Kristin Malavenda

Morning Edition Host & News Producer

Prior to moving to the Lafayette area in 1998, I lived most of my life in Connecticut. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1991 (Go Huskies!) with a bachelors degree in communications and absolutely no intention of going into radio.

After working in childcare for about one year, and quickly realizing that I did NOT want to work with children, I landed my first job in radio. The news director at a small commercial station near UConn hired me basically because his wife told him to. I worked at WILI AM/FM for a little over 5 years before moving to Lafayette.

I took 6 years off to be a stay-at-home mom to the two cutest kids ever, Max and Zoe.

Despite having to get up before the sun (and most farm animals!) I love working at WBAA and look forward to being here for a long time.


9:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mistakes Down The Stretch Doom Boilermakers

Purdue senior forward Liza Clemons goes up for a shot vs Green Bay. The Boilers lost 81-78 in double overtime.
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“Green Bay outplayed us, outhustled us, and they wanted it more.”

That was the assessment of Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp following tonight’s 81-78 double overtime loss to Green Bay at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked  Boilermakers missed 7 of their last 9 free throws down the stretch, including one at the end of the first overtime that would have given them a 72-71 win.

Senior forward Whitney Bays had a double-double for the Boilers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but she characterized her play as “horrible” overall.

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1:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Student Section Provides Important Boost For Purdue's Volleyball Team

The Block Party celebrates an ace during the Purdue Volleyball team's recent sweep of Northwestern.
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The Purdue volleyball team plays its final home match of the season tomorrow night at 7 against Rutgers.

The Boilermakers are ranked 16th in the nation with a record of 21-7.

Hundreds of students show up to every home match.

Known as the Block Party, many consider the enthusiastic student section to be the Boilermakers' secret weapon.

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General News
7:56 am
Thu November 13, 2014

USDA Chooses Purdue As Site Of Regional Center To Fight Obesity

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue as the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

The North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence will focus on research into interpersonal, community and environmental factors that influence the food and physical activity choices of low-income people.

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General News
7:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

New Purdue Center Aims To Capture The Sounds Of The Earth

Forestry and natural resources professor Bryan Pijanowski, director of Purdue's newly launched Center for Global Soundscapes, captures the sounds of nature while conducting research on the island of Borneo in southeast Asia this spring. The goal of the Discovery Park center is to use natural sounds as a tool to preserve natural soundscapes for determining environmental habitat changes by species
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A Purdue ecologist gained international attention earlier this year for an Earth Day effort to encourage “citizen scientists” from around the world to record sounds from their environment.

Now, Bryan Pijanowski is launching a research center aimed at preserving the sounds of the Earth.

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Elections & Politics
6:46 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Klinker Edges Out Hockema For the Second Time

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Sheila Klinker is headed back to the statehouse for her 17th term as State Representative for District 27.

The Democrat once again held off Republican challenger Chuck Hockema, winning 51.8-percent of the vote.

Klinker admits the media blitz put on by her opponent had her worried.

"I'm very grateful," says Klinker. "I serve on the State Budget Committee, which travels the state to look at priorities for the upcoming session. So I do have some leadership positions that mean a lot to me and I really feel very honored to continue those."

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