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Download the New KPR app

Kansas Public Radio has a new smartphone app so you can take KPR with you everywhere you want to go. We talked with KPR’s production manager Jason Slote, who designed the app, to learn more about it.
Q: Where is the app available and what devices can people use it on? Is there a cost?

Meet Our New Underwriters, May 2015

The OK Mozart International Festival, June 6-13, is a multi-day festival that brings professional orchestra musicians, concert artists and musical performances of international significance to Bartlesville, Okla. This year celebrates the musical bounty of Italy: Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and performances of Mozart’s “Requiem” and “Don Giovanni.” Information and tickets are available on their website.

Spring membership drive comments

When you call in your pledge to KPR, the phone volunteer will ask, among other things, “Do you have any comments for the staff?” Do you ever. Here is a small sample.
Susan F. and Bob G. of Emporia say “All our radios are tuned to KPR.”
“No TV, so the radio is on all day tuned to KPR. Live performances are cool.” – Jeffrey Y. in Osawatomie
Kenny F. of Manhattan says he really likes KPR2. “Great programming.”
“Most professional in the state.” – William B. in Emporia

Meet Our New Underwriters, April 2015

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Douglas County Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest fundraiser of the year. A great way to support the healthy development of community kids while having fun with your friends. Form a bowling team of six people and raise pledges to help more kids get matched with caring adult mentors. "GO Big or GO Home: The Coaches Challenge to Bowl for Kids Sake" is April 10, 11 and 17. Learn more at their website.

Satchmo, KU Basketball and David Basse

Dr. Don Potts (left) discussing his Louis Armstrong interview with KPR's David Basse. (Photo by Joanna Fewins)

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and his band were on the KU campus for a concert on March 23, 1957. That same night, an hour to the east in Kansas City, Wilt Chamberlain and the Jayhawks were playing for the national title against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In an epic, triple-overtime game, KU lost to Carolina 54-53. A dejected KU team came back to Lawrence at 2:15 in the morning.
Who was there to greet them? Louis Armstrong. A young KU student had a tape recorder and he talked with the famous musician.

Join KPR for a Great Spaces Concert

The Great Spaces Music and Art Series at Grace Cathedral in Topeka and Kansas Public Radio are partnering to present a concert by renowned pianist Christopher Atzinger, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students and 12 and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
He’ll be performing a program of classic and modern works:


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