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.

Gas Prices Could Be On The Rise

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(Undated, NE)  --  Nebraskans may need to get ready to start paying more for gas.  The recent drone attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field has already cut oil production there in half and increased crude oil prices.  The publisher of the Lundberg Survey, which tracks gas prices, says exports from the U.S. could be kept at home if there's a gas shortage.  According to Triple-A, the current average price for regular unleaded in Nebraska is two-dollars and 42-cents-per-gallon.  That's up one cent from last week.

Western Iowans Bracing For More Flooding

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(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  People in western Iowa are bracing for more flooding with the Missouri River on the rise.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is slowing water release at a dam upstream in hopes it will prevent some of the worst flooding from Sioux City to Council Bluffs.  The river's expected to rise about five feet and crest at over 30 feet early this weekend.  Flood warnings are in effect all along Iowa's western border.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new report says parts of a Nebraska prison weren't searched during a recent lockdown that was billed as a safety precaution to locate contraband.

Nebraska Inspector General for Correctional Services Doug Koebernick said in his annual report Monday that the issue came to his attention Sept. 6, when the Nebraska State Penitentiary was under a lockdown.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates for low-income families and children have announced a petition drive for a Nebraska ballot measure to cap the interest payday lenders can charge at 36% annually.

The coalition said Friday it will start gathering signatures to put the issue on the 2020 general election ballot. Nebraska lawmakers have considered similar restrictions on payday loans, but those proposals have stalled.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state government collected more tax revenue than expected in August.

The state Department of Revenue announced Friday that the state received a net total of $462 million last month, which is nearly 5% higher than its official forecast of $441 million.

The department says net sales-and-use and miscellaneous taxes came in higher than expected, as did net corporate and individual income taxes.

Net tax collections are also higher than expected in the current fiscal year that began July 1.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Board members of an obscure Iowa government insurance program have spent tens of thousands of dollars in public money traveling to out-of-state resorts for meetings.

A review by The Associated Press finds that directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool hold two meetings annually at posh locations such as Florida in February and Michigan in August.

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.

More information can be found at

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

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lockdown and search at Nebraska's largest prison has unearthed a variety of drugs, homemade weapons and other contraband.

Prison officials revealed Wednesday some of the items found during last week's lockdown at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

The list includes the synthetic drug K2, which officials say has helped fuel a recent increase in assaults. Prison staff members also discovered makeshift tattoo machines, syringes, lighters and a cellphone hidden inside a tablet computer.

YORK, Neb. (AP) — A mosquito species native to tropical climates and known to carry the Zika virus has been found in Nebraska.

State health officials said Tuesday in a news release that the Aedes aegypti mosquito was recently found in southeastern Nebraska's York County. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says it's the first time that type of mosquito has been found in Nebraska.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes that want to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline in March without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe say Trump's action violated their rights under treaties from the mid-1800s.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa appeals court has rejected a Des Moines attorney's challenge to Gov. Kim Reynold's use of a businessman's private airplane, upholding previous rulings that Reynold's use of the flights did no real harm and were allowed by Iowa law.

The Iowa Court of Appeals said in a ruling filed Wednesday that a state court judge was right to dismiss the lawsuit filed by attorney Gary Dickey.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Providers of Medicaid services in Iowa say they're owed up to $1.4 million by an insurance company that left the Iowa Medicaid program two years ago.

Documents filed with the Iowa Insurance Division show AmeriHealth Caritas could owe as much as $1.4 million to Iowa hospitals, nursing homes and providers of mental health services.

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.

More information can be found at

Omaha Reads is a campaign, from the Omaha Public Library, to promote literacy and provide the city with a common theme to discuss.  One book is selected each year and celebrated with book discussions, author visits and related programs and events.  The selection for 2019 is author Ted Genoways' "This Blessed Earth." 

OPL Readers & Writers Librarian Erin Duerr stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits of the library, and the future of this important public service.  

You can see Ted Genoways on Sunday, October 13, from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at The Durham Museum.  Registration is required as seats are limited.

More information and registration is available at

Zoo To Display Snow Leopard Cubs

Sep 10, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha is about to show two of its newest residents.   The two Snow Leopard cubs were born at the zoo on May 22nd and will briefly go on display today at 10:00 a.m. when they are weighed.  Zoo officials say the cubs and their mother are not quite ready for viewing, but they hope to make them available for public display in the near future.

Iowa 20th-Worst State For Burglaries

Sep 10, 2019

(Undated, IA)  --  Iowa is the 20th-worst state in the country for burglaries.  According to a study by Safe-Home-dot-org that uses FBI data, Iowa had a little over seven burglaries per one-thousand homes in 2017.  Neighboring Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota all had less.  The data also shows the rate of burglaries across the country has fallen to 15 percent of all crimes committed.

State Penitentiary Lockdown Eased

Sep 10, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  The Nebraska State Penitentiary is moving away from a lockdown.  State Department of Correctional Services director Scott Frakes said inmates were given a little more freedom after the status change on Friday, but that outside visits were being canceled at least through the weekend.  Frakes said the penitentiary went into lockdown last Wednesday so that organized and intensive searches could be conducted.  He said no single incident spurred the action, but that there were a number of recent assaults and contraband discoveries that prompted it.

Grand Island Vaping Ban Starts Wednesday

Sep 10, 2019

(Grand Island, NE)  --  Starting on Wednesday, vaping is not allowed in public spaces in Grand Island.  The ban was recently approved unanimously by the Grand Island City Council.  Violators can face fines up to five-hundred dollars.  There is growing concern about the effects of vaping after a number of reports of mystery lung diseases that officials believe are being caused by the activity.

FEMA Disaster Registration Deadline Approaching

Sep 10, 2019

(Undated)  --  A deadline is coming up on Friday to register for FEMA assistance for the flooding disaster that occurred in Nebraska from March to July.  That deadline is for both the FEMA individual assistance grants and the low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At the request of Governor Pete Ricketts, FEMA extended the incident period, which originally ended in April. You can register online at

Archdiocese Of Omaha Confirms Mumps Case

Sep 10, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha is confirming a case of the mumps.  The archdiocese says it's at the John Paul the Second Newman Center near the University of Nebraska-Omaha, which provides 131 higher education students with housing.  State epidemiologist Dr. Tom Safranek tells the Omaha World-Herald the resident who has it attended a wedding in northeast Nebraska, where a recent outbreak of the mumps had happened. Officials say colleges and universities attended by the students at the center, including UNO, have been notified.

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! 

More information is available at

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in the coming months, increasing from its current 41 to 58 workers.

Flooding throughout the state swamped the agency with service requests that began in March and continued throughout the summer. The recovery won't end anytime soon, as government officials undertake the slow process of rebuilding.

GERING, Neb. (AP) — A checkout program for sensory backpacks is available at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Amanda Filipi is a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission outdoor education specialist based at the center, and she says she learned of sensory backpacks after her nephew was diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some prospective commuters say reliability will be the key in getting Lincoln and Omaha residents on board a proposed intercity bus service that would connect the two largest cities in Nebraska.

About a dozen people attended a meeting Thursday in Lincoln to discuss the idea and provide feedback to the Nebraska Transportation Department, which is overseeing a feasibility study.

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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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!