Live & Local

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

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.

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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.

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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.  

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