Beth Golay

Director of Marketing and Digital Content

Beth Golay serves as KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is also host of the KMUW podcast, Marginalia.

She is the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, providing marketing support to bookstores around the world through her newsletter and website. Prior to launching Books & Whatnot, Beth was the marketing manager at Watermark Books & Cafe for 13 years. In fact, she represented Watermark as the KMUW book review commentator for 2 years while she was at the bookstore.

Beth's favorite genre is literary fiction, but she also loves creative non-fiction and reading the classics she should have attempted a long time ago. Her greatest reading accomplishment is a toss-up: Reading four books in one weekend (documented in January 2004) or completing the 1438 pages of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

Beth is a founding member of the Ginger Rabbits art group and her work has been on exhibit in Wichita and Kansas City. She was the 2016-17 KMUW Pledge Drive artist with this work, SciFri25.

In addition to "reader" and "artist" you can include "runner" to her interest list. Beth is currently trying to run a marathon in every state. She has a long way to go.

Ways to Connect

Chloe Benjamin’s new book, The Immortalists, begins in the 1960s, with four siblings, aged 7 to 13, visiting a Romani fortune teller on New York’s lower east side. Each sibling is granted an individual audience with the fortune teller, and each is told the date they will die.

The novel then follows the siblings through their decades, punctuated with invisible question marks, and an unspoken debate about destiny vs. choice.

Marginalia: Megan Hunter

Jan 12, 2018

A conversation with Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From.

A conversation with Woody Skinner, author of A Thousand Distant Radios.


A conversation with Mark McCormick, author of Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings.

Marginalia: Terry Virts

Dec 8, 2017

In the year 2000, Terry Virts transitioned from an Air Force fighter pilot to a Space Shuttle Commander. During his 217 days in space, he took more photographs than any other NASA Astronaut. The stunning photos have been compiled in a book published by National Geographic titled View From Above.

I caught up with Terry Virts recently and talked to him about his time spent on the International Space Station, Earth’s varying colors, and celestial navigation. Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the commentary on-air, this is what you heard:


Marginalia: Juli Berwald

Nov 24, 2017
Madeleine Tilin

Although she grew up in landlocked St. Louis and now lives in landlocked Austin, Juli Berwald passion for marine science has always remained near the surface. After seeing disturbing headlines about unprecedented jellyfish blooms and the dangers of ocean acidification, Berwald decided to take a scientific journey to better understand jellyfish to better understand the damage we are inflicting on the climate and the oceans.

Some area Girl Scouts stopped by KMUW recently to participate in the Radio Day program. They spent some time in our studios recording their Thanksgiving memories.

Here's a sample from their day...

We think they did a great job and should wear their Radio Day badges proudly.

Marginalia: Jesmyn Ward

Nov 10, 2017
Beowulf Sheehan

If Jesmyn Ward’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she won the National Book Award for fiction in 2011 for Salvage the Bones.

Or it might be because she was just named a 2017 MacArthur fellow, which means she was awarded a genius grant.

Marginalia: John Grisham

Oct 27, 2017

A conversation about his new legal thriller, title choices, and more...

Nicole Haley

A conversation about a collaboration with Mark Twain.