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There is a need for story in all of us.  The history of mankind was passed down via oral stories before the written word entered common use.  Nebraska StoryArts celebrates the art of passing along a story with the 18th Annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park on Saturday, September 14th,  from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Leo Arns, from Nebraska StoryArts joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of story, how the day of storytelling will look, and how to be a part of the festival.

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Scientists, doctors, and philosophers all agree that "play" is so important to all humans of any age!  The Omaha Children's Museum is dedicated to promoting play and they invite you to celebrate the tinkerer spirit at the annual Tinkerfest, Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Meet makers, tinkerers, DIYers, & inventors who will share their excitement with young and old.  Each table at Tinkerfest will feature something hands-on to engage children, from a toy take-apart to building board games and video games, pottery, creating upcycled crafts and working with textiles.  

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and PR, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the museum, the big event, and one of the highlights: a car take-apart where kids get to take apart a real car! 

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This Sunday, September 8th, at 5:30 p.m. (instead of the usual 3 p.m.) Vepser Concert Series presents a real treat, Camille Metoyer Moten. 

So, pack a picnic basket, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us for an outdoor concert with Omaha jazz legend Camille Metoyer Moten and her band.  A versatile singer, performing in styles ranging from opera to musical theater, jazz and gospel, Camille has clearly made a lasting mark on Omaha’s musical scene.

Vesper Concerts Executive Director, Krisit Treu chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about this special evening of jazz on the patio this Sunday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Presbyterian Church of the Cross1517 S. 114th St., Omaha.  In the event of inclement weather, we will move the concert indoors.

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UNO's new Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., officially began his role on Monday, June 17.  As Senior Vice Chancellor, Kopp supports the chancellor in UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.

Dr. Kopp stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about his new role, UNO as a school, and the important role public radio has played in his life.

More information about him can be found at

The Nebraska Prostate Cancer Alliance is a non profit organization devoted to Raising the Awareness of Prostate Cancer & Providing FREE PSA Tests.  To that end, "The Car Show that Saves Men's Lives" is happening this Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at the Nebraska Furniture Mart parking lot on 700 South 72nd Street.  

President of The Nebraska Prostate Cancer Alliance, Harold Pharoah, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the dual missions of the car show -  providing FREE PSA testing from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the show, and also providing education about prostate cancer to take away the stigma. 

The focal point of the show is a FREE PSA test, a simple blood draw, available to every man over 40 attending the show.  PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen; a chemical found in the blood which is the first indication of the possibility of prostate cancer.  Testing information is not made public.

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The 8th annual Mighty Mavericks event will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at the UNO Sapp Field House.  It is an opportunity for families in the community of individuals with special needs to enjoy a variety of interactive activities.  Plus the Flapjack Guys will be there!

Children's Respite Care Center CEO, Anne Constantino, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of CRCC, the Mighty Mavericks event (which is free and open to anyone in the community with special needs and their family members), and she shares a wonderful story about the integrated classes and the impact that has on the kids.

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Tracy Wagoner has walked to cure Alzheimer's, raised money to cure this disease, and gathered friends and family to help eradicate this health issue.  She was nominated to and won a spot as a member of the "Purple Profiles of Courage" team.  Stacy stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, how it has impacted her life, and how everyone can get involved.

More information can be found at

The city council met Tuesday, granting approval of the budget and trash contracts.  To see how we got here, you can listen to when Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about the budget, trash contract, roads and other issues currently facing the city of Omaha. 

While you may have heard about the full length interview, you might  not have time for all 40 minutes of discussion.  Due to listener requests, the abridged interview that aired on 91.5 FM is below. 

Here is also a link to the full interview, for your convenience:

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is a national, collaborative effort to increase early reading proficiency.  The Metropolitan Area Educational Consortium, Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and United Way of the Midlands partnered to bring the campaign here to Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Currently, there are more than 300 communities across the country participating in the CGLR network.

Reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and career success.  Yet in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, more than 5,000 third grade students were not reading at grade level during the 2017-18 academic year. Children who aren’t reading on grade-level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school and six times more likely if they have lived in poverty for a year.

Dr. Martha Bruckner, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC), stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about this program and the importance of grade-level reading abilities.  More information can be found at

Bill Manger is the Associate Administrator in the Office of Capital Access for the Small Business Administration.  He’s traveling to Omaha as part of a three state tour through Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and his primary reason to be in the area is to hear the ideas, input, and concerns of area SBA lenders and discuss upcoming changes to the SBA with them.  And to introduce a new tool, the SBA’s Lender Match initiative.  It is a free online referral tool that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with participating SBA-approved lenders when they need a loan.

Bill stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."  More information about the lending program can be found at

As you may have heard, multi-award winning actor Paul Giamatti is coming to Omaha to celebrate Film Streams gala event “Feature VIII.”  The acclaimed actor will join Film Streams Board Member and Omaha native Alexander Payne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways,” their Academy Award-winning collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the August 25th evening celebration will be an onstage conversation about Mr. Giamatti’s prolific career in film and television, and his perspective on the art and industry.

After airing a "sneak peak" excerpt of the long chat Mike Hogan, host on KIOS-FM, was lucky enough to have with Paul Giamatti, below is the unabridged interview.  So generous with his time and views, Mr. Giamatti shares about his career, acting, and some of his favorite moments in the industry.  

You can still hear the sneak peak version at

Everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse!  Annie is the beloved tale of a young girl who never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents.  After enlisting the help of Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Annie finds herself in a tangled web of con artists, kidnappers and—worst of all—Miss Hannigan!

Lead actress Stella Clark-Kaczmarek makes her radio debut with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, what it means to play such an iconic role, and what the future may hold for this young, Omaha-grown talent.

The show opens September 13 and runs through October 13th.  For more information one can navigate to

Spoiler alert: The sun really will come out tomorrow!

Multi-award winning actor Paul Giamatti is coming to Omaha to celebrate Film Streams gala event “Feature VIII.”  The acclaimed actor will join Film Streams Board Member and Omaha native Alexander Payne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways,” their Academy Award-winning collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the August 25th evening celebration will be an onstage conversation about Mr. Giamatti’s prolific career in film and television, and his perspective on the art and industry.

Mike Hogan, host on KIOS-FM, was lucky enough to have a 40 minute conversation with Paul Giamatti.  An excerpt of that conversation airs this morning at 7:43 a.m. and Friday morning at 8:43 a.m.  That excerpt is below and a link to the full unedited conversation is here:

Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about issues currently facing the city of Omaha.  While you may have heard the interview excerpts on this morning's "Live & Local" segment, below is the entire unedited interview.  

In this full length discussion, Mayor Stothert reveals  details on the trash contract, budget creation and approval, the inner workings of city government, the riverfront revitalization, personal details regarding her run for and eventual winning of the office of mayor, and her television sketch comedy experience.  

This full length, uncut interview sheds some light on the process of running a municipality and the person holding the top office in the city of Omaha. 

International opera star and Omaha resident Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire!  Taylor will be joined by Omaha arts icon (and former Artistic Director for nearly 10 years at Opera Omaha) Hal France for this collaboration in an intriguing program of arias from "Proving Up" and "Eric Hermannsons’s Soul," two operas that are set in Nebraska and written by women composers, as well as some of Taylor’s favorite songs and arias.  

The program is called "At Home In Nebraska" with a performance on August 25, 3:00 pm, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. in Omaha.   Hal and Taylor join Mike Hogan live at the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the program and the ever-growing artistic scene in Omaha.

Omaha musicians Olga Smola, violin, and Brian Sherwood, cello, will join Taylor and Hal as featured guests.  More information can be found at

Opera Omaha kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the seventh annual Opera Outdoors, a fun, family-friendly and FREE opera concert in Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park.  Featuring a sampling opera’s greatest hits and previews of Opera Omaha’s upcoming season.  The concert is open to the public; no tickets are necessary, and this year’s event will be hosted in English and Spanish for the second year.

Head of Music and Conductor Sean Kelly along with Bass Soloist Hidenori Inoue sit down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, the season, and opera in general.  

Opera Outdoors is Friday, August 23rd, with the park opening at 5:30, free pre-show activities starting at 6:00 (including Costume Station, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Arts & Crafts, and more), and the show beginning at 7:00.

More information is available at

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service is Hosting the first annual “Skate to End Alzheimer’s” on Saturday, August 24, 2019  at Grover Ice Arena, 6171 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68106. 

There will be two Drop–In Hockey Skates at 10:15am to 11:15am and 11:30am to 12:30pm followed by a Public Skate from 4:15pm to 6:15pm.  All Skates are a "Free–Will" Donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visiting Angel owner and recreational hockey player, Phil Labadie, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, the very generous hockey community, and the hope to turn this event into an annual tradition that raises funds for the Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association.

Taking on the idea of Re•Purpose in a new and innovative way, KANEKO invites you to join in an evening of creative discussion and interactive art-making with internationally recognized multimedia artist Phil Hansen, artist, lecturer, and Ted Talk phenom.

Stephan Grot, Executive Director of KANEKO, stopped by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the presentation, a funny story regarding some of Phil Hansen's displayed art, and the Great Minds program as a whole. 

The doors open at 6:30 tonight and more information is available at

Apollon Art Space has the stated mission to provide creative space and resources for local artists to learn and grow as part of the South Omaha community.  Visual and performance art are together offered to the patrons.  

The latest show, "Pokenon" is a tribute to the wildly popular game/cartoon/video game.  Co-Creative Lead and Director, Katy Kepler, stops by with actor Cote Werner to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, the theatre, and the fun they are having presenting this family friendly production.   This show runs through August 25th.

Rediscover the magic of starting a new journey in the world of Pokemon! Get ready to set off on your adventure, meet other trainers, befriend Pokemon, and work to become the best Pokemon master of them all!

This show is appropriate for all ages. Snacks are included. (There will be no meal for this show.) Beverage service is available for purchase. Friday & Saturday - Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:00.  Sunday Matinee - Doors open at 1:30 and show starts at 2:00.

More information can be found at

Vocalist Karen Oberlin & guitarist Sean Harkness have been working together now for years, and delve into the exquisite and varied Billy Strayhorn songbook that has been an ongoing passion of theirs, making this latest Brownville Concert Series offering inevitable.

While they play prominent Strayhorn standards like “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life” and “Something to Live For,” along with rare works written for the Ellington Orchestra, David Hajdu offers live, poignant readings and fascinating biographical information about Strayhorn from his award winning biography of the composer, "Lush Life."

Professor at Columbia University and Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how he came to discover Strayhorn, what lead him to write the biography, and what one can expect to enjoy at the performances this weekend.

The show opens tonight and plays through Sunday, August 11th.  More information is available at

In Performing Artists Repertory Theatre’s (PART) intimate, cabaret-style setting, plays and musical theater of superb quality and richness offer audiences a ​unique, immersive experience.  Singer/Actor John Hickerson joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new show "Ring of Fire" which opens August 9th.

From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family.  More than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune—performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend!  Though he is never impersonated, Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate.

More information can be found at

Nebraska Children’s Home Society will host its 9th Annual Neighborhood Celebration at its Children & Family Center located at 3549 Fontenelle Blvd on Friday, August 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to this FREE community event which includes face painting, a dunk tank, a live DJ, carnival games, raffles, free backpacks stuffed with back-to-school supplies, and free food!

Children and Family Center Program Director Maria Nielsen and Program Resource Specialist Katie Konold join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the event, the mission of the organization, and the wonderful facility they've been in since 1924!

More information can be found at

The Play-It-Forward Expo is helping to raise funds for Omaha area law enforcement agencies and bicycle organizations by providing them with educational materials.  Last year's event raised money to provide bicycle helmets for community bike rodeos.   A limited amount of free bike helmets for kids and adults will be available to help promote pedestrian safety at the event this Saturday, August 10th! 

Jackie Kolakowski, Chair of People Aspiring to Cycle & Exercise, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission of the organization, and the fun that can be had at this gaming event!

More information can be found at

Omaha, NE – The 11th annual Boxer 500 Run and Walk to prevent colorectal cancer will take place on Sunday, August 11th at 8:00 AM. The Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force proudly hosts the event again this year at Werner Park. Participants are encouraged to draw attention to their bottoms and colorectal cancer by participating in boxer underwear.

Jeri Engen, Event Co-Chair, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how preventable this disease is, how the task force helps people get diagnosed, and how much fun this event is for the whole family!  Whether or not you're pre-registered, everyone is welcome to attend. 

More information is available at

KIOS is proud to announce the launching of our new regular podcast "Made in the Middle," which  premiers today.  The podcast takes a trip through the history of the American Heartland to uncover how the Midwest has influenced the rest of the United States.  Part history, part science and culture: each episode looks at famous people, inventions, events, and cultural beliefs that got their start in the Midwest and left a mark on America. 

Host Emily Chen-Newton chats with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the podcast project and introduces the first installment.   New episodes will be released on the first Friday of every month and one can download or  subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and our website:

The first episode can also be heard by following this link,

Bemis Center Open House/ Open Studios!

Jul 31, 2019

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is hosting an Open House/Open Studio this Saturday, August 3rd from 11 am -5pm. You can enjoy the work of the Summer 2019 artists-in-residence and curator-in-residence! Visitors can listen to the artists share their artistic and curatorial processes, see the studios, and their “works in progress”! Ted and Wally’s has also created two custom flavors just for this event, including Coffee Caramel Cacophony!

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is a head-first dive into working class America.  A three-time Tony Award® nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change.  As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake.  Punctuated with lively humor, Sweat goes to the heart of what it means to be human—both good and bad—when fear and uncertainty take hold.

Laura Leininger-Campbell plays the role of "Tracey" in the show.  She joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the rehearsal process during this powerful play and the ideas and themes that remain universal. 

The play runs from August 16th through September 15 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.  More information is available at

Kerfuffle creates theater and dance performances specifically for children six years old and younger.  They just completed a workshop co-production with the Rose theater in three public Omaha Parks called “Goose and Gert” and next up is a new play called “Firefly,” featuring shadow puppets in a 14 foot yurt dome.

Ashley Laverty is the founding Artistic Director and she joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss this unique children’s theatre experience.  

More information can be found at

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 8 locations in our region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. 

Jake Panowicz, Executive Officer for Physmed and Serene Care Hospice, is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Omaha Walk to End Alzheimer's.  Carolyn Ashton is a member of the Omaha and Sarpy County planning committees.  They both join Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss why they are so passionate about supporting the Alzheimer's Association, and what each of us can do to help find a cure and fund help for those who need it.

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Omaha Under the Radar emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.

Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 300 artists of divergent backgrounds and disciplines.  They work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities.

Festival Director Amanda DeBoer Bartlett joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the sixth annual "Omaha Under the Radar Festival" which will offer plenty to smile about, as well as plenty to laugh about, discuss over drinks, and remember for years to come.  Using Omaha's most electric venues for live performances of the highest caliber created by artists who seize their craft and surprise even the most experienced attendees.  The festival takes place this year from July 24th through the 27th.

More information can be found at