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

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION DOUBLE FEATURE– Films: Alive Inside and CitizenfourAlive Inside Panel: Sabra Mackey, Activities, Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator at the Douglas County Health Center; Linda Whitfield, Program Director for the Douglas County Health Center. Moderator: Amy Chittendon, President of the Douglas County Health Center Foundation.  Citizenfour guest: G. Michael Fenner, James L. Koley Professor of Constitutional Law at the Creighton University School of Law, Immediate Past President of the Nebraska Bar Association, and author of the article “Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – John Calvert, Professor of History at Creighton University, and author of “Sayyid Qutub and the Origins of Radical Islamism” “The Great War and the Making of the Modern Middle East”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Cheryl Jenkins, Associate Professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, and author “Race and News: Critical Perspectives” “Race and News in Twenty-First Century America” Post-lecture discussion panel:  Dr. Jenkins; Martha Ellen Florence, Director of Community Engagement for N. E. T. Television; Carla Kimbrough, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Elmer Crumbley, moderator

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film”, and co-editor of “Memories of the Jewish Mdwest: Mom and Pop Grocery Stores” “Nebraska’s Film Heritage”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Michael Grodin, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Ghettos and Camps During the Holocaust”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Deborah Grassman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Opus Peace, formerly a mental health Nurse Practitioner with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and author of “Peace at Last” and “The Hero Within” “Vietnam: Untold Stories at the End of Life”

OMAHA TOWN HALL LECTURE – Howie Franklin, former Chief Steward who served five American Presidents on Air Force One, President of the North Carolina Airport Association, Director of the Brunswick County Airport in southeastern North Carolina, and author of “Yes Sir! Mr. President”

Omaha Press Club, 7/13/15

Jul 13, 2015

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – James Kimble, Associate Professor of Communications and the Arts at Seton Hall University, Book Review Editor for Presidential Studies Quarterly, and author of “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” “Scrapper-in-Chief: How Henry Doorly Unified a State and Helped Win a War”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements.  Panel: Debora Wisneski, John Langan Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Spielbound Board Member; Michael Fryda, Science Teacher at Westside High School and Spielbound Teacher Outreach Coordinator.  Moderator: Kaleb Michaud, Spielbound Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Co-Director of the Arthritis Research Center Foundation

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Fritz Klein, Abraham Lincoln Interpreter “The Last Full Measure”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Michael Bryant, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Social Sciences at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and author of “Confronting the ‘Good Death’: Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, 1945-53” “Eyewitness to Genocide: The Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials, 1955-1966”

COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY GREAT CONVERSATIONS LECTURE – Alex Kava, College of Saint Mary Alumna, and New York Times and International Best-Selling author of the Maggie O’Dell and Ryder Creed books, including “Stranded”, “The Soul Catcher”, and “Fireproof” “This Is What I Know”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Joe Starita, Associate Professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln “I Am A Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Tunette Powell, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Truth Heals, and author of “From Daddyless to Destiny: Finding Freedom in Your Story”, “The Other Woman”, and a fourth-grade history book for the Omaha Public Schools “The Truth Heals: One Woman’s Journey to Wholeness”

AT EASE U.S.A. LUNCHEON – Col. Lee Ellis (Ret.), highly-decorated veteran of the war in Vietnam

Omaha Press Club, 5/18/15

May 18, 2015

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Nebraska Second District Congressman, Democrat Brad Ashford “First Ninety Days in Office”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSTIY LECTURE – THE 17TH ANNUAL LAWLER LECTURE IN THEOLOGY – John Kenney, Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and author of “Contemplation and Classical Christianity: A Study in Augustine” “The Mysticism of Saint Augustine”

PATRIOTIC PRODUCTIONS LECTURE – David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and regular commentator for the Fox News Network ”Protectors of Freedom”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Sybil Rosado, Professor of Social Science and Coordinator of Sociology at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina “Nappy Hair in the Diaspora: Exploring the Meaning of Hair Among Women of African Descent”

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF OMAHA LUNCH FOR THE GIRLS LUNCHEON – Twin daughters of President George W. Bush – Barbara Bush, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Global Health Corps; and Jenna Bush Hager, Editor-at Large for Southern Living Magazine, and author of “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” “In Conversation”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – 2014 RICHARD DEAN WINCHELL HISTORY LECTURE – Christopher Browning, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and author of “Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp” “Survivor Testimony and Holocaust History: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps”

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Members of the British National Debate Team – Kate Brooks and Alice Coombes Huntley vs. Members of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Speech and Debate Team – Adam Blood and Jonathan Carter “Are Social Media a Threat to Human Creativity?”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – HENRY W. CASPER, S.J. HISTORY LECTURE – Karen Lystra, Professor of American Studies at California State University at Fullerton, and author of “Searching the Heart: Women, Men and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America” and “Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years” “Love Letters: Revealing the Intimate Past”

Omaha Press Club, 3/23/15

Mar 23, 2015

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – John Crook, retired principal of Westside High School; Cherie Larson, Director of Instructional Service at the Plattsmouth Community School District “Common Core – The Pros and Cons”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – Assaf Gavron, American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Visiting Scholar “How Do You Say ‘Bananafish’ in Hebrew?”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE– Christian Piatt, Director of Premium Content for the Interfaith Website, Patheos, and the Director of Growth and Development for First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon “Post Christian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein, identical twins, and authors of “Identical Strangers”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Mark Braverman, Co-Founder of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, and Program Director for Kairos USA “Interfaith Politics and the Failure of Global Diplomacy: The Israeli-Palestine Conflict”

Omaha Press Club, 2/16/15

Feb 16, 2015

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Charles Ellison and Virginia Maynes from Justice for Our Neighbors “Implications of Obama’s Executive Orders Dealing with Immigration”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON – Michael Corbat, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup “The Role of the Financial Sector in Supporting the United States and Global Economies – 2015 and Beyond”