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KPR Staff Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:15

Q: The name of this Kansas town might make you think of cheese, but the community actually bills itself as the "Oasis on the Plains." Can you name it?
No, Colby, Kan., is not named after...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/28/2014 - 06:00

Q: What's the name of the 1980s country song with these lyrics: "Hello, Kansas wheat field farmer; let me thank you for your time"? Also, who sings this hit song?
The Alabama song "Forty...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:15

Q: The UCLA Bruins won the first of 10 national basketball championships in 1964, with the help of a player from Topeka. What’s his name?
The UCLA Bruins basketball team won the 1964 c...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/14/2014 - 15:15

Q: Spring is just around the corner - and in Kansas, that means potentially violent weather (think lightning, flooding and tornadoes). We can’t always prevent disasters and emergencies, but...

KPR Staff Fri, 02/07/2014 - 15:15

Q: This Great Bend native is an opera singer and a voice instructor at Kansas State University. But lately, he’s been working in Sochi, Russia - helping to produce the opening...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:15

Q: When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field Sunday in Super Bowl 48, there will only be one player from a Kansas college able to play in the big game. What’s his name…a...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/24/2014 - 15:15

Q: From the late 1930s through the mid-1970s, a Wichita company manufactured thousands of these buildings and shipped them all across the country. Many of these buildings are st...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/17/2014 - 15:37

Q: The undefeated Wichita State basketball team is ranked 5th in the nation! And, at 18-and-0, the Shockers are off to their best start in school history. Two Wichita State players ...

KPR Staff Fri, 01/10/2014 - 15:15

Q: Dr. James Naismith often had trouble winning the game he invented. During his first appearance as basketball coach at the University of Kansas, Naismith watched his Jayhawks lose 16-to-5...

radiobob Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:37

Bob McWilliams,               aka Radio Bob End-of-the-year "best of" lists are always somewhat daunting to undertake, but they do offer the opportunity ...

radiobob Thu, 01/02/2014 - 06:00

From Americana to singer-songwriters, progressive to traditional bluegrass, contemporary to traditional folk, and old-time to Celtic music...2013 brought a bumper crop of impressive new a...

radiobob Tue, 12/31/2013 - 16:14

Bob McWilliams,               aka Radio Bob
From Americana to singer-songwriters, progressive to traditional bluegrass, contemporary to traditional fo...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/20/2013 - 15:15

Q: Basketball star Lakin Preisner is a junior at Northern Heights High School in Allen, Kan. (near Emporia). On Friday the 13th of this month...she finally missed a free throw. But it...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/13/2013 - 19:40

Q: Armed with just an eighth-grade education, this man helped develop the first practical car radio. He also invented the 8-track tape player to make the '70s sound even groovier. But...

KPR Staff Fri, 12/06/2013 - 15:15

Q: Founded on Dec. 5, 1854, this Kansas community just celebrated its 159th birthday (Thursday). Name it!A marching band helps Topekans celebrate in its Centennial parade, 1954. (Photo Cour...

KPR Staff Fri, 11/22/2013 - 15:15

Q: Some of the world’s most famous fossil hunters were born in Kansas. One of them became the first person to discover a complete fossil of Tyrannosaurus rex. What’s the name of this pa...

KPR Staff Fri, 11/15/2013 - 15:46

Q: Born in Missouri, he became a college basketball legend in Kansas. Monday (November 18) marks the 128th anniversary of his birth in Jamesport, Mo. What’s his name? The 1905-...

KPR Staff Fri, 11/08/2013 - 15:15

Q: The second college football game ever televised took place on October 27, 1939. The match-up was between Nebraska and a school in Kansas. Can you name it? The first football g...

KPR Staff Thu, 10/31/2013 - 21:02

Q: There are more than 500 types of these in Kansas. The largest ones in the state are known as “Texas browns.” What ARE we talking about?

A: Spiders Spiders can be found in every Kansas co...

KPR Staff Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:07

Q: This Kansas man wrote the hit song “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and about 400 other songs during his career. He often used the pseudonyms Charles Calhoun and Chuck Calhoun, but we want to know the ...


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