50th Anniversary

Preceding the 50th birthday Open House for KIOS-FM, Todd Hatton, Ken Dudzik, and a couple of guests look over the past 50 years and KIOS's place in history. 

This program aired live at noon on Friday the 20th of September.  It is in two parts to accomdate file size uploading limitations.

Todd Hatton, Program Director at KIOS-FM, is a recent transplant to Omaha, hailing originally from western Kentucky where he got his start in radio almost 30 years ago.  He transitioned to public radio in 1992.  Todd has produced eight hour-long radio documentaries about local and regional history. 

In celebration of the 50th birthday of KIOS, Todd stops by the studios and chats with Mike Hogan about the history of the station, the history-rich city of Omaha, and the local stories he looks forward to telling.

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Michael Lyon is a native of Britain who immigrated to Los Angeles in 1981.  Michael met his wife, an Omaha native, in Los Angeles and they moved to Omaha in 2000.  His love for public radio led him into programming and hosting a Sunday morning classical music program from 2000 to 2003 and a natural segue into hosting at KIOS-FM, as local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition from 2005—2017.

Moving into development and underwriting from hosting was another natural step for Michael.  He says his years in the morning anchor's seat and connections with area nonprofits and businesses have given him an unparalleled appreciation for the Omaha community.  Michael's aim is to maintain that community connection, working with nonprofit and for profit partners to help establish and support their success through sponsorships on KIOS.

Michael took the time to sit down with current Morning Edition host, Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to discuss the 50th birthday of KIOS-FM, the impact of public radio, and what they both have in common from hosting the early morning magazine.

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KIOS is Omaha Public Radio.  Started at Omaha Central High School in September 1969, KIOS was the educational extension of the Omaha Public Schools and became a charter member of NPR, National Public Radio, in 1971.  KIOS continues to provide the best in news, information, jazz and entertainment programming to an audience of around 60,000 listeners each week.  KIOS broadcasts programs from National Public Radio, American Public Media and Public Radio International along with locally produced shows.

This year, KIOS celebrates its 50th anniversary.  General Manager Ken Dudzik joins Mike Hogan in this second of a two part interview discussing the station, the celebratory events, and the panel discussion at the Omaha Press Club this week.  The forum will begin at 12 p.m. with lunch served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Officially, KIOS-FM turned 50 years old at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 15th.  However, we are celebrating our 50th birthday all month long!  This week, "Live & Local" will interview various staff members who have had a hand in shaping the offerings and sound of the station.

General Manager Ken Dudzik stops into the studios for a two part interview discussing the 50th birthday of Omaha Public Radio, the planned festivities, as well as an invitation to each and every listener to join us here for our birthday party from 4-7 on Friday the 20th of September.

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This month, KIOS celebrates 50 years on the air!  On Friday, September 20th, we’re opening our studios in the OPS Career Center at 33rd and Burt for a birthday party, and you are invited!  

Stop by on the 20th between 4 and 7 pm for some cake, put faces to your favorite voices, and to lend your voice to support Omaha Public Radio.

You also have the chance to get your very own exclusive, limited edition 50th Anniversary tote bag with a $50 birthday gift to KIOS-FM.  Just a single dollar per year that Omaha Public Radio has provided the best of NPR and local programming.

It’s the KIOS 50th Birthday Open House, Friday, September 20th 4 to 7 pm...Come and see us!

2006 NPR by Antony Nagelmann

KIOS 91.5 FM in partnership with Joslyn Art Museum is pleased to present "An Evening with Susan Stamberg" on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Concert Hall.  The event starts at 7:00 p.m.

KIOS Station Manager Ken Dudzik stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to make the first official announcement of this gala event while chatting with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."  This event is the crown jewel of activities planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of KIOS, Omaha Public Radio.

Pre-sale tickets for KIOS and Joslyn members at open on July 6th.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 13th.  Tickets are $25 or $50 (includes VIP reception following event and VIP seating) and can only be purchased at 

Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.  The first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, she has won every major award in broadcasting, and has been inducted into both the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame.  Stamberg has been on staff since the network began in 1971.