Bob Coate

Program Director

Bob Coate has been at KIOS-FM for over 44 years.  As he puts it, "I've been doing this for over 44 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 43 years, Linda, have six children ranging in ages from 42 to 19.  They also have 7 grandchildren.

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 – 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

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Fiona Sze-Lorrain, poet, literary translator, musician, and author of “The Ruined Elegance” A poetry reading and a performance on the gu zheng, a traditional Chinese harp

JOSLYN ART MUSEUM LECTURE – Lily Raff McCaulou, award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic, and author of “Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LECTURE – Ari Shapiro, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered “Young Professionals Summit Keynote Address”

Omaha Press Club, 4/10/17

Apr 10, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Darrel Draper, Omaha Re-Enactor, portraying Peter Sarpy, for whom Sarpy County is named, and author of “A Prairie Sailor: Poetry and Prose of Darrel W. Draper” “Nebraska Statehood”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Peggy Rupprecht, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Media and Computing at Creighton University “World War I and the Committee on Public Information”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA ELECTION SPECIAL – “Community Conversations – Omaha Mayoral Candidates” Jean Stothert, Mayor of the City of Omaha; Heath Mello, member of the Nebraska Unicameral; Ean Mikale, founder of Infinite 8

JEWISH FEDERATION OF OMAHA LECTURE – Marjorie Ingall, Tablet Magazine columnist, and author of “Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – BUSINESS, FAITH, AND COMMON GOOD LECTURE – David Cloutier, Professor of Theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and author of “Love, Reason, and God’s Story: An Introduction to Catholic Sexual Ethics” and “Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith” “The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age”

Omaha Press Club, 3/13/17

Mar 13, 2017

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Daniel DeBehnke, Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Medicine “How Changes in Obamacare Will Change Health Care in Nebraska”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: Eva Hesse.  Panel: Angie Seykora, Instructor of Fine Arts at Creighton University; Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Independent Artist living between Lincoln and Brooklyn, and Co-Director of Fiendish Plots in Lincoln, Nebraska; David Helm, Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Moderator: Launa Bacon, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Darger HQ

FRIENDS OF THE OMAHA PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING KEYNOTE LECTURE – Michael Kelly, Omaha World-Herald columnist, and author of “Uniquely Omaha”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – 26th WOMEN AND HEALTH LECTURE – Geraldine Brooks, author of five novels, including “Year of Wonders”, and three works of non-fiction: “Nine Parts of Desire”, “Foreign Correspondence”, and “The Idea of Home: Boyer Lectures 2011” “Hearing the Unheard: Recovering Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction”