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Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS) serves Nebraska and southwest Iowa with a mission to provide human-voiced information choices to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or have physical disabilities which prevent them from reading.  We are in our 44th year of providing a vital connection for these individuals with the printed word through two programs: Radio Talking Book Network, a statewide radio reading service; and Listening Link, an educational reading program. 

The Radio Talking Book Network (RTBN), founded in 1974, is Nebraska’s audio companion and only radio reading service.  RTBN provides our statewide audience with equal access to local, current information necessary to lead productive, self-directed lives and remain engaged in their communities.  To do this, RTBN uses over 80 volunteer readers, whose diverse voices bring the printed word to life with the reading of 12 regional newspapers, grocery and department store ads weekly, information from over 70 magazines, live interviews on our Community Conversations, a Veterans Hour, and much more. 

Bekah Jerde is the Assistant Director of RTBS.  She stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how people can help the cause.

More information can be found at https://rtbs.org/

Julie Sokolow has directed films such as Woman on Fire (Starz, 2017) and Aspie Seeks Love (2015).  Which was covered by KIOS back in 2015. (https://www.kios.org/post/aspie-seeks-love)

Julie directed a new documentary called Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story that screened at the Omaha Film Festival this March and won an award.  Julie chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the film and her excitement for what ended up being an award winning night for her.

Women on a Mission is a non-profit that is ALL about supporting women and girls through partnership, mentoring and socialization. The group facilitates access to services for women and girls to achieve lifelong goals in seven areas: Careers, health, applied life skills, nutrition, growing, your spirituality, education and mentoring. They’re basically trying to change the not-so-good stats – 61% of young women say leadership isn’t important to them.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will celebrate literacy and raise dollars for Omaha Public Library through its noted event, Between the Lines.  So, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will welcome author and journalist Elaine Weiss, whose 2018 book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, offers an engaging and historic narrative of the days leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.  Granting women the right to vote proved to be a difficult effort, to say the least.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification. 

Wendy Townley, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library Foundation, checked into the KIOS-FM studios for a "Live & Local" segment with Mike Hogan to talk about the foundation, the mission of the library, and the timely importance of this fundraising event.

More information can be found at omahalibraryfoundation.org

Vesper Concerts presents another one-of-a-kind Choral Collaborative Residency featuring Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Central High School Choir directed by Lyn Bouma.  Reflections of Us: Singing Our Way to Unity is March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO.

This concert will feature the ground-breaking choral composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work by Joel Thompson addressing complex issues of race and violence.  Joel will be in attendance for this special performance. 

Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, was kind enough to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the social relevance of this concert, the thought provoking ideas presented, and the hope that the entire experience will generate conversation, reconciliation, and unity.  

And just to share an off-air, behind the scenes moment, as Derrick Fox and Mike Hogan met for the first time, it was discovered that Derrick taught high school at Mike's alma mater in St. Louis.  A small world indeed!

More information and tickets are available at http://vesperconcerts.org/2019-20-season/

For nearly a century, whenever there are people in need, Catholic Charities has been there.  Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of the community – advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten, regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status.  They serve over 80,000 Nebraskans every year. 

Fr. Mike Eckley joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the many ways they help – from domestic violence to mental health, feeding the hungry to comforting the afflicted, protecting the most vulnerable, and helping people help themselves to rise above adversity.  And the major way they raise funds to provide all this help is through the 28th annual Irish Fest!  This year, Irish Fest is Saturday, March 14th at the Marriot Hotel Capitol District.

More information and tickets can be found at https://one.bidpal.net/irishfest2020/custom/custom7

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Omaha is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth to be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Lead.  The 100 was established in 1995 when a group of concerned men realized that the survival of the Omaha community rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change.

The 100 is committed to the intellectual development of our youth and the empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity. Members, mentors, volunteers and staff have leveraged resources to develop a system based on our “Four for The Future” pillars.  These pillars consist of Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs.  The 100 believes that if efforts are focused on these core areas, ultimately a foundation of success for “Youth with Promise” and the community will be created.

Richard Webb is the Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Omaha.  He stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about his journey to and through the mentoring program, how he became an important part of the organization, and the success this group has had in the lives of young men here in Omaha.

The 25th anniversary celebration is set for April 17th.  Information about this gala event as well as about the organization as a whole can be found at https://100blackmenomaha.org/

For nearly 40 years, Institute for Career Advancement Needs - ICAN has developed leaders at all stages in their careers.  They develop whole-life leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow and create limitless possibility for themselves and their organizations.

The 27th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will take place at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha on May 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The theme for this year’s conference is Ensemble: Elevating Team Performance and focuses on teamwork, collaboration, diversity, networking and connectivity.

The conference will provide attendees tools to develop and sustain high-performing work teams that elevate business performance.  Just like music, when everyone brings their own contribution and works together in harmony, business success will follow.

Allison Zach, Director of Marketing, Communications & Events at ICAN stopped into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program (which is open to everyone), the available scholarships, and the changes in management technique over the past 40 years.

More information is available at icanglobal.net

With a nod to the past, and an eye toward the future, the Omaha Symphony announced details of its diverse and vibrant centennial season, celebrating 100 years of music in Omaha, and a year-long swan song for Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who will retire from the position at the close of the season.

Special guest artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist André Watts, and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the Omaha premiere of several new works, the return of popular groups like Pink Martini and the Doo Wop Project, and a free community concert at Turner Park to kick off the season.

Anwar Nasir, (Vice President, Marketing & Communications) and Dani Meier, (Vice President of Artistic Administration and symphony bass player) joined Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to share the exciting news around the centennial celebration.

Wilkins, who has helmed the Omaha Symphony since 2005, will retire at the close of the 2020/2021 season.  He is the longest-serving music director in the organization’s history. A search for his replacement is underway. 

“In my final year as the Omaha Symphony’s artistic leader, it is a joy to showcase the incredible talent and unmatched versatility of this orchestra,” added Music Director Thomas Wilkins. “What an honor it is to invite world-renowned guest artists and friends to share our stage and join in celebrating this milestone season and the great community we call home.”

More information can be found at www.omahasymphony.org

Omaha Public Library (OPL) buys new books on a daily basis.  How do they choose which ones to purchase?  Do you have a say in which books are bought, after all it's your library, too?!?

OPL's Collection Development Librarian, Melanie Schultz, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the process and to talk about some new books that may be of interest to you and are available to the public for checkout. 

The complete list of the discussed "new favorites" is below.

More information can be found at omahalibrary.org

Hillary Horner is the Director of Education for the Omaha Children's Museum (OCM).  OCM is putting together a fascinating panel discussion in partnership with the American Muslim Institute.  The panel is set for March 5 (from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Muslim Institute) and it's titled "Let's Start The Dialogue: Creating Communities of Understanding and Respect."  The event is free and open to the public.

Hillary Horner made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the panel discussion, the hope and goals behind hosting such an event, and the current OCM exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”

More information can be found https://10804.blackbaudhosting.com/10804/America-to-Zanzibar-Panel-Discussion

Evensong is a devotional service which will include singing of Psalms and traditional texts like The Magnificat Nunc Dimiti, and a new choral work by Omaha's own Marie Rubis Bauer entitled: We Have Met Christ Raised and Living.  It takes place at St. Andrew's 84th and Pacific, 4:00 p.m. March 1.

There will be three Episcopal Choirs from All Saints, Saint Andrew's, and Trinity Cathedral joining  together for an Evensong Service.  The service will be followed by a reception. 

Two of the choir directors, Marty Wheeler Burnett and Michael Bauer, sat down with Mike Hogan to explain the 12 year history of this musical celebration and chat about some of the music to be presented.  The service is free and open to all.

More information can be found at http://trinityepiscopal.org/events/2020/3/1/lenten-evensong

Omaha native Charles Hood came to Omaha on February 25th to celebrate his latest project – an episode of the Hulu horror anthology “Into the Dark” called A NASTY PIECE OF WORK.  Film Streams refers to Charles as "one of our favorite emerging directors!"

Last night at the Ruth Sokol Theater, Charles opened the festivities and after a viewing of his film, he presented a talk called, “Nasty Work if You Can Get It: Making a Comedy-Horror in the Streaming Era,” and conducted a Q&A with the audience.

Charles was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan about making movies, directing, and the creative process.  

More information on Film Streams' events is at https://filmstreams.org/

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration that will take place May 8-10, 2020 on historic South 24th Street that has been recognized as one of the top 15 Great Places in America that draws some 125,000 attendees over the 3-day weekend from surrounding states.

​The festival will take place along 24th street from F to L that will feature live music/entertainment, carnival rides, food, exhibitors, health fair, MISS coronation, games, concerts and children’s section. Keeping with tradition, the biggest parade in the Midwest will be on Saturday, May 9th.  Also, a banquet will take place that will recognize Latino families that have contributed to the Omaha fabric of life.

Marcos Mora, Coordinator of Omaha Cinco de Mayo, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the festival, the historical context, and the century plus of contributions to and from the Latin community here in Omaha.

More information can be found at http://www.cincodemayoomaha.com/

What is "Vamping?"  When should my child get a phone?  How can I monitor my child online?

These are questions parents are asking every day.  Studies are now showing that unfettered access to screens for children is damaging them.  And parents need help finding answers.  That help is available to everyone on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Millard West High School.

The Millard Public Schools Superintendent's Interfaith Advisory is presenting the #BeKind When You're Online initiative.  In addition to a presentation, free and open to the public, there will also be "tool kits" that families can use to set boundaries and expectations regarding the use of technology, and how to present those new programs to kids.

Project Manager of the initiative, Marian Fey stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to explain to Mike Hogan how the program works, why it was created, and how everyone is welcome and encouraged to join!

More information can be found by emailing Marian at mfey12@mpsomaha.org or you can get information at the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/167793924512404/

By the way, "vamping" is when kids wake up in the middle of the night to respond to posts, texts, and other notice driven alerts from their mobile device.  It is short for "vampire" because they don't sleep! 

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