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Omaha Community Playhouse presents She Rocks which celebrates women artists and songwriters of the ’60s–’80s, woven together with songs and stories.  Backed by an all-star band, Tara Vaughan performs music from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart and many more.  In this unique review, Tara Vaughan masterfully presents an evening of classic rock and roll with the focus on female artists and songwriters.

Tara stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about the genesis of the show, the creative process, and how much fun this family friendly show is.

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For the fifth consecutive year, a nationally recognized cybersecurity camp, called Midwest GenCyber (MGC), will introduce Omaha-area students to the fast-growing field.  The free, week-long camp, is currently accepting applications.  The session will run June 24-28.  Thirty camp slots are available and student applicants should be entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

Doug Rausch is an assistant professor at Bellevue University and one of the educators at the camp.  He joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the role cybersecurity plays in our daily lives.

Funded by a grant through the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, GenCyber is a national program.  In Omaha, the MGC camp will take place at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) (Camp Days 1 and 2) and at Bellevue University (Camp Days 3, 4 and 5).

The program offers students fun, hands-on activities like making and breakings apps to explore security vulnerabilities, conducting forensic investigations, and a “capture the flag” challenge to get students interested in careers in computing and cybersecurity.

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This Friday kicks off the 45th annual OSAF – Presented by First National Bank – a tradition in Omaha since 1975! 

This year, the festival will be held at a new location (due to the renovation of Gene Leahy Mall) in North Downtown on Mike Fahey Street alongside the Downtown Ballpark.  There’s day and night time activities as well as fun for the whole family.

Festival board president, Liz Kerrigan, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about the festival, including the myriad of activities, entertainment, and food available.

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It is estimated that well over 300,000 Nebraskans have received brain injuries of some type.  The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries.

Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury.

Sharon Royers, Board Member, volunteer and brain injury survivor chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her traumatic brain injury, her recovery, and the fundraiser on Sunday June 9, 2019 -  "Blazing Trails for Brain Injury."

This event is coordinated by TBI survivors, caregivers, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this family friendly, inclusive event.  

Location: Zorinsky Lake Park, 3808 S 154th St, (156th & F Streets) Omaha, NE 68144

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Everyone is invited to participate in the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Omaha  Public Library (OPL)!  With great reads and free activities for all ages, OPL can help keep the entire family engaged throughout the summer, and help to keep kids’ minds sharp while they are out of school.

Join OPL for kickoff celebrations at OPL locations on May 31 and June 1. The fun begins at W. Dale Clark Main Library (215 S. 15th St.) and Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch (2100 Reading Plz.) on Friday and continues on Saturday, June 1, 1-3 p.m., at all other OPL branch locations.  Enjoy activities inside and outside the library at these fabulous kick-off parties – games, crafts, food and more!

Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for Omaha Public Library, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the program, the many goods and services available at the library for FREE!

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The last of the MasterWorks series for the season happens this weekend at the Holland Performing Arts Center for the Omaha Symphony.  "Mozart & Mahler" starts at 7:30 each night. 

With stirring music both beautiful and poignant, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth depicts the cycle of life and death amidst the enduring glory of nature.  Soloist and three-time Grammy Award winner, Michelle DeYoung makes her Omaha debut. 

Michelle also chats "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the two night program (May 31st and June 1st), winning the Grammy Award (three times!), and the signature role in her career.

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The “#Fremont Strong” committee is putting on one of the largest shows Fremont has seen.  There will be music, comedy, magicians, pinups, raffles and a silent auction.  There is also wrestling!

Ken Phares and Chris Marsh chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” on 91.5 FM about this fundraiser to benefit the flood victims of March 2019 with every last cent going to the United Way of Fremont.

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Also first responders will get in free with identification.

The Joslyn Castle is excited to welcome the community to Castlepalooza, a FREE neighborhood festival scheduled for June 1, 2019 on the grounds of the historic estate!

Castlepalooza will feature live music, activities for families, yoga on the lawn, vendors, food trucks and beverages.  Everyone is invited to the Joslyn Castle estate for a fun evening on our historic grounds!

Kelli Bello, Manager of Communications and Development, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the festival and how it kicks off a summer filled with free, family friendly activities.

Castlepalooza will be a celebration of over 115 years of the Joslyn Castle in Omaha.  Festivities will kick-off at 3pm and conclude at 9pm on Saturday, June 1st. 

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Inclusive Communities is proud to announce the launch of LeadDIVERSITY, an exciting new year-long leadership program centered around creating localized solutions for topics surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. Applications for the program are being accepted now through May 31st at

Deputy Director Cammy Watkins joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program in which  LeadDIVERSITY participants (referred to as Advocates) will receive exceptional skills training to move Nebraska workplaces and communities forward. They will work together on a diversity, equity and inclusion focused service project highlighting the imperative nature of implementing serious social change. Sessions will include discussion of topics such as identity, privilege, institutional inequities, discrimination, ethical leadership, and creating inclusion.

Prospect Hill Historic Cemetery presents the 40th Annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27th, 2018 11:00 AM (music begins at 10:45) Admission is FREE, Donations most welcome.  Parking is available. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Co-Presidents of the Prospect Hill Historic Cemetery board, Dave Harding and Barb Naughtin, stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about this great tradition and family event that celebrates Omaha and Nebraska history.

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Omaha Gives! is an online celebration of charitable giving in Omaha-Council Bluffs.  This year-round platform connects those who want to keep the giving going and area organizations working to create change in a big way!  It only takes a $10 donation to join the community giving.  Included with the many charities on Omaha Gives! is KIOS-FM.  You can donate now on Omaha Gives! and make KIOS eligible for prizes.

Vice President of Community Investment, Kali Baker, joins Mike Hogan in the studio to chat about the big day of giving, the opportunity to be a part of something great, and the joy that comes with helping so many others.

Get involved, the website is

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 (  

More information about Aubree's schedule and podcasts can be found at

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: