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Loneliness, which affects one in three aging adults, is a serious epidemic among seniors in the U.S. According to a National Poll on Healthy Aging, chronic loneliness can impact one’s memory, physical well-being, mental health and life expectancy.

The symptoms of loneliness are complex, and according to the AARP, potential signs of loneliness can include poor eating habits, loss of interest in personal hygiene or appearance, and significant clutter in the home, as well as a general lack of interest or withdrawal.

Jennifer Knecht, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Immanuel Communities visits the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the impacts of loneliness with Mike Hogan, and to chat about some of the solutions available. 

More information and a loneliness assessment can be found at

South Omaha Business Association (SOBA) is excited to announce the 2019 South Omaha Holiday Lights event in partnership with Holiday Lights Festival, MYLPA, and presenting sponsor First National Bank of Omaha.  The free event is scheduled Friday, November 29th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Special guests include Mayor Jean Stothert and the Consul of Mexico. 

SOBA President, Liz Codina joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about SOBA and the event highlights which include Tree Lighting, Mariachi Performance, Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies, Free Photos With Santa and much more.

Also on the show, the president of the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association (MYLPA), Erik Servellon, who chats with us about the mission of MYLPA and their involvement with this special festival.

More information can be found at and at

Friendship Program, Inc. opened its doors in 1979 with assistance from the Sisters of Mercy to provide Adult Day Services to older adults in the North Omaha area.  The Adult Day program is designed to support adults aged 55 and older living in the community as well as individuals younger than 55 who are in need of social, recreational, and leisure opportunities.

In 1985, the agency implemented Day Rehabilitation Services to provide mental health services to adults in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties.  The program is designed for adults aged 19 and older, diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses or a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder, to provide assistance and support on their recovery journey. 

Executive Director Kate Young stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the program and the many services they provide on a daily basis.

More information can be found at  7315 Maple St., Omaha, NE. 68134.  

Did you know that more than 25,000 children in Douglas County, 111,000 children in Iowa, and 82,000 children across Nebraska live with hunger every day, according to Map the Meal Gap 2019.  The Shine the Light on Hunger campaign raises awareness about the issue of hunger and encourages the community to rally together to donate food and funds to Food Bank for the Heartland.  To that end, for the 13th consecutive year, Conagra Brands and Conagra Brands Foundation invite the Omaha community to help “Shine the Light on Hunger” this holiday season now through January 3.

Scott Headley, Senior Director of Warehouse Operations of Conagra Brands, stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss all the various ways that people can help and have fun!

More information can be found at

Since 1938, Inclusive Communities has served Nebraska, Iowa, and the region by directing efforts in the areas of youth; community and workplace human relations; and leadership programming to achieve the mission of confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.

You can end the Thanksgiving weekend with laughter and fun at "FriendsGiving," Inclusive Communities’ third annual friend-raiser.  Executive Director, Maggie Wood, and Senior Program Partner of Volunteer Initiatives, Tena Hahn, stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission of the organization, how they actually take action against bigotry, and give more details on this casual fundraiser on Sunday, December 1 from Noon-2:30pm at The Slowdown featuring Omaha native Amber Ruffin.

More information can be found at

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Launched in the United States in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving.  Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday and kicks off the giving season.  More information about the global campaign can be found at

This year, Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019.  Executive Director of Share Omaha, Marjorie Maas, stopped into the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about how those of us in the area can give to our favorite charities using the "#GivingTuesday402," "#GivingTuesday712" and "#24HoursofImpact."  One can also get more information by going to the websites and

This Giving Tuesday, let’s ignite local generosity.  Volunteer, donate, surprise someone with kindness – just put positivity out there.  And watch it take over.

The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets, featuring a uniquely breathtaking Waltz of the Flowers scene. The Nutcracker includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, and features lavish sets and more than 250 beautiful costumes.

Artistic Director of American Midwest Ballet, Erika Overturff, joins Mike Hogan "live & Local" to discuss the 10th anniversary of the company, this latest production, and watching young dancers grow into mature adults.

More information can be found at

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has done it again!  Two new exhibits are opening the same night.  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs has curated Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE.  In TIMESHARE, Miami native Jillian Mayer explores how art can function and/or aid during times of disaster or when the planet becomes uninhabitable.  

And Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, has her own show, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing.  This show contains new works by the Canadian artist duo, some researched and produced in Omaha this past summer, examine hospitality and care of birds and avian communication with humans.  

Both curators stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about how they got the ideas for their respective shows, how they went about bringing these exhibitions to fruition and how art can save lives.

Both shows open on Wednesday, November 20, with an Exhibition Opening Reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (724 S. 12th Street).  The event is free and open to the public with free parking.  Both shows run through February, 2020

For more information and to RSVP visit

The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

More information can be found at

Vesper Concerts is bringing together percussion wizards Arx Duo with acclaimed pianists Qing Jiang and Sean Chen for a Midwest premiere of composer Nick DiBerardino’s Atlas, a work in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the landing on the moon (1969).  Atlas will celebrate the art of creation, exploring sonic spaces with a sense of wonder about the universe, the spaces we inhabit within it, and the spaces we might someday traverse.  Composer Nick DeBerardino will be a special guest. Do not pass up the chance to see this one-of-a-kind Omaha performance.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to sit down with Mike Hogan and discuss this extraordinary musical event, which is free to the public.  More information about this Monday, November 18th show is available at the website:

Bellevue University will present “Women of Government,” a luncheon event designed to support and develop aspiring public servants, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building, 812 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, NE 68005.

The “Women of Government” event features a panel of four female public officials from the Omaha metropolitan area: Rita Sanders, District Representative for U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry; Rosalyn Cotton, Chair, Nebraska Board of Parole; Diane Battiato, Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds; and Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner.

According to Gina Ponce, Bellevue University’s Director of Latino Community Outreach, the panel discussion and luncheon is an opportunity for attendees to be inspired and to learn how, specifically, the panelists started and have sustained their involvement in public service and government roles. 

Gina stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM about the program, this specific installment, and the good that happens when women have the chance to learn from mentors.

Attendees can register by calling 402-293-2000 by December 2nd.

The Refugee Empowerment Center (REC) assists refugees who are transitioning from their own culture to American life.  They focus on helping refugees live and work productively, further their education, and achieve a better life for themselves and their children.

Amanda Kohler is Executive Director of the Refugee Empowerment Center.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios with two guests, Jean and Jamal, to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how REC is able to empower refugees to integrate into their new homes and obtain the skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency. 

The three of them also discussed the hand-made candle sales, with proceeds directly benefitting the daily efforts of REC.  REC is grateful to the Omaha community for uniting in solidarity to support refugees in becoming healthy and successful members of the community we all share.

If you would like to get some of the hand-made, scented candles, you can stop by the Refugee Empowerment Center at 3610 Dodge Street, Suite 100, Omaha NE 68131 between the hours of Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or give a donation online at

Every year, Max I. Walker customers donate dresses – prom, wedding, bridesmaid, cocktail and other formal gowns – at locations all across the Metro, and then Max I. Walker’s employees generously clean, press and store them.  Once ready, the dresses are sold for just $30 (cash only) at the Ultra Chic Boutique dress sale event in February.  From 2007 to 2017, the proceeds were donated to the Open Door Mission's Lydia House.

Starting in 2018, the Max I. Walker family began partnering with the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association for the Ultra Chic Boutique.  At the 2018 & 2019 events, they raised a total of $38,000 for this worthy cause!

Casey Walker and Steph Dorland from Max I. Walker join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program, remind everyone that dresses are accepted year round, and reflect on how Alzheimer's touches each and every one of us.

If you have an old prom dress, bridesmaid's dress or any dresses you'll never wear again, simply drop them off at your nearest Max I. Walker location. They take dress donations year round!  They'll clean, press and prepare your gowns, transforming them into the dress of someone's dreams, then store them until next year's big day.  The next Ultra Chic Boutique is Saturday, February 1, 2020.

For more information, one can navigate to the website

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Nebraska. They’re teaming up with the local public library to offer these trainings so that Nebraskans have the opportunity to learn digital skills to grow their careers or businesses.  The event will take place at the South Omaha library from 9 am - 4 pm on Wednesday, November 13th.

Dan Harbeke, Head of Public Policy and External Affairs for Google, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the event as well as the free tools online.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, all of their free tools and resources are available at  If you’re a non profit organization, they also invite you to join the Grow with Google Partner Program at

Founded in 1984 as a compassionate response to the AIDS crisis, Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services, and advocacy.  As one of the few statewide AIDS service organizations in the country and the only community-based AIDS service organization in Nebraska, NAP provides HIV prevention education and case management services to the entire state of Nebraska, 11 counties in Southwest Iowa, and two counties in Eastern Wyoming.

Brent Koster, Executive Director of Nebraska AIDS Project sat down with Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the mission and preview the “Night of A Thousand Stars.”   Held in the newly renovated Embassy Suites Downtown on Saturday, November 16th from 8pm to Midnight for the benefit of Nebraska AIDS Project.  This annual fundraising gala will have cocktails, hors d’overes, dancing, and a silent auction, all to raise money for Nebraska AIDS Project.

More information can be found at

It just isn’t Christmas without the Omaha Community Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol!    Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.

The clever and accomplished actor, Jerry Longe, (AKA Ebenezer himself) stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the role, the tradition (this is his 14th year!), and what makes him feel old!

The show runs from November 15th through December 23rd.  For information or tickets go to

Children’s Square is a private, not-for profit organization founded on December 23, 1882. Children’s Square has a rich history of caring for children from birth to 21 and their families, meeting their individualized needs, instilling hope and helping restore lives.  Their mission is: “To teach, every day, the values and life skills essential to a successful life – one full of caring, contribution and commitment - Empowering each with: The Vision to See– and the value of setting an ideal for which to reach; The Courage to Try – and the value of accepting each obstacle as a challenge to meet; and The Will to Succeed – and the value of making the commitment to persevere."

Vice President of Resource Development, Cheryl Clark, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission, and more specifically, the many channels of help they provide to families. 

She also mentioned that the 2019 Jason Awards will be held November 15th at the Mid-America Center.  A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow.  The Jason Awards event is held annually to recognize individuals, couples, organizations or businesses that exemplify the mission of Children’s Square U.S.A. — of teaching life skills and values necessary for a successful life. 

More information can be found at

The Landscape is a community indicator project at that examines eight areas of community life (Health, Neighborhoods, Workforce, Transportation, Safety, Education, Arts and Culture, and Civic Engagement) in Omaha-Council Bluffs using publicly available data, policy, and insight gathered from resident engagement.

Voices of The Landscape – – is an opportunity for Omaha- Council Bluffs residents to be a part of The Landscape project and offers a public place for our community to share their experiences about living here.

Devin Owens, Digital Content Strategist for these projects joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the projects, how the community can be involved and make a difference in public policy, as well as what the future holds for the collected data.

The Omaha Symphony’s Choral Collaborative program brings high school vocal programs and the Omaha Symphony together in collaboration for a unique concert experience.  Choral Collaborative affords students the opportunity to perform world-class repertoire, work with professional soloists, and participate in an intense learning and rehearsal process with the artistic staff of a professional orchestra.

The performance will feature a 400-voice chorus from selected Omaha-area high schools. Schools taking part in Choral Collaborative this year include Bellevue West, Bennington, Blair, Omaha Burke, Creighton Prep, and Papillion-LaVista.  The concert is Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

World class tenor Anthony Webb is participating for the second time and he sat down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program, how rewarding the experience is, and the joy of singing.

For more information or tickets, one can navigate to the website

To address the need for quality housing in our community, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha builds and renovates homes, repairs existing houses, takes down blighted structures and advocates for better laws and systems.  They work with families to help them acquire the access, skills, and financial education necessary to become successful homeowners.  Since 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with more than 1,600 families in our community to provide affordable homeownership and home improvement opportunities.  Habitat Omaha has revitalized properties with very little taxable value, resulting in approximately $524,000 in property taxes paid by Habitat Omaha homeowners in 2018.

Naomi Hattaway, Program Director Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to share with Mike Hogan how the organization assists families, even ones who currently have a home but need help repairing it or ensuring the title and deed are in proper order.

More information about how to apply for assistance or contribute time, resources, items for the ReStore, or funds to help the mission can be found at

iEXCEL stands for the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, and it’s a program that looks to revolutionize healthcare education through hands-on training, interprofessional teamwork, high-fidelity simulations and innovative technologies. iEXCEL utilizes things like augmented and virtual reality, as well as 3D and holographic visualization, to train healthcare professionals for improved learning and outcomes.

Michael Hollins, Director of Community & Business Engagement for iEXCEL stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Matthias Jeske "Live & Local" about the program and its impact on the future of education. 

More information can be found at

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MICAH House will help to end homelessness by restoring hope to families and individuals while preserving family unity; empowering all to live independently and free from the crisis of homelessness through community support and collaboration.

One of the important reasons they are able to help is because of contributions from the good citizens of the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs area.  This Friday, November 8th is a chance to make a difference in the lives of a homeless family while laughing the night away.  “Comedy for a Cause” is at the Whiskey Roadhouse inside the Horseshoe casino.  Heather Jones hosts a gaggle of very funny people to entertain you while raising money for a great mission.

Heather joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission, and how she and her family became involved with the MICAH House.

More information and tickets can be found at

Now through Thursday, November  7th, the public can donate much-needed items to fill backpacks for homeless military veterans who are staying temporarily at the Siena/Francis House.  Items can be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center at 2108 Harvell Drive in Bellevue or at the Siena/Francis House at 1701 Nicholas Street in Omaha.

According to Heather Carroll, Manager of the Military Veteran Services Center, the backpack drive is sponsored by Bellevue University, Guitars for Vets and the Wounded Warrior Project.  The goal is to fill 65 backpacks with essentials that will improve the day-to-day lives of the homeless veterans who are served by the Siena/Francis House. 

Heather stopped by the studios at KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and how the general public can help out veterans.

Some of the items that many of us take for granted mean the world to these veterans.  Items needed include: shampoo, toothbrushes, warm winter gloves and hats, trail mix, water bottles and socks.

Backpacks will be presented to the Siena Francis House staff and residents on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Siena/Francis House’s annual Veterans Day celebration. 

Locally, several hundred military veterans seek shelter at the Siena/ Francis House each year; while nationally, about 20 percent of all homeless persons are veterans.

"Keep Kids Alive Drive 25" is a non-profit organization founded in the summer of 1998, KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® educates motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists to practice behaviors that keep us all safe on and along roadways.  They are based in Omaha and have worked with over 1700 communities representing 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and as far away as Australia. 

Tom Everson is Executive Director and Founder.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the mission of the organization and a special fundraiser event on November 7th at Shadow Ridge Country Club, (1501 S. 188th Plaza Omaha, NE) from 6:00 pm to 8:30 p.m.  This dinner event will have Featured Speaker Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and give Special Recognition to Omaha Traffic Unit First Responders - Omaha Police Dept. and Skutt Catholic High School.

More information can be found at

Nebraska Children’s Home Society has a focus that's remained the same: putting children first.  To them, “Children First” means focusing on the child, making their needs a priority, and caring for them by supporting the people around them, from parents, grandparents and siblings to caregivers and teachers.  At every age, in growth, struggles and success, children are at the heart of all we do.

Bryan Braley is a Permanency Specialist for Nebraska Children's Home Society.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the mission, the process, and the “I am more than…” Art Show at the 402 Arts Collective located at 6051 Maple Street.  The event is tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  At the event, you will see artwork created by children, ages 8 to 15, who have been mentored through the 402 Arts Collective by three local artists.

The art show is an opportunity for youth in foster care to share their creativity and increase awareness about the need for families to provide permanency to youth in foster care.

Artwork will be on display through the month of November for National Adoption Month.

More information can be found at

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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.

Opera Omaha is thrilled to open its 2019/2020 season with the return of Jun Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly, his premiere opera production design, which debuted at Opera Omaha in 2006.  Since it’s opening, Kaneko’s Madama Butterfly has painted the stages of San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera, Opera Philadelphia and many others, garnering national acclaim and adoration.

Executive Director of Opera Omaha, Roger Weitz and KANEKO’s Executive Director, Stephan Grot join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the collaborative effort that has included activities all month long and culminates with two long awaited performances of the Puccini opera on November 1st and 3rd and the Kaneko's Great Minds Series "Madama Butterfly: The Suicide that Stays News" on November 6th.

More information can be found at and at

With a plot in the tradition of Beauty and The Beast meets Cinderella, Ollie Webb Center, Inc.’s "Morozko" will delight audiences as it showcases an inclusive cast.  65% of the people on the stage are actors with development disabilities alongside some of our community's professional actors.

Artistic Director Jim Hoggatt, actor Jordan McCoy, and Director Jill Anderson join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the play, the rehearsals, and the mission of the Ollie Webb Center.

The production is Friday, November 1st at 7PM, Saturday November 2nd at 7PM, and Sunday the 3rd at 6PM.  All the performances are at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Omaha.

For more information please refer to the website at

One note, the performances will be dedicated to Taylor Hess...a member of the cast who passed away suddenly in August.

November is National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice, and Palliative Care Month. So, in this edition of Live and Local Todd Hatton interviews Taylor Jackson, an advocacy volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska chapter. Learn about the recent awareness events Omaha has participated in, as well as new legislation in the Senate helping Nebraskans gain access to care planning resources and palliative care.

The Omaha Symphony presents the latest in the "MasterWorks" series.

"Chopin & Swan Lake" will be performed on October 18th and 19th.  Curtain rises at 7:30 at the Holland Center.  

Conductor Ankush Bahl joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" fresh off his flight to Omaha.  During the interview, Ankush explains how this presentation of Tchaikovsky’s suite from "Swan Lake" will be very different than the average, as he inserted additional selections to the standard suite.  He also talks about his work with jazz genius Wayne Shorter and other topics.

For more information one can go to