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Nonprofits help all sorts of people in the community, but who helps the nonprofits help you?  The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) helps nonprofits help their communities.  There are thousands of nonprofits in the area – each trying to make a difference on their own.  NAM brings them together so that each member can benefit from their collective strength. 

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) is the only membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in the Midlands.  By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve. 

Director of Programs, Rosey Higgs stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission and the 13th Annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands.  The event is on November 7th at the La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, NE.  More information and registration can be found at

Nebraska Wind Symphony Music Director, Larry MacTaggart is on sabbatical for this season.  But the symphony and the music play on in his absence!  All concerts this year will be under the direction of Visiting Music Director, Josh Kearney.  And the Fall Concert is Sunday, October 20, 2019 – titled “NWS Spooktacular” – at 3:00 PM.

Josh was kind enough to swing by the KIOS-FM studios to introduce himself to Mike Hogan and the "Live & Local" radio audience this morning.  His enthusiasm, respect for the music, and new love for the city Omaha come alive during this morning's chat.

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Performing Artists Repertory Theatre presents a re-mounting of the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown.  Leanne Hill Carlson, who plays Cathy in this production (as she did two and a half years ago), stops by KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, how one approaches revisiting a role, and her favorite songs in the show. 

Performances are October 18-27 at the PART Theatre at the Crossroads, 7400 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114.

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The Women’s Fund of Omaha will welcome author and former political advisor Valerie Jarrett as the Lead the Change annual celebration speaker.  The annual celebration will take place on Thursday, October 24 at CHI Health Center (455 N 10th Street) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  

Jill Heggen, Communications Director for The Women's Fund of Omaha, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the huge event, the multifaceted mission of the Women's Fund, and how one can acquire tickets.  More information about the organization and the event is available at

A Gospel Experience: Building Community with Dr. Raymond Wise and Dr. Derrick Fox, the choirs of UNO, Bellevue East, Creighton Prep, Presbyterian Church of the Cross, and community members are all in concert on October 13th.  The concert is free and at Countryside Community Church, (13130 Faith Plaza, Omaha, 68144) at 3:00.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this concert/workshop.  

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Amplify Arts is hosting their 2nd annual Halloween fundraiser GRAVE 2 on October 18th.  The event will center around the Costume Clash (a costume contest).   The Costume Clash pairs a local artist with a community leader to collaborate and design the costume, and incorporates an online voting competition... with the winner announced at the event after a quick fashion show.  

Executive Director Andy Saladino, artist and Costume Clash participant Bart Vargas, and his Costume Clash team partner Shonna Dorsey join Mike Hogan for a special edition of "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Amplify Arts, the name change (formerly known as Omaha Creative Institute), and the fun that can be expected at this fundraiser.

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Eleven artists and one curator from around the world are living and working at Bemis Center for  Contemporary Arts in Omaha right now and Saturday, October 19 is your chance to meet them and see their work in person!  The Open House / Open Studios event is a free, all-ages event and the public’s only opportunity to visit the artist and curator studios and see what they have been working on while at Bemis.

And wait!...There's more!  Rachel Adams, Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning to discuss The Benefit Art Auction + Concert on Friday, October 25.  This annual celebration of art and Bemis Center’s mission is not your typical gala with a sit-down dinner presentation and live and silent auction.  More than 800 guests will be roaming Bemis’s galleries enjoying food and drinks and bidding on more than 300 artworks from more than 200 local and national artists.

There will be a polka band closing out each silent auction section and an artist-designed photo booth!

This event supports the participating artists and raises critical funds for Bemis Center programs.  For additional details and to purchase tickets visit

Beginning October 12th, the dinosaurs invade Omaha at the Omaha Children's Museum!

Diggin’ Dinos will place children in an imagined world where dinosaurs and humans work together to build a dinosaur research facility.  The exhibit will include a combination of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and construction equipment as well as a digging and building area.  Children will be able to test out a variety of S.T.E.M. careers including engineer, architect, construction worker, vehicle operator, paleontologist, and veterinarian.  Engineering challenges and interactive presentations will also take place in the exhibit daily.

OCM Chief Advancement Officer, Michelle Chartrand, stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new exhibit and the fun for the whole family.  Also, Omaha Children's Museum is going to be an official U.S. Post Office branch for a day!  When you visit the museum on Saturday, Oct. 12, you can buy stamps and send letters & postcards that will have the museum's own official U.S. Postal Service cancellation stamp.

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Guiding audiences through 100 years of music in just two hours, Jon Weber will intersperse each musical excerpt with insights and anecdotes that reveal a lifetime's worth of impassioned research.  He appears tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brownville Concert Series. 

Jon has hosted the NPR series “Piano Jazz” and is one of the most imaginative and gifted cabaret musical directors.  He has a deep understanding of how technology and the media have revolutionized the relationship between the musician and the audience.  He stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his show and the great gift distinctly American music still is to the whole world.

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A boy named Jack Hoffman underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011.  In 2013, he drew national attention when he ran for a player-assisted, 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers' spring game.  This also drew attention to a foundation in his name that is working to stomp out pediatric brain cancer.

Kylie Dockter, Executive Director of the Team Jack Foundation, joins Mike Hogan for a special edition of "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of Team Jack and outline their first ever Omaha fundraising event.

Team Jack's 'An Evening with Napa Valley' wine event is Thursday, October 10, 2019 and will feature wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley, California along with heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Attendees can enjoy a wonderful evening at Happy Hollow Country Club tasting highly sought after wines and learning about Team Jack's Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at UNMC & Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha and its importance. 

More information can be found at

To see where Jack is today

Clive Wilkinson is an acknowledged pioneer in workplace design.  His award winning practice has spearheaded the workplace revolution and has created trail blazing spaces for companies including Google, Microsoft, and the Disney Store.  He is a recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design award and an inductee into Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. 

The Theater of Work is Clive’s first book on his ground breaking process and the resulting environments.  Published by Frame Publishers the daOMA Fall Lecture here in Omaha will be the second stop on Clive’s world tour.   The event is tonight and begins with a public reception at 6:00 PM, doors for the lecture will open at 6:50 PM and the lecture will begin at 7:00 PM at Josyln Art Museum – Witherspoon Concert Hall and is open and FREE to the public!

Clive took time to swing by the newly designed studios at KIOS-FM and chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about design, managing a world tour, and his thoughts on the title of his new book.

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In recent years, gender parity in Hollywood has become a prominent issue, with strong advocates rightfully speaking out about the woeful underrepresentation of women directors in contemporary cinema.  However, our calls for inclusion today should also consider the women excluded from history.  Lost and Found — the first installment of Crash the Canon, a series celebrating women directors — takes as a premise that film canons are and should be ever-expanding, becoming radically inclusive of those who have, for so long, been left out.

Patrick Kinney, Communications Director at Film Streams, stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about this issue and the on-going course and offerings coming up.  More information about times and tickets can be found at

Electric Vehicle Industry Discussed on KIOS-FM

Oct 1, 2019

Bill Moore has been in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry in the Omaha area for years.  He won an award at the EV conference recently.  Mark Gregory is the Founder & CEO of The Green Prairie which provides clients with green solutions for homes and businesses.

Both of them join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the state of the EV industry and how it is becoming more prevalent on our society. 

More information can be found at EVWORLD.COM and at   

The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) is hosting its annual 7x7x7 event on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 7 p.m.  This 7x7x7 forum brings together Omaha business leaders for an event featuring seven local leaders with unique, exciting passions and ideas, speaking for seven minutes each on seven different topics.

Senior Manager, Marketing, Communications, and Events Allison Schorr Zach stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, ICAN, and how everyone can get involved.

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The line-up of leaders presenting include:

1. Patrick Dees, CEO, WoodmenLife

2. Sarah Waldman, Executive Director, TeamMates Mentoring

3. Mindy Simon, Chief Information Officer, Conagra Brands

4. Buey Ray Tut, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Aqua-Africa

5. Elizebeth Murphy, President, Emspace + Lovgren

6. Nate Dodge, President, NP Dodge

7. Nicole Bianchi, Partner, Bravium HD

Omaha Girls Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth empowerment through music education, performance, and creativity, has announced its third annual fundraiser, Omaha Girls Rock Presents "The ’90s."

The event will take place on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.  The event will also feature raffles, an adult beverage ring toss, photo booth, and more fun festivities.  A full 100% of funds raised will go to OGR’s instrument instruction, band lab and gear programs.

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director, sits down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the organization, the mission, and the fun event next month.

More information can be found at

ABOUT OMAHA GIRLS ROCK: Omaha Girls Rock is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting girls and femme youth while building community through the powerful tools of music and collaboration.  Their mission is to empower youth to find their unique voice through music education, performance, and creativity.  The goal is to cultivate strong, contributing members of our community.  

The fifth annual Immigrant Legal Center FOOD TRUCK WORLD TOUR will be held Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, CAET Building, 5370 North 30th Street.  Tickets include a delightful array of local food trucks, desserts, entertainment and valet parking.  This event is held annually on the first Wednesday in October.

This casual and fun event has a diverse cultural focus, featuring five local food trucks: Maria Bonita (Mexican), Chaima (African), Sweet Lime (Thai), El Arepon (Venezuelan), and Omaha Steaks (American). Dessert includes ice cream by Coneflower Creamery and pastries by Rico Pan Bakery. Cultural entertainment includes the accomplished dancers of Flamenco Omaha (Latin), a highly expressive dance form originating in Spain.

Dawn Bashara from Immigrant Legal Center joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event and the mission of Immigrant Legal Center.  

More information can be found at

The World Premiere Production of "Red Summer" opens tonight at the Bluebarn Theatre.  Beaufield Berry, who is the playwright, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her new show.

"RED SUMMER" is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919.  This  evocative account of our city’s past centered on the story of William Brown.

Accused of a crime he couldn’t physically have committed, the infamous torture and lynching of this 40 year old factory worker is a stain on America’s heartland.  "Red Summer" presents an unflinching depiction of a city on the brink of chaos and a compelling portrait of the black migrant experience, each grounded by a deeply affecting vision of Will’s life and relationships before he became a tragic headline.

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Rain, darkness, nor snow will stop the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" but high winds will!   The walk scheduled for this past Sunday had to be cancelled when wind carried one of the 10' by 10' tents across Stinson Park.  Co-chair for the annual event, Sue McCann chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how safety became an issue with the high winds. 

The upshot is that you still have the chance to participate, as the walk has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 19th!  For more information about the walk, volunteering, or registration can be found at the website:

Samuel Bak is a world renowned artist and Holocaust survivor.  He has painted nearly 8,000 works of art in his lifetime.  UNO's Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy is partnering with the Pucker Gallery in Boston to bring seventy original Bak works to Omaha.  Bak's work touches on themes such as identity, justice, human rights, Jewish history and the Holocaust.

Sam was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan for an extended episode of "Live & Local!"

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Outlook Nebraska is hosting its annual Vision Beyond Sight Banquet on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center.  This year’s keynote speaker is Chip Townsend, a martial artist who set a world record on ESPN last year by breaking 23 patio blocks.  Chip lost an eye when he was 3 years old due to a freak accident while riding in a pickup truck.  He will be speaking from experience about overcoming barriers and demonstrate his martial arts skills. 

Rachel Carver from Outlook Nebraska stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event plus the new organizational structure of Outlook Nebraska.  

More information can be found at

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.

More information about Todd can be found at

October 4th through November 10th, cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes its long-awaited return to the Omaha Community Playhouse—complete with fan-favorite midnight performances!   

After a flat tire renders them helpless in a storm, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, take refuge in the mansion of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a dangerously eccentric cross-dressing scientist with an insatiable libido.  As the night unfolds, a host of wild characters plunge in and out of rock songs and elaborate dances.  This musical extravaganza is the most fun you can have in fishnets!  Audience participation and costumes are encouraged (toast is fine but please, no rice, it's dangerous for the dancers)!

Benn Sieff, who plays Dr. Frankenfurter and his wife Erika Hall-Sieff (she plays the role of Magenta) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the fun and challenge of tackling such iconic roles.  If you missed the interview live, you can listen to it below and "do the Time Warp again!!"

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Barbara Naughtin is KIOS's Membership Director.  She has over twenty years of sales and relationship building experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. In addition to her membership and fundraising skills, she also has experience in nonprofit database management, special event coordination and grant writing.

As part of the 50th birthday celebration, Barb stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the role public radio, non-profit participation, and KIOS Membership directing have had in her life.  

More information about Barb and membership in KIOS-FM can be found at and

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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Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition.  He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. 

Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mike took the time out of his busy schedule to celebrate KIOS’ 50th birthday and chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the early days, the technology changes, and what KIOS has meant to him.

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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Parkinson's Nebraska's mission is to be Nebraska's #1 resource for Parkinson's Disease education, exercise options, and support.  They believe in a journey shared and build connections to strengthen and give hope to Nebraskans along the journey of Parkinson's.

Katrina Wulf is the Event Director for the "Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson's" event which takes place on Sunday, September 29th at 8:00 a.m. in Elmwood Park (802 60th Street). 

The event is a great chance for patients and care-givers to come together as a community and make a difference.  Katrina talks to Mike Hogan about the activities and mission of Parkinson's Nebraska "Live & Local."  For more information on the event or the organization, one can go to the website

At Child Saving Institute, they believe in the right of each child to have a childhood — a safe, happy time to learn and grow.  Unfortunately, not every child in our community has a good experience during the period from birth to adulthood, and that's where they come in.

Over the last century, their legacy has grown far beyond just "saving" children — they now work passionately in the service of children and their families.

Events and Projects Coordinator, Anna Willey, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the annual PurseOnailities Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2.

This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Patrick Friman, Vice ​President of ​Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. 

For more information about how you can get involved, go to