Live & Local

Daily interviews with people involved in local charities, arts organizations, government, medical groups, educational institutions, and more.  Airs weekdays at 7:45 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. hosted by Mike Hogan.

The Women’s Fund of Omaha addresses gender-based inequities in our community through collaboration that identifies, researches and creates solutions to advance, educate and fund lasting impact.  There are four pillars of action - Economic Security, Freedom from Violence, Sexual Literacy (In Douglas County, rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people ages 15 to 24 are notably higher than they are in the state of Nebraska—or even nationwide!), and Women in Leadership.

Jo Giles is the Executive Director of The Women’s Fund.  She spent some time talking to Mike Hogan about the mission of the organization, as well as an upcoming fundraiser.

The Women’s Fund is preparing to welcome activist, author and founder of the ‘me too.’ movement Tarana Burke to Omaha for their Lead the Change annual celebration October 28.  

Limited in-person seating at CHI Health Center (455 N. 10th Street, Omaha) and virtual options available.  During the Lead the Change annual celebration, they will also celebrate their recent 30th anniversary and recognize local nonprofits with grants to support programs that make a positive impact on the lives of women and girls.  More information can be found at

The first Pops concert of the Omaha Symphony’s season is this weekend, Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th) at the Holland Center.  Maestro Ernest Richardson is conducting the show which is called “The Streisand Songbook” with Ann Hampton Callaway.  It is a celebration of the music of the great Barbara Streisand.

Ann Hampton Callaway is a platinum award-winning singer-songwriter.  During her interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS’s “Live & Local” we find out that Ann has written songs for Barbara, how to pronounce “Streisand,” and many other details about the career of this Tony Award nominated singer.

More information about the show can be found at

Attendance is critical for student success.  Across Omaha Public Schools, families are encouraged to #StriveFor95, which means attending school on time at least 95% of school days.

Winter weather is on the way, so the Omaha Public Schools Foundation is working to ensure every child has the hats, gloves, and scarves they may need to come to school on time every day.  The project is called “20,000 Villagers” to honor the many community members who support OPS students.

Executive Director of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation/Kids Club, Toba Cohen-Dunning, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to explain the program and the mission of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  She explained that a $20 donation can purchase hats, gloves, and scarves for four students who may need them.

Donations will be accepted through October 31st, when staff will order the winter gear to distribute in November. 

If one would like to contribute, the website is  

Or, checks may be mailed to the OPSF offices with a note for “20,000 Villagers” in the memo.

Mail to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

3861 Farnam St.

Omaha, NE 68131

Attention: 20,000 Villagers Campaign

Award-winning, seasoned journalist and Omaha Central alum Matt Wynn is also the Executive Director of the Flatwater Free Press.  The Flatwater Free Press is Nebraska’s first independent, nonprofit newsroom focused on investigations and feature stories that matter.

Matt joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about this Nebraska focused news outlet.  He invited everyone to read the well thought out content and even sign up for the newsletter version to be delivered, at no charge, to all of our listeners.

For more information or to start reading the stories that matter right now, go to

By keeping residents informed, connected to their community, and represented in city government, they are empowered to influence decisions that impact their lives.  One Omaha works to achieve those goals by addressing the lack of knowledge and resources available for residents to sustain a better quality of life. 

Alexis Bromley, Executive Director of One Omaha, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to introduce listeners to the organization’s mission, the ways in which all citizens can get involved in the development and success of their community, and the work yet to be done.

More information on One Omaha can be found at

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There’s an organization that is working hard to be an oasis for those who desperately need help to make a better life for themselves…And the children they may have. 

The Omaha’s Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) has answered more than 8,200 hotline calls, up nearly 40% from this time last year.   Assisting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking and their children to achieve safety and empowering them to lead self-determined lives.

Jannette Taylor is the President & CEO of the WCA.  She spoke with Mike Hogan on an episode of “Live & Local” about the great work they do and the fundraiser they have on Friday, October 15th. 

More information can be found at

Maestro Christopher Allen makes his Opera Omaha debut conducting Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues on October 15 & 17 at the Orpheum TheaterIn a recent conversation with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local,” listeners get to know Christopher as he talks about the differences and similarities of conducting an orchestra versus an entire opera, his musical upbringing (and off-key violin solos), and the joy of making music all over world.

More information about this boldly retold story of star-crossed lovers, not allowed to love each other because if who they are, is available on the website

For young people looking for a direct way to get into high wage, high skill, high demand fields, the Career Center at Omaha Public Schools may be the answer.  In fact, this week is Career Prep Week for the current students in the program.  And this week culminates with a Career Fair on October 15th.

Jeremy Nielsen, the Program Director and Principal at the Career Center joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the program, the benefits, and the bright future that awaits these kids.

More information and an application is are available at

Imagine, your child is not feeling well.  Muscles ache, energy is depleted, just can’t seem to return to feeling well.  After a doctor’s visit with tests, it’s straight to the hospital.  Your child has developed type-1 diabetes.  Why did this happen?  What do we do next?  How do we go on?

Jared and Jenny Hensley have lived through this type of event with their daughter, Ruby.  Every day they make their way in a world that literally changed overnight.  They are also doing something to fight this disease.  And you can, too.

The Hensleys are the co-chairpersons of the Omaha chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “JDRF One Walk,” which raises money for research and supplies to help families dealing with this condition.  The walk is this Sunday, October 10th. 

Jenny and Jared also spoke with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local” program.  In this two-part interview, the Hensleys share their experience as parents.  They talk about Ruby’s diagnosis, coming home from the hospital, the anxiousness of taking care of her, and the tools provided by JDRF.

More information about the JDRF One Walk and juvenile diabetes can be found at the website

The Theodicy Jazz Collective, a liturgical jazz band, is the next guest on the Vesper Concert Series.  The instrumentalists come from all over the U. S. and the vocalist, Anne Phelps, is a Hastings College grad and Nebraska native.  Vesper Concerts is also bringing in the Hastings College Choir and Resound Choral Ensemble (from in-house at Presbyterian Church of the Cross) to perform Theodicy’s Canterbury Jazz Mass on Saturday night, October 9th.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” feature to tell the listeners of KIOS-FM about this rare opportunity to hear this amazing music, how Vesper Concerts has adapted to the new paradigms brought about by recent events, and the special extra performance The Theodicy Jazz Collective is giving in Omaha.

More information can be found at

The “Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon” is this Sunday, October 3rd.  It benefits safe and stable housing for the vulnerable in our community.  100% of the funds raised by the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon will go to assist families and youth, in and around Omaha, find stable and secure housing.  Specifically, the funds will be equally divided between Heartland Family Service, Open Door Mission- Lydia House and Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.)

Becky Nichol is with the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon and she describes the mission on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local.”

More information can be found at

The Annual Art & Literary Festival Joslyn Castle features a unique and intimate theatrical adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s iconic Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.  The two-week festival, beginning September 30th and running through October 9th, will take a new and exciting direction with in-person performances being staged outdoors on the Castle grounds with two seatings each evening at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  You can even try your hand at writing a ghost story, best ones win prizes and bragging rights!

Sha Buchanan is the Development & Marketing Coordinator at Joslyn Castle.  She recently took some time to talk to Mike Hogan about this year’s festival and the changes that are implemented.

More information is available at

It has been a while since Kaneko Executive Director Stephan Grot has had a chat with Mike Hogan on KIOS’ “Live & Local” feature.  But with flood recovery news, the celebration of Jun Kaneko getting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, and the Annual Soiree planned for October 22nd, it was high-time Stephan paid a virtual visit to Omaha Public Radio!

That interview is below and if you want any more information on the current happenings at Kaneko, there is also a link for your personal use,

The 5th Annual Porchfest OMA is Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm. The festival will take place on 10 stages including Yates Community Center, the neighborhood market stage, six porches, a poetry porch, and an open mic porch in Omaha’s Gifford Park Neighborhood located at 33rd & California Street. 

Emily Cox, founder of E3 Music Management, chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about the event.  Free parking goes along with this fee-free event!

More information can be found at

• Food and drink available for purchase from local food trucks and neighborhood vendors.

• Beer garden at California Bar next to/overlooking the market stage.

• Free family activities at Yates Community Center and the market stage.

• Free parking available at the Duchesne Academy parking lot at 36th & California Street.

• There is no fee to attend.

Ankush Kumar Bahl is the 13th Music Director in the Omaha Symphony's 100-year history, succeeding Maestro Thomas Wilkins.  He takes the podium for the first time as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony tonight (September 24th) in the “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7,” which runs through September 26th.

Bahl also made his second appearance on “Live & Local” when he chatted with Mike Hogan in this two-part interview about becoming the music director, his love of all types of music, and the future of the symphony under his watch.

More information about “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7” and other concerts can be found at