Radio

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From the outside, Westend Recording Studio is an unassuming building in a quiet neighborhood just across State Line Road in Kansas City, Kansas. But inside, insulated by walls of foam, there's a hardcore noise rock band recording session.

On a Wednesday night, Kansas City heavy band 34 is recording a new song, with producer and sound engineer Justin Mantooth working the mixing console in the control room.

Two-time candidate for Kansas governor, radio pioneer and ... goat gland doctor? John Romulus Brinkley may not have been a real medical doctor but he was a helluva salesman. Filmmaker Penny Lane's latest documentary, NUTS!, explores the life of the 1920s flimflam man who became a millionaire "curing" impotence and built the most powerful radio station of its day.

Neighborhood Radio

Apr 12, 2016

Two local organizations are gearing up to start low-power FM stations to broadcast to specific communities within a 3-5 mile radius of the broadcast location. One of them, broadcasting from the Mutual Musicians Foundation, will focus on local jazz, gospel and soul at 18th and Vine. The other has an educational and community service mission. What's the story?

Guests:

  • Lewis George Walker, co-founder, KUAW 98.5 FM
  • James McGee, general manager, KOJH 104.7
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By the time Dec. 25 actually rolls around, you may be tired of hearing Christmas music.  

How many versions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" can one person hear before it drives them crazy?

And while "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is timeless, you might be interested in one of Brenda Lee's lesser-known hits. To keep your Christmas playlist interesting, here's a list of songs that you (probably) won't hear on the radio.

When America declared war on Germany in 1917, most radio stations came under government control, reserved for war efforts. On this edition of Up To Date,  we learn why ham radio operators were prevented from broadcasting during The Great War.

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The podcast Serial got people hooked on resolving a single murder case. A young man was convicted in the 1990s on what looks like flimsy evidence; the podcast walks listeners through a maddening quest for the truth. The Midwest Innocence Project's Tricia Bushnell explains how defense lawyers use similar techniques to exonerate the wrongly convicted on a larger scale.

Paul Andrews

It might be tempting to call Mikal Shapiro and Kasey Rausch two peas in a pod.

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A whole podcast genre has developed around devices that put giant sound libraries inside people's pockets. Podcast-lovers enjoy the "headspace you can crawl into when you're listening to incredible radio," says audio-whiz Andrea Silenzi. "You kind of travel to this other space with a podcast." Our guests debate the hugely popular Serial, and discuss their top recommendations for podcast listening.

Audiofiles Recommend:

90.9FM The Bridge

Kansas City community radio station The Bridge is launching a new hour-long music program this January hosted by local music aficionado Chris Haghirian.

"Eight One Sixty" will debut on Jan. 6 and air weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. The show will play all local music and feature interviews, news and live performances from Kansas City-based artists. 

John Flaig

When most people pick a hobby, it's usually something simple like knitting or playing a sport recreationally. With John Flaig's hobby, it's a little more complicated.

Flaig and over 70 others like him will gather in Hutchinson, Kan., this weekend to practice "near space ballooning" or "ham ballooning."

The hobbyists send helium filled weather balloons into near space, which is between 60,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.

Flaig's balloon has several cameras inside a Styrofoam payload box, taking pictures from all angles and altitudes along the way.

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With smartphones and Wi-Fi everywhere, ham radios can seem a little dated. However, the machines have quite a following, and they can be lifesavers when disasters strike.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a ham radio enthusiast about their continued popularity and check in to see how useful they can be for area hospitals.

Learn More: interested in becoming a ham radio operator? Learn more about classes

Guests:

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If his face isn’t familiar to you, his voice will be. Neal Conan was host of Talk of the Nation for 11 years, and he’s been behind the microphones of NPR for even longer.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, he joins us in the studio to talk about his memories of the long-running call-in show, his experiences working in the news business and what’s next on the horizon for him.

Guest:

Legendary broadcaster Walt Bodine died on Sunday, March 24, at the age of 92. Today on Central Standard, we remember Walt with familiar sounds of regular guests, old friends, and of course, Walt Bodine.


Regina Brett Follow-Up: Ten Commandments for Radio

May 3, 2012

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we were joined by fellow radio host Regina Brett, of The Regina Brett Show at WKSU in Ohio. While Regina was there to talk about her book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, she and Jabulani of course had to talk shop. Regina mentioned her 10 Commandments of Radio and of course she was kind enough to pass it along.

Regina Brett: Don't Audit Life & Other Lessons

May 1, 2012

It can be difficult in day-to-day life to make sure you aren't just addressing problems, but looking for possibilities to make life better.

Who Killed Commercial Radio?

Apr 9, 2012

On this Tuesday's Central Standard get to know two local filmmakers who asked, "What happened to the radio industry, and what's the cost to our communities?"