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

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY LECTURE – Jonis Agee, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and author of twelve books, including “The River Wife” and “Bones of Paradise” “Omaha Reads”

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Jean Stothert, Mayor of the City of Omaha “Vision for Omaha”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Tony Foreman, History PhD student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a recipient of the Othmer Fellowship for Exceptional Scholars and the Christian Leiding Fellowship “Carl Hans Lody: World War I German Spy and Nebraska Immigrant”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Peter Pettit, Associate Professor of Religion Studies, and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania “Luther and the Jews: Responsibility and Reconciliation, Part 2”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Dean Bell, Provost, Vice-President, and Professor of History at Spertus Institute for Jewish Leaning and Leadership in Chicago “Luther and the Jews: Responsibility and Reconciliation, Part 1”

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Rachel Jacobson, Founder and Executive Director of Film Streams; Casey Logan, Deputy Director of Film Streams “The Dundee Theatre Renovation”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Award-winning poet Desmond Egan, Founder of the Goldsmith Press in 1972, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival in 1987 “An Evening of Irish Poetry”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – MARION MARSH BROWN LECTURE – Cheryl Strayed, author of several best-sellers, including “Wild”, “Tiny Beautiful Things”, “Brave Enough” and “Torch”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Anthony Arend, Professor of Government and Foreign Service, and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University “North Korea and the Preemptive Use of Force”

Omaha Press Club, 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Katie Linehan, Executive Director of Educate Nebraska, former middle school teacher at Success Academy Charter School in Harlem, New York City, English teacher to middle school students in Changwon, South Korea, and kindergarten lead at Girls, Inc. in North Omaha; and Ann Hunter-Pirtle, Executive Director of Stand for Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska “Education in Nebraska: School Choice and the Charter School Debate”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Jeannie Smith, the daughter of Polish Rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke, author of “In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer”, whose life story was performed on Broadway in the nationally-acclaimed play “Irena’s Vow”, starring Tovah Feldshuh “In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer”

NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION LECTURE – Mitch Holthus, the Emmy Award-winning voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, host of the Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider television show, and the Chiefs Rewind television post-game show, as well as a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the Kansas State University Athletics Hall of Fame “Keynote Address”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – ASIAN CULTURE WEEK – Gregg Johnson, Professor of Political Science, and Department Chairman at Valparaiso University “The China Factor and United States – Cuban Relations”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – ASIAN CULTURE WEEK – Richard Witmer, Professor of Political Science at Creighton University, and co-author, with Jeff Corntassel, of “Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood” “Forced Federalism: Indigenous Nations and State Government Relations”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – ASIAN CULTURE WEEK – Maorong Jiang, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, and the Director of the Asian World Center at Creighton; Audel Salazar, East-West Graduate Student “Official Religious Policy in China” and “Eye-Witness Reality of the Chinese Muslims: Practicing Islam in Communist China”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Kate Russo, Eclipse Chaser, Clinical Psychologist, and author of “Total Addiction: the Life of an Eclipse Chaser”, “Totality: the Total Solar Eclipse of 2012 in Far North Queensland” and “Being in the Shadow: Stories of the First-Time Total Eclipse Experience” “Total Solar Eclipse: Not Just for Geeks and Bearded Men with Telescopes”

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSSOCIATION LECTURE – John Bisbee, Retired Professor of Biology, and Editor of “Captaining the Corps d’Afrique: The Civil War Diaries and Letters of John Newton Chamberlin” “A Union Captain’s Stories of War in the South”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Chris Moore, Producer of the Academy Award Best Picture Nominee “Manchester by the Sea” “The Changing Roles of the Producer and the Audience in Film-Making”

JEWISH FEDERATION OF OMAHA LECTURE – Jason Gewirtz, an Executive Producer with CNBC, and author of “Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Ann Birney, Independent Scholar of American Studies, and a member of Ride into History, appearing in the persona of early twentieth-century pioneer and aviatrix, Amelia Earhart “Amelia Earhart, First Lady of the Air”

OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY LECTURE – Joyce Winfield, author of ‘Forever Heroes: A Collection of World War II Stories from Nebraska Veterans”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – THE ANNUAL HENRI J. RENARD, S.J. ENDOWED LECTURE IN PHILOSOPHY – Daniel Dahlstrom, John. R. Silber Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, and author of “The Heidegger Dictionary” and “Philosophical Legacies: Essays on the thought of Kant, Hegel, and Their Contemporaries” “Authenticity and Humility”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Jane Gordon, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, and author of “Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill – Brownsville” “Slavery Then and Now: Passover Reflections”

Omaha Press Club, 6/12/17

Jun 12, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Shelby Coffey III, Senior Fellow of the Freedom Forum, and Vice-Chairman of the Newseum “The Trump Era Begins: The President, the Press, and the World”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – 2016 RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENT LECTURE – Kathleen Smythe, Professor in the Department of History at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and author of “Fipa Families: Reproduction and Catholic Evangelization in Nkansi, Ufipa, 1880 to 1960” “Jesuit Education for Sustainability”

AT EASE U.S.A. LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTS – Jill Morgenthaler, retired Colonel in the United States Army, and author of “The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer”

Omaha Press Club, 5/22/17

May 22, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Don Bacon, Second District Congressman from Nebraska’s Second District “His First 100 Days”

Monday, May 15, 2017 – INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION LECTURE – Marion Blumenthal Lazan, author, with Lila Perl, of “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California; and Founder and Director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding “Muslim Women, Violence and Peacemaking”

Omaha Press Club, 5/4/17

May 4, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – “Mayoral Debate” Jean Stothert, Mayor of the City of Omaha; Heath Mello, former Nebraska State Senator from District 5