Amped in the AM with Tabitha & Steve

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Tabitha Hassell is an anti-piracy agent, writer and radio host.  As a Chicagoan, Tabitha relocated to the St. Louis area with her family when she was 16.  Her first radio appearance was as a guest hypnotist on the infamous Steve & DC Show.  Since that time, she’s been a host and co-host of five radio shows.  She owns a security company that focuses on film security and personal protection for touring actors and musicians.  In her off time, Tabitha enjoys writing for her crime blog, Jeeping around the backroads and catching up with friends and family.  Her motto is – ‘We must always stand up and fight for the truth, our liberty and our freedom.  This is it.  It’s the last refuge of freedom and we must protect it at all costs.’

Dr. William S. Belko (Steve) was the Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council
from January 2015 to November 2021. From August 2005 to December of 2014, Belko was
Associate Professor of History, Director of the graduate program in Early American Studies, and
Director of the graduate certificate program in Historic Preservation at the University of West
Florida. He taught courses on Jacksonian America (1815-1850), the Early Republic (1763-
1815), the Southern Frontier (1660-1860), U. S. Constitutional History (to 1877), and Historic
and Heritage Preservation. Belko has published several monographs: The Invincible Duff Green:
Whig of the West (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006), America’s Hundred Years’
War: U. S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763-1858 (Gainesville:
University Press of Florida, 2011), The Triumph of the Antebellum Free Trade Movement
(Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012), which won the 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Best
Subsequent Book Award, Philip Pendleton Barbour in Jacksonian America: An Old Republican
in King Andrew’s Court (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2016), and Contesting the
Constitution: Congress Debates the Missouri Crisis, 1819-1821 (Columbia: University of
Missouri Press, 2021). He has also published numerous award-winning articles on various
subjects of early 19 th century American history. Belko received his Ph.D. in history from
Mississippi State University and was a research historian for MSU's Social Science Research
Center. Immediately upon earning his Ph.D., he served from 2001 to 2005 as the Director of the
Michigan Lighthouse Project, a government-nonprofit partnership created to preserve and
transfer ownership of America’s historic lighthouses under the National Historic Lighthouse
Preservation Act of 2000. He earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Southwest
Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a
double major in history and political science, from Drury College (now Drury University), both
institutions located in Springfield, Missouri. Belko was born in Keokuk, Iowa, a small town on
the Mississippi River, raised in White Hall, Illinois, and Aurora, Nebraska, and graduated from
Quincy High School, in Quincy, Illinois, also located on the Mississippi River. His parents were
born and raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and he comes from a long line of
families that settled in Missouri during its territorial and early statehood period, and who became
prominent in the development of the St. Louis area. Belko and his wife, Mindy, who was born
and raised in Lake Orion, Michigan, have a daughter, 17-year old Savannah, and a son, 14-year
old AJ.

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