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

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”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: A Borrowed Identity.  Panel: Sayed Kashua, Author of “Dancing Arabs” and Screenwriter of A Borrowed Identity; Assaf Gavron, American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Visiting Scholar, and author of “How Do You Say ‘Bananafish’ in Hebrew?”.  Moderator: Curtis Hutt, Professor of Judaic Studies, and Special Programs Coordinator for the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Special Holiday Programs

Dec 17, 2015


Sun., Dec. 20, 7:00pm – “Festivo Alt.Latino with Gaby Moreno and Friends”

Alt.Latino continues its homegrown tradition of celebrating the holidays in song with a special show featuring songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular 2014 album “Posada”.

Mon., Dec. 21, 8:00pm – “An Afro Blue Christmas”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Mary Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sister Cities International “Global Education through Citizen Diplomacy: The Story of Sister Cities International”

GOVERNOR’S LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES – David Reynolds, Professor of International History and a Fellow at Christ’s College at Cambridge University, and author of “The Long Shadow: Legacies of the Great War on the Twentieth Century” “World War One: Remembering America’s Forgotten War”

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – David Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce “Business in Omaha: A Look Into the Future”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – THE SEMRAD LECTURE IN NON-WESTERN THOUGHT – Jay Garfield, the Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and author of “Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy” “Just Saying: Untying Daoist Knots”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Bill Hayes, Director of John Brown’s Cave Museum in Nebraska City “Fight against Slavery on the Great Plains: Nebraska’s Underground Railroad”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – 2015 ROSS HORNING LECTURE – Margaret MacMillan, the Warden of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at the University of Oxford, and author of “Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives and Daughters of the British Empire in India”, “Paris 1919 Six Months that Changed the World” and “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914” “Was World War One Inevitable?”

NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION LECTURE – Tim Miles, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: The Hunting Ground.  Panel: Allison Taylor, Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Creighton University; Julie Medina, Criminal Defense Attorney with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. Jessi Hitchens, Director of the Sexuality and Gender Resource Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Moderator: Elizabeth Power, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Women’s Center for Advancement, formerly the Young Women’s Christian Association.

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Sue Monk Kidd, author of “The Secret Life of Bees”, “When the Heart Waits”, and “The Dance of the Dissident Daughter” “The Invention of Wings”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – 2014-15 WAITE CHAIR LECTURE – Thomas Stegman, S. J., Holder of the Anna and Donald Waite Chair in Jesuit Education, and author of “Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Discipleship” “Written for Our Instruction: Relevance of Romans for Today”

A.A.R.P. FRAUD WATCH NETWORK LECTURE – Frank Abagnale, A.A.R.P. Fraud Watch Ambassador, Chief Executive Officer of Abagnale and Associates, and author of “The Art of the Steal” and “Catch Me If You Can” “Stealing Your Life”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – 2015 RUTH AND PHIL SOKOLOV ANNUAL LECTURE – Ari Shavit, Senior Correspondent with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and author of “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” Part 2: “My Promised Land: A Personal Journey through the History of Israel”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA SCHWALB CENTER FOR ISRAEL AND JEWISH STUDIES LECTURE – Ari Shavit, Senior Correspondent with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and author of “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” Part 1: “Israel and American Jewry: Two Miracles Now Challenged”

Omaha Press Club, 9/14/15

Sep 14, 2015

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Matt Morton, Chief Information Security Officer and Assistant Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska at Omaha “Cyber Security in a Global Economy: How Do We Assure Growth While Protecting Our Digital Lives?”

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION LECTURE – Kris “Tanto” Paronto, former Army Ranger, part of the C.I.A. annex security team on the night of September 11, 2012, and co-author of “Thirteen Hours in Benghazi: The Inside Account of What Really Happened”