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PAUL SHIRLEY – BASKETBALL VAGABOND – Play Audio



Huck Boyd Institute director Ron Wilson profiles a rural Kansas basketball player who traveled the world playing his favorite sport.                                          

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Paul Shirley



The little boy dribbled the basketball on the gravel driveway and dreamed of playing in the NBA.  He imagined the announcer saying, “Paul Shirley shoots…it’s good!” Many small town Kansas kids have dreams of playing in the NBA, but today we’ll meet a young man who actually made it to the big leagues. Through his writings, he shared that experience with others.
9/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


SHEVY SMITH – EMMY NOMINEE Play Audio



Ron Wilson of the Huck Boyd Institute at K-State profiles a successful singer-songwriter from rural Kansas.                                                

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shevy Smith



May 1, 2014. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is announcing its nominations for the Emmys. One of those recognized is a young woman from rural Kansas.
9/10/2014 8:00:00 AM


Huck Boyd Institute and Foundation Offer Grants for Leadership Projects



Mini-grants are now available to support community service projects as identified by community or college-based leadership development programs.

9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Huck Boyd Institute Seeks Nominations for Connector Award



The Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and the Huck Boyd Foundation, with support from the Kansas Health Foundation, are seeking nominations for the 2014 Kansas Leadership Connector Award. This award is intended to recognize a person who has done an outstanding job in encouraging collaboration among community partners and who has provided outstanding leadership in connecting people and programs for positive community purposes.
9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


CRAIG SMITH Play Audio



Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute profiles a teacher of agriculture at Fort Hays State University.  

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agriland at the 2014 Kansas State Fair... Play Audio



The education and events coordinator with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Nellie Hill, talks about what's been planned for the Agriland exhibit at the 2014 Kansas State Fair, which opens tomorrow in Hutchinson.

9/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Craig Smith



From track and field to the farming field. Today we’ll meet a young Kansan who has made the transition between those two. In doing so, he is positively impacting the lives of young people in rural Kansas.
9/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


HIGH PLAINS JOURNAL Play Audio



What was once a local newspaper with only five employees and a little over one hundred subscribers, has grown into one of the nation’s premiere publications, with a unique focus on regional agriculture.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of the “High Plains Journal.”                                                

8/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - High Plains Journal



July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality and innovation.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


An Opportunity For Western Kansas Crop Producers... Play Audio



The staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, reminds western Kansas crop producers about becoming a candidate for election to the various state crop commissions,  with the voting to take place early in 2015.

8/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Roger Hubert - Barn Yarns



Barn Yarns. Those are stories about barns which tell of the historic roles that barns have played in Kansas. Today, in the conclusion of our two-part series, we’ll meet a man who has helped lead a statewide effort to preserve such barns.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansans Can Sign Up Now for New Financial Challenge



Consider this scenario: You live where straight-line winds, occasional flooding, and fire are ever-present threats. Oh, wait, that’s not just a scenario. That’s reality for the almost 2.9 million people who call Kansas home.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Building an Emergency Fund



According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having access to just $500-1,000 in savings could help most people meet unexpected financial challenges, said K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss.

8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


ROGER HUBERT – BARN PRESERVATION Play Audio



Some people believe that barns and barn construction are an important part of Kansas history.  Today we meet Roger Hubert, barn preservationist, in this latest KANSAS PROFILE, hosted by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.                                                  

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Roger Hubert - Barn Preservation



Can a barn be reborn? Today we’ll meet a man who believes strongly that barns are a vital element of our history and that they should be utilized and preserved. His personal journey in barn preservation has led him to rural Kansas.
8/13/2014 8:00:00 AM


LONNIE BERGER Play Audio



Both men and women struggle with everyday challenges that are unique to their gender.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to a man who spent many years developing a successful, faith-based guide for men, that aims to guide them through today’s most-common obstacles.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Managing back-to-school expenses



According to the National Retail Federation, the average cost for back-to-school spending this year is projected at nearly $670 per family with children in grades K-12, which means U.S. families will spend a total of $26.5 billion for K-12 children. With college-aged kids added in the mix, that number is expected to soar to nearly $75 billion.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Lonnie Berger - Every Man A Warrior



Are you a warrior? I don’t mean a soldier fighting battles overseas. I mean a man who fights for his family and home in the everyday struggles of life. Today we’ll meet a man from rural Kansas who has long had a heart for men who wrestle with the challenges of today. He has developed a curriculum with tools which can help men in the battles of everyday life.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


TAD FELTS (PART TWO) Play Audio



Not only is he an outstanding broadcaster, but he is also known for being a civic leader in the community, and has facilitated unique educational opportunities for local students. The director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, Ron Wilson tells the story of this local north-central Kansas legend.
                                 
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tad Felts - Part 2



Where is your student’s classroom? Down at the school, first hall on the right? Maybe there is a different kind of classroom outside the school where students can also learn. Today, in the conclusion of our two-part series on a legendary Kansas broadcaster, we’ll meet a man who has accompanied students on an annual educational trip for three decades.
7/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


TAD FELTS (PART ONE)... Play Audio



Because of his passion for small-town radio over several decades, one highly-decorated broadcaster has become an invaluable pillar of his north-central Kansas community.  The director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, Ron Wilson, tells the first of his two-part story on this week’s program.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tad Felts - Tad Poll



Listen, I hear a Tad Poll. No, not a young frog. I hear a radio program called the Tad Poll which one legendary broadcaster has been doing for decades in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
7/23/2014 8:00:00 AM


JILL MARTIN Play Audio



On the last edition of “Kansas Profile,” we met a rising star in the country music scene, who got his start in rural Kansas.  Today, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to his wife, who’s making her own mark on the music scene.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


LOGAN MIZE Play Audio



The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism has a new Official Kansas Tourism Ambassador:  a singer/songwriter who’s appeared on national television, toured overseas, and opened for some of the biggest names in country music.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, introduces us to this star of the big stage, with roots in rural Kansas.  SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS WEEK’S PROGRAM: This “special edition” of the program features music by a country music artist.  The usual outcue, “Kansas Profile,” occurs at @ 4:19, followed by another 10 seconds of music.  This week’s program is also in stereo, rather than mono—the file is a bit bigger.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


ERIKA NELSON – WORLD’S LARGEST THINGS Play Audio



Sometimes, the “Next Big Thing” really is something big.  It might even be the “World’s Largest” thing.  In the final installment of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, has the story of an artist with an interesting specialty in “The World’s Largest Things.”

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


No More Military Surplus For Rural Fire Departments... Play Audio



From the rural fire protection program of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Eric Ward reports on a concerning new development regarding the availability of excess military vehicles for service in rural fire departments in Kansas and across the nation...that program has now been halted, and he talks about how this will severely hamper many local fire departments in the state.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


ROSSLYN SCHULTZ – BOWL PLAZA Play Audio



The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas, is known for its distinctive, offbeat, unique works of art that populate every room in the center—every room, including the center’s public restrooms.   In the second part of his series on grassroots art, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, describes the community’s effort to construct what has been described as the world’s most artsy public bathroom.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel



MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM