Bob Coate

Program Director

Bob Coate has been at KIOS-FM for over 42 years.  As he puts it, "I've been doing this for over 42 years, and I'm going to keep doing it until I get it right."

He became KIOS Program Director in July, 1977.  He was the on-air host of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra for 29 of the 35 years that KIOS aired their concerts.  In recent years, he has switched his efforts from orchestra concerts to lectures and discussions on the Monday Noon Forum series.

Bob and his wife of 41 years, Linda, have six children ranging in ages from 40 to 17.

Besides the Monday Noon Forum series, Bob can be heard weekday mornings from 10 to 12 noon, in addition to our overnight automated broadcasts.

Ways to Connect

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Laura Caldwell, former civil rights attorney, currently Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Director of Life After Innocence; Kristine Bunch, a woman who spent 17 years in prison for a crime she did not commit “Life after Innocence”

Omaha Press Club, 7/11/16

Jul 11, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Hal Daub, former U. S. Congressman from Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, former Mayor of Omaha, and currently a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska System “A Glimpse of Cleveland: A Crystal Ball for the Republican National Convention”

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY GREAT CONVERSATIONS LUNCHEON – Karen Gettert Shoemaker, award-winning author of “Night Sounds and Other Stories” and “The Meaning of Names”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION DOUBLE FEATURE– Films: Son of the Congo and Mimi and Dona.  Son of the Congo guests: Adam Hootnick, the Director of the film, and Koang Doluony, the Founder and Director of the Omaha Talons Academy.  Mimi and Dona Panel: Carol Miller, Kim Bainbridge, and Deb Salomon, all parents with mentally or physically disabled adult children.  Moderator: Mary McHale, President of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities Board

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Matthew Crosston, Professor of Political Science at Bellevue University, Miller Endowed Chair for Industrial and International Security, and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies Program “THAAD MAD BAD: The Battle of Competing Narratives over the South China Sea”

Omaha Press Club, 6/13/16

Jun 13, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Sister Rosalee Burke, a Notre Dame nun, and Coordinator of the Order’s Social Justice Committee; and Stephen O’Meara, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General, the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator, and the Child Protection Training Coordinator “A Discussion on Human Trafficking”

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE LECTURE – Martin Fletcher, Award-winning NBC News Special Correspondent, and author of “The List”, “Jacob’s Oath” and “The War Reporter”

AT EASE U.S.A. LUNCHEON – Chris Linford, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, National Ambassador for Wounded Warriors Canada, and author of “Warrior Rising: A Soldier’s Journey to P.T.S.D. and Back”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and founding Co-Director of the Duke University Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation “Taking Root: On Land, the Church and the Future of Africa”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Thomas A. Barron, de Grummond Award-winning author of “The Lost Years of Merlin”, “The Great Tree of Avalon”, “The Ancient One”, and “The Hero’s Trail” “Heroes, Merlin and the Meaningful Life”

Omaha Press Club, 5/9/16

May 9, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – “Second District Congressional Debate” Don Bacon, Retired Air Force Brigadier General“, and Assistant Professor in the Bellevue University College of Business; Chip Maxwell, former Douglas County Commissioner, and former member of the Nebraska Unicameral

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Michael Hawkins, Associate Professor of Asian History, Associate Chairman of the Creighton University Department of History, and author of “Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines Muslim South” “American Colonization of Muslims in the Southern Philippines”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Elaine Nelson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, specializing in the North American West “Buffalo Bill, Performance and Selling the American West”

Omaha Press Club, 4/18/16

Apr 18, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Ann Marie Kudlacz, Executive Director of the Refugee Empowerment Center “The Refugee Process, Legal Status, Agency Programs, and Local Community Impact”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Wayne Wiegand, American Library Historian, and author of “Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956” “Part of Our Lives: a People’s History of the American Public Library”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS – Keynote Guest: Chuck Hagel, Former United States Republican Senator from Nebraska, and former United States Secretary of Defense

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Greg Zacharias, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University, and Executive Director of the Henry James Society; Katie Sommer, Associate Editor in the Center for Henry James Studies at Creighton University “Henry James and the Great War” (Zacharias) and “Henry James and Soldiers during World War I” (Sommer)

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – MIDDLE EAST FORUM – Panel: Moshe Gershovich, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ramazan Kilinc, Assistant Professor Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Kristian Petersen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Moderator: Curtis Hutt, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha Press Club, 3/14/16

Mar 14, 2016

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Daniel Hendrickson, Twenty-Fifth President of Creighton University, and former Association Vice-President in the Office of the Executive Vice-President at Marquette University

CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE LECTURE – JEWISH BOOK MONTH – Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Newsweek, and author of “Killing a King”

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar, founder of BridgeEDU, and author of “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work” “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Eric Elnes, Senior Pastor of Countryside Community Church, and author of “Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity” and “Igniting Worship: The Severn Deadly Sins”; and special guest Thomas Gresien, Servant Minister to the priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha “Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Olga Lagotska, Associate Professor of History, Chairman of International Organizations and World Political Processes in the School of Politics at Moscow State University, and former Chairman of Area Studies and International Relations in the Department of Foreign and International Relations “Russian Global Engagement on Education and Business”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Professor of Religious Studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and author of “A History of Islam in America” “Can American Muslims Define Multicultural America?”

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY LECTURE – 7th ANNUAL ELDEN CURTISS LECTURE – Janet Ruffing, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale University, Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University, and author of “Uncovering Stories of Faith: Spiritual Direction and Narrative” and “Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings” “Love Mysticism: Relic of the Past or Contemporary Reality?”

INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Theodore Halpern, formerly with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in New York “Jewish, Disabled and Trapped in Nazi Europe”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Jason Riley, a member of the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and author of “Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders” and “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed” “Federal Spending’s Impact on Low-Income Americans”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LECTURE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCHEON – Rebecca Ryan, Founder and Owner of Next Generation Consulting, and author of “ReGeneration: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders” and “Live First, Work Second” “Omaha 2035: The Next Big Things”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Frank Schaeffer, author of “Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism)” and “Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story about Love and the U. S. Marine Corps”, with his son John Schaeffer “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, Founder and Editor of the Online Journal Public Discourse, and author of “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom” “The Future of Marriage”

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