"Live & Local"

George Joslyn loved to entertain in what is considered the “original man cave.” He and his friends would gather for billiards, cocktails, cigars and even bowling in the Castle basement. 

Joslyn Castle's Janice Pickering stops by KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the second annual "Speakeasy Series." 

The Joslyn Castle Speakeasy Series is a monthly meet up that will feature tastings presented by professionals in their fields.  January through April on the third Thursday, Joslyn Castle will host a tasting featuring one of the following favorites: Classic Cocktails, Bourbon, Wine, and Scotch!  All events run 7pm-9pm, doors open at 6:45pm.

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Omaha Dance Project is Omaha's annual citywide celebration of dance. The 2019 performance will feature the spirited 1888 Viennese classic ballet, The Fairy Doll, staged by Juliette Henning. Additional pieces by UNO's The Moving Company (Omaha), Kelly Hanneman (Omaha), Ashley Durst(Lincoln), and Trey Johnson (Kansas City) will be presented. 

Juliette Henning stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and the first lead dancer of color cast in the project's history. 

The shows are January 18-20, 2019 at the  Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts.  More information can be found at

The Omaha Symphony invites you to lose yourself in the mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure, in a two-night festival featuring different programs each evening. Russian, French & American Tales: A Festival, will take place Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. each night, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Concert Master, First Chair, and Soloist violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this exciting two weekend show, how she works with conductors, and the "behind the scenes" game planning that goes into presenting a symphonic concert.

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Little Women the Musical at the Chanticleer Theater in Council Bluffs is a beautiful musical with a warm family message and a fantastic cast of characters chasing their dreams.  The show opens January 18th and runs through the 27th.

Director Suzanne Withem and the actress playing Jo March (Anna Perilo) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, the rehearsal process, and the elements that make this production great. 

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The AIM Interface Web School is a part-time, accelerated training for in-demand tech skill sets.  With an 80 percent placement rate for students, Interface is changing the game of recruitment by growing and training talent quickly who are then ready to hire for open positions in Omaha, helping to fill a growing skills gap.

Ellen Meyer is the Director of the Interface School.  She and a graduate of the program, Kenny Harris, chat with Mike Hogan at KIOS about the programs, the benefits to the community, and the opportunity for more discovery at the information session on Wednesday, January 9th. 

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Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st-century music.  She has worked closely with many of the most prominent composers of our time and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism to “sleek and spirited” minimalism (SF Chronicle). 

Vesper Concerts Executive Director Kristi Treu stopped by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the free concert, Kate's attachment to the community, and the joy of the concert series. 

The show is 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 South 114th Street Omaha, NE 68144.  More iformation can be found at

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer a series of free workshops for new small business owners and those who dream of starting their own business.  Participants will evaluate their readiness to start a business and learn the basics of running a small business effectively, including budgeting, pricing goods and services, utilizing social media and other marketing techniques to help grow their business, and securing federal contracts.

"Live & Local" sits down with Nick Engert from the Omaha Public Library to discuss the program and the resources the library has for everyone.  For more information, visit

The Holiday Lights Festival - Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign & Ice Rink are in full swing for the 12th year. 

Tracy Schaefer with ConAgra Brands chats "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the program, the funds and food raised, and how hunger must be defeated, one family at a time. 

Proceeds and collected food benefit Food Bank for the Heartland.  More information on making a contribution or for ice rink hours is available at  www.HolidayLightsFestival.ORG

Inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart and bold,” Girls Inc. Omaha serves hundreds of girls every day.
Each girl is able to create a vision for a bright, healthy future; No potential left on the table!

Roberta Wilhelm is the Executive Director and she stops in to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the organization, the mission, and the December 20th "Lunch for the Girls" event with veteran political strategist, author, syndicated columnist, and television political commentator Donna Brazile.  She is co-author of a new book: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.

Sharing the stage with Brazile will be another political strategist and  CNN commentator  (and Omaha homegirl AND  Girls Inc. of Omaha alum!!!), Symone Sanders

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Dr. Marvin Bittner, Creighton University School of Medicine Associate Professor and Infectious Disease Specialist, says this week, which is National Influenza Vaccination Week, everyone over the age of 6 months should get their flu shot.  

The good doctor chats with Mike Hogan about how the flu is spread (through the air we breathe and being  within three to six feet of someone who is infected) and how we can prevent become a statistic.   

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Ever After Productions, Inc. has opened its Twelfth annual season of “Nutcracker Delights!”  This year, some of the proceeds go to Disaster Relief for the California Wildfires.

Shows are at Ralston High School Dec 8th & 9th.  This enchanting and charming ballet story with original script by local artist Julian Adair is set to the traditional glorious score by Tchaikovsky and told through a wonderful cast of dancers and actors of all ages, from the Omaha Metro Area.

Julian stopped by to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan on KIOS and share her personal connection to the wildfire that has destroyed the community of Paradise, California.  

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Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs at Opera Omaha, stops by KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about what’s happening In the Community at Opera Omaha!

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The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $4.4 million in grant and initiative funding to 19 nonprofits and government entities that benefit eastern Nebraskans and southwest Iowans.

Iowa West Foundation President and CEO Pete Tulipana joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the Foundation's  dedication to funding programs and projects that are truly transformational for the city, county and region.

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Whatever holiday you celebrate personally — Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or Kwanza — helping Child Saving Institute's kids have a happy holiday and childhood is a big job and they can't do it without you! 

Through Child Saving Institute's Substitute Santa program, you can put the happy in Happy Holidays for hundreds of children and teens in our community.  December 5-7, drop all unwrapped gifts and gift cards off at 4545 Dodge St.

CSI's Legacy Giving Coordinator, Cali Page, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how everyone has the opportunity to help.

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Bellevue University will welcome Blake Martin – a franchise owner himself and an expert at helping prospective franchise owners – as its keynote speaker for the College of Business Speaker Series event scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, noon to 1 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building at 812 Bruin Boulevard in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Associate Professor from the College of Business, Merrill Johnson, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the program.  More information can be found at:

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, returns to historic and beautiful St. Cecilia Cathedral for the 23rd annual Christmas at the Cathedral.   Special guests include the Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Wesleyan University Concert Choir, Lincoln Boys Choir, and River City Ringers.

Greg Zielke joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and the magic of the music.  More information can be found at

CHRISTMAS MY WAY — a Sinatra Holiday Bash, is a wonderful mix of holiday and Sinatra songs including the one Christmas song Frank Sinatra wrote called “Mistletoe and Holly."  The show opens on Friday, November 30th and runs for two weekends.

Wendy Eaton, one of the singers, stops by "Live & Local" to chat with Mike Hogan about the show, the songs, and her favorite pieces.

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Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back at Omaha Community Playhouse!  This all-request Beatles tribute show has folks dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.  The audience gets to share stories and relive memories with their favorite Beatles songs.   

Billy, Matthew, and Ryan explain how no two shows are the same.  They all three chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning.

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Small Business Saturday is this weekend, November 24th.  It's a time when we celebrate and support small business owners and all they do for the local economy. 

Economic Development Specialist, Elizabeth Yearwood, stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to help people gain awareness and to encourage people to shop small.

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Tonight at 7:00 at the Dundee Theater, Film Streams presents "HAL: A documentary film" on under-sung auteur Hal Ashby, which will occasion a filmmaker Q&A with director Amy Scott.  

Patrick Kinney chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about this and other scheduled presentations. 

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Vesper Concert Series Performers Stop by KIOS-FM

Nov 15, 2018

"Trio Fortutio" is performing “The Human Factor” on Sunday, November 18th as part of the Vesper Concert Series.  Show time is 3:00 at 1517 South 114th Street (114th and Pacific).  The conceert is free and open to the public.

Christine Erlander Beard, (flute/piccolo) and Rodrigo Alquati, (cello, from Brazil) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the formation of the trio, the music, and a whole lot more.

The supreme being Himself finally returns, and just in time for the holidays!  In this hilariously holy limited engagement, God descends upon the Bluebarn stage along with his angels, Michael and Gabriel.  He’ll answer the eternal questions.  He’ll set the divine record straight.  He’s got ten new commandments, and He’s got jokes.

Actor Ablan Roblin, who portrays The Good Lord Himself, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the the play "An Act of God" which opens on November 23rd.  More information can be found at

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol.  You can experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none.  Perfect for the whole family!

Jerry Longe plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the 13th year, and he stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning about the opening (Nov. 16), the show run (through December 23), and the priviledge of multiple opporutnities to perfect the role.

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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.  

On Saturday, November 17th from 8p.m. to Midnight it's the Nebraska AIDS Project’s annual fundraising gala “Night of A Thousand Stars” hosted at the Omaha Design Center.   There will be cocktails, hors d’overes, dancing, a silent auction, and raising money for Nebraska AIDS Project.  NAP's Executive Director, Brent Koster joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission, the event, and the future of treatment and education.

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The community’s top tech pros will be at the AIM 2018 Tech Celebration on November 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at Founders One Nine, located at 1915 Jackson Street, Omaha.

AIM Institute’s annual Tech Celebration is a free opportunity to honor outstanding achievements in tech and recognize those who have made a profound impact on the local tech scene.

This uplifting and inspiring evening is FREE to you—made possible by generous sponsorships and donations from our community––and includes a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres and a plated dinner.

Current Director of Member Services (and former Husker & NFL football player), Tony Veland, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local." 

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Over Kids Can's 110 years in the community, many things have changed, including what the children are spending their time doing.  In the early years children learned things like sewing, military drills, citizenship and trades.  Now Kids Can learning is based on STEMsmart Academy.  While most people are aware that STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, not everyone is aware of what the smart stands for -strengths, music, art, reading, and tutoring.

Kids Can (formerly Social Settlement) Community Center invites the public to come celebrate 110 years of service to children in the Omaha community on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Remarks will take place at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served at the event.

CEO Robert Patterson and Philanthropy Director Cindy Oelke join Mike Hogan to discuss the organization and the victories.  More information can be found at 

On Sunday, November 11 at 6:00 P.M., OAYO is performing a Veteran's Day Concert at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum with Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic, Youth Concert Strings, selected Chamber Ensembles and Concerto Competition winner, Steven Pruss.

The concert will feature orchestral classics and patriotic favorites, plus music by OAYO alumni to celebrate both Veteran's day and 60 years of OAYO!  

Music Director Aviva Segall chats with Mike Hogan about the event, the mission of OAYO, and why this is her dream job.  More information is available at

Mayor Honored with Roast, Tom O'Connor Discusses

Nov 8, 2018

  The first woman to be elected mayor of Omaha – Jean Stothert – will be honored as the Omaha Press Club’s next Face on the Barroom Floor on Friday, Nov. 9.

The event is open to the public. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the roast starting around 8 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 402-345-8008 or

Tom O’Connor, Chairman, Omaha Press Club Face on the Barroom Floor Committee, joins Mike Hogan to discuss the event and the long tradition of the Press Club’s honoring of Omaha citizens.

The Historic Home Tour and Boutique will run from 10:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday, November 10th and on Sunday, November 11th from 11:00am until 4:00pm.  In addition to the Castle, the tour features four historic properties in the area: the Fogarty home, both Janicek homes, and St. Barnabas Catholic Church.

Kelli Bello, Manager of Communications & Development, stops by KIOS and tells Mike Hogan that a Patron Launch Party with preferential shopping at the Boutique will take place on Friday, November 9th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Joslyn Castle.  This evening kicks off the weekend festivities.  Guests enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and preferential shopping in the fabulous gift boutique located inside the Castle.

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Youth Care and Beyond supports children, individuals and families in the Omaha community, providing specialized services to  individuals who have suffered trauma, have learning or intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. 

This Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. at The Omar, a fundraiser is being held.  Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Lynn Pearson, chats with Mike Hogan about the organization, the mission, and the joy of working with the kids.

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