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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.

We're looking for 1,000 new and upgrading donors during this month of fundraising. You can do your part today - donate online at kpr.ku.edu/support or call 888-577-5268...and thanks!
KPR Staff Fri, 09/09/2016 - 15:53

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. 

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

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 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 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.

KPR Staff Fri, 08/26/2016 - 02:00

The Retro Cocktail Hour’s Cinema a Go-Go journeys to lost worlds next time, with two movies that share the same title.

Men of the 133rd Field Artillery Battalion enjoy Cokes on the front, March 17, 1944. (Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/26/2016 - 00:00

Q: As we all know, Dwight Eisenhower was the greatest president Kansas ever produced. Before serving in the White House, he was an army general in World War II. In an effort to boost morale, Eisenhower convinced an American company to ship an entire factory overseas to his troops fighting in the deserts of North Africa. What product did this company provide?

KPR has won 16 Station of the Year Awards since the KAB first established it back in 1996.
KPR Staff Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:00

Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2016 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

(Flickr/Christian Schnettelker)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:00

Q: If you ever lose your marbles, don’t worry. You can get more. What’s the name of the company in eastern Kansas that makes marbles – and where is it located?

KPR Staff Mon, 08/15/2016 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Bernadette Gauvin, whose inspiration comes from everything she sees, experiences and does. "I truly feel that creating art is my way of dealing with the work that I do day-to-day, and it has proven invaluable as a tool for dealing with my past," said Gauvin.

The Hays House on Main Street in Council Grove, around 1860. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00

Q: What's the name of the Kansas restaurant started by Daniel Boone's great-grandson, which is still in business today (159 years later!), along the old Santa Fe Trail?

Last month Kendra Kuhlman joined the KPR staff as our newest Corporate Underwriting Sales Representative.
Chad Onianwa Mon, 08/08/2016 - 00:00

Last month Kendra Kuhlman joined the KPR staff as our newest Corporate Underwriting Sales Representative. Kendra comes to KPR with a wide variety of skills. Most recently, she managed a running store in downtown Lawrence where she gained valuable experience in sales, marketing and event coordination. Kendra is a big fan of public radio and enjoys volunteering in the community. In her short time here, she has hit the ground running, connecting with existing KPR clients and reaching out to her many contacts in the Lawrence community. 

Five illustrations of house dresses by Nelly Don, used in advertisements across the USA in 1922. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/05/2016 - 09:24

Q: Born in Parsons, this southeast Kansas woman became a famous women's fashion designer and multi-millionaire businesswoman. She did so by creating house dresses sold under the brand name "Nelly Don." By the 1950s, her garment company had become the largest manufacturer of women's clothing in the world. What's the name of this fashion designer?

KPR Staff Wed, 08/03/2016 - 00:00

It’s that time of year again when tickets are plentiful. Enter as many contests as you like. Winners will be drawn Thursday morning, Aug. 18, and notified by email. Good luck. ​

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