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Ben Markley and Clint Ashlock Quartet, from the KPR Studio

Clint Ashlock leads the KC Jazz Orchestra as well as his own quartet.

Denver-based pianist Ben Markley and Kansas City trumpeter Clint Ashlock (best known as director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra) lead a quartet that also includes KC's own Gerald Spaits on bass and Denver drummer Ed Breazeale in the KPR studios, with a cooking set of original tunes by both Markley and Ashlock. KPR's Bob McWilliams will also visit with Markley and Ashlock about their music and musical influences. You can hear this exclusive concert at 9 p.m. tonight during Jazz in the Night and 2 p.m. Saturday during the Jazz Scene.

Meet Diana Gish, New to Weekend Edition Sunday

Q: Diana, you were on the air with KANU in 1993. Welcome back. What were you doing in the meantime?
A: Waiting for a call! Actually, I have been raising three sons and working in the Alaska Public Radio Network. In between Alaska jobs, I worked as a para-educator in Wellsville and Baldwin City.
Q: What’s the biggest change in the air studio since you were last on air?

President Obama's Remarks at KU

President Barack Obama delivered an address at the University of Kansas on Thursday, January 22, 2015. KPR coverage also contains a photo slideshow of the historic day.

KPR coverage of the event was hosted by News Director J. Schafer. Joining him for analysis were Steve Kraske, host of the KCUR program "Up to Date"...and Dr. Michael Smith, professor of political science at Emporia State University. The on-scene reporters are Stephen Koranda and Elle Moxley.

KPR coverage of President Obama's visit to KU

LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio will carry President Obama’s speech on Thursday live from the University of Kansas’ Anschutz Sports Pavilion. KPR’s J. Schafer and KCUR-FM’s Steve Kraske will anchor the coverage, which will begin shortly after 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22.

President Obama is scheduled to begin his remarks about 11:20 a.m. and is expected to speak for about 25 to 35 minutes.  

Listeners can hear the speech on streaming audio at


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