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The bird statue and mascot of WREN that now sits in Topeka’s Huntoon Park once stood atop the WREN studios in Topeka. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/21/2016 - 00:00

Q: There’s a little patch of green space called Huntoon Park near the state capitol in Topeka. Inside this park, you’ll find a GIANT statue of a little bird, which was once the mascot for a radio station. Can you name the radio station associated with this little bird?

KPR Staff Mon, 10/17/2016 - 00:00

Halloween comes early to Cinema a Go-Go with a blood-dripped double feature guaranteed to produce screams...of disbelief.​

KPR Staff Sat, 10/15/2016 - 00:00

Get ready for a cool Yule when KPR presents a Big Band Christmas, our holiday concert served up by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalists Kathleen Holeman and Ron Gutierrez.

Elizabeth Taylor with her parents at the Stork Club in New York in 1947. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/14/2016 - 09:20

Q: Movie star Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, but her parents grew up in Kansas. Name the Kansas town where Elizabeth Taylor's parents met and grew up.

KPR Staff Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio is selling a limited number of tickets to a special meet-and-greet reception with This American Life creator and host Ira Glass.

A group of children dressed in cylinder designed costumes possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kansas, May 22, 1907. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:58

Q: A century ago, Halloween celebrations in Kansas were more about vandalism than trick-or-treating. A northeast Kansas town tried to put an end to all the Halloween high-jinx by staging a parade and costume contest for kids. The Halloween Frolic began on October 31, 1914, and is still going strong, making it the oldest night-time Halloween parade in America. Name the Kansas town that’s been holding this Halloween Frolic for the past 102 years.

fwinston Thu, 10/06/2016 - 17:22

Get ready.

fwinston Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:23

by Chad Onianwa, KPR Intern

“Yeah. I think you’ll like it.”

We're looking for 1,000 new and upgrading donors during this month of fundraising. You can do your part today - donate online at or call 888-577-5268...and thanks!
KPR Staff Mon, 09/26/2016 - 00:00

As KPR addresses budget cuts during this month of fundraising, we’ve set a goal of 1,000 new and upgrading donors.​ Follow along as we make daily updates to reach our goal, and become a part of the KPR crew by donating now. Or join in during the upcoming on-air membership drive, beginning Tuesday, September 20. 

Ms. Collins rescheduled her concert due to a case of laryngitis.
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 12:09

An Evening with Judy Collins at the Lied Center has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 15. Ms. Collins' performance was originally scheduled for this evening, September 24.

Petey Cerf, Audio-Reader's founder. Former KANU General Manager Dick Wright, host of the Jazz Scene, holds a microphone.  (Photo Courtesy of Audio-Reader)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/09/2016 - 00:00

Q: In the mid-1960s, a Lawrence woman was reading to a friend in a nursing home when she became inspired. She wondered if there was a way to bring the spoken word to more people who had trouble reading printed material. This woman's vision became a reality in 1971 when the Kansas Audio-Reader Network went live on the air, serving the blind and visually-impaired. What's the name of this visionary woman who launched Audio-Reader?

KPR Staff Tue, 09/06/2016 - 00:00

Our hearts are warmed by the overwhelming response to our most recent budget cut of $100,000. KPR has the best listeners ever! Here’s how YOU can help us weather these cuts so that we can continue to provide the programming you rely on.

Cattle herd and cowboy, circa 1902 (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/02/2016 - 00:00

Q: The city of Abilene is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with a three-day festival called Trails, Rails & Tales that begins today. The Chisholm Trail was used by cowboys to drive cattle from Texas to Kansas. But how many cattle are we talking about? 

KPR Staff Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00

Kansas Public Radio's fall membership drive is right around the corner, starting with our “Super Tuesday,” on Tuesday, September 20, and a full week of fundraising from September 23-30. 

KPR Staff Thu, 09/01/2016 - 00:00

Earlier this month, the University of Kansas announced more than $1 million in targeted spending reductions. That’s in response to the state of Kansas trimming KU’s total state funding by more than $10 million this fiscal year to help balance the state budget.

KPR Staff Wed, 08/31/2016 - 17:30

By David Sparks, KPR Volunteer

There's always a crowd at FYEO's opening night, when audiophiles compete for the best score of anything audio.
KPR Staff Mon, 08/29/2016 - 14:10

Throw your hat in the ring, and you could win big!

The KAB first presented the Station of the Year award in 1996, and KPR has earned the top award 16 of the past 21 years, more than any other Kansas radio or TV station. (Photo by Joanna Fewins)
J. Schafer Sat, 08/27/2016 - 13:45

Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas has been named the 2016 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB first presented the award in 1996 and KPR has earned the top award 16 of the past 21 years, more than any other Kansas radio or TV station.


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