In the News


STL Aithor Jim Merkel feeling fine, but still hit by virus By Joe Holleman, March 31, 2020.


Don Marsh, KWMU, St. Louis on the Air, Dec. 29, 2016

Donnybrook, Dec. 15, 2016

St. Louis’s most “colorful characters” collected in book, Oct. 15, 2016

Joy Grdnic and Ron Stevens interview Jim Merkel for, Sept. 20, 2016.

Steve Potter interviews Jim Merkel on City Corner, Sept. 14, 2016

On the Bookshelf: Local authors offer up a bevy of books for kids to adults. West Newsmagazine  July 20, 2016

Honorary street signs commemorate original names Jan. 14, 2016


January 29, 2014, Pershing’s Roots as Berlin Avenue

February 3, Pershing or Berlin? A St. Louis street name debate,

April 23, West End Word, The Making of an Icon,

April 26,S St. Louisan’s book, “The Making of an Icon,” sings the praises of the Arch,

May 28, Kevin Killeen’s whole ‘nother story – Making of an Icon,

June 23, DJ Wilson interviews me on KDHX:

August 8, Century-Old War Leaves Lasting Impact On St. Louis German Identity,

October 3, St. Louis Aldermen focus on honorary street names,

October 6, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan talked up our efforts to restore German names to some city streets in a column on October 6. Here’s the link:

October 22, John Pertzborn interviewed me on Fox 2 News in the Morning about the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side.

October 25, I was on TIAM Weekend With Maria Keena and Brian Kelly to talk about the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side.

October 28, Charlie Brennan of KMOX-AM 1120 interviewed me about the 49th Anniversary of the topping out of the Gateway Arch Tuesday morning. Here’s the link to the broadcast:


April 10, History of Germans in St. Louis in “Beer, Brats, and Baseball.”


June 12, McClellan: Lilliputian prisoners get a lecture from mayor, June 12, 2012, mayor/article_ab1c0b61-71e0-5701-81bb-2638ec7b7acd.htm

September 3, D.J. Wilson of KDHX intervies me about Beer, Brats, and Baseball,

September 29, St. Louis Post-Dispatch review of Beer, Brats, and Baseball:


Bus tour


October 10, 2010, Folksy essays explore South St. Louis,

October 12, 2010, 10 Questions With Author, Journalist, Jim Merkel:

December 10, Fine Local Authors Get Some Publicity,


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