What's New for KIOS in 2020

Dec 16, 2019

KIOS heads into 2020 bidding farewell to a pair of public radio institutions and welcoming a new addition to its weekend program line-up.

Robert Krulwich is retiring from 15 years as co-host of Radiolab in January of 2020 with a special tribute episode late that month.  Radiolab will continue with Jad Abumrad.  You can read more here.


Next week, the full House of Representatives will take up the question of whether to impeach President Donald Trump. They'll debate and vote on the two articles of impeachment that have now been passed out of committee.  The floor debate is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019. 

Because we want to provide you with all the coverage to which you have become accustomed, we have moved our Holiday Pledge Drive to Tuesday, December 17th.  Your contributions will literally allow us to bring you the breaking news coverage of this historic event. 

So, join us this coming Tuesday for the live pledge drive!  And as always you can donate any time at by clicking on the Donate button.

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With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season all around us, your friends at KIOS invite you to take a few moments to think about the programs, the news coverage, and jazz music that you have counted on over the past year.  In this time of giving, we ask you to think about your NPR station KIOS-FM, and donate during our Year-End pledge drive on Tuesday, December 17th.

With the calendar year nearly behind us, Omaha Public Radio is facing a critical year ahead that includes vital equipment upgrades so that we can continue to bring the Omaha Metropolitan Area the quality radio programming you have come to expect from KIOS FM.  From a new transmitter and an upgraded new antenna, to a computer programming system overhaul, KIOS is facing significant financial hurdles in 2020.  But with the continued support from this community it will be a successful race ahead.  

Just a reminder, about 2/3 of the finances needed to keep KIOS-FM programming alive and well comes from donations from listeners and from underwriters.  The year ahead will be quite a financial challenge for KIOS, but with your help we can reach our goals in providing the quality programming and transmission that you deserve.

Please join us on December 17th for our one-day pledge drive either streaming on line or on 91.5 KIOS-FM.  And as always you can donate any time at by clicking on the Donate button.

Happy Holidays!

Make KIOS your home for the holidays!

Dec 10, 2019
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Celebrate the stories, customs, and music of the holidays with KIOS!

Coming Monday, December 23rd at 8 p.m.,  Jazz Piano Christmas kicks off Christmas Week.  Felix Contreras hosts this annual NPR holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music at the Kennedy Center.

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen Signs Off Feb 2020

Dec 9, 2019

Public media organization PRX says Studio 360, hosted by author and Omaha native Kurt Andersen, is wrapping up production and broadcast distribution.

The final broadcast episode of Studio 360 is set to air by the end of February 2020 and will be succeeded by Oregon Public Radio's variety show Live Wire with Luke Burbank.

House Impeachment Inquiry Hearings Live Streams

Dec 4, 2019

You can hear and watch NPR’s live, gavel-to-gavel streaming coverage at KIOS dot org along with analysis of events throughout the day on 91.5 FM KIOS, Omaha Public Radio.

Listen to live NPR special coverage of the public hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  The hearings for Friday, November 15th begin at 8 a.m.


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In the interest of bringing our listeners in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs community more local programming and current news, KIOS-FM is happy to announce some changes that started this week.

Matthias Jeske joined KIOS-FM in June of 2018 and has proven himself a very capable, personable, and talented host.  As of Monday October 28th, he was promoted to the role of “Morning Edition” host.  And we are very excited to have him with the team full-time and to start our weekday mornings with him.

Listen to "An Evening with Susan Stamberg"

Oct 18, 2019
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As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, KIOS had the privilege of hosting renowned NPR journalist and former All Things Considered host Susan Stamberg at Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019.

Her conversation with KIOS' Development Director Michael Lyon ranged from her start in public radio and the early days of All Things Considered to the future of public radio journalism and women's place in advancing the medium.

CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate Live Blog

Oct 15, 2019
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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CST.  NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.


NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Come to

Oct 8, 2019

KIOS is proud to bring NPR Tiny Desk concerts to the online home of Omaha Public Radio!

Tiny Desk concerts are recorded live at the desk of NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and feature a wide range of artists, from Sharon Van Etten to Roseanne Cash to Sesame Street.  Not only will you have access to the latest, but you can also stream performances from their archive.  You can find a link to listen in at the KIOS homepage, then click for great music from around the world!

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!

KIOS Celebrates Black History

Feb 13, 2019

The week of February 18th through the 22nd, KIOS celebrates Black History with special programs commemorating the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience.

These shows will air from noon to 1 p.m. in place of our regular programming with a special presentation of Night Lights Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Moth Radio Hour Comes to Omaha

Jan 23, 2019

The Moth Radio Hour is coming to Omaha's Rose Theater Thursday, March 7th!

The Moth is a non-profit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 true personal stories, told live, without notes, to standing-room-only audiences around the globe.

Join KIOS for the Holidays!

Dec 19, 2018
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Join KIOS this Christmas for great stories and holiday music! 

Monday, December 24th

Reclaiming the Holidays – 9 am to 10 am

This special profiles people from different backgrounds who seek to get past the consumer frenzy of the December holidays, and to focus more on authentic family connection and giving charity in the spirit of the season. We hear from Annie Leonard, whose environmental film 'The Story of Stuff' attracted over 10 million online viewers, and examine the movement to carve out family downtime from our digital devices.

If you have an outgoing personality, good speaking voice and enjoy connecting with people, you could be an on-air voice at KIOS-FM.  We have an immediate opening for a part-time Board Operator/Host at our midtown Omaha studio.  The successful candidate will join a team of people passionate about public radio and our community.

The position offers a work schedule of 10-15 hours per week with a flexible weekday and/or weekend schedule.  Compensation is $14.77 an hour.  Previous broadcasting experience is preferred but not necessary for the right candidate. 

Today at 1:18 PM CDT, FEMA and the FCC will send a TEST Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) message to nearly all wireless devices in the United States.

This is a "Presidential Alert". You can not turn off a Presidential Alert.  You CANNOT "opt out" of the test either.

Liz Feldstern of the Institute for Holocaust Education and Dr. Gediminas Murauskas from the Omaha Sister Cities Association join Mike Hogan at the KIOS studios to discuss the film "Persona Non Grata."  The film shows Tuesday, June 19th at the Jewish Community Center Theatre with a Q&A to follow.  More information can be found at

Girl Scouts' Senior Fund Development Director Wendy Hamilton stops by the KIOS studios for a chat about their fundraiser tomorrow and the mission of the Girl Scouts with Mike Hogan. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a former Lincoln postal worker caught with stolen mail has pleaded guilty.

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — The chief executive of Bass Pro Shops says he'll match donations by former Cabela's executives and owners

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has unveiled a new tax package that would boost credits for Nebraska residents

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska firefighters and emergency medical technicians could get could get a partial college tuition waiver under a bill pending in the state Legislature.

Creighton basketball and the Big East

Jan 3, 2018

Two games into college basketball’s Big East season, the Creighton Bluejays are trying to reverse a trend from last year at CenturyLink as Greg Echlin reports for Omaha Public Radio.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A proposed two-state project would treat North Platte River water in Wyoming and send water in a pipeline from the treatment plant to western Nebraska.

A public-private partnership could be used to fund a new VA hospital in Omaha.

KIOS adds another new show to the schedule with Latin Perspective, hosted by Tony  Vasquez. It will debut tonight at 8:00PM.

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since 1979, Toast of the Nation brings you jazz that you can party to all night long, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones.

KIOS will be changing its jazz program schedule in January.

Join Michael Feinstein for an hour of yuletide cheer and music Tuesday at 8:00PM.

Public Radio International is ending production of Riverwalk Jazz at the end of December after a 25 year run. The final broadcast on KIOS will be Saturday, December 26.