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Hoosier History Live is an independently produced new media project about Indiana history, integrating podcasts, website www.HoosierHistoryLive.org, weekly enewsletter, and social media. Its original content comes initially from a live with call in weekly talk radio show hosted by author and historian Nelson Price. You can hear the show live Saturdays from noon to 1 pm ET at WICR 88.7 fm or stream the show live at the WICR HD1 app on your phone, or at our website.


February 10, 2024

Preempted show for U Indy sports; Black firefighters show coming next week

Hoosier History Live will be preempted Saturday (Feb. 10) by WICR-FM for coverage of U Indy sports. But we will return Feb. 17 with a new, live show about "Black firefighter history in Indy''. The history began in 1876, when four trail-blazing African Americans were hired by the Indianapolis Fire Department during an era when firefighting equipment was transported by horse-drawn wagons and carriages.

Our guest on this Black History Month show will be Corey Floyd, an IFD battalion chief and president of the Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association, which is in the midst of a major project. A history museum about Black firefighters is being developed in a non-operational (shuttered) fire station on the north-eastside. The museum in Old Station No. 31, 1201 E. 46th St., will feature historic firefighting equipment, uniforms and videos. Black firefighters were needed early on (IFD had been established in 1859) because many of their white colleagues did not want to venture into Black neighborhoods to put out fires, according to Battalion Chief Floyd, who grew up near Old Station No. 31.

A milestone in modern history of Black firefighters in the Hoosier capital occurred in 1987. Then-Mayor William Hudnut appointed Joseph Kimbrew (1929-2015), a veteran firefighter, as the first Black fire chief in IFD history. Today, IFD is about 16.7 percent Black.

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New show podcasts are up!

January 27, 2024- Movie and TV directors who aren't household names now Click here for podcast.

For a complete list of show podcasts and show enewsletters, please go to ARCHIVES on our website.


Trivia prizes sought

Our "History Mystery" on air contest continues to be very popular!  If you are an organization or business that would like to contribute tickets or admissions, please contact our host Nelson at nelson@hoosierhistorylive.org or our producer Molly at molly@hoosierhistorylive.org for instructions.

Prizes must fit in a standard business envelope. Hoosier History Live prefers to "snail mail" prizes to our trivia winners. And If prizes are time sensitive, they need to be offered well in advance of the event so that we can get them out in time.


We'd like to thank the following recent individual contributors who make this show possible. For a full list of contributors over the years, visit  Support the Show on our website.

  • Sandra Hurt
  • Chuck and Karen Bragg
  • Ken and Luan Marshall
  • Tom Swenson
  • Mike Freeland and Sharon Butsch Freeland
  • Dr. William McNiece
  • Serita Borgeas
  • Richard Stroup in memory of Robert W. Stroup
  • Bill Connor
  • Ann Frick
  • Charlotte Ottinger
  • John and Florence Stanton
  • Peggy Hollingsworth

Molly Head, executive producer (317) 506-7164 
Nelson Price, host and historian
Corene Nickel, web designer and tech manager

Richard Sullivan and Ryan DeRome, tech consultants
Pam Fraizer, graphic designer

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Facebook logo links to the Hoosier History Live! page.Acknowledgements to WICR-FM, Fraizer Designs, Monomedia, Henri Pensis, Maddie Fisher, Austin Cook, and many other individuals and organizations. We are independently produced and are self-supporting through organizational sponsorship and through individual contribution, either online at our yellow button on our newsletter or website, or by U.S. mail. For organizational sponsorship, which includes logos, links, and voiced credits in our podcasts and in our show, please contact Molly Head at (317) 506-7164 or email her at molly@hoosierhistorylive.org.

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