryville and Cape Girardeau. For more details go to

At 7:35 we learned about the new September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois, the first phase of which is being dedicated Sunday afternoon.  Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour tells us about the memorial, which includes a beam from the Twin Towers, here. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, at 1125 S. Illinois St in Belleville, which is at the intersection of Illinois 159 and Illinois 15.

The Repertory Theater of St. Louis has opened its 50th season with its production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies”.  Harry Hamm tells us all about it here.

Of course we celebrated some birthdays, including those of Arnie, one of the dogs of the night and a very important member of the KMOX News staff. That list is here.

On Sunday, we’ll learn about the Free to Breathe 5K Walk to support lung cancer research and get a preview of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race!

Thanks for checking in. We’ll talk with you again Sunday!

Maria and Brian





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