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#MyKPR staffers toured the Lawrence Public Library and checked out the recording studio.  (From left to right: J. Schafer, Nicole Banman, Feloniz Winston-Lovato, Dan Skinner and Steve Kincaid)
J. Schafer Wed, 03/09/2016 - 17:21

Five #MyKPR staffers toured the amazing Lawrence Public Library this (WED) afternoon and were quite taken by the recording studio space where any library card holder (who owes less than $10 in ove

(Gavel Photo by Jason Morrison/freeimages.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/04/2016 - 00:00

Q: As we all know, public radio is full of smart and talented people!

Feloniz Lovato-Winston, right, and Phil Wilke, KPR Media Manager, greeted customers at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce mixer.
Phil Wilke Thu, 02/25/2016 - 13:04

Late last year, Feloniz Lovato-Winston moved her office from one side of the building to the other. She had been Development Director of Audio-Reader, the radio-reading service for the blind and visually impaired and an agency affiliated with KPR. In October, she took over as Development Director at KPR. Since then, she’s been meeting with KPR donors, underwriters, friends and supporters. We asked her a few questions about how she’s settling in. 

Phil Wilke Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:17

FROM KPR

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Shakespeare's First Folio is in Manhattan this month, part of a nationwide tour marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. 

Phil Wilke Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:56

“In The Mood” is a celebration of the music of the 1930s and '40s – the Big Band era. It was the last time that all Americans were listening and dancing to the same kind of music. With a 13-piece orchestra and singers and dancers, the great melodies and lyrics that are still with us today are presented in a musical revue that is jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic, nostalgic and patriotic. Performing at the Kauffman Center, March 16-17. Learn more at their website.

General John Sedgwick and his staff on the steps of the headquarters of the 6th Army Corps. [photographed between 1861 and 1864] (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:07

Q: Right before he was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter, this man reportedly said: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." He became the highest-ranking Union soldier killed in the American Civil War. Today, there's a Kansas town and a major county named after him. What's the name of this Union general?

KPR Staff Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:15

Q: This blues musician, who’s made numerous appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, was born in Kansas City and raised in Emporia. This highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter and piano player is holding a benefit concert, Saturday night (Feb. 13), in Lawrence for Just Food, the local food pantry. What’s her name?

Artist Charles Ray uses different types of oxidation on two-dimensional surfaces to create his artwork.
KPR Staff Sat, 02/06/2016 - 00:00

The latest in featured KPaRtists is Charles Ray, who uses different types of oxidation on two-dimensional surfaces for a refreshing alternative to common practices of creating artwork. 

Phil Wilke Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:06

On Saturday's Jazz Scene with David Basse, Feb. 6, 3-4, listen for a live performance by vocalist Deborah Brown and her ensemble.

(Football Photo by Nikki Johnson/freeimages.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:11

Q: On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Two Broncos teammates played college football at the University of Kansas. Who are they?

Dr. Brewster Higley wrote a poem titled “My Western Home” to describe the beauty of the site he had chosen for his Kansas Homestead in 1871. He penned this now-famous work on the bank of the West Beaver Creek in Smith County, Kansas, where along with the help of a few friends, he also constructed a cabin on July 4, 1872. (Flickr Photo by Jody Halsted)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/29/2016 - 00:00

Q: Happy Kansas Day! On this date (January 29) in 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as the 34th state! Every REAL Kansan knows the official state song is “Home on the Range.” But do you know WHO wrote the words to that song? Do tell!

Phil Wilke Tue, 01/26/2016 - 13:37

History and culture freely intermingle with fun in Kansas' Capital City. Topeka offers residents and visitors unique opportunities to enjoy the best of the American heartland. 

Phil Wilke Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:39

The Texas Rangers: Cowboy Music From Kansas City

One of the premier western music bands of radio’s “Golden Age” had its roots in Kansas City. KPR’s Tom Parkinson spoke with Ryan Ellet who wrote a book about the extraordinary career of the band known as the Texas Rangers.

George Harter and Musical Theater Heritage are on a mission to preserve the history of the American musical theater.
Phil Wilke Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:27

If it’s Saturday night and you’re looking for a lively soundtrack to score your cruise around town, one that is sure to keep you entertained is A Night on the Town, produced and hosted by KPR’s George Harter.

Michael Keelan plays the classics weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Phil Wilke Mon, 01/25/2016 - 12:02

Michael Keelan has been Classical Music Director and morning host at KPR since November 2015. He came to Lawrence from Nebraska where he was an announcer and host of Nebraska Concerts for NET Radio, professor of strings at Concordia University and a member of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and the University of Maryland-College Park. Prior to returning to Lincoln, his hometown, he was a violin teacher at the Wausau Conservatory in Wisconsin and concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony for seven years.

KPR Staff Mon, 01/25/2016 - 00:00

It's spy time at the next Cinema a Go-Go, with two '60s classics - Our Man Flint and Modesty Blaise!

The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” (Flickr Photo by Mike Linksvayer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:00

Q: The statute that stands atop the Kansas Statehouse dome depicts a Kansa Indian brave named “Ad Astra.” Originally, the statue slated for the top of the dome was supposed to be one depicting the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. What’s her name?

Phil Wilke Wed, 01/13/2016 - 09:33

Governor Sam Brownback addressed a joint session of the Kansas Legislature on January 12, 2016. Here's a recording of his State-of-the-State speech. 

Inside the rotunda, under the Kansas capitol dome (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Mon, 01/11/2016 - 00:00

What's in store for public schools and Kansas state government in 2016? We'll find out soon. Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State-of-the-State address to lawmakers at 5:30 this afternoon. 

Phil Wilke Sun, 01/10/2016 - 00:00

On Sunday, Jan. 10, 8-9 p.m., KPR Presents will preview the upcoming legislative session with host Kaye McIntyre, KPR statehouse correspondent Stephen Koranda, Lawrence Journal-World legislative reporter Peter Hancock, Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty, Wichita Eagle legislative reporter Bryan Lowry – and YOU.

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