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

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”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Wynema Morris, Member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, and Independent Scholar and Associate Fellow at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln “Social and Political Structures of the Omaha Tribe”

OMAHA TOWN HALL LECTURE – Timothy Egan, author of “The Worst Hard Times: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the American Dust Bowl” and “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach with Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, and author of “King Rules: Ten Rules for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Survive” “How Can the Dream Survive?”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Lillian Daniel, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and author of “When Spiritual but Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church” “When Spiritual but Not Religious Is Not Enough”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Deirdre Mullen, Director of the Mercy Global Concern, as well as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Global Justice, both at the United Nations “There’s a Girl Out There Who Needs You: Empowering Girls through Education One Girl at a Time”

GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCHEON – Bruce Katz, Vice-President, Brookings Institution and Founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program “Insights on The Metropolitan Revolution”

DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Michael Neufeld, Senior Curator in the Space History Department of the National Air and Space Museum in the Smithsonian Institution “An Evening with the Smithsonian: The Apollo 8 Mission”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: Running from Crazy. Panel: Mindy Eggert, parent of a son who committed suicide; Howard Liu, Child Psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Ciara Warden, Licensed Independent Social Worker in Iowa and a full-time member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Social Work; Erin Grace, moderator

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – 24TH WOMEN AND HEALTH LECTURE – Monique Truong, author of “The Book of Salt” and “Bitter in the Mouth” “Writing with an Insulin Pen”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Moshe Gershovich, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO “Israel and Palestine: Making Sense of a Never-Ending Conflict”

PHOENIX ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON – Erin Grewell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, and author of “Teach with Your Heart”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Jamelle Bouie, staff writer for Slate Dot Com, covering politics, policy and race “Talking about Race: A Conversation with Jamelle Bouie”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Nadia Bolz-Weber, Founding Pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, and author of “Salvation on the Small Screen?: Twenty-Four Hours of Christian Television” “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint”

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY DEBATE – “Does Religion Have a Place in Government?” Aimee Melton, Omaha City Councilwoman; Anne Boyle Nebraska Public Service Commissioner

NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION SPECIAL – “Nebraska Gubernatorial Debate” Pete Ricketts, Republican nominee; Chuck Hassebrook, Democrat nominee

NEBRASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION SPECIAL – “United States Senate Debate” Ben Sasse, Republican nominee; David Domina, Democrat nominee; Todd Watson and Jim Jenkins, Independent non-partisan candidates

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – “Second Congressional District Debate” Lee Terry, incumbent Republican Congressman; Brad Ashford, Democrat challenger

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – GOVERNOR’S LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES – Chris Abani, author of “The Secret History of Las Vegas”, “Song for Night”, and “the Virgin of Flames”

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE LECTURE – Maisha Godare, President of the Heartland Muslim Women’s Network, co-author of “The Muslim Family Reader”, and member of the Advisory Board for Project Interfaith “Women and Islam”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LECTURE – FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SHIRLEY AND LEONARD GOLDSTEIN LECTURE ON HUMAN RIGHTS – Winona LaDuke, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, and Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project “Human Rights and the Rights of Nature in an Era of Climate, Energy, Food and Water Crises”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Colonel James Bitzes, Judge Advocate for United States Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland “Cyberspace Operations: Some Legal and Practical Considerations from a Military Perspective”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Sarah Ruden, Visiting Scholar at Brown University, and author of the forthcoming book, “The Music Inside the Whale, and Other Marvels: A Translator on the Beauty of the Bible” “Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time”

INSTITUTE FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION LECTURE – Lou Leviticus, Holocaust survivor, former Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and author of “Tales from the Milestone”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Marcia Anderson, Major General in the United States Army Reserve, and Clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin “Leading with Integrity in a Diverse World”

FILM STREAMS DISCUSSION – Film: Best Kept Secret. Panel: Shana Frodyma, Transitions Coordinator with the Omaha Public Schools; Kathy Kovalskas, parent of an autistic child; Kim Hall, Employment Services Manager at the Ollie Webb Center. Moderator: Mary McHale, President of the Meyer Foundation

Omaha Press Club, 8/25/14

Aug 25, 2014

OMAHA PRESS CLUB – Cliff Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiative’s Nebraska/Southwest Iowa Network

E. N. THOMPSON FORUM ON WORLD ISSUES – Yong Zhao, Presidential Chairman and Associate Dean for Global Education, Weinman Professor of Technology, and a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement at the University of Oregon “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization”

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Beverly Deepe Keever, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Hawaii “Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting”

CENTER FOR FAITH STUDIES LECTURE – Lesley Hazleton, Middle East Reporter for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s, and author of “The First Muslim” and “After the Prophet” “Sunni and Shia: What It Really Means”