Sarah Jane Crespo

Director of Community Engagement

Sarah Jane Crespo is the Director of Community Engagement at KMUW. She has worked at KMUW since 2010 in a variety of functions, from marketing to membership to accounting. Sarah Jane believes that public radio should empower listeners to take part in making their community the best it can be.

In her daily work, she leads the engagement department and plans and manages events such as Media Circus, Literary Feast and listener appreciation events. She is the creator and host of the monthly community conversation, Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap. On-air, she hosts middays on Thursdays and Fridays with shows like Here and Now, The BBC Newshour and Science Friday, and she serves as fill-in announcer. Sarah Jane has been an avid listener since her college days at Wichita State University.


Ways to Connect

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Peggy Smith is the office administrator for Haysville United Methodist Church, but after being inspired by a message from the church pastor, Peggy has added in a COVID-19 endeavor: making masks.

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Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, director of engagement for Comfort Care Homes, shares the story of local artists connecting with Wichita area senior citizens, especially those with Alzheimer’s.

Viral Kindness is a new commentary that shares moments and gestures of goodwill during these difficult times. Robin Macy, steward of Bartlett Arboretum, experienced a significant gift of time and talent in the form of photojournalist Jaime Green.

"She contacted me after seeing a humanities quick grant and thought maybe there’d be an opportunity to show the world this place, virtually," Macy says.

COVID-19 is an emergency on a scale most of us have never seen, but many people are stepping up and spreading contagious goodwill. Have you witnessed this? Or experienced it firsthand? We want to hear about it. We'll share you stories every other Friday on KMUW's new commentary, Viral Kindness.

KMUW’s expansion of local news has been recognized statewide by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.  For the third year in a row, KMUW has earned the most prestigious award for Kansas major markets: “Radio Station of the Year.” The KAB honors are in categories such as Public Service Announcement, Public Affairs Program, Hard News Feature, News Feature, Spot News, Special Program, DJ Personality, and Editorial/Commentary (a category in which KMUW swept the awards).