Live & Local

Considered by many to be the hardest working person in show business, Omaha native Aubree Sweeney travels the country in her RV...Which is also her home base! 

This actress, comedian, podcaster, writer, and photographer stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about life on the road, her latest appearances, and how she juggles so many facets of her show business career.  

Next week she'll be part of the Omaha Improv Festival (  

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A tragic yet hopeful tale, four-time Tony Award-winning Ragtime explores the pursuit of the American dream and the meaning of family.  Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life.  With soaring ballads and a stunning score, these characters are connected by their compassion, belief and resolution that they, too, will find their place in the world.

Lead actor Paul Tranisi solidifies his return to the Omaha Community Playhouse with this role and chats about the play and its meaning in today's world.  He stops by the KIOS studios to discuss this and more with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."

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Omaha, NE –The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are a group of genetic collagen disorders that affect the connective tissues throughout the body.  Many people with EDS appear to be normal and healthy, but often struggle with body-wide dysfunction as connective tissue is used to support the skin, bones, blood vessels, arteries, gastrointestinal tract, and internal organs.  Because no two people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are affected by the condition in the exact same way, it is very hard to diagnose, which leads to many people not being diagnosed for 20 or more years.  The symptoms can range from mildly loose and hypermobile joints to life-threatening complications.

Wendy Hamilton is the Co-Leader of the Omaha EDS support group and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about living with the condition, how the support group can help everyone cope, and the "hacks" that can be used. 

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Omaha Children’s Museum is opening Enchanted Kingdom on May 25, and it’s one of the most ambitious exhibits they’ve created yet.  The exhibit’s focus will be teaching literacy skills and empathy to young children in an imaginative setting, complete with a castle, dragon nursey, unicorn stable and animatronic creatures. There’s even a children’s book in the works to incorporate the exhibit’s characters and encourage reading.

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new program, the new roles some of the employees have taken, and how much she enjoys her job at the Omaha Children's Museum.

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Omaha's chapter of the Pencils of Promise organization was founded in January of 2018 by a group of Creighton University students.  Their goal is to build a school in Laos and continue the fight for global education equity so that all children have a chance to unlock their full potential.  The chapter president is Creighton University student Mike Galeski.

In order to draw attention to the fundraising efforts of this Pencils of Promise chapter, Mike applied to and was accepted as a contestant on the television show American Ninja Warrior.  His episode will air later this summer.  

Mike stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his journey into television, his journeys half-way around the world, and why he is devoting so much of his life to ensure that children worldwide have a chance at a decent education.

For those who don't know, Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization working to increase access to quality education for children in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.  More information can be found by contacting club president Mike Galeski at or by going to the website:

SHARE Omaha launched in January to offer the giving public opportunities to connect with metro nonprofits through donations, volunteering and shopping wish lists.  They make it easy to find local nonprofits and engage with them how you choose.  The open and inclusive platform amplifies the needs of the entire nonprofit community giving all organizations a chance to be seen and heard regardless of size, cause or budget.

Executive Director Marjorie Maas joins Mike Hogan, "Live & Local," to discuss the mission of Share Omaha, "Our mission is to help nonprofits fulfill theirs.  Together, we can change the giving culture of the metro area."

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Film Streams proudly announces Great Directors: Yasujiro Ozu (Apr 21 - Jun 27), a twelve-film retrospective celebrating an artist known for quiet films of great emotional power. 

In a career that stretched from the silent era to the dizzying time of progress that visited Japan after World War II, Yasujiro Ozu crafted no fewer than ten films now considered masterpieces.  He is perhaps best known for sympathetic portraits of youngsters yearning for independence and elders cast aside by impatient modernizers — often with stars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara.

Communications Director of Film Streams, Patrick Kinney, makes an early morning stop by the KIOS-FM studios for a special edition of "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan.

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Omaha Symphony is proud to present another MasterWorks installment, "Tchaikovsky’s 5th," which runs May 10th and 11th, 7:30 p.m. at the  Holland Performing Arts Center.

Guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the music, rehearsals, and how preparing for a concert can be like making a gourment meal!

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Concert Selections

- Tchaikovksy: Cossack Dance from Mazeppa

- Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor

- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

daOMA (design alliance OMAha, Inc.) is a non-profit dedicated to public education and appreciation of architecture and the design arts.  The spring lecture with the Joslyn Art Museum and AIGA is tonight, May 9th at 7:00 PM.  Special guest speaker is Ann Willoughby.

daOMA Board member Tom Trenolone stops by the studios early for a special edition of "Live & Local" to chat with Mike Hogan about design, the lecture series, and the fantastic opportunities in Omaha.

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The Bluebarn Theatre brings in a 2016 Obie Award Winning production which opens May 16th and runs for a month.  The Woodsman features Omaha actors working directly with the award winning production team from New York to make a magical night at the theatre.

Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This hauntingly beautiful love story is told through original music, physical storytelling, and innovative puppetry.  Members of Strangemen Theatre Company re-create their Obie Award-winning experience with an ensemble of Omaha professionals.  Follow ‘Nick Chopper’ on a magical adventure filled with dangers and wonders that are breathtaking to behold.

Directors Claire Karpen and James Ortiz join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the production, the magic, and the joy of doing this show.  Movement Director Will Gallacher and Puppet Master Amanda A. Lederer are also present in the studio. 

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Artistic Director and founder of the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company, Cathy Kurz, and Director of the current running production "Assassins," Eric Salonis, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the founding and mission of this 26 year old theater company and the latest production.

Starting with John Wilkes Booth in 1865, leading up to John Hinckley Jr’s attempts in 1981, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer John Weidman have included the four assassins and five would-be assassins whose "pursuit of happiness" led them to their deluded, frightening, clumsy, even at times, yes, comic ends. 

When Assassins was first published, it included a preface by the writers, an overview of the play, and in particular, the idea that was its genesis.  Nothing, they wrote, is more frightening than a person who is overwhelmingly insecure, yet feels unequivocally entitled.  In exploring such personalities, they went on to create one of the most brilliant, darkly satiric plays ever written.

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Bellevue University College of Business is hosting a free public workshop on “Managing the Multigenerational Workforce” on Monday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on their campus.  A light lunch is included for attendees.

The workshop will feature a panel of local experts from the fields of law, academia, human resources and business, who will discuss strategies that employers of all sizes can use to manage the diverse different generations that are found in today’s workplaces.  There are currently four very different groups:

·         Baby Boomers

·         Gen X

·         Millennials, or Gen Y

·         Gen Z

Angie Longe, who is an Associate Professor and Program Director in our College of Business, stops by the KIOS studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how to bridge the communication gap between the generations.  

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There are many ways to make a difference in the life of a child and their family.  Foster care is one way to help heal a child while providing a safe, loving home. 

Katherine Spoon is the Strengthening Families Program Manager at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and she stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan on how you can help make life better for a child.

More information can be acquired by calling 833-KIDS-LFS or going to the website

Paul Corah, Public Information Officer for FEMA, stopped by the studios at KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan about the status of current FEMA efforts, what to do if you have a claim, and how impressed he is with the strength of the residents in this fine state.


The 99th Omaha Cinco de Mayo Festival starts on May 2nd and runs through May 5th.  The festival is held along historic South 24th Street & Plaza de la Raza and will include music, food, rides, parade, a health fair, and so much more.  

Marcos Mora, Festival Coordinator, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the festival activities and the events of the weekend celebration.  

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