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A Closer Look at Laura Lorson's Top 3 Albums of 2021

2021 was kind of a strange, disconnected year for a lot of us. I came in to the radio station every day as a designated "essential" employee, so didn't have the isolation problems that a lot of people did, but the entire feel and tenor of the year was, frankly, strange. It simultaneously emphasized our loneliness and the ways we never quite registered how deeply we are all still connected. I think musical artists encapsulated this strange balance of the collective and the individual in the work they released. 

Local Designer Featured on KPR Socks

Local motion and graphic designer Trevor Mowry is allowing Kansas Public Radio to use his original design on this year's Winter Membership Drive thank-you gift - a pair of KPR socks! Trevor's fun, playful illustrations made him an obvious stand out when he entered our mug design contest in the spring, so being able to incorporate his design at KPR in another way has been so very exciting.

How to Create an On-Demand Feature for Your Alexa Skill

As 2020 was coming to a close and 2021 was just around the corner, I was finishing development of a new version of our skill for the Alexa smart speaker. It was a total re-write, and it changed the skill from being able to perform only a single intent (play our live stream) to providing a dialog-based menu of many intents to choose from. With the new skill, listers can choose to either play our live stream, play our HD2 live stream, play the latest newscast recording, or play an on-demand. (One day I would like to add another intent: make a donation.)


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